Disney Channel (Canada)

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Disney Channel
Launched September 1, 2015 (2015-09-01)
Owned by Corus Entertainment
(branding licensed from The Walt Disney Company)
Picture format 1080i (HDTV)
480i (SDTV)
Country Canada
Language English
Broadcast area Nationwide
Headquarters Toronto, Ontario
Sister channel(s)
Website disneychannel.ca
Bell TV Channel 1649 (HD)
Channel 563 (SD)
Shaw Direct Channel 535 (SD) (West)
Channel 75 (HD) (East)
Available on most Canadian cable systems Check local listings, channels may vary
Bell Fibe TV Channel 568 (SD)
Channel 1568 (HD)
MTS Channel 150 (SD)
Channel 1150 (HD)
SaskTel MaxTV Channel 98 (SD)
Channel 398 (HD)
Optik TV Channel 9606 (SD)(West)
Channel 606 (HD) (West)
Channel 9607 (SD) (East)
Channel 607 (HD)
VMedia Channel 63 (SD)

Disney Channel is a Canadian English-language exempted Category B specialty channel[1] owned by Corus Entertainment. First broadcasting on September 1, 2015, it is a localized version of the U.S. cable network Disney Channel, broadcasting live-action and animated programming aimed at children between the ages of 6 and 14.

The channel launched as part of a new licensing agreement between Corus and the Disney–ABC Television Group, which succeeded a previous program supply agreement between Disney and Family Channel (owned by DHX Media). Its launch marks the first time that a Disney Channel-branded television service has operated in Canada.



Since its launch on September 1, 1988, the English-language Category A hybrid premium/basic cable and satellite television channel Family, which is now owned by children's programming library owner DHX Media and previously held by Astral Media up until its acquisition by Bell Canada in 2013, held Canadian rights to Disney Channel's programming library.[2][3][4]- As such, it operated licensed Canadian versions of Disney Channel's spinoff brands, Disney XD (later Family Chrgd) and Disney Junior (later Family Jr. and Télémagino; the latter of which operated as a multiplex channel of Family airing in English with a separately-licensed service airing in French) as its multiplex channels.[2]

Launch and development

On April 16, 2015, Corus Entertainment announced that it had reached a "landmark" agreement with the Disney–ABC Television Group to acquire long-term, Canadian multi-platform rights to Disney Channel's programming library; the cost and duration of the licensing deal were not disclosed. Corus also announced that it would launch a Canadian version of Disney Channel on September 1, 2015; the service consists of a linear television channel, along with TV Everywhere apps (Watch Disney Channel Canada), and video-on-demand services for television platforms. This marks Corus' second Disney/ABC-licensed service behind ABC Spark – a localized version of ABC Family.[5][6]

Corus stated that it would transition "select Disney branded kids linear television offerings" to new properties under its ownership in the future;[5] new Corus-run Disney Junior and Disney XD services launched on December 1, 2015.[7][8][9] In the meantime, Disney Channel aired blocks featuring selected Disney Junior and XD programs.[10] For the 2015-16 television season, DHX consequently re-branded its Disney XD and Junior networks as Family Chrgd and Family Jr. respectively, and began phasing out Disney programming from the two channels and Family; DHX's licensing agreement with Disney formally ended in January 2016.[2][6][11]

Disney Channel operates as an "exempted" Category B service:[1] as of new policies implemented in 2012, channels with less than 200,000 subscribers that would otherwise meet the definition of a Category B service are exempted from licensing by the Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission.[12]


Corus stated that Disney Channel was available in 10 million households on launch, with carriage across most major Canadian cable providers, IPTV providers Bell Fibe TV, Telus, and SaskTel, and national satellite providers Bell TV and Shaw Direct.[10]


Current programming


Acquired programming

Upcoming Programming

  • Bizaardvark (June 24, 2016) [18]

Former programming


Former blocks

  • Disney XD on Disney Channel – a weekend programming block featuring programs from Disney XD; the block was discontinued after November 29, 2015 due to the launch of Corus's Disney XD channel.[8][21] The Disney XD on Disney Channel block still airs occasionally to show special episodes such as the Lab Rats: Elite Force premiere episode. [22]
  • Disney Junior on Disney Channel – a weekday programming block featuring programming from Disney Junior.[10] The block was discontinued after December 18, 2015 due to the launch of Corus's Disney Junior channel.[23]
  • Famalama DingDong - a four-day block with sister channels YTV and Teletoon. It was show the world premiere of Disney Channel's newest show Stuck in the Middle along with movies like Invisible Sister and new episodes of Girl Meets World on February 12, 2016. It was the last channel to air on February 15, 2016 after YTV and Teletoon.


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