|Launched||29 September 2005|
|Closed||31 December 2013|
|Owned by||The Walt Disney Company|
|Picture format||576i (SDTV)|
|Replaced by||Disney Channel (17 January 2014) |
Das Vierte (English: The Fourth) was a German TV station replaced in January 2014 by Disney Channel.
Das Vierte was launched by NBC Universal Global Networks (NUGN) in 2005 as an all drama programming. The channel reached its 1% first year goal with the expections of doubling in 2 to 3 years. In 2008, NUGN sold the station to Mini Movie International Channel, owned by Dmitri Lesnevsky, as the station was losing money. Lesnevsky expected to turn the station around through rebranding then reselling it. In 2010, Phoenix Media planned to buy the station but that fell through. As of 2011 the station had a market share of 0.2%. In September 2012, The Walt Disney Company announced a deal to purchase Das Vierte. Disney closed on the deal by December 2012. In April 2013, Disney announced that Das Vierte would become a Disney Channel in January 2014. Disney closed the channel on 31 December 2013.
Das Vierte started with the slogan "Wir sind Hollywood" (We are Hollywood). The programming later moved away from Hollywood productions and towards a cooperation with the Anixe TV network.
Via the air waves, the station had an availability to 93% of German TV households.
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