Disney Channel (France)
||This article may be expanded with text translated from the corresponding article in the French Wikipedia. (September 2012)|
|Launched||22 March 1997|
|Owned by||The Walt Disney Company|
|Picture format||576i (SDTV)
|Audience share||1.1% (2012, )|
Wallonia of Belgium
|Timeshift service||Disney Channel +1|
|CanalSat||Channel 158 (HD), Channel 159 (+1)|
|Freebox||Channel 48, Channel 49 (+1)|
|Neufbox||Channel 23, Channel 24 (+1)|
|Orange TV||Channel 65, Channel 66 (+1)|
|Bbox||Channel 100, Channel 101 (+1)|
On 2 November 2000, the portfolio of Disney-branded channels in France expanded from one to four channel with the launch of Toon Disney, Playhouse Disney (now Disney Junior), and Disney Channel +1. The movie channel Disney Cinemagic and its accompanying timeshift channel launched in September 2007, replacing Toon Disney.
When launched in 1997, Disney Channel France adopted the same logo and idents as Disney Channel UK. It adopted the Disney Channel UK new Circles logo and idents on 4 September 1999. In March 2000, Disney Channel France opened a contest called the Les Grands Prix De L'imagination, where animators from all around France create idents for Disney Channel International, and two winners will have their idents shown on the French channel. The winners were Marc du Pontavice, the producer of Oggy and the Cockroaches (who did the "Glass Charger/Laboratory" ID for the 1999 line-up), and Eric Berthier (who did the "Alien" ID for the 1997 package). On 21 June 2003, Disney Channel France also adopted Disney Channel US' new logo and idents. In 2011, Disney Channel International adopted the new cellphone app-shaped logo and idents.
In March 2007, Disney Channel France celebrated the 10th Anniversary of its launch. It utilized a special version of the ribbon design – the form of Disney's logo used at the time – in promotions for the event; the logo incorporated the idea of the 10th anniversary into the design. The logo was most likely used in some form as a digital on-screen graphic during the programming for the occasion.
Five years later in March 2012, Disney Channel France released another logo to celebrate its 15th Anniversary. It is a customized edition, made for the occasion, and is based on the current version, the smartphone-app logo. It was used in promotions for the event, such as TV spots. Occurring on 24 and 25 March 2012, it consisted of the top five series ever aired on the network being revealed, in accordance to viewers' votes via the official website, Disney.fr. The logo was also most likely used in some form as a digital on-screen graphic during the programming for the event.
Disney Channel France is available on cable television via several providers in French-speaking regions. Numericable offers the channel in France, while it is offered in Switzerland by Swisscom. In Belgium, Disney Channel France is available from VOO in Brussels and Wallonia, from Belgacom TV in the same regions, and from Numericable Belgique.
Disney Channel France is also available via satellite television in French-speaking regions and French nations. Orange Sat, SFR Sat, and Canalsat France provide programming for the channel in France. Programming is also offered by Canalsat in Switzerland (Canalsat Suisse), New Caledonia (CanalSat Calédonie), the French Overseas Departments and French Guiana (CanalSat Caraïbes), and Africa (CanalSat Horizons). In Belgium, the channel is available via satellite by TéléSAT.
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