Disney Cinemagic

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Disney Cinemagic
Owned by Disney Channels Worldwide[1]/
Walt Disney Company Limited (UK)[2]
Picture format 576i (16:9/4:3) (SDTV)
1080i (HDTV)
Audience share 0.1%
~0.0% (+1) (November 2011, BARB)
Sister channel(s) Disney Cinemagic HD
Disney Channel
Disney XD
Disney Junior
Timeshift service Disney Cinemagic +1

Disney Cinemagic is a pay cable movie channel owned by Walt Disney Company Limited (UK) operating primarily in European markets[2] by Disney Channels Worldwide.[1] Additional there are similar channels, run by BSkyB, Sky Movies Disney, in the UK and Foxtel, Foxtel Movies Disney in Australia.


Disney Cinemagic began broadcasting in the U.K. in March 2006 on BSkyB's premium package.[3] In November 2007, the France market version of Disney Cinemagic was launched.[4]

On November 30, 2008 at 8:30 PM, Disney Cinemagic HD debuted in France broadcasting on CANALSAT from 6am to 1am daily[5] making the channel the first "children and family HDTV channel in a French market".[6] In December 2008, Cinemagic HD channel was launched in the UK with programming in high definition with initial availability through Sky+ HD with a Sky Movies subscription.[3]

On March 28, 2013, Cinemagic was replaced in the UK market with Sky Movies Disney, a BSkyB premium channel plus the deal makes Disney movies available via Sky's video on demand services.[7] In a similar move in Australia, Foxtel has launched Foxtel Movies Disney on April 10, 2014, along with Disney XD.[8]


Market type formerly launch date Replacement Replace Date
Ireland, United Kingdom Cinemagic[2] Toon Disney[9] 3/2006[3] Sky Movies Disney 2013/03/28[7]
Belgium, France Cinemagic 2007[2]
Spain Cinemagic 2008[2]
Austria, Germany, Luxembourg Cinemagic 2009[2]
Ireland, United Kingdom Cinemagic +1[2] discontinued 2013
Belgium, France Cinemagic +1[2]
Spain Cinemagic +1[2]
Portugal Cinemagic HD[2]
Belgium, France Cinemagic HD 2008/11/30[5]
Austria, Germany Cinemagic HD[2]
Spain Cinemagic HD[2]
Ireland, United Kingdom Cinemagic HD 2008/12[3] Sky Movies Disney HD 2013/03/28[7]
Ireland, United Kingdom Sky Movies Disney Cinemagic 2013/03/28[7]
Ireland, United Kingdom Sky Movies Disney HD Cinemagic HD 2013[10]
Australia Foxtel Movies Disney April 10, 2014[8]

+1. Time-shifted versions[2]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ a b Wendy Goldman Getzler (September 15, 2011). "Marsh replaces Lightcap as Disney Channels Worldwide president". Brunico Communications Ltd. Retrieved December 19, 2013. 
  2. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k l m "Company: WALT DISNEY COMPANY LIMITED(THE)". MAVISE. European Audiovisual Observatory. 
  3. ^ a b c d Annemarie Moody (November 20, 2008). "Disney Cinemagic to Launch in High Definition on Sky". AWN, Inc. Retrieved December 19, 2013. 
  4. ^ Julian Clover (November 20, 2008). "Disney Cinemagic HD launches in UK". Broadband TV News LLP. Retrieved December 19, 2013. 
  5. ^ a b Andy Merrett (November 30, 2007). "Disney Cinemagic HD launching in France tonight". Shiny Digital. Retrieved December 19, 2013. 
  6. ^ Steven Kim (2007). "Disney Cinemagic HD launches in France". AOL Inc. Retrieved December 19, 2013. 
  7. ^ a b c d "Sky Movies Disney: new channel to show UK TV film premieres". The Guardian. 21 February 2013. 
  8. ^ a b Knox, David (February 24, 2014). "Disney Movies, Disney XD join Foxtel". tvtonight.com.au. Retrieved 24 February 2014. 
  9. ^ "ITV enters full U.K. kids mkt.". Video Age International. March 1, 2006. Retrieved March 5, 2014. 
  10. ^ "TV Channel: Sky Movies Disney HD". MAVISE. European Audiovisual Observatory.