Disney Junior (English Canada)

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For the French-language variant of Disney Junior in Canada, see Disney Junior (French Canada).
Disney Junior
Disney Junior Logo.png
Disney Junior logo, 2011-present
Launched November 30, 2007
Owned by DHX Media
Picture format 1080i (HDTV)
(2013–present)
480i (SDTV)
(2007–present)
Slogan Where the Magic Begins
Country Canada
Language English
Headquarters Toronto, Ontario
Formerly called Playhouse Disney (2007–2011)
Sister channel(s) Disney Junior (French)
Disney XD
Family Channel
Website Disney Junior
Availability
Satellite
Bell TV Channel 549 (SD)
Shaw Direct Channels 538 / 167 (SD)
Channel 74 / 574 (HD)
Cable
Available on most Canadian cable systems Check local listings, channels may vary
IPTV
FibreOP Channel 259 (SD) Channel 504 (HD)
Bell Fibe TV Channel 549 (SD) Channel 1549 (HD)
MTS Channel 158 (SD)
SaskTel Channel 133 (SD)
Optik TV Channel 9602 (SD)
Channel 602 (HD)

Disney Junior is a Canadian English-language multiplex of Family Channel[1] (owned by DHX Media) aimed at preschoolers. It was originally known as Playhouse Disney Channel which debuted on November 30, 2007 as a 24/7 commercial-free channel carrying programs aimed at preschool-aged children.[2] Unlike Family, Disney Junior has only one national feed operating from the Eastern Time Zone. The channel was re-launched under the new Disney Junior brand on May 6, 2011.[3] Along with its French-language counterpart, it is available in over 4 million Canadian households as of 2013.[4]

History[edit]

The channel was originally launched as Playhouse Disney on November 30, 2007, and made available to all subscribers to Family Channel free of charge, subject to carriage by their television service provider. As Family is licensed as a premium service which allows for the addition of multiplex channels that are consistent with the network's licence, no additional licence was required to launch the service. The use of Family's existing licence also allows the service to compete with the preschooler-aimed specialty channel, Treehouse, despite the format protection guidelines for specialty channels. This is so, because Family's nature of service is to broadcast programming targeted toward "youth to age 17", in which case, a preschool audience would qualify.[5]

A French-language version of the channel, which was known as Playhouse Disney Télé, was launched on July 5, 2010. It was re-launched as Disney Junior on May 6, 2011 to coincide with the rebranding of the English channel. However, unlike the English version of Disney Junior, the French version is a category B service using its own licence (and was originally branded in the application as a spin-off of Vrak.TV).[6]

Following the sale of Astral Media to Bell Media, Disney Junior and its sister networks (including Family and Disney XD) were placed in a blind trust pending their eventual sale to meet regulatory requirements surrounding the merger. On November 28, 2013, DHX Media announced it would acquire the four channels for $170 million pending CRTC approval.[7][8] On July 24, 2014, the CRTC approved DHX's ownership of Disney Junior English and its French counterpart, and it's sister networks Family Channel and Disney XD.[9][10] The deal was closed on July 31, 2014.[11]

Programming[edit]

Current programming[edit]

Series[edit]

Short series[edit]

Former programming[edit]

Related services[edit]

Disney Junior HD[edit]

On May 1, 2013, a high definition simulcast of Disney Junior's standard definition feed was launched. It is available on Eastlink, Rogers Cable, Shaw Direct, and Telus Optik TV.

Disney Junior On Demand[edit]

Disney Junior OnDemand is a video on demand service featuring programming from Disney Junior, available to subscribers of Family and Disney Junior. Disney Junior launched its own On Demand channel on May 6, 2011. [13]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Broadcasting Decision CRTC 2014-388". CRTC. Retrieved 27 July 2014. 
  2. ^ Playhouse Disney splashes out for Canuck launch, KidScreen, 1 November 2001
  3. ^ DISNEY JUNIOR LAUNCHES MAY 6 WITH NEW PROGRAMS AND A NOD TO CLASSIC DISNEY CHARACTERS AND MAGIC, CNW, 2011-03-03
  4. ^ "Family Channel | Family Channel, Disney Junior and Disney XD Available on Free Preview in March". Newswire.ca. 2013-03-01. Retrieved 2014-08-06. 
  5. ^ Broadcasting Decision CRTC 2002-386, CRTC, 2002-11-28
  6. ^ "Broadcasting Decision 2006-98". CRTC. Retrieved 29 November 2013. 
  7. ^ "DHX Media to buy Family, other children’s channels". Toronto Star. November 28, 2013. Retrieved 29 November 2013. 
  8. ^ "DHX to acquire Family Channel, three others from Bell Media". The Globe and Mail (Toronto). November 28, 2013. Retrieved 29 November 2013. 
  9. ^ "DHX Media receives CRTC approval on $170M acquisition of Family Channel and three other children’s channels". DHX Media. July 24, 2014. Retrieved July 26, 2014. 
  10. ^ Vessing, Etan (July 24, 2014). "DHX Media approved for Family Channel takeover". Kidscreen. Brunico Communications. Retrieved July 26, 2014. 
  11. ^ "DHX Media closes Family Channel acquisition and announces management changes". Canada Newswire. July 31, 2014. Retrieved July 31, 2014. 
  12. ^ a b "Family Channel, Disney XD and Disney Junior put the "all" into Fall with stellar 2014 programming lineup". newswire.ca. CNW. August 26, 2014. Retrieved August 26, 2014. 
  13. ^ Disney Junior On Demand

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