Disney Junior (French Canada)

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For the English-language variant of Disney Junior in Canada, see Disney Junior (English Canada).
Disney Junior
Disney Junior Logo.png
Disney Junior logo
Launched July 5, 2010
Owned by DHX Media
Picture format 480i (SDTV)
Country Canada
Broadcast area National
Headquarters Montreal, Quebec
Formerly called Playhouse Disney Télé (2010-2011)
Sister channel(s) Disney Junior (English)
Disney XD
Family Channel
Website Disney Junior (French)
Bell TV Channel 189
CCAP Channel 46
Cablevision du Nord Channel 373
Cogeco Quebec Channel 89
Vidéotron Channel 46
Bell Fibe TV Channel 189
Telus Quebec Channel 25

Disney Junior is a Canadian French language Category B specialty channel. Following the sale of Astral Media to Bell Media, Disney Junior and several other Astral networks (including Family, Disney XD, Musimax and MusiquePlus) were placed into a blind trust, as they will be sold to an undetermined third-party.[1] Disney Junior is a commercial-free channel with entertainment and learning-based programming targeted toward preschoolers.[2]


The channel was licensed in 2006 as Vrak Junior, a sister channel to Astral's Vrak.TV, though, aimed at younger viewers than Vrak.TV.[3] It was launched on July 5, 2010 as Playhouse Disney Télé. The channel was rebranded as Disney Junior on May 6, 2011, while focusing on the same type of programming, programs for preschoolers.[4]

An English language version of Disney Junior was launched in Canada by Astral on November 30, 2007 (then known as Playhouse Disney Channel) as a multiplex channel of Family. It was rebranded Disney Junior on the same day as the French-language channel.

Logo used as Playhouse Disney Télé

On March 4, 2013, following the Competition Bureau's approval of Bell Media's takeover of Astral, Bell announced that it would put Disney Junior's English and French services, along with four other channels (Family, Disney XD, MusiMax and MusiquePlus) up for sale, in an attempt to relieve CRTC concerns regarding the takeover.[5] On November 28, 2013, DHX Media announced it would acquire the four channels for $170 million pending CRTC approval.[6][7] On July 24, 2014, the CRTC approved DHX's ownership of Disney Junior French and it's English counterpart, and it's sister networks Family Channel and Disney XD. The deal is expected to close by July 31, 2014.[8][9]


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