Disney Junior (international)
September 10, 2011
|Network||Disney-ABC Television Group|
|Owned by||The Walt Disney Company|
|Picture format||4:3 480i (SDTV)
16:9 576i (SDTV)
16:9 1080i (HDTV)
|Slogan||Where the Magic Begins|
|Sister channel(s)||Disney XD
|Timeshift service||Playhouse Disney +
Disney Junior +
|Website||See External links|
Disney Junior is a programming block on Disney Channel in certain countries and an independent channel that broadcasts in many different countries and regions. The Disney Junior brand, currently existing as 22 channels or blocks in 156 countries and territories, was formerly known as Playhouse Disney. The last remaining Playhouse Disney in the world was Russia.
- 1 Africa
- 2 Asia Pacific
- 3 Arab world
- 4 Europe
- 5 Americas
- 6 References
- 7 External links
Playhouse Disney has launched in Africa. On June 1, 2011, Playhouse Disney was replaced by Disney Junior.
Disney Junior in Asia is a 24-hour commercial-free pay cable television channel which launched on 11 July 2011. It was formerly known as Playhouse Disney Asia (which first aired on 1 January 1994). On the day before, the Playhouse Disney mascots Ooh and Aah faded out as part of the transition to Disney Junior. The programs are similar to the Disney Junior in the US. However the channel also carries non-Disney programming. Programming on the channel is uninterrupted by commercials.
Disney Junior is available on SkyCable channel 38 (Digital), Destiny Cable, Cablelink and selected cable affiliates nationwide in the Philippines, Astro in Malaysia, Indovision, First Media and Astro Nusantara in Indonesia and StarHub TV and mioTV in Singapore. It also broadcasts in South Korea, Thailand, Brunei, Papua New Guinea, and Vietnam. Disney Junior is available as a block on Disney Channel (Asia), Taiwan, Hong Kong, Japan and TV5 (Philippines). Other Asian countries like India have their own version of Disney Junior.
Playhouse Disney was launched in 2006 in South Korea and it was being replaced by Disney Junior on July 11, 2011. Also in South Korea, they had a new show called "Go! Go! KAKA" (also called Roary the Racing Car).
Playhouse Disney was launched in 2006 as a block on Disney Channel India. On July 4, 2011 it was replaced by Disney Junior, which became a 24-hour channel on October 15, 2012. provides audio feed in 3 Indian languages Hindi, Tamil and Telugu along with English.
Playhouse Disney was launched in December 2005 in Hong Kong. It was replaced by Disney Junior on July 11, 2011.
Disney Junior was launched as a block on Disney Channel China in February 2013.
Playhouse Disney was launched in 2003 in Japan and was replaced by Disney Junior on July 3, 2011. In Japan, Disney Junior is a programming block from 7:30am to 2:30pm on weekdays and as 7:30am to 10:00am on weekends.
In Taiwan, Disney Junior is a programming block from 8am to 2pm on weekdays, and 7am to 9am on weekends. Playhouse Disney block on Disney Channel was closed in June 2011, followed by a summer special. Subsequently, the Disney Junior block on the Disney channel was launched on September 1, 2011.
In December 1, 2013, Disney Junior was launched as a channel in MOD.
Australia and New Zealand
A 24-hour Australian cable and satellite channel available on Foxtel, Austar and Optus Television's subscription platforms. Playhouse Disney Channel was launched on pay television provider Foxtel and its affiliates in Australia in late 2005, and made available only on its digital service. SKY Network Television shows Playhouse Disney Channel in New Zealand. The channel is broadcast 24 hours a day, every day, showing most of the programs seen in the United States. Before Playhouse Disney Channel, Playhouse Disney was shown on Disney Channel Australia from 9am to 3pm weekdays, and until 10am on weekends, until Foxtel turned it into a full 24-hour channel. At 11:00 am 1 November 2007, the channel was added to TransACT. It was formerly available on SelecTV from September 2008 until the closure of its English service in late 2010. On 1 September 2009 the channel started broadcasting in 16:9 widescreen. The channel relaunched as Disney Junior on 29 May 2011.
Disney Junior officially broadcasts as a television block on Disney Channel Middle East. The block was re-branded from Playhouse Disney on June 1, 2011.
A separate Disney Junior channel is also available for OSN subscribers as Disney Channel Middle East, but unlike the block on Disney Channel it is not available in Arabic.
Central and Eastern Europe
Disney Junior in Central and Eastern Europe was launched on the same day as Disney Channel (Central and Eastern Europe), as Playhouse Disney on September 19, 2009. It was launched as Disney Junior on June 1, 2011.
In France, the channel was launched on November 2, 2002.
In Germany, the channel was launched in 2004.
Playhouse Disney was launched on November 9, 2009 as a block on Disney Channel Greece. On June 1, 2011 Playhouse Disney on Disney Channel was replaced as Disney Junior on Disney Channel. Disney Junior also launched as a TV channel in Greece via OTE TV on November 1, 2013.
Disney Junior was launched on July 18, 2011 on YES.
Playhouse Disney was launched on May 1, 2006, broadcasting everyday, showing many of the same shows that the US broadcasts. On May 14, 2011, it was replaced by Disney Junior.
Netherlands and Flanders
Dutch-language television station for young children, it only broadcasts at daytime between 6 AM and 6:55 PM. At night a screensaver is displayed. It is available in the Netherlands on UPC and Ziggo. In Flanders it is available on Telenet and Belgacom. Viewers in Wallonia and Luxembourg receive the French version of Disney Junior.
Playhouse Disney was launched on December 3, 2006 as a block on Disney Channel (Poland). On September 1, 2010 Playhouse Disney was launched as a channel.
On June 1, 2011, both channel and block were rebranded as Disney Junior.
Playhouse Disney Portugal was launched as a block on September 8, 2007 on Disney Channel Portugal. was replaced by Disney Junior on July 1, 2011. The TV channel launched on November 1, 2012, replacing Disney Cinemagic.
It broadcasts as a television block on Disney Channel Romania. It's called Playhouse Disney on Disney Channel.
Playhouse Disney was launched on August 12, 2010 as a block on Disney Channel Russia. On September 1, 2013 Disney Junior replaced Playhouse Disney.
Subscriptions-funded channel launched in October 2006 on the Canal Digital and Viasat satellite plaltforms. Cable networks launched it later on. Com Hem, the largest cable network in Sweden, launched it on April 2, 2007. Before September 10, 2011, this channel was called Playhouse Disney.
Playhouse Disney was launched on December 25, 2002. Broadcasts shows such as Guess with Jess, Caillou, and Nelly and Caesar. It was replaced by Disney Junior on June 1, 2011.
Playhouse Disney was launched in April 2007 as a block on Disney Channel Turkey. on September 1, 2011 and 2010, it started as a TV channel.
UK and Ireland
Playhouse Disney was launched on September 29, 2000. It was rebranded as Disney Junior on May 7, 2011.
A one hour timeshift service of the channel named Disney Junior +, launched on 30 October 2007 as Playhouse Disney +, replacing the now defunct channel ABC1. It launched on the same day that the Disney Channels were reshuffled on Sky, involving Disney Cinemagic and Disney Cinemagic +1 moving down the EPG, to enable Playhouse Disney to move up the EPG to allow Playhouse Disney + to launch next to it on Sky 611 and 612 respectively. Playhouse Disney + was initially a 25-minute timeshift service until 11 April 2011 when it became a 1-hour timeshift service.
A high-definition simulcast of Disney Junior launched on Sky on 9 April 2013.
An English-language Canadian version launched on November 30, 2007 as a multiplex channel of Family. It is also a programming block on Family which airs from 4:30am to 7:00am, and from 8:45 to 11:00am on weekdays. It also airs from 4:30am to 8:00am on weekends. Unlike Family, Disney Junior has only one national feed operating from the Eastern Time Zone. For satellite, it is exclusively carried on Bell TV. The channel was re-launched under the new Disney Junior brand on May 6, 2011.
A French-language Canadian version, Playhouse Disney Télé, launched on July 5, 1996 and 2010 under its own licence, rebranded as Disney Junior on May 6, 2011, while focusing on the same type of programming, programs for preschoolers. The channel was licensed in 2006 as Vrak Junior, a sister channel to Astral's Vrak.TV, targeted at younger viewers than Vrak.TV. These are the only Disney Junior channels in the world which are not owned by The Walt Disney Company due to CRTC restrictions; they are owned by Astral Media under license. Playhouse Disney Canada and Playhouse Disney Tele were rebranded as Disney Junior on May 6, 2011. It is a commercial-free French language Category B specialty channel with entertainment and learning-based programming targeted toward preschoolers.
Disney Junior Latin America launched June 1, 2008, as Playhouse Disney Channel. It is also a programming block on the mornings of Disney Channel Latin America, Disney Junior en Disney Channel. The programming is very similar to the version of the United States. It is broadcast in two feeds, North Zone and South Zone. It was relaunched as Disney Junior on April 1, 2011.
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- Disney Junior Brazil
- Disney Junior America
- Disney Junior Denmark
- Disney Junior France
- Disney Junior Germany
- Disney Junior Netherlands
- Disney Junior Flanders
- Disney Junior Norway
- Disney Junior Russia
- Disney Junior Spain
- Disney Junior Sweden
- Disney Junior Australia
- Playhouse Disney China
- Disney Junior India
- Disney Junior Japan
- Disney Junior Taiwan
- Disney Junior Israel