Disney Channel (Germany)
|Launched||October 16, 1999|
|Owned by||The Walt Disney Company (Germany) GmbH
(The Walt Disney Company)
|Replaced||Disney Channel (Germany) (Free-TV only)|
|Sister channel(s)||Disney XD
|Sky Deutschland||Channel 555 (HD)|
Disney Channel is a German language television channel owned by The Walt Disney Company (Germany) GmbH, a subsidiary of Disney Channels Worldwide, which itself is a unit of Disney-ABC Television Group that manages all of The Walt Disney Company's Disney and ABC-branded television properties. The channel is based in Munich.
Aimed at all ages, its programming consists of original first-run television series, theatrically-released and original made-for-cable movies and select other third-party programming. The original programming is mainly brought by the American flagship Disney Channel.
The channel – which formerly operated as a premium service – was originally launched on October 16, 1999 and a subscription television channel of Sky Deutschland. As of January 17, 2014, the German Disney Channel has become a basic cable and satellite television channel.
- 1 History
- 2 Programming
- 3 Availability
- 4 See also
- 5 References
- 6 External links
Disney Channel Germany opened their offices near Munich by March 1, 1999. It was launched on October 16, 1999 by Walt Disney Television International.
Disney purchased Disney Channel (Germany) TV station by December 2012. In April 2013, Disney announced that Das Vierte would become a Disney Channel in January 2014 as a 24-hour family entertainment network.
Initial daytime programming included standard Disney channel fare Jessie, Austin & Ally, Phineas and Ferb and Gravity Falls while prime time saw Pixar films and older drawing shows like ABC Family shows plus Hallmark Channel's Cedar Cove.
Disney reported that its launch weekend pushed them past Nick into third place amongst kid broadcast channels.
Via the airwaves, the station had an availability to 93% of German TV households plus on two online platforms: live-stream and a catch-up service.