Disney Channel (Europe)

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Disney Channel
Disney Channel CEE's Official logo
Launched February, 1999 (as Fox Kids)
January 1, 2005 (as Jetix)
September 19, 2009 (as Disney Channel)
Owned by Disney-ABC Television Group
Country Czech Republic[1]
Broadcast area Czech Republic[1]
Romania
Moldova
Bulgaria
Hungary
Slovakia
Belarus
Kazakhstan
Russia
Ukraine
Formerly called Fox Kids (1999—2004)
Jetix (2005—2010)
Sister channel(s) Disney Channel
Disney Channel Scandinavia
Website disneychannel.tv
Availability
Satellite
Bulsatcom Channel 39
Dolce Channel 356
Vivacom Channel 30
Cable
Blizoo Channel 49
Skat Burgas Channel 60
UPC Romania Channel 503 (digital with DVR)
Channel 123 (digital)
SBB (Serbia Broadband) Channel 260 (digital)

Disney Channel is a children's television channel owned by Disney-ABC Television Group broadcast in Romania, Bulgaria and other countries. It was previously known as Fox Kids, then Jetix. It is broadcast simultaneously in seven languages (using DVB audio technology): Romanian, English, Bulgarian, Czech, Hungarian, Russian. Advertising is shown in Romanian, Bulgarian, Hungarian, Czech, and Russian.

History[edit]

On August 11, 2008 Jetix started broadcasting a block of "Disney Stars" in Romania and Bulgaria,[2] featuring the series Kim Possible, Phineas and Ferb, American Dragon and Hannah Montana. High School Musical aired on August 22, 2008 and High School Musical 2 aired on November 1, 2008. It was fully dubbed into Romanian, and an old Bulgarian translation of Kim Possible (once aired on BNT Channel 1) was made available on October 20, 2008. High School Musical 2 was also dubbed. Subsequently, Phineas and Ferb and American Dragon were also dubbed by Media Link using voice-over dubbing (unlike all pre-2005 Disney cartoon series, which were all dubbed with synchronized voices). This way of dubbing is very common in Bulgarian television, because it costs less and takes less time to produce (as the voices of actors are just placed directly over a quieted original voice track). Usually, only theatrically or home video-released animated films are dubbed with synchronized voices, and in the 1990s only Disney's animated series were dubbed this way for television. Only starting in 2008, Disney allowed Bulgarian broadcasters to dub films themselves, and all of them were using voice-over dubbing.

After Disney XD successfully launched on February 13, 2009 in the US, it was expected to be rolled out to European territories in 2009. Later, however, Disney announced that the Jetix channel in certain countries (namely Hungary, Romania, Czech Republic, Slovakia and Bulgaria) will be renamed to Disney Channel, marking that channel's first introduction in these countries. The change happened at September 19, 2009.[3] Disney Channel Romania & Bulgaria are broadcast as a single video feed with two audio channels and there is also a Russian audio channel.

On September 19, 2009, Disney Channel replaced Jetix in Bulgaria, Czech Republic, Hungary, Moldova, Romania and Slovakia. But the Russian feed was still broadcasting under the Jetix name til it was announced that a separate Disney Channel would launch.

On August, 10, 2010, Disney Channel replaced Jetix in CIS. On October, 16, 2010 Ukrainian version of channel was launched. Disney Channel Ukraine uses the video from Romanian version of Disney Channel and Ukrainian audio.

Upcoming Series[edit]

Feeds[edit]

On the Romanian and Bulgarian version of Disney Channel, at the commercial break ident it shows just the Romanian word for "commercials":RECLAME, without the Bulgarian word, like on Jetix, where it showed first "RECLAME", then "РЕКЛАМА".

Availability[edit]

Disney Channel is broadcast in Romania by all cable TV and DTH operators. The Romanian version of the channel is also included in the list of channels of various Moldovan cable operators as well as in the basic package of the digital platform Digi TV in Serbia and Croatia. Disney Channel Romania is broadcast in 24/7 mode by all cable and satellite TV operators .

Fox Kids, then Jetix, now Disney Channel has been available in all cable operators in Bulgaria since around 1999 and was mostly broadcast with either the Russian or English language audio track. In October 2007, Bulgarian audio track has added to for some of the shows on Jetix. The Jetix was previously shown in Bulgaria on bTV, which continued to air a Jetix block even after Fox Kids was sold to Disney.Translation and distribution for the channel's Bulgarian version was handled by Media Link. It was expected that the channel would reach 100% translation of its shows in 2008.[5] However, this was achieved only in early 2009, with many shows being withheld from broadcast after February 2009 until translation of their episodes was completed. In May and June many such programs were returned to the channel, since translation had advanced a lot. Hannah Montana was the only untranslated show, however it was available in Bulgarian on BNT 1 since March 28, 2009.Promos aired in English and not in Bulgarian. Jetix in Russia was based on this channel, but all things related to Disney were automatically replaced with Jetix promos. Certain shows which then did not air on the regular Jetix CEE (W.I.T.C.H., Iggy Arbuckle) were part of the hour-and-a-half long programming block that replaced the Disney block. When Jetix CEE was changed to Disney Channel, the Russian language transmission ceased. Jetix Russia continued to exist as a separate channel til August 10, 2010.

Disney Junior[edit]

Playhouse Disney was launched in the same day with Disney Channel. In June 2011, Playhouse Disney is replaced by Disney Junior.

Programming[edit]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b http://www.rrtv.cz/cz/files/lic/1235124.pdf
  2. ^ Джетикс ще увеличи програмите на Дисни в България и Румъния (translation: Jetix to air more Disney programming in Romania) (in Bulgarian); retrieved August 20, 2008.
  3. ^ Jetix to become Disney - Broadband TV News, by Chris Dziadul, published and retrieved: 2009-05-26
  4. ^ http://www.deadline.com/2010/11/disney-channel-preps-first-musical-series/#more-83717
  5. ^ http://www.jetixeurope.com/site/press_office/press_releases/bulgaria_localisation.html
    Jetix begins localisation of its Bulgarian Channel - 31 October 2007 (retrieved on November 14, 2007)

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