Disney Cinemagic

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Disney Cinemagic
Launched November 2006 (UK)
Owned by Disney Channels Worldwide (DATG)[1]
Walt Disney Company Limited[2]
Picture format 576i (16:9/4:3) (SDTV)
1080i (HDTV)
Audience share 0.1%
~0.0% (+1) (November 2011, BARB)
Country Western Europe
Headquarters United Kingdom
Replaced Toon Disney (UK)
Sister channel(s)
Timeshift service Disney Cinemagic +1
Website cinemagic.disney.de

Disney Cinemagic is a pay-cable movie channel owned by Walt Disney Company Limited (UK) operating primarily in European markets[2] by Disney Channels Worldwide.[1] Additionally, there are similar channels, run by Sky UK, Sky Cinema Disney, in the UK and Foxtel, Foxtel Movies Disney in Australia.


Disney Cinemagic began broadcasting in the U.K. in March 2006 on BSkyB's premium package.[3] In November 2007, the France market version of Disney Cinemagic was launched.[4]

On November 30, 2008 at 8:30 PM, Disney Cinemagic HD debuted in France broadcasting on CANALSAT from 6am to 1am daily[5] making the channel the first "children and family HDTV channel in a French market".[6] In December 2008, Cinemagic HD channel was launched in the UK with programming in high definition with initial availability through Sky+ HD with a Sky Movies subscription.[3]

On March 28, 2013, Cinemagic was replaced in the UK with Sky Movies Disney, a BSkyB premium channel, as part of a deal between BSkyB and Disney which allowed Sky UK to stream Disney movies on Sky's video on demand services.[7] In a similar move in Australia, Foxtel has launched Foxtel Movies Disney on April 10, 2014, along with Disney XD.[8]

Disney Cinemagic in Spain closed on January 1, 2015, despite protest on Twitter to save the channel.[9] Disney Cinemagic in France was replaced by Disney Cinema in May 2015.[10] Sky rebranded its Sky Movies channels to Sky Cinema, including its Disney channel, on 8 July 2016.[11]


Market Name Type Formerly Launch date Replacement Replace date
Ireland, United Kingdom Cinemagic[2] channel Toon Disney[12] March 2006[3] Sky Movies Disney March 28, 2013[7]
Belgium, France Cinemagic channel September 2007[13] Disney Cinema May 8, 2015 [10][14]
Spain Cinemagic channel 2008[2] discontinued January 1, 2015[9]
Austria, Germany, Luxembourg Cinemagic channel July 2009[15]
Cinemagic HD channel, HD
Ireland, United Kingdom Cinemagic +1[2] channel, timeshift discontinued 2013
Belgium, France Cinemagic +1 channel, timeshift [2] discontinued (Disney Cinema) May 8, 2015 [14]
Spain Cinemagic +1 channel, timeshift[2] none January 1, 2015[9]
Portugal Cinemagic channel October 2008[16] none 2012 [17]
Belgium, France Cinemagic HD channel, HD November 30, 2008[5] Disney Cinema May 8, 2015 [10][14]
Spain Cinemagic HD channel, HD[2] July 1, 2010[18] none January 1, 2015[9]
Ireland, United Kingdom Cinemagic HD channel, HD December 2008[3] Sky Movies Disney HD March 28, 2013[7]
Portugal Cinemagic HD channel, HD January 1, 2009[14] none 2012 [17]
Italy Cinemagic block, weekends on Sky Cinema Family[19]
Scandinavia Cinemagic block, weekends 19:00 CET on Disney Channel[20]
Ireland, United Kingdom Sky Cinema Disney[7] channel Cinemagic[7] March 28, 2013
Ireland, United Kingdom Sky Cinema Disney HD channel, HD Cinemagic HD[21] 2013
Australia Foxtel Movies Disney channel[8] April 10, 2014
France, Belgium Disney Cinema channel, HD Disney Cinemagic[10][14] May 8, 2015

See also[edit]


  1. ^ a b Wendy Goldman Getzler (September 15, 2011). "Marsh replaces Lightcap as Disney Channels Worldwide president". Brunico Communications Ltd. Retrieved December 19, 2013. 
  2. ^ a b c d e f g h "Walt Disney Company Limited (The)". MAVISE. European Audiovisual Observatory. 
  3. ^ a b c d Annemarie Moody (November 20, 2008). "Disney Cinemagic to Launch in High Definition on Sky". AWN, Inc. Retrieved December 19, 2013. 
  4. ^ Julian Clover (November 20, 2008). "Disney Cinemagic HD launches in UK". Broadband TV News LLP. Retrieved December 19, 2013. 
  5. ^ a b Andy Merrett (November 30, 2007). "Disney Cinemagic HD launching in France tonight". Shiny Digital. Retrieved December 19, 2013. 
  6. ^ Steven Kim (2007). "Disney Cinemagic HD launches in France". AOL Inc. Retrieved December 19, 2013. 
  7. ^ a b c d e Deans, Jason (21 February 2013). "Sky Movies Disney: new channel to show UK TV film premieres". The Guardian. Retrieved 14 March 2017. 
  8. ^ a b Knox, David (February 24, 2014). "Disney Movies, Disney XD join Foxtel". tvtonight.com.au. Retrieved 24 February 2014. 
  9. ^ a b c d Fernandez Gonzalez, Juan (December 16, 2014). "Disney Cinemagic axed in Spain". Rapid TV News. Retrieved May 8, 2015. 
  10. ^ a b c d "New Disney channel launches in France". TBI Vision. Retrieved 3 September 2015. 
  11. ^ Jackson, Jasper (2016-06-15). "Sky Movies rebrand to feature one premiere a day". The Guardian. Retrieved 26 August 2016. 
  12. ^ "ITV enters full U.K. kids mkt.". Video Age International. March 1, 2006. Retrieved March 5, 2014. 
  13. ^ "CanalSat: launch a new Disney Channel in September". Boursier.com. May 29, 2007. Retrieved March 27, 2015.  translation.
  14. ^ a b c d e "Nouveau lancement chaîne : Disney Cinéma". April 28, 2015. Retrieved April 29, 2015. 
  15. ^ "Disney Cinemagic to launch in Germany". Rapid TV News. May 26, 2009. Retrieved May 8, 2015. 
  16. ^ "ZON will launch Disney Cinemagic HD channel in January". Diário Digital. Pen Electronics. December 16, 2008. Retrieved May 12, 2015. 
  17. ^ a b "Disney Junior chega a Portugal em novembro". Espalha Factos. October 6, 2012. Retrieved May 12, 2015.  Translation: Disney Junior arrives in Portugal in November.
  18. ^ "Disney Cinemagic se incorpora en junio a la oferta de Digital+". Formula TV (in Spanish). May 31, 2010. Retrieved April 10, 2016.  Disney Cinemagic is incorporated in June to supply Digital +
  19. ^ "Disney Cinemagic - Tutti i week end su Sky Cinema Family". Sky Mag. Sky Italy. Retrieved August 5, 2014. 
  20. ^ "Disney Channel Sweden - DISNEY CINEMAGIC BLOCK - Premiere Promo". Youtube.com. February 28, 2011. Retrieved August 5, 2014. 
  21. ^ "TV Channel: Sky Movies Disney HD". MAVISE. European Audiovisual Observatory. 

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