Disney Junior (Canada)

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"Disney Junior (English Canada)" redirects here. For the English-language channel formerly known as Disney Junior, see Family Jr.
For the French-language channel previously known as Disney Junior, see Télémagino.
Disney Junior
Disney Junior Logo.png
Launched December 1, 2015 (2015-12-01)
Owned by Corus Entertainment
(branding licensed by The Walt Disney Company)
Country Canada
Language English
Broadcast area Nationwide
Headquarters Toronto, Ontario
Sister channel(s)
Website Disney Junior Canada
Availability
Satellite
Bell TV Channel 565 (SD)
Channel 1651 (HD)
Shaw Direct Channel 539 / 178 (SD)
Cable
Available on many cable providers Check provider for details.
IPTV
Bell Aliant Channel 511 (HD)
Bell Fibe TV Channel 1550 (HD)
MTS Channel 156 (SD)
Channel 1156 (HD)
Optik TV Channel 9602 (SD)
Channel 602 (HD)
SaskTel Channel 95 (SD)
Channel 395 (HD)
VMedia Channel 59 (HD)
Zazeen Channel 149 (SD)

Disney Junior is a Canadian English-language exempted Category B specialty channel[1] owned by Corus Entertainment. Launched on December 1, 2015, it is a localized version of the US cable network Disney Junior, broadcasting animated programming aimed at children between the ages of 2 and 7.

History[edit]

Prior to September 2015, DHX Media (previously Astral Media) operated Disney Junior-branded television services in Canada in the English and French languages as spin-offs of Family Channel. In April 2015, Corus acquired Canadian rights to Disney Channel's programming and associated brands. Upon the announcement of the rights deal, Corus stated that it would transition "select Disney branded kids linear television offerings" to Corus-run properties in the future, after the launch of a Canadian version of Disney Channel.[2][3][4][5]

In August 2015, television provider VMedia stated on its website that Corus would launch Disney Junior and XD channels on December 1, 2015.[6] Upon its launch on September 1, 2015, Disney Channel aired programming blocks featuring Disney Junior programs.[7] DHX's Disney Junior services were re-branded as Family Jr. and Télémagino on September 18,[8] with the block ending December 18.[9]

Corus's Disney Junior channel officially launched on December 1, 2015.[10] DHX's rights to broadcast Disney programming lapsed in January 2016.[4]

There is no French-language counterpart, but Disney La Chaîne (Corus' French-language Disney Channel) offers a morning programming block called "Disney Junior sur La Chaîne Disney" which airs French versions of Disney Junior shows.

Programming[edit]

Current programming[edit]

Reruns[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ https://web.archive.org/web/20160414051439/http://www.crtc.gc.ca/eng/BCASTING/catb_e3l.htm
  2. ^ "Corus Entertainment and Disney/ABC Television Group Join Forces in Landmark Licensing Agreement" (Press release). Corus Entertainment. CNW Group. April 16, 2015. Retrieved April 17, 2015. 
  3. ^ "DHX Media to buy Family, other children's channels". Toronto Star. November 28, 2013. Retrieved 29 November 2013. 
  4. ^ a b "Corus gains Canadian rights to Disney Channel content". The Globe and Mail. Canadian Press. Retrieved 16 April 2015. 
  5. ^ "DHX-Disney Divorce Almost Done". Cartt.ca. Retrieved 16 April 2015. 
  6. ^ "Changes to Kids Channels". VMedia. Retrieved 26 August 2015. 
  7. ^ "It's #HereForReal Canada! Corus Entertainment Launches Disney Channel in 10 Million Households" (Press release). Toronto: Corus Entertainment. September 1, 2015. Retrieved September 2, 2015. 
  8. ^ "DHX TELEVISION'S REBRANDED FAMILY JR. AND TÉLÉMAGINO NETWORKS REVEALED TODAY" (Press release). DHX Media. Retrieved 18 September 2015. 
  9. ^ a b c "Disney Junior". disneychannel.ca Buzz Blog. Corus Entertainment. November 1, 2015. Retrieved November 2, 2015. 
  10. ^ a b c d e f "Disney XD & Disney Junior to Roll Out in Canada Next Month". WorldScreen. Retrieved 1 December 2015. 

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