Disney Junior (English Canada)

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For the French-language variant of Disney Junior in Canada, see Disney Junior (French Canada).
Disney Junior
Disney Junior Logo.png
Disney Junior logo, 2011-2015
Launched November 30, 2007
Owned by DHX Media
Picture format 1080i (HDTV)
(2013–present)
480i (SDTV)
(2007–present)
Slogan Where the Magic Begins
Country Canada
Language English
Headquarters Toronto, Ontario
Formerly called Playhouse Disney (2007–2011)
Sister channel(s) Disney Junior (French)
Disney XD
Family Channel
Website Disney Junior
Availability
Satellite
Bell TV Channel 549 (SD)
Shaw Direct Channels 538 / 167 (SD)
Channel 74 / 574 (HD)
Cable
Available on most Canadian cable systems Check local listings, channels may vary
IPTV
FibreOP Channel 259 (SD) Channel 504 (HD)
Bell Fibe TV Channel 549 (SD) Channel 1549 (HD)
MTS Channel 158 (SD)
SaskTel Channel 133 (SD)
Optik TV Channel 9602 (SD)
Channel 602 (HD)

Disney Junior is a Canadian English-language multiplex of Family Channel owned by DHX Media.[1] It was originally known as Playhouse Disney Channel which debuted on November 30, 2007 as a 24/7 commercial-free service carrying programs aimed at preschool-aged children; it re-launched under the Disney Junior brand on May 6, 2011.[2][3]

Unlike Family, Disney Junior has only one national feed operating from the Eastern Time Zone. Along with Disney Junior (French Canada), it is available in over 4 million Canadian households as of 2013.[4]

History[edit]

The channel was originally launched as Playhouse Disney on November 30, 2007, and made available to all subscribers to Family Channel free of charge, subject to carriage by their television service provider. As Family is licensed as a premium service which allows for the addition of multiplex channels that are consistent with the network's licence, no additional licence was required to launch the service. The use of Family's existing licence also allows the service to compete with the preschooler-aimed specialty channel, Treehouse, despite the format protection guidelines for specialty channels. This is so, because Family's nature of service is to broadcast programming targeted toward "youth to age 17", in which case, a preschool audience would qualify.[5]

Disney Junior (French Canada), which was known as Playhouse Disney Télé, was launched on July 5, 2010. It was re-launched as Disney Junior on May 6, 2011 to coincide with the rebranding of the English channel. However, unlike the English version of Disney Junior, the French version is a Category B services using its own licence (and was originally branded in the application as a spin-off of Vrak.TV).[6]

Following the sale of Astral Media to Bell Media, Disney Junior and its sister networks (including Family Channel and Disney XD (Canada)) were placed in a blind trust pending their eventual sale to meet regulatory requirements surrounding the merger. On November 28, 2013, DHX Media announced it would acquire the four channels for $170 million pending CRTC approval.[7][8] On July 24, 2014, the CRTC approved DHX's ownership of Disney Junior English and its French counterpart, and its sister networks Family Channel and Disney XD.[9][10] The deal was closed on July 31, 2014.[11]

On April 16, 2015, it was announced that Corus Entertainment had acquired the rights to Disney Channel's program library. Alongside its new Disney Channel (Canada), other Disney children's television brands would be eventually transitioned to new, Corus-run properties. In anticipation for this transition, DHX concurrently announced that its Disney-branded networks would be re-branded as spin-offs of Family Channel; DHX announced that Disney Junior would be re-branded as Family Jr..[12][13] Television providers Vmedia and Videotron have stated that the rebranding would occur on September 18, 2015. Vmedia also stated that a Corus-run Disney Junior would launch on December 1, 2015.[14][15]

Programming[edit]

Current programming[edit]

Series[edit]

Short series[edit]

Former programming[edit]

Related services[edit]

Disney Junior HD[edit]

On May 1, 2013, a high definition simulcast of Disney Junior's standard definition feed was launched. It is available on Eastlink, Rogers Cable, Shaw Direct, and Telus Optik TV.

Disney Junior On Demand[edit]

Disney Junior OnDemand is a video on demand service featuring programming from Disney Junior, available to subscribers of Family and Disney Junior. Disney Junior launched its own On Demand channel on May 6, 2011. [18]

Disney Junior Go[edit]

Disney Junior Go is a service available on the App Store and Google Play Store. It is available to television customers of Shaw Cable and Shaw Direct. It shows new and old episodes of Disney Junior programming.

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Broadcasting Decision CRTC 2014-388". CRTC. Retrieved 27 July 2014. 
  2. ^ Playhouse Disney splashes out for Canuck launch, KidScreen, 1 November 2001
  3. ^ DISNEY JUNIOR LAUNCHES MAY 6 WITH NEW PROGRAMS AND A NOD TO CLASSIC DISNEY CHARACTERS AND MAGIC, CNW, 2011-03-03
  4. ^ "Family Channel | Family Channel, Disney Junior and Disney XD Available on Free Preview in March". Newswire.ca. 2013-03-01. Retrieved 2014-08-06. 
  5. ^ Broadcasting Decision CRTC 2002-386, CRTC, 2002-11-28
  6. ^ "Broadcasting Decision 2006-98". CRTC. Retrieved 29 November 2013. 
  7. ^ "DHX Media to buy Family, other children’s channels". Toronto Star. November 28, 2013. Retrieved 29 November 2013. 
  8. ^ "DHX to acquire Family Channel, three others from Bell Media". The Globe and Mail (Toronto). November 28, 2013. Retrieved 29 November 2013. 
  9. ^ "DHX Media receives CRTC approval on $170M acquisition of Family Channel and three other children’s channels". DHX Media. July 24, 2014. Retrieved July 26, 2014. 
  10. ^ Vessing, Etan (July 24, 2014). "DHX Media approved for Family Channel takeover". Kidscreen. Brunico Communications. Retrieved July 26, 2014. 
  11. ^ "DHX Media closes Family Channel acquisition and announces management changes". Canada Newswire. July 31, 2014. Retrieved July 31, 2014. 
  12. ^ "DHX-Disney Divorce Almost Done". Cartt.ca. Retrieved 16 April 2015. 
  13. ^ "Corus gains Canadian rights to Disney Channel content". The Globe and Mail. Canadian Press. Retrieved 16 April 2015. 
  14. ^ "Changes to Kids Channels". VMedia. Retrieved 26 August 2015. 
  15. ^ "Changes to our youth programming". Videotron. Retrieved 26 August 2015. 
  16. ^ a b "Family Channel, Disney XD and Disney Junior put the "all" into Fall with stellar 2014 programming lineup". newswire.ca. CNW. August 26, 2014. Retrieved August 26, 2014. 
  17. ^ "THE FUTURE IS BLASTASTIC! MILES FROM TOMORROWLAND PREMIERES FEBRUARY 21 ON DISNEY JUNIOR". DHX Media. Toronto. February 4, 2015. Retrieved February 16, 2015. 
  18. ^ Disney Junior On Demand

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