Disney Junior (UK and Ireland)
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|Launched||As Playhouse Disney:
28 September 1999 (Block)
29 September 2000 (Channel)
As Disney Junior:
7 May 2011
|Owned by||Disney–ABC Television Group|
|Picture format||576i (16:9 SDTV)
0.11% (+) (April 2017 , BARB)
|Formerly called||Playhouse Disney
(29 September 2000 – 7 May 2011)
|Replaced||Playhouse Disney + / Disney Junior +
Disney Junior HD
Disney Cinemagic HD
|Sister channel(s)||Disney Channel
|Timeshift service||Disney Junior +|
|Sky||Channel 611 (SD/HD)
Channel 612 (+)
Channel 628 (SD)
|Virgin Media Ireland||Channel 616|
|TalkTalk Plus TV||Channel 481|
|Virgin TV Anywhere||Watch live (United Kingdom)|
|Sky Go||Watch live
(UK and Ireland only)
|Horizon GO||Watch live (Ireland)|
Disney Junior is a British television channel owned by Disney–ABC Television Group.
The channel launched on 29 September 2000 as Playhouse Disney, on the same day as the now defunct sister channel, Toon Disney. The channel originally had live presenters Dave Benson Phillips and Alex Lovell. They both eventually left in August 2006.
Presenters were added to the channel in September 2009; they appear on air between 6pm and 8pm.
The Playhouse Disney brand, which existed as 22 channels or blocks in 156 countries and territories, rebranded as Disney Junior in 2011. In the United Kingdom and Ireland, Disney Junior began on 7 May 2011, with its first show as Handy Manny. At the same time the channel started broadcasting in 16:9 widescreen.
A high-definition simulcast of Disney Junior was made available to Sky+ HD subscribers on 9 April 2013.
On 30 May 2017, the channel went 24/7.
When Playhouse Disney was launched, it had the same logo style as Disney Channel, with some of the 2D idents from Disney Channel being used as idents, except the "Disney Channel" text was replaced with a "Playhouse Disney" text.
In September 2007, the channel logo in the external promotionals (programme press releases, promos for terrestrial television) were changed to include the inscription "Channel" as in all Playhouse Disney Europe channels, but on the channel itself the logo was not changed. This move probably is to differentiate the channel from the "Playhouse Disney" block, shown all mornings on the American Disney Channel.
Disney Junior +
A one-hour timeshift service of the channel, Disney Junior +, launched on 30 October 2007 as Playhouse Disney +, replacing the now defunct channel ABC1. It launched on the same day that the Disney Channels were reshuffled on Sky, involving Disney Cinemagic and Disney Cinemagic +1 moving down the EPG, to enable Playhouse Disney to move up the EPG to allow Playhouse Disney + to launch next to it on Sky 611 and 612 respectively. Playhouse Disney + was initially a 25-minute timeshift service until 11 April 2011 when it became a 1-hour timeshift service.
Playhouse Disney Live Tour
A live tour took place in 2008. It was shown in several cities, across the United States and Europe. In the United Kingdom, the tour included Bristol, London, Birmingham, Manchester, Liverpool, Glasgow, Edinburgh and Brighton.
- Magical Mondays - Magical Mondays was introduced in 2013 and runs on Monday afternoons. It shows programs with more magical themes, such as Sofia the First or Doc McStuffins.
- Disney Juniorville - Disney Juniorville was a weekend morning block introduced in 2013. Its initial lineup of shows were Henry Hugglemonster, Doc McStuffins, Sofia the First and Calimero (2013 series). Sheriff Callie's Wild West and Miles from Tomorrowland were also added to the block when they were introduced. Disney Juniorville was discontinued in 2015.
- Snuggle Time - Snuggle Time was a nighttime block which mainly showed Henry Hugglemonster. It was introduced in 2014 and discontinued in 2016.
- Art Attack (6 June 2011–present)
- Henry Hugglemonster (8 February 2013–present)
- Jungle Junction (7 May 2011–present)
Acquired from Disney Junior (US)
- Doc McStuffins (23 October 2012–present)
- Goldie & Bear (4 January 2016–present)
- Jake and the Never Land Pirates (7 May 2011-present)
- The Lion Guard (Spring 2016–present)
- Mickey Mouse Clubhouse (7 May 2011–present)
- Mickey and the Roadster Racers (19 April 2017-present)
- Miles from Tomorrowland (11 May 2015–present)
- PJ Masks (Spring 2016–present)
- Sheriff Callie's Wild West (24 February 2014–present)
- Sofia the First (8 March 2013–present)
- The Doc Files
- Jake's Buccaneer Blast
- Minnie's Bow-Toons
- Tales of Friendship with Winnie the Pooh
- Whisker Haven Tales with the Palace Pets
- Nina Needs to Go!
Other acquired series
- Calimero (2013–present)
- Curious George (7 May 2011–present)
- The Hive (7 May 2011–present)
- Mouk (19 September 2011–present)
- Wildlife Jack
- Zou (May 2012–present)
- Muppet Babies
- Play With Me Sesame
- Connie the Cow
- Disney's Adventures of the Gummi Bears
- Rolie Polie Olie
- Out of the Box
- Higglytown Heroes
- Hercules (1998 TV series)
- Harry and his Bucket Full of Dinosaurs
- JoJo's Circus
- Bear in the Big Blue House
- PB&J Otter
- Johnny and the Sprites
- Chip 'n Dale Rescue Rangers
- Jungle Cubs
- 101 Dalmatians: The Series
- The Book of Pooh
- Timon & Pumbaa (TV series)
- Poppets Town
- Sing Me a Story with Belle
- The Doodlebops
- Fun With Claude
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