Disney Channel (Indian TV channel)

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Disney Channel is an Indian pay television channel operated by Disney India. The channel is the Indian equivalent to the original American network and was launched in December 2004.[2] Disney Channel is available as a pay-TV channel on most subscription TV providers. The channel is based in Mumbai, Maharashtra.

Disney Channel
2014 Disney Channel logo.svg
Broadcast area
HeadquartersMumbai, India
Picture format576i SDTV
OwnerDisney Star
ParentDisney India
Sister channels
Launched16 December 2004; 17 years ago (2004-12-16)

The channel became the fifth most watched kids channel across all genres with TRP as of October 2020.[3]


In December 2004, Disney Channel India and its sister channel Toon Disney launched in India. At first, the programming of the channel consisted of Disney's original shows imported from the US, such as Lizzie McGuire, That's So Raven, The Suite Life of Zack & Cody, Hannah Montana, Wizards of Waverly Place, Sonny with a Chance, The Suite Life on Deck, Jonas LA and Phineas and Ferb.

In 2006, the channel launched its first locally produced series called Vicky Aur Vetaal. Since then, the network's programming consisted of even more local productions such as Agadam Bagdam Tigdam, Dhoom Machaao Dhoom, Break Time Masti Time, Kya Mast Hai Life, and Ishaan.

In 2010, an Indian version of Art Attack was produced and broadcast. Doraemon, a show that airs on sister channel Hungama TV, started to be aired on the channel in 2010. Most of the Doraemon movies have also been aired on the channel.

In 2011, Disney Channel began a major programming shift, with new international live-action series and movies from the international networks being swapped out for more local content. Doraemon premiered on the channel around that time and has since took up most of the channel's time slots, which still happens to this day. Disney India also began to produce local adaptations of international live action series. The first local adaptation, Best of Luck Nikki premiered on 3 April 2011. The Disney Channel Original Movie, Phineas and Ferb Across the 2nd Dimension premiered on the channel on 25 September 2011.[4]

2012 saw the channel's second local adaptation, The Suite Life of Karan and Kabir premiering on the 8 April,[5] as well as the first Disney Channel India Original Movie, Luck Luck Ki Baat.[6]

In June 2014, Disney Channel India launched their first local animated series, Arjun Prince of Bali.[7]

On 10 April 2012, Disney Channel switched their logo to the smartphone app logo used internationally.

The channel rebranded on 17 December 2014 with the new logo used internationally, with the exception of the logo colour being purple instead of blue, and had a strategy of showing family-oriented shows during the weekend. The weekend strategy was called "Shanivaar, Ravivaar only for Parivaar".[8] The family shows started airing on 31 January 2015. In early 2016 the channel stopped producing local live action shows, and decided to focus on Japanese anime and local animation instead as animated/anime shows drive better ratings.[9]

On 1 May 2018, the channel's logo color was changed to blue, as used internationally. On the same month the channel launched Simple Samosa and Big Hero 6 The Series.[10] On 1 October 2018 DuckTales reboot premiered in India.[11]

In 2019 the channel continued to produce and acquire more local animation and international shows from the Disney library such as Oye Golu, Bhaagam Bhaag, Amphibia, Big City Greens, Miraculous: Tales of Ladybug and Cat Noir, Super V. The Descendants trilogy premiered on Disney Channel in December 2019.[12]

On January 2, 2020, Star India announced an HD version of Disney Channel India. It was planned to launch on 1 March 2020,[13] however the launch date never passed by and in April 2020, Star India announced that the launch would be postponed.[14]

In Summer 2020, Disney Channel launched new shows such as Mira, Royal Detective, Bapu and Guddu, along with new episodes of shows like Chacha Chaudhary, Doraemon, and Selfie with Bajrangi.[15] The channel launched a DIY show called Imagine That on 6 September 2020.[16]

On 18 April 2021, the second season of Imagine That and 101 Dalmatian Street were aired.[17] On 18 October 2021, it was announced that Disney Channel HD would finally launch in the country on 11 December 2021,[18] but on November 30, the planned launch was postponed once again.[19]


The channel broadcasts in India and neighboring countries. It was formerly provided in Pakistan, Bangladesh, Bhutan, and Sri Lanka, but was later removed from those countries as the channel became heavily localised for Indian audience over the past few years.

The Government of Bangladesh banned the Indian feeds of Disney Channel and Disney XD from broadcasting in the country in February 2013 as the anime Doraemon was being broadcast continuously throughout the day in Hindi, although it only aired in Disney Channel and not its sister.[20] Later, in 2016, the Southeast Asian feeds of Disney Channel, Disney XD, and Disney Junior started to broadcast, but after the channels were shutdown, Disney International HD started being provided in Bangladesh as a replacement.[21]

In Sri Lanka.The Channel went off air around 19th December 2018 due to heavy localization.But it's preschool counterpart Disney junior still airs in SL[22]

Sister television channelsEdit

Disney JuniorEdit

The Playhouse Disney brand expanded to India in 2006 as a block on Disney Channel. On 4 July 2011, it was replaced by Disney Junior, which eventually became available as a 24-hour channel.[23][24]

Disney International HDEdit

On 5 October 2017, The Walt Disney Company India officially announced the launch of Disney International HD on 29 October 2017. The channel exclusively airs international live action content from the Disney Channel library such as Austin & Ally, K.C. Undercover, Liv and Maddie, Hannah Montana as well as Disney Channel Original Movies such as Teen Beach, Descendants.[25]

Hungama TVEdit

Hungama TV was launched on 26 September 2004. The channel was originally owned by UTV Software Communications, but The Walt Disney Company India purchased it in 2006. The programming lineup mainly consists of Japanese and Indian animated shows.

Super HungamaEdit

Super Hungama was launched on 1 March 2022 at 6am replacing Marvel HQ.[26] The channel was launched with 4 new shows, including 3 Disney shows. These are Buzz Lightyear of Star Command, Big City Greens, Milo Murphy's Law and The Daltons. Apart from that, the channel's content and schedule remains the same as Marvel HQ.


Unlike most Disney Channel networks around the world, the channel airs very little content from the North American networks. Disney Channel India mostly focuses on local and some Japanese content as they are more popular with Indian audiences. Due to popularity of Doraemon, it has been scheduled most of the time on the channel since 2011 despite not being a Disney show to maintain high viewership.[27] Nowadays Selfie with Bajrangi is being aired most of the day along with Doraemon and other local content.[28]

See alsoEdit


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