Disney Channel (Indian TV channel)
Disney Channel is an Indian pay television channel operated by Star India, a wholly owned subsidiary of The Walt Disney Company India. The channel was launched on 17 December 2004. Disney Channel is available as a pay-TV channel on most subscription TV providers. The channel is based in Mumbai, Maharashtra and is available in Hindi, Tamil, Telugu and English. However, the English audio feed is not functional on most shows.
Before the launch of the channel, a Disney-branded programming block used to air on Sony TV, known as "Disney Hour" and "Disney Mornings".
On 17 December 2004, Toon Disney and Disney Channel launched in India.
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 is the exclusive home to live action Disney Channel original content such as Austin & Ally, K.C. Undercover, Liv and Maddie, Hannah Montana as well as Disney Channel Original Movies such as Teen Beach, Descendants.
Playhouse Disney started airing in 2006, as a block on Disney Channel. On 4 July 2011, it was replaced by Disney Junior, which eventually became available as 24-hour channel. The block on Disney Channel has now been discontinued.
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.The First Doraemon Movie In India Was Telecasted In 2010. It was The 1985 film Doraemon: Nobita's Little Star Wars renamed as Doraemon Movie: Nobita's Little Space Wars.
In 2011, Disney Channel encountered a major programming change, with new international live action series and movies not premiering on the channel. Doraemon slowly took up most of the channel's time slots (which continues to do so in current times),this was because Doraemon became the most watched show in their network, and Disney Channel would 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. 2012 saw the 2nd local adaptation, The Suite Life of Karan and Kabir to air on the channel on 8 April. as well as the first Disney Channel India Original Movie, Luck Luck Ki Baat. Doraemon: Nobita and the New Steel Troops—Winged Angels also aired on the channel during the summer period, titled as Doraemon In Nobita and the Steel Troops:The New Age ,which was the first Doraemon Movie Which got theatrically released in India. It was distributed by UTV Motion Pictures. In June 2014, Disney Channel India launched their first local animated series, Arjun Prince of Bali.
On 10 April 2012, Disney Channel rebranded the logo into a smartphone app logo used internationally and US.
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 in the weekend. The weekend strategy was called "Shanivaar, Ravivaar only for Parivaar". 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 local animation instead. On 1 May 2018, it changed its logo colour to blue, as used internationally.
In Summer 2020, Disney Channel launched new shows such as Mira, Royal Detective, Bapu and Guddu, along with new episodes of shows like Chacha Choudhury, Doraemon, and Selfie with Bajrangi, along with new movies of Doraemon.
The channel launched a DIY show called Imagine That on 6 September 2020. It is airing new episodes every Sunday at 9:30 AM
A lawmaker in Pakistan demanded a ban on the cartoon as a whole over fears that it might have a negative impact on children. Similar concerns were raised in India by the Broadcasting Content Complaints Council (BCCC) of IBF.
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