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Disney Junior is a Canadian English-language discretionary service owned by Corus Entertainment. Launched on December 1, 2015, it is a localised version of the U.S. network with Disney Junior, broadcasting animated programming aimed at children between the ages of 2 and 7.

Disney Junior
Disney Junior.png
LaunchedDecember 1, 2015; 3 years ago (2015-12-01)
Owned byCorus Entertainment
(branding licensed by The Walt Disney Company)
Picture format1080i HDTV
(downscaled to letterboxed 480i for the SDTV feed)
SloganWhere the magic begins!
CountryCanada
LanguageEnglish
Broadcast areaCanada
HeadquartersToronto, Ontario
Sister channel(s)
WebsiteDisney Junior Canada
Availability
Satellite
Bell TVChannel 565 (SD)
Channel 1651 (HD)
Shaw DirectChannel 178 / 539 (SD)
Channel 458 / 207 (HD)
Cable
Available on many cable providersChannel slots vary on each operator
IPTV
Bell Aliant Fibe TVChannel 511 (HD)
Bell Fibe TVChannel 1550 (HD)
Bell MTSChannel 156 (SD)
Channel 1156 (HD)
Optik TVChannel 602 (HD East)
Channel 9602 (SD West)
SaskTelChannel 95 (SD)
Channel 395 (HD)
VMediaChannel 59 (HD)
ZazeenChannel 149 (SD)

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HistoryEdit

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 since May 6, 2011. 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 launch "select Disney branded kids linear television offerings" in the future, after the launch of a Canadian version of Disney Channel.[1][2][3][4]

In August 2015, television provider VMedia stated on its website that Corus would launch Disney Junior and Disney XD channels on December 1, 2015.[5] Upon its launch on September 1, 2015, Disney Channel aired a programming block featuring Disney Junior programs.[6] DHX's Disney Junior services were re-branded as Family Jr. and Télémagino on September 18.[7]

Corus's Disney Junior channel officially launched on December 1, 2015 along with Disney XD.[8] DHX's rights to broadcast Disney Junior programming expired on January 1, 2016.[3]

On September 1, 2017, the channel obtained a discretionary service licence;[9] it had been operating as an exempt channel before then.[10]

There is no French-language counterpart, with Disney La Chaîne offering the morning programming block Disney Junior sur La Chaîne Disney to carry network programming in the French language.

On April 21, 2018, the network aired its first film, The Lion King, and has continued to air films since then.

ProgrammingEdit

Current programmingEdit

Future programmingEdit

Former programmingEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "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.
  2. ^ "DHX Media to buy Family, other children's channels". Toronto Star. November 28, 2013. Retrieved November 29, 2013.
  3. ^ a b "Corus gains Canadian rights to Disney Channel content". The Globe and Mail. Canadian Press. Retrieved April 16, 2015.
  4. ^ "DHX-Disney Divorce Almost Done". Cartt.ca. Retrieved April 16, 2015.
  5. ^ "Changes to Kids Channels". VMedia. Retrieved August 26, 2015.
  6. ^ "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.
  7. ^ "DHX TELEVISION'S REBRANDED FAMILY JR. AND TÉLÉMAGINO NETWORKS REVEALED TODAY" (Press release). DHX Media. Archived from the original on September 28, 2015. Retrieved September 18, 2015.
  8. ^ a b "Disney XD & Disney Junior to Roll Out in Canada Next Month". WorldScreen. Retrieved December 1, 2015.
  9. ^ http://www.crtc.gc.ca/eng/archive/2017/2017-150.htm
  10. ^ https://web.archive.org/web/20160414051439/http://www.crtc.gc.ca/eng/BCASTING/catb_e3l.htm
  11. ^ Corus delivers new series for 2018-19 season
  12. ^ a b "Disney Junior". disneychannel.ca Buzz Blog. Corus Entertainment. November 1, 2015. Retrieved November 2, 2015.[permanent dead link]

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