Disney XD (Latin American TV channel)

Disney XD is a Latin American pay television channel owned by The Walt Disney Company in Latin America and the Caribbean. It is broadcast throughout the region into five feeds, and features animated programs and sitcoms,[1] primarily marketed to kids and teenagers from 6 to 15. It is directly operated by Disney Media Networks and The Walt Disney Company Latin America, which are owned by The Walt Disney Company.

Disney XD
Disney XD - 2015.svg
CountryLatin America
Broadcast areaLatin America and The Caribbean
HeadquartersBuenos Aires, Argentina
São Paulo, Brazil
Mexico City, Mexico
Bogota, Colombia
Santiago, Chile
Programming
Language(s)Spanish
Portuguese
(Brazilian feed only)
English
(only via SAP audio track)
Picture format1080i HDTV
(downscaled to 16:9 480i/576i for the SDTV feeds)
Ownership
OwnerThe Walt Disney Company Latin America
Disney Branded Television
(Walt Disney Direct-to-Consumer and International)
Sister channels
History
Launched8 November 1996 (1996-11-08)
(Fox Kids)
1 August 2004 (2004-08-01)
(Jetix)
3 July 2009 (2009-07-03)
(Disney XD)
Former namesFox Kids Network
(1996-1998)
Fox Kids
(1998–2004)
Jetix
(2004–2009)
Links
WebsiteLatin American website
Brazilian website
Availability
Terrestrial
Antina
(Argentina)
Channel 23
Tigo Star
(Paraguay)
Channel 305

HistoryEdit

 
Fox Kids logo used from 1998 to 2004.
 
Logo used from 2009 to 2015, used as an on-screen bug until May 31, 2016

The channel was launched on November 8, 1996, as Fox Kids, being the third overseas market the channel reached at the time (after the Australian and UK feeds) and the first non-English version to launch.

On July 31, 2004, the TV network was rebranded as Jetix with new on-screen graphics and the premiere of new original shows developed by Disney, due to the acquisition of the Fox Family Worldwide franchise in July 2001, which involved the Latin American management division of the channel. This was the first Fox Kids channel to fully rebrand into the Jetix name, which was followed on by the French channel a month later and continued all over the world.

In May 2009, after Toon Disney was rebranded to Disney XD in the United States, the Latin American-Disney branch confirmed the Disney XD brand will be rollout in the region replacing Jetix starting July 3, 2009. On January 18, 2010, a Chilean feed was introduced (collectively known as the Pacific feed), which was also broadcast in Peru, Bolivia and Ecuador with the Chilean time zone onscreen (UTC−4/-3), pulling off the Argentinian feed that used to air in those countries since 1996 as Fox Kids.

Starting from July 2015, Disney partially implemented a new branding image on the channel's Latin American feeds as part of the "#GameOn" programming block, featuring gaming-based graphics, the premiere of new episodes and series, such as Star vs. the Forces of Evil and Penn Zero: Part-Time Hero. This branding image was based on the 2015 US graphics, and it was used on international feeds starting late-2016. Since April 2016, the "Game On" programming block is phased out and Disney XD gradually implements the US graphical branding on its promos, until it fully rebrands on 1 June 2016, when the on-screen logo was later changed with the current look.

In August 2016, the channel changed its aspect ratio from fullscreen to widescreen. In June 2017, the Pacific feed stopped broadcasting as an independent feed and, instead, became a semi-timeshift channel by one hour (and a mirror feed in Summer due to daylight time), relying on the South feed, with Argentine ads being replaced by Chilean, Peruvian, Ecuadorian and Bolivian commercials.

FeedsEdit

Disney XD Latin America is divided into five feeds across the region, featuring Spanish and Portuguese language-programming in Hispanic America and Brazil, respectively:[2]

Disney had previously launched an additional feed for the channel, being named "Disney XD Pacific" which covered Chile, Peru, Ecuador and Bolivia available since January 18, 2010, replacing the South feed which has been distributed on those countries since the channel's inception as Fox Kids. In June 2017, however, this feed shifts to a timeshift channel relying on the South feed, and thus it loses its autonomous programming schedule after 7 years.

The South timeshift channel was merged with the Panregional feed that covered Colombia, Venezuela, Central America and the Caribbean to create the Andean feed, now using the Colombian time zone as its default time.

In May 2021, the South feed that was broadcast to Argentina, Paraguay and Uruguay was replaced by the Andean feed that now covers all Latin American countries with the exception of Mexico and Brazil.

ProgrammingEdit

Disney XD Latin America primarily airs programming produced by the Walt Disney Television Animation, Disney XD Original Series, theatre-premiered movies and third-party television shows. The following list contains shows that have been or are currently broadcast on the channel.[3][4]

Current programmingEdit

  • Amphibia (August 5, 2019 – present)
  • Big City Greens (pre-premiere October 12, 2018; official premiere October 28, 2018 – present)
  • Boris and Rufus (January 2, 2018 – present)
  • The Owl House (July 3, 2020 – present)

RerunsEdit

Former programsEdit

See alsoEdit

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