Disney Channel (Scandinavia)
CountryUnited Kingdom
Broadcast area
Headquarters3 Queen Caroline Street, Hammersmith, London W6 9PE, United Kingdom
Programming
Language(s)
Picture formatSDTV 576i, 16:9
Ownership
OwnerThe Walt Disney Company Limited
Disney Branded Television (Disney Entertainment)
Sister channels
History
Launched28 February 2003; 21 years ago (2003-02-28) (original)
1 April 2024; 10 days' time (2024-04-01) (relaunch)
ReplacedDisney Channel EMEA (original and relaunch)
Disney Junior (relaunch)
Closed28 February 2023; 12 months ago (2023-02-28) (on Allente & the Baltics)
5 June 2023 (2023-06-05) (all platforms) at 6:00  am (original)
Replaced byDisney Channel EMEA (original)
Links
Website
Availability
Terrestrial
RiksTV (Norway)Channel 14
Boxer (Denmark)Channel 25[1]
Televarpið (Faroe Islands)Channel 18
Digitalísland (Iceland)Channel 60[2][3]

Disney Channel was a Scandinavian children's television channel owned and operated by The Walt Disney Company Limited. On 5 June 2023, it was shutdown and merged into Disney Channel EMEA, but will be relaunched on April 1, 2024.

History

On 28 February 2003, almost 80 years since the founding of The Walt Disney Company and almost 20 years since the launch of the original Disney Channel in the United States, the Disney Channel was launched, and was then at the time exclusive to the Viasat satellite platform (Sirius 4).[4]

Later that year, it became available on digital cable networks, such as the Swedish Com Hem. Once the channel was originally launched, the only programs aired were animated, many of which were not Disney Channel Original Series (as they are called in the U.S.). The first live-action series aired on Disney Channel was Smart Guy, which debuted in 2005.[citation needed]

In 2003, the channel also applied for a license to broadcast in the Swedish digital terrestrial television network. The Disney Channel was among the channels recommended by the Swedish Radio and TV Authority, and the government granted the Disney Channel a broadcasting license on 29 January 2004. The terrestrial transmissions could start on 15 February via the Boxer TV Access platform. Soon after that, the channel celebrated its first anniversary by dropping encryption for one weekend. On 1 August 2005, the channel became available to subscribers of the Canal Digital (Thor 2) satellite platform. Simultaneously, a sister channel called Toon Disney was launched. A third sister channel, Playhouse Disney, was launched on 1 October 2006.[citation needed]

In the fall of 2009, the channel started broadcasting its first original productions. Among these are a sitcom called Når klokkerne ringer, produced by the Danish production company Nobody, and the music competition My Camp Rock, produced by Titan Television.[5]

In January 2012, Disney Channel Scandinavia got the same on-air logo and graphics as the UK version of Disney Channel at the time. Later in May 2012, the channel updated to 16:9 (widescreen).[citation needed]

Since 1 August 2012, the channel has been airing advertisements between the shows. In the fall of 2012, the Disney Channels in Sweden, Norway and Denmark split feeds during the commercial breaks so it would be easier to air local advertisements; however, the promos and schedule are the same in the Nordic countries.[6][7]

On 28 February 2023, Disney Channel ceased broadcasting on Allente, along with the Russian-language audio track.[8][9] However, it remains in other providers. The same day, the feed ceased broadcasting in the Baltics (Since the addition of the Baltic satellite service Viasat in 2003) and was replaced by the EMEA feed of Disney Channel, on 3 April as Home3, satellite service.

On 5 June 2023 the channel was fully disconnected and it was merged into the Pan-European version.[citation needed]

In February 2024, it was announced that the channel will be relaunched on April 1, 2024 and will also include a Disney Junior branded block during mornings and at weekends as the channel merges with the main one.[10][11]

Programming

The channel is mainly aimed at children, broadcasting Disney television series 24 hours daily. Disney feature films are also an important part of the channel's programming. All of the programs are dubbed into local languages. Since autumn 2012, Disney Channel broadcast with different video streams between the countries with its audio stream, but schedule is still the same. Many syndicated programs have been aired on Disney Channel, such as The Fairly OddParents and Scaredy Squirrel.

Other channels and services

Disney Junior

Main article: Disney Junior (Scandinavia)

Disney Junior is a channel aimed at preschoolers which was launched in October 2006 on the Canal Digital and Viasat satellite operators as Playhouse Disney. Later on, the channel was launched on cable operators. On Com Hem, the largest cable operator in Sweden, the channel was launched on 2 April 2007. On 10 September 2011, Playhouse Disney was rebranded as Disney Junior. The channel will close on March 1, 2024 in Denmark and on April 1, 2024 in other Scandinavian countries and will merge with the main channel.[12][13][14]

Disney XD (closed)

Main article: Disney XD (Scandinavia)

Disney XD was a male-skewed children's channel which broadcasts 16 hours a day between 6:00 AM CET and 10:00 PM CET. It replaced Jetix and Toon Disney on 12 September 2009.[15][16] Jetix used to end its daily broadcasts at 6:00 PM. Disney XD is funded by advertising, as was Jetix, while Toon Disney was commercial-free. It closed down on 31 December 2020.

Logos

References

  1. ^ "Disney Channel på Boxers tv-sendenet" (Press release). Boxer. 16 April 2009.
  2. ^ http://www.vodafone.is/sjonvarp/stodvar/disney Archived 30 July 2014 at the Wayback Machine program cable-tv network provider
  3. ^ http://www.stod2.is/Dagskra/dagskra?stod=DISNO Archived 24 September 2015 at the Wayback Machine program-listing channel subscription provider
  4. ^ Edmunds, Marlene (16 February 2003). "Mickey set to woo new Mouseketeers". Variety. Retrieved 2 July 2022.
  5. ^ "Disney Channel stärker upp med lokalproduktioner". Dagens Media. 5 June 2009. Archived from the original on 22 February 2014. Retrieved 16 June 2009.
  6. ^ "Disney vässar svenska reklamerbjudandet". Resumé. 6 November 2012.
  7. ^ "Television Broadcast Licensing Update October 2012". Ofcom. Archived from the original on 20 December 2013.
  8. ^ "Allente dropper tre Disney tv-kanaler". FlatpanelsDK. Retrieved 2 March 2023.
  9. ^ "23-01-26 Kanaler från Disney utgår". Allente (in Swedish). 26 January 2023. Archived from the original on 1 February 2023. Retrieved 8 May 2023.
  10. ^ "Disney combines Junior with Disney Channel in the Nordics". Broadband TV News. 1 February 2024. Retrieved 4 February 2024.
  11. ^ "Ny Disney-kanal lanseras i Sverige i april". MovieZine. Retrieved 11 February 2024.
  12. ^ "Norlys varsler prisstigning og kanalændringer på tv-pakker fra 1. marts - den lille tv-pakke stiger med 45,- / måned". digitalt.tv (in Danish). 19 January 2024. Retrieved 9 February 2024.
  13. ^ "Disney combines Junior with Disney Channel in the Nordics". Broadband TV News. 1 February 2024. Retrieved 9 February 2024.
  14. ^ "Ny Disney-kanal lanseras i Sverige i april". MovieZine. Retrieved 11 February 2024.
  15. ^ "LANSERINGSDATUM FÖR DISNEY XD" (Press release). Disney Channel. 29 July 2009. Archived from the original on 19 August 2009.
  16. ^ "DISNEY LANSERAR DISNEY XD I SVERIGE" (Press release). Disney Channel. 10 June 2009. Archived from the original on 18 April 2013.