DreamWorks Channel
DreamWorks Channel Logo.svg
Broadcast areaAsia-Pacific
Australia
Europe
Latin America
MENA
Sub-Saharan Africa
NetworkNBCUniversal International Networks
Programming
Language(s)Arabic
Cantonese (but later, subtitled)
Dutch
English
Filipino
Indonesian
Korean (subtitles)
Malay
Mandarin (Taiwan) (but later, subtitled)
Portuguese (Brazil)
Spanish
Thai (but later, subtitled)
Vietnamese
Picture format1080i HDTV
(downscaled to 16:9 576i/480i for the SDTV feed)
Timeshift serviceDreamWorks Channel +1
Ownership
OwnerNBCUniversal
Elle[disambiguation needed] (30%)
Sister channels
History
Launched1 August 2015; 6 years ago (2015-08-01)
Links
WebsiteOfficial website

DreamWorks Channel (commonly shortened to DreamWorks) is a pay television network owned and operated by NBCUniversal, a division of Comcast. It first launched in Southeast Asia on August 1, 2015, and later expanded to the rest of Asia as well as Europe, Africa, Oceania and Latin America. Its programming is made up of shows from DreamWorks Animation.

In the United States, DreamWorks shows air instead on Universal Kids, which launched on 9 September 2017. The rights for DreamWorks Animation's programming in the United States are also handled by Netflix and other networks.

History

As a standalone DreamWorks Channel

DreamWorks Animation announced on 9 December 2014 plans to launch its own TV channel starting in Asia rolling out over 19 countries in the second half of 2015. Singapore-based broadcaster HBO Asia was contracted to handle marketing, sales and technical services for the channel in Southeast Asia.[1] DreamWorks Channel launched on 1 August 2015 in Thailand. The channel represents DWA's first foray into operating its own television channel in any part of the world as a result of a joint venture through CTH.[2]

A Middle East and North Africa channel launched on 1 August 2016 in partnership with beIN Network.[3] The channel(s) were placed under NBCUniversal

The channel was placed under the NBCU International executive vice president, lifestyle and kids Duccio Donati in August 2017. This paired the channel with E! international channels and NBCU lifestyle channel content.[4][5] On 1 January 2018, NBCUniversal International Networks took over HBO Asia's role with DreamWorks Channel in Southeast Asia.[6]

The channel launched on KPN in the Netherlands on 23 July 2019.[7]

A pop-up version was launched in Australia via pay television provider Foxtel from 1 to 30 June 2020, on channel 700 until a full version in 2021.[8]

The channel launched in Sub-Saharan Africa through African pay-television operator StarTimes on 3 August 2020.[9] The channel was removed from Startimes on 17 February 2022,[10] while being available on DStv starting on 18 March 2022 in the process, replacing the Africa version of Disney XD, which has been shutdown back on 1 October 2020. The channel was available on all of DStv's packages (down to DStv Access) in South Africa until April 18 to promote The Bad Guys.[11][12]

The channel launched in the Philippines through Filipino-dubbed version via Cignal on 11 September 2021,[13] the channel was also launched on SkyCable in mid-November of the same year, though SkyCable uses its original English feed instead,[14] replacing the Southeast Asian version of Disney Channel in the country, which has been shutdown back in 1 October.

Universal+ launch with DreamWorks

The channel launched in Spain with two television providers Movistar+ and Orange on 21 February 2021.[15]

The channel launched in India in English via Jio TV on 25 November 2021.[a]

The channel launched in Latin America on 31 March 2022.[16]

Programming

The content on the channel mainly consists of series produced by DreamWorks Animation SKG and DreamWorks Classics library including some of DWA's content produced for Netflix.[1] However, DWA's films only air in the international versions.[17]

Programming blocks

Current programming

Title Programming block / Ref.
3-2-1 Penguins! DW Jr.
3Below: Tales of Arcadia
The Adventures of Puss in Boots[2]
The Adventures of Rocky and Bullwinkle [2]
All Hail King Julien[2]
Archibald's Next Big Thing
The Boss Baby: Back in Business
Casper's Scare School[2]
Cleopatra in Space[18][19]
Dawn of the Croods [20]
Dennis & Gnasher: Unleashed! [21]
Denver the Last Dinosaur [22]
Dinotrux [2]
Dream Defenders
DreamWorks Dragons[17]
DreamWorks Dragons: Rescue Riders DW Jr.
The Epic Tales of Captain Underpants
Fifi and the Flowertots DW Jr.
George of the Jungle [2]
Guess with Jess DW Jr.[2]
Harvey Girls Forever!
Home: Adventures with Tip & Oh
Kitty Is Not a Cat [23]
Kung Fu Panda: The Paws of Destiny
Little Charley Bear DW Jr.
Marsupilami[23]
The Mr. Peabody & Sherman Show [20]
My Life Me
Noddy in Toyland DW Jr.
Noddy, Toyland Detective DW Jr.[24]
Olivia DW Jr.
Poko DW Jr.
Postman Pat (2004 series) DW Jr.
Postman Pat Special Delivery Service DW Jr.
Raa Raa the Noisy Lion DW Jr.[2]
Roary the Racing Car DW Jr.
Rupert Bear, Follow the Magic... DW Jr.
She-Ra and the Princesses of Power
Spirit Riding Free
Tinga Tinga Tales DW Jr.
Trollhunters
Trolls: The Beat Goes On!
Turbo Fast
VeggieTales DW Jr.
VeggieTales in the House[17] DW Jr.
Voltron: Legendary Defender
Where's Waldo? DW Jr.[25]
Wizards: Tales of Arcadia

Future programming

Title Programming block / Ref.
The Croods: Family Tree
Doug Unplugs DW Jr.
Gabby's Dollhouse DW Jr.
Jurassic World Camp Cretaceous
Madagascar: A Little Wild DW Jr.
The Mighty Ones
Trolls: TrollsTopia

Versions

Market Type Launch date Universal+ included?[b] source
Thailand (English) channel 1 August 2015 No [2]
Thailand (Thai) 1 September 2015 [2]
Malaysia 10 September 2015 [26]
Indonesia 2 March 2016 [27]
Singapore 3 March 2016 [24]
Hong Kong (English) 1 April 2016 [28]
Macau (English)
Hong Kong (Cantonese)
Macau (Cantonese)
South Korea channel 3 May 2016 [20]
SVOD
Middle East & North Africa channel 1 August 2016 [3][29]
Netherlands 23 July 2019 [7]
Vietnam 1 April 2020 [citation needed]
Australia (pop-up channel) 1 June 2020 [8]
Sub-Saharan Africa 3 August 2020 [9][11]
Spain 22 February 2021 Yes [15]
Hong Kong (Mandarin) 17 June 2021 No [28]
Macau (Mandarin)
Australia (24/7 channel) 1 July 2021 [30]
Philippines (Filipino) 11 September 2021 [13]
Thailand (TrueVisions relaunch) 1 October 2021 [31]
Philippines (English) 15 November 2021 [14]
India 25 November 2021 Yes
Latin America 1 April 2022

See also

Notes

  1. ^ The network primarily distributes films and television series produced by NBCUniversal, with every dedicated content hub for brand under Universal+ after the Spaniard launch.
  2. ^ Unless otherwise indicated, "Yes" means Universal+ programming has been available since the later of February 22, 2021, and the launch of DreamWorks Channel in the indicated country/territory.

References

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  11. ^ a b "Multichoice, NBCUniversal international Networks launch new 24-hour channel on DStv". Retrieved 8 March 2022.
  12. ^ "TV with Thinus: Multichoice add DreamWorks kids channel from NBCUniversal International Networks to DStv". Retrieved 14 March 2022.
  13. ^ a b "New channels on Cignal starting September 2021". Archived from the original on 2 September 2021. Retrieved 2 September 2021.
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