DreamWorks Channel
DreamWorks Channel Logo.svg
Broadcast areaWorldwide
NetworkNBCUniversal International Networks
Programming
Language(s)
  • Arabic
  • Cantonese
  • Dutch
  • English
  • Filipino
  • Indonesia
  • Korean
  • Malay
  • Taiwanese Mandarin
  • Brazilian Portuguese
  • Spanish
  • Latin American Spanish
  • Thai
  • Vietnamese
Picture format1080i HDTV
(downscaled to 16:9 576i/480i for the SDTV feed)
Timeshift serviceDreamWorks Channel +1
Ownership
OwnerNBCUniversal
Yippee Entertainment, Inc.
Sister channels
History
Launched1 August 2015; 7 years ago (2015-08-01)
Links
WebsiteOfficial website

DreamWorks Channel, commonly known as DreamWorks, is a pay television network owned and operated by the NBCUniversal International Networks division of NBCUniversal, a division of Comcast and Yippee Entertainment, Inc. First launched in Southeast Asia on 1 August 2015, it expanded to the rest of Asia as well as Europe, Africa, Oceania and Latin America. Its programming is dominated by productions from DreamWorks Animation.

Its counterpart in the United States is Universal Kids, which launched on 9 September 2017, with the rights to DreamWorks Animation's programming in the country also handled by Netflix and other local networks.

History

As a standalone TV Channel

DreamWorks Animation announced plans to launch its own TV channel on 9 December 2014 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] The studio's first foray into television channel operations in any part of the world was represented with the launch of its first dedicated channel on 1 August 2015 in Thailand through a joint venture through with CTH.[2]

A Middle East and North Africa feed of the channel launched on 1 August 2016 in partnership with the beIN Channels Network.[3]

The channel was placed under the NBCU International executive vice president of Lifestyle and Kids, Duccio Donati, in August 2017, following the NBCU/Comcast takeover of both Dreamworks Animation and Dreamworks Pictures. 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 channel/test transmission feed of the channel launched in Australia via Foxtel on channel 700 throughout June 2020 and returned as a regular 24/7 network the following year.[8]

The Sub-Saharan African feed of the channel originally launched on StarTimes on 3 August 2020,[9] but closed/shut down on 17 February 2022 and was supplemented by Nickelodeon on StarTimes ON on July 2022.[10] MultiChoice and NBCUIN jointly announced on 8 March 2022 that the channel would launch on DStv a week later on 18 March.[11] On its launch, the channel took over the service channel number slot previously held by Disney XD which was shut down on 1 October 2020 and supplement eToonz alongside PBS Kids.[12][13][14] As of 19 September 2022, the Sub-Saharan African channel is available on the DStv Compact, DStv Compact Plus and DStv Premium subscription packages in South Africa and on the DStv Premium and DStv Compact Plus subscription packages in the rest of Africa, although the channnel was made available on the lower-tiered DStv Family and DStv Access subscription packages until 18 April to promote Team Zenko Go, The Bad Guys and The Boss Baby: Back in the Crib.[15] From 27 June to 15 July 2022, the channel was made available on DStv Family alongside Disney Channel to promote Kung Fu Panda: The Dragon Knight and Illumination's Minions: The Rise of Gru.[16]

The Philippines feed of the channel launched via Cignal on 11 September 2021, with aired productions dubbed in the Filipino language.[17] It was also launched on SkyCable in mid-November that same year, though SkyCable uses its original English feed instead.[18] Like the Sub-Saharan African DStv channel feed, it replaced on launch the country channel feed of Disney Channel, which shut down on the same date as the Southeast Asian Disney Channel feeds, i.e. on 1 October.

Universal+ launch with DreamWorks

The channel launched in Spain with two television providers Movistar+ and Orange on 21 February 2021.[19]

The Indian feed of the channel was launched in English via Jio TV on 25 November 2021.[a]

The Latin America feed of the channel was launched on 31 March 2022.[20]

Dreamworks Channel Africa's programming will be available on Universal+ which will launch as an on-demand service on DStv Catch Up and DStv App on 14 October 2022.[21]

Programming

The content on the channel mainly consists of productions from the libraries of DreamWorks Animation Television and DreamWorks Classics including some of the former's content originally produced for Netflix;[1] the former's films and specials only broadcasts in the international versions.[22]

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 [23]
Dawn of the Croods [24]
Dennis & Gnasher: Unleashed! [25]
Denver the Last Dinosaur [26]
Dinotrux [2]
Dream Defenders
DreamWorks Dragons [22]
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
Jurassic World Camp Cretaceous
Kipo and the Age of Wonderbeasts
Kitty Is Not a Cat [27]
Kung Fu Panda: The Paws of Destiny
Little Charley Bear DW Jr.
Madagascar: A Little Wild DW Jr.
Marsupilami [27]
The Mr. Peabody & Sherman Show [24]
My Life Me
Noddy in Toyland DW Jr.
Noddy, Toyland Detective DW Jr.[28]
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!
Trolls: TrollsTopia
Turbo Fast
VeggieTales DW Jr.
VeggieTales in the House[22] DW Jr.
Voltron: Legendary Defender
Where's Waldo? DW Jr.[29]
Wizards: Tales of Arcadia

Future programming

Title Programming block / Ref.
The Choo Choo Bob Show
The Croods: Family Tree
DreamWorks Dragons: The Nine Realms
Doug Unplugs DW Jr.
Face Your Fears with the Moores
From Aardvark to Zucchini
The Funny Company
Gabby's Dollhouse DW Jr.
The Mighty Ones
Miss Charity's Diner
Paws & Tales
Rhyme Time Town DW Jr.
RocKids TV
Sea Kids
Superbook (2011 series)
Swiss Family Robinson
The World of Jonathan Singh

Versions

Market Type Launch date Universal+ included?[b] source
Thailand (English) TV channel 1 August 2015 No [2]
Thailand (Thai) 1 September 2015 [2]
Malaysia 10 September 2015 [30]
Indonesia 2 March 2016 [31]
Singapore 3 March 2016 [28]
Hong Kong (English) 1 April 2016 [32]
Macau (English)
Hong Kong (Cantonese)
Macau (Cantonese)
South Korea channel 3 May 2016 [24]
SVOD
Middle East & North Africa channel 1 August 2016 [3][33]
Netherlands 23 July 2019 [7]
Vietnam 1 April 2020 [citation needed]
Australia (pop-up channel) 1 June 2020 [8]
Sub-Saharan Africa (original) 3 August 2020 [9]
Spain 22 February 2021 Yes [19]
Hong Kong (Mandarin) 17 June 2021 No [32]
Macau (Mandarin)
Australia (24/7 channel) 1 July 2021 [34]
Philippines (Filipino) 11 September 2021 [17]
Thailand (TrueVisions relaunch) 1 October 2021 [35]
Philippines (English) 15 November 2021 [18]
India 25 November 2021 Yes
Sub-Saharan Africa (Relaunch) 18 March 2022 No [11]
Latin America 1 April 2022 Yes

See also

Notes

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

References

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