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DreamWorks Channel
Broadcast areaAustralia
MENA
Southeast Asia
Sub-Saharan Africa
Europe (excluding in the UK & Ireland)
NetworkNBCUniversal International Networks
Programming
Language(s)Arabic (MENA feed only)
Chinese
Dutch
English
Filipino
Korean (subtitles)
Malay
Spanish
Thai
Picture format1080i HDTV
(downscaled to 16:9 576i/480i for the SDTV feed)
Timeshift serviceDreamWorks Channel +1
Ownership
OwnerNBCUniversal
Sister channelsE!
Universal Kids
History
Launched1 August 2015; 6 years ago (2015-08-01)
Links
WebsiteOfficial website
Availability
Satellite
Zuku TV (Kenya)Channel 614

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.

DreamWorks Animation programming, both in new and archive forms, make up the primetime and early day schedules of new sister network Universal Kids, which launched in the United States on 9 September 2017 (a format evolution of an earlier version of the channel named "Sprout").[1][2] The rights for DreamWorks Animation's programming in the United States are also handled by Netflix and other networks.[3]

History

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.[4] 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.[5]

After the defunct of provider CTH in Thailand on 1 September 2016, the channel has made a deal with MONO29 since 2 July 2018 for airing DreamWorks Animation contents in a programming block.

A Middle East and North Africa channel launched on 1 August 2016 in partnership with beIN Network.[6] 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.[7][8] On 1 January 2018, NBCUniversal International Networks took over HBO Asia's role with DreamWorks Channel in Southeast Asia.[9]

The channel launched on KPN in the Netherlands on 23 July 2019.[10]

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.[11]

The channel launched in Sub-Saharan Africa through African pay-television operator StarTimes on 3 August 2020.[12]

The channel launched in Spain with 2 television providers Movistar+ and Orange on 21 February 2021.[13]

The channel launched in Hong Kong through Cantonese pay-television operator Now TV on 17 June 2021.

A 24-hour version of the channel launched in Australia via pay television provider Foxtel on 1 July 2021.

The channel launched in the Philippines through Filipino-dubbed version via Cignal on 11 September 2021.[14] The channel was also launched on SkyCable in mid-November of the same year, though SkyCable uses its original English feed instead.[15]

DreamWorks Channel is back broadcasting in Thailand. Join hands with TrueVisions. It will start broadcasting on October 1, 2021.

Programming

The content on the channel mainly consists of series produced by DreamWorks Animation SKG and DreamWorks Classics library.[4] However, DWA's films only air in the MENA version.[3]

Programming blocks

Current programming

Title Programming block / Ref.
3-2-1 Penguins! DW Jr.
3Below: Tales of Arcadia
The Adventures of Puss in Boots[5]
The Adventures of Rocky and Bullwinkle [5]
All Hail King Julien[5]
Archibald's Next Big Thing
The Boss Baby: Back in Business
Casper's Scare School[5]
Cleopatra in Space[16][17]
Dawn of the Croods [18]
Dennis & Gnasher: Unleashed! [19]
Denver the Last Dinosaur [20]
Dinotrux [5]
Dream Defenders
DreamWorks Dragons[3]
The Epic Tales of Captain Underpants
Fifi and the Flowertots DW Jr.
George of the Jungle [5]
Guess with Jess DW Jr.[5]
Harvey Girls Forever!
Home: Adventures with Tip & Oh
Kitty Is Not a Cat [21]
Kung Fu Panda: The Paws of Destiny
Little Charley Bear DW Jr.
Marsupilami[21]
The Mr. Peabody & Sherman Show [18]
My Life Me
Noddy, Toyland Detective DW Jr.[22]
Olivia DW Jr.
Poko DW Jr.
Postman Pat Special Delivery Service DW Jr.
Raa Raa the Noisy Lion DW Jr.[5]
Roary the Racing Car DW Jr.
Rupert Bear, Follow the Magic... DW Jr.
Tinga Tinga Tales DW Jr.
Trollhunters
Trolls: The Beat Goes On!
Turbo Fast
VeggieTales DW Jr.
VeggieTales in the House[3] DW Jr.
Voltron: Legendary Defender
Where's Waldo? DW Jr.[23]

Future programming

Title Programming block / Ref.
Madagascar: A Little Wild DW Jr.
The Mighty Ones
Doug Unplugs DW Jr.
Trolls: TrollsTopia

Versions

Market Type Launch date source
Thailand (English) channel 1 August 2015 [5]
Thailand (Thai) 1 September 2015 [5]
Malaysia 10 September 2015 [24]
Indonesia 2 March 2016 [25]
Singapore 3 March 2016 [22]
Hong Kong (English) 1 April 2016 [26]
Macau (English)
Hong Kong (Cantonese)
Macau (Cantonese)
South Korea channel 3 May 2016 [18]
SVOD
Middle East & North Africa channel 1 August 2016 [6][27]
Netherlands 23 July 2019 [10]
Australia (pop-up channel) 1 June 2020 [11]
Sub-Saharan Africa 3 August 2020 [12]
Spain 22 February 2021 [13]
Hong Kong (Mandarin) 17 June 2021 [26]
Macau (Mandarin)
Australia (24/7 channel) 1 July 2021 [28]
Philippines (Filipino) 11 September 2021 [14]
Thailand (TrueVisions 448 channel) 1 October 2021 [29]
Philippines (English) 15 November 2021 [15]

See also

References

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  2. ^ Getzler, Wendy (1 May 2017). "A new age: Sprout to become Universal Kids". Kidscreen. Retrieved 1 May 2017. On September 9, Sprout will rebrand to become Universal Kids, a US network for two- to 11-year-olds that will include preschool content, a lineup of DreamWorks Animation TV series, unscripted entertainment and live-action scripted originals.
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  19. ^ <https://kidscreen.com/2020/03/10/nbcuniversal-snaps-up-dennis-gnasher
  20. ^ https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vIPoLW1dIug
  21. ^ a b https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PjRlnJLhFr8
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  23. ^ https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=URUKe0tAfCA
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  25. ^ "First in Indonesia: Indihome Presents Channel DreamWorks". Jakarta Globe. 2 March 2016. Archived from the original on 12 May 2016. Retrieved 22 April 2016.
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  28. ^ "FOXTEL expands family offering with two new dedicated kids channels - DreamWorks and PBS KIDS". TV Blackbox. 25 June 2021. Retrieved 25 June 2021.
  29. ^ "คอแอนิเมชั่นถูกใจสิ่งนี้ "ทรูวิชั่นส์" จับมือ "ดรีมเวิร์คส์" คว้าลิขสิทธิ์รายเดียวในไทย". 20 October 2021.