Disney kids channel to stop airing in the UK: Is it because of Disney+? Let’s see.
Disney has decided to close its kid’s channels post the launch of its streaming platform, Disney+.
This means after September, Disney+ will be the UK’s sole legitimate way to shows like DuckTales, Star Wars Resistance, and Marvel’s Spider-Man as well as reshowing of Disney titles such as the magnificent Phineas and Ferb and Gravity Falls.
Disney Channel is a teens’ and kids’ entertainment channel which is available in the United Kingdom along with the Republic of Ireland since 1995 (October).
Disney Channel currently has two sister channels: Disney XD and Disney Junior.
On 25 June 2020, it was announced that Disney Channel, Disney XD and Disney Junior, would close in the UK from 30 September 2020. Due to Disney failing to reach a new carriage deal with Sky and Virgin Media. All of the channel’s content will be transferred to streaming service Disney+.
But, on the other hand, other television channels of Disney, namely, Nat Geo Wild, National Geographic, and Fox will continue to broadcast.
A Disney spokesperson said: “From 1 October, Disney+ will become the exclusive home for content from Disney Channel, Disney xd and Disney Junior in the UK.
He added that ” Walt Disney Company remains committed to our kid’s channels business.” Meanwhile, the company plans to execute distribution agreements for Disney Channels in markets where Disney+ is also available.
The news surely marks a very remarkable moment for Disney. It appears to be increasingly focusing its efforts on streaming at the expense of traditional television.
Streaming service Disney+ launched in the UK in 2020 as part of the network’s move to digital content.
Disney+ features a back catalog of Disney shows that earlier aired on their channels. Exclusive programs such as Disney Channel spin-off High School Musical: The Musical: The Series.
To make it clear, the withdrawals of Disney’s linear channels are limited to the UK only. Which means that won’t be the case for other European countries.