Disney Channel

US youth-targeted television channel owned by the Walt Disney Company

Disney Channel is a cable television network that is owned by The Walt Disney Company. The channel shows programs that are made for family audiences, mostly pre-teens and teenagers. The channel began on the morning of April 18, 1983. Its programs ran for 18 hours a day until December 1986. From 1983 to 1997, the channel was called The Disney Channel.

Disney Channel
CountryUnited States
Broadcast areaNationwide
HeadquartersBurbank, California
Picture format
Timeshift serviceDisney Channel East
Disney Channel West
OwnerDisney General Entertainment Content
ParentDisney Branded Television
Sister channels
LaunchedApril 18, 1983; 40 years ago (1983-04-18)
Former namesThe Disney Channel (1983–1997)
WebcastWatch live (U.S. Only)
WebsiteDisneyNOW portal (U.S. Only)
Streaming media
YouTube TV, Hulu + Live TV, Sling TV, Fubo TV, Vidgo TV

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Disney Channel programs shows targeted at preschool-age children on weekdays from 6 a.m.-2 p.m. ET/PT (6-10 a.m. during the summer months) and weekends from 6-9 a.m. ET, called Disney Junior. As of 2010, the only programming featuring classic Disney characters is Mickey Mouse Clubhouse on the Disney Junior block. Other programming in this block includes Mickey and the Roadster Racers, Hotel Transylvania: The Series, Sofia The First, and Elena of Avalor.

On May 26, 2010, it was announced that the Playhouse Disney block will be re-branded under the name Disney Junior starting on February 14, 2011 which later became its own digital cable and satellite channel on March 23, 2012, replacing SOAPnet. The Disney Junior channel is a direct competitor to Nickelodeon's Nick Jr. network and PBS and Comcast's PBS Kids Sprout.[1]

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  1. PreSchool Programs Replace SOAPnet, New York Times, May 27, 2010