Sofia The First

Disney, Alibaba launch SVOD service

The Walt Disney Company and Alibaba Group are today launching a subscription OTT service in China. The launch represents the second market new Disney OTT brand DisneyLife has launched in, coming after its UK bow. The Mickey Mouse-themed platform is being made available for presale today, and costs RMB799 (US$125) for a one-year subscription via […]

Disney Channel launches on German free TV

Germany’s latest competitor in the children’s free-to-air channels market has arrived. Disney Channel launched on Friday as the newest entrant in a market that already includes Super RTL and KiKA. Disney Channel was previously available on pay TV in Germany, but The Walt Disney Company decided to make the move some 18 months ago after […]

News brief: Disney Junior renews Sofia, Doc, Jake

Preschool channel Disney Junior has renewed a trio of original shows. Disney Princess series Sofia the First and Doc McStuffins have been handed third seasons and Jake and the Netherland Pirates has scored a fourth. All three shows were among the top cable series in the US for 2-5s, with Sofia in particular growing strongly […]

Disney launches Disney Princess virtual world

Disney has launched Sofia’s World, a virtual world based on its Sofia the First animated series. Available to UK-based fans of the show, Sofia’s World follows the launch by Disney of Jakes World, based on the Jake and the Never Land Pirates animated show. Disney also owns the popular Club Penguin, having bought it in […]

Disney XD launches on Canadian pay platform

The Walt Disney Company-owned boys’ channel Disney XD has launched in HD on Canadian pay TV platform Shaw Direct. The English-language network went live on Shaw yesterday alongside younger-skewing French-language channel Disney Junior en Français, also in HD. Additionally, HD versions of Family Channel and Disney Junior’s English-language feed have launched. Channel operator Astral Media […]

Disney Junior goes HD in the UK

The UK version of Disney’s preschool channel Disney Junior has launched in high definition. Disney has already rolled out HD versions of its core Disney Channel and boy-skewed Disney XD in high definition in the UK making Junior its third kid-focused HD channel. The new service will be carried exclusively on DTH platform BSkyB. Disney […]

Star comes out for Disney Channel

US kids’ net Disney Channel has gone in-house for animated comedy adventure series about a magical teen princess who is sent to Earth. Star and the Forces of Evil (WT) will follow the princess who, after a number of skirmishes with other-worldly monsters, goes to live with a regular Earth family but is soon back […]