Disney Is Shutting Down Its Kids Channels In The UK
Disney is shutting down its kids TV channels in the UK and moving it all over to Disney+.
The Disney Channel, Disney Junior and Disney XD will be go off air in the UK on 30 September, a spokesperson told The Hollywood Reporter.
In a statement, the spokesperson said: "From October 1st, Disney+ will become the exclusive home for content from Disney Channel, Disney XD and Disney Junior in the UK.
"The direct-to-consumer service, which garnered more than 54.5 million subscribers worldwide in its first seven months, will now premiere all the latest films, series and specials from the three Disney Channels, along with offering a rich and expansive back catalogue of Disney Channel titles in the UK, including Mickey Mouse Clubhouse, Descendants 3 and Phineas and Ferb."
The move won't impact other channel's owned by Disney, including Fox and National Geographic, which will continue to broadcast in the UK as normal.
The statement continued: "The Walt Disney Company remains committed to our kids channels business and continues to execute distribution agreements for Disney channels in many markets where Disney+ is also available, with the goal of giving our fans multiple entry points to our storytelling. "
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Disney+ launched in the UK back in February and is home to hundreds of films from the Disney back cartoon back catalogue as well as Pixar classics, every single episode of The Simpson, a bunch of brand new exclusive content such as Star Wars spin-off The Mandalorian and straight from the Disney Channel there's also box sets of nostalgia inducing series such as Hannah Montana and its original flicks like High School Musical.
Disney+ recently announced it was scrapping its seven-day free trial for new customers.
Speaking to Variety, a spokesperson said: "We continue to test and evaluate different marketing, offers and promotions to grow Disney+.
"The service was set at an attractive price-to-value proposition that we believe delivers a compelling entertainment offering on its own."
The company say its streaming audience has almost doubled during lockdown and, as of April, had more than 50 million subscribers worldwide.
In the UK Disney+ costs £5.99 per month or £59.99 for a year.
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