When Disney streaming service Disney+ launched in November, fans have wondered what that would mean for the long-running Disney Channel and its subsidiaries, Disney Junior and DisneyXD. Well, the streamer has affected the channel in overseas markets.
According to our friends over at WhatsOnDisneyPlus, they have learned of some countries where some of the channels has been shutdown, which you can see below.
- Disney Channel (Italy)
- Disney Junior (Italy)
- Disney Channel (Australia)
- Disney Junior (Australia)
- Disney XD (Germany)
- Disney XD (France)
- Disney XD (Spain)
- Disney XD+ (UK)
Other countries that are closing down multiple Disney-themed channels include New Zealand and Switzerland. The UK based Disney site also says Disney Content was also slowly being removed from many video-on-demand platforms such as Sky and Foxtel, ahead of the Disney+ launch.
The big question now, is will this affect Disney Channel here in the United States? Disney Channel is the birthplace for many iconic series, including Darkwing Duck, Ducktales (the 90s and the reboot), The Proud Family, Lizzie McGuire, Kim Possible, Phineas and Ferb, as well as Disney Channel Original Movies a.k.a. DCOM’s such as High School Musical, Descendants, Zombies, Smart House, Zenon, and Johnny Tsunami, amongst many others. With VOD and streaming becoming more popular, and most of the channels library coming to Disney+ – with the streamer adding more by the day, it would seem that the channel shutting down is inevitable.
There are two sides to Disney Channel shutting down that need to addressed. First is the good side, this could mean that we see more new original content coming straight to Disney+ by moving the Disney Channel development team to the streamer. Second is the bad, Disney allows the channel to shut down, and jobs are lost, and it’s left at that (WE HOPE NOT). Either way, this is something to keep an eye on in the coming weeks.
As of April, Disney+ was reporting that they had surpassed over 50 million subscribers, and is counting to grow as families are stuck at home during these tough times, and with the streamer continuing to add content with big-name titles such as Onward and Frozen 2, with The Rise of Skywalker, Maleficent: Mistress of Evil, and Artemis Fowl coming throughout the next couple of months.
Disney+ features content that spends over 80 years of rich Disney content, including films, series, shorts, and documentaries, from its major studios, including Disney, Pixar, Marvel, Lucasfilm, National Geographic, and 20th Century Studios. The streamer has also released exclusive content, including The Mandalorian, The Imagineering Story, Timmy Failure: Mistakes Were Made, Togo, Stargirl, Diary of a Future President, amongst others. The streamer has tons of new content in the works.