Available in HD and exclusively to Sky movie subscribers from Easter, Sky Movies Disney will be the home of animated classics, live action adventures, Pixar hits and the newest Disney titles.
Sky Movies Disney replaces Disney Cinemagic which will cease broadcasting on the 28th March in the UK and Ireland.
Sky Movies Disney marks the first time that The Walt Disney Company has teamed up with another TV movie channel anywhere in the world. It is also the first time that viewers in the UK and Ireland will be able to watch Disney blockbusters and classic movies from the past on one single channel.
BSkyB customers will also be available to access the channel on demand and on the move via Sky Go and NOW TV. Sky Movies Disney will also be available to customers of cable channel Virgin Media who will also be able to subscribe to the new channel.
The new channel which launches on Thursday 28 March with the TV premiere of Disney Pixar’s Brave, featuring fearless heroine Merida in this the action-packed, BAFTA-winning hit set amongst the colourful clans of Scotland.
Ian Lewis, Director of Sky Movies said: “Sky Movies Disney will be the home of new and classic Disney and Disney/Pixar movies and will offer all new titles at least a year before other TV channels or subscription services. The combination of Disney’s fantastic movies and Sky’s award-winning innovation means that customers will have the chance to enjoy the very best of Disney on their own terms, whether that’s watching on demand, on the move or in 3D.“
Diego Lerner, President, The Walt Disney Company EMEA adds: “In launching these new initiatives, we are underlining Disney and Sky’s shared goal: bringing high quality, creative entertainment to audiences in the UK and Ireland. The ways in which people watch TV and movies have changed immeasurably in the past 20 years, but consumers always seek out Disney’s great stories and memorable characters.”
Catherine Powell, Senior Vice President/General Manager, Media Distribution, Disney EMEA, adds: “Through the launch of Sky Movies Disney, we will offer viewers our broadest range yet of popular current and classic Disney and Disney/Pixar films, featuring many of our much-loved stories and characters. Building on the strong performance of our movies and Disney Channels in the UK and Ireland, this agreement will not only increase the range of Disney entertainment being made available, but also the devices and platforms that viewers will be able to enjoy them on.”