Disney+ will become the exclusive home of Disney Channel content in the United Kingdom from 1 October 2020.
The Walt Disney Company today announced their decision to close down their entertainment channels at the end of September 2020 bringing to an end 25 years of broadcasting in the United Kingdom.
From 1 October 2020 the Disney+ online streaming service which launched in the UK on 24 March 2020 will become the exclusive home of all new and archived content from the Disney Channel, DisneyXD and Disney Junior.
“From 1 October, Disney+ will become the exclusive home for content from the Disney Channel, DisneyXD and Disney Junior in the UK.” The Company said in a statement.
“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 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,” the company added.
The Disney Channel launched in the United Kingdom on 1 October 1995 and was the first Disney Channel to broadcast outside the United States.
Natural history and wildlife channel National Geographic and entertainment channel Fox will continue to broadcast in the UK.