Family Channel and Disney Junior English also Launch HD Channels in
Addition to Standard Definition Offering
TORONTO, May 29, 2013 /CNW Telbec/ - Families subscribing to Shaw Direct
will have access to more outstanding kids programming today with the
launch of two new services: Disney XD and Disney Junior en Français. Debuting in high definition, Disney XD is an advertising-supported
network with series and movies showcasing sports and comedy while the
French-language Disney Junior features the best in engaging,
entertaining and educational programming for younger viewers and their
families. Additionally, high definition versions of Family Channel and Disney Junior's English-language network are now available on Shaw Direct to complement the existing offering.
"We're thrilled to have all of our channels available to Shaw Direct
customers and are confident that the additional high definition
offerings will enhance the viewing experience for subscribers," said Joe Tedesco, Senior Vice-President and General Manager, Astral Kids. "We're pleased to be able to bring Disney XD to Shaw Direct
subscribers and introduce more kids and families to the brand of action
and comedy that make the channel so unique in the marketplace. The
popularity of Disney Junior with both Anglophone and Francophone
preschoolers and their families continues to grow and we're excited to
be able to deliver the channel to a wider audience."
"The addition of these channels to our Shaw Direct HD lineup further
enhances the quality of programming and value we are delivering to
families across Canada," said Peter Bissonnette, President of Shaw
Communications Inc. "These channels offer our customers' families some
of the best children's entertainment available."
Disney XD offers series, movies and additional content that highlight
accomplishment, adventure, sports and comedy. Focusing on boys, but
inclusive of girls, Disney XD's roster of series includes Phineas and Ferb, Kickin' It, Lab Rats and Crash & Bernstein. The network is also home to Canadian original series including the
live-action comedy Wingin' It.
Like its English-language counterpart, the French-language Disney Junior
channel is a commercial-free network that celebrates magical, musical
and heartfelt stories. The destination for popular Disney titles such
as Princesse Sofia (Sofia the First), Jake et les Pirates du Pays Imaginaire (Jake and the Never Land Pirates) and Docteur La Peluche (Doc McStuffins), Disney Junior also showcases renowned Canadian preschool productions
including Justin Rêve (Justin Time) and the highly-celebrated Stella et Sacha (Stella and Sam).
Family Channel HD features hit Disney programming such as Jessie, Austin & Ally, and Good Luck Charlie along with successful Canadian series such as the newly launched show The Next Step.
Shaw Direct viewers can find these new HD services at the following
Family Channel HD on channel 569 Advanced/69 Classic;
Disney XD HD on channel 570 Advanced/70 Classic;
Disney Junior (English) HD on channel 574 Advanced/74 Classic; and,
Disney Junior (French) HD on channel 396 Advanced/230 Classic.
Family Channel is a premium, commercial-free network offering the best in family
television entertainment in approximately 6 million homes across
Canada. Dedicated to celebrating family life and providing a fun
experience for all, Family airs a unique mix of series, movies and
specials, with a large portion of programming supplied by Disney.
Family Channel also offers Family OnDemand, a television-based Subscription Video on Demand (SVOD) service and Family OnLine, an internet-based, streaming service, these services, available at no
additional cost, present hit Disney movies and series plus top-rated
Canadian series to subscribers when they want it, where they want it.
Visit us at Family.ca.
Disney Junior is a commercial-free channel available in English and French to
subscribers across Canada. Committed to offering the best in engaging,
entertaining and development-based programming for younger children,
Disney Junior showcases series with a focus on magical, musical and
heartfelt stories that feature beloved classic and contemporary
characters. Presenting exclusive, first-run programs from Disney
together with celebrated Canadian series, Disney Junior is also
available through Disney Junior OnDemand and Disney Junior OnLine. Visit us at DisneyJunior.ca.
Disney XD is an advertising-supported digital specialty network and multiplatform
brand offering a compelling mix of high definition live-action and
animated programming to homes across Canada. Disney XD features series,
movies and short form content that focus on comedy, discovery,
accomplishment and adventure. Disney XD programming is also available
through dedicated on demand and broadband services. Visit us at DisneyXD.ca.
Family Channel, Disney Junior and Disney XD are members of the Astral
family. Astral Media Inc. (TSX : ACM.A/ACM.B) is one of Canada's
largest media companies. It operates several of the country's most
popular pay and specialty television, radio, out-of-home advertising
and interactive media properties. Astral plays a central role in
community life across the country by offering diverse, rich and vibrant
programming that meets the tastes and needs of consumers and
advertisers. To learn more about Astral, visit astral.com.
SOURCE: Family Channel
For further information:
Jaime Werby at 416-956-8584 or firstname.lastname@example.org