Playhouse Disney Canada to launch on Videotron

TORONTO, Jan. 14 /CNW/ - Astral Media's Family Channel today announced the launch of its English-language Playhouse Disney multiplex channel on Videotron in Quebec. Starting January 20, Videotron's illico Digital TV subscribers will receive the best in educational and entertaining programming for young children on channel 159.

"We are thrilled to join forces with Videotron to deliver Quebec viewers the finest educational entertainment in Canada," said Joe Tedesco, Vice President and General Manager, Family Channel and Playhouse Disney. "Playhouse Disney Canada has a truly unique program offering that parents trust and young people love. We are delighted that more Quebec viewers will have the opportunity to join in the fun and experience the magic of Disney for younger audiences."

Playhouse Disney's lineup of acclaimed children's series includes Mickey Mouse Clubhouse, Handy Manny, Special Agent Oso, Imagination Movers, Wow! Wow! Wubzy, Strawberry Shortcake, The Secret World of Benjamin Bear, Franny's Feet, and many more.

Playhouse Disney is a commercial-free, multiplex channel offered to Family Channel subscribers across Canada. Committed to offering engaging, educational and development-based programming for younger children, the channel offers exclusive, first-run programs from Disney together with celebrated Canadian series to create an environment for fun and learning. Visit us at www.playhousedisney.ca. Playhouse Disney is an Astral Media network.

Family Channel is a premium, commercial-free network offering the best in family television entertainment in 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 in select areas, a Subscription Video on Demand (SVOD) service, and Family OnLine, an Internet-based content streaming service available to BellTV subscribers, both of which feature hit Disney movies and series, top-rated Canadian series. Visit us at www.family.ca.

SOURCE Astral Media Inc.

For further information: For further information: Scott Campbell, Manager, Communications, (416) 956-8648, scampbell@tv.astral.com

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