Playhouse Disney launches on TELUS TV

TORONTO, July 26 /CNW/ - Astral's Family Channel today announced the launch of its English-language Playhouse Disney channel on TELUS TV. As of today, TELUS TV subscribers in BC and Alberta, who subscribe to Family Channel, can tune into channel 74 to enjoy a broad range of entertaining and learning-focused children's programming from Disney, as well as acclaimed Canadian series.

"With its vibrant programming focusing on fun and learning, Playhouse Disney showcases the best in children's series from Disney as well as Canadian producers," said Joe Tedesco, Vice President and General Manager, Family Channel and Playhouse Disney. "I am so pleased to launch Playhouse Disney with TELUS and have the channel available in even more Canadian homes."

The lineup of high profile shows on Playhouse Disney includes Mickey Mouse Clubhouse, Handy Manny, Imagination Movers and Franny's Feet. September will bring a new season of Special Agent Oso to the channel along with a new season of the Canadian Original production, The Secret World of Benjamin Bear. New series Stella and Sam, based on the novels by Canadian author Marie-Louise Gay, will also debut on the network in January.

Playhouse Disney is a commercial-free channel available in French and English to 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 a member of the Astral family. Astral is one of Canada's largest media companies. It operates more than 100 of the country's most popular pay and specialty television, radio, out-of-home advertising and digital 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.

TELUS (TSX: T, T.A; NYSE: TU) is a leading national telecommunications company in Canada, with $9.6 billion of annual revenue and 11.9 million customer connections including 6.6 million wireless subscribers, 3.9 million wireline network access lines and 1.2 million Internet subscribers and 200,000 TELUS TV customers. Led since 2000 by President and CEO, Darren Entwistle, TELUS provides a wide range of communications products and services including data, Internet protocol (IP), voice, entertainment and video.

SOURCE Family Channel

For further information: For further information: Kate Dickson, Manager, Communications, 416-956-8584, kdickson@astral.com

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