Playhouse Disney now available to Cogeco Cable, Mountain Cablevision, SaskTel and Access Communications subscribers



    TORONTO, Jan. 16 /CNW/ - Following its successful November 30 launch,
Family Channel's commercial-free, multiplex channel, Playhouse Disney, is now
available to subscribers of Cogeco Cable, Mountain Cablevision, and Access
Communications. SaskTel launches the service on February 21st. These four
television providers, servicing communities in Ontario and Saskatchewan, join
previously announced Bell ExpressVu in delivering the best in educational and
entertaining programming for young children.
    "We're thrilled that Cogeco Cable, Mountain Cablevision, SaskTel and
Access Communications recognize the unique entertainment and value proposition
that Playhouse Disney offers subscribers," said Joe Tedesco, Vice President
and General Manager, Family Channel and Playhouse Disney. "With exclusive and
premium programming that draws upon the vibrant tradition and rich characters
of Disney and innovative and internationally acclaimed Canadian programs,
Playhouse Disney creates an environment of learning and fun that makes this
channel a must-have in any Canadian home with young children."
    Playhouse Disney's roster of acclaimed children's series includes Mickey
Mouse Clubhouse, My Friends Tigger & Pooh, Little Einsteins, Johnny and the
Sprites, Franny's Feet, The Secret World of Benjamin Bear, Bunnytown, Handy
Manny, 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.playhousedisneycanada.ca. Playhouse Disney is an Astral Media
network.

    Astral Media is a leading Canadian media company, active in specialty,
pay and pay-per-view television, radio, outdoor advertising and the Internet.
Astral Media's solid and dynamic presence in the country's major markets rests
on its commitment to offer a unique combination of high-quality, targeted
media for all its audiences.





For further information:

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

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