PRESCHOOL CHANNEL AVAILABLE TO SUBSCRIBERS ON TV, ON DEMAND AND ONLINE
TORONTO, May 6 /CNW Telbec/ - Families can welcome Disney Junior into their homes today as the newly branded channel launches across
Canada. As of 6:00 a.m. ET subscribers of Playhouse Disney, both
English and French, will see the channels transform into Disney Junior.
Featuring entertaining and learning-focused programs for young viewers
and their families, Disney Junior celebrates magical, musical and
heartfelt stories with shows that feature beloved classic and
contemporary characters. The Disney Junior linear channel is
complemented by a new dedicated Disney Junior on-demand channel and
network website providing subscribers with a rich multiplatform
"With a renewed focus on storytelling and imagination and a continuing
commitment to learning and exploration, Disney Junior represents the
best Disney has to offer young children," said Joe Tedesco, Senior Vice-President and General Manager, Astral Kids. "The Disney Junior brand offers a rich environment across multiple platforms
for kids and their families to connect with stories, characters and
experiences that are unique and entertaining. We are proud to launch
this exciting new brand today and bring the magic and music of Disney
into homes across the country."
Anchored by the new animated series Jake and the Never Land Pirates, the English-language Disney Junior lineup features interactive and
imaginative series for preschoolers and their families. The network
offers fan favourites including Mickey Mouse Clubhouse, Special Agent Oso and Handy Manny, as well as acclaimed Canadian series such as Stella and Sam, Franny's Feet and The Secret World of Benjamin Bear. The launch of Disney Junior also sees three new short-form series debut
on Canadian screens: Special Agent Oso: Three Healthy Steps and Mickey's Mousekersize each introduce healthy lifestyles using well-known Disney Junior
characters. The third series, A Poem Is…, pairs legendary Disney animation with poems narrated by familiar
voices including Jennifer Garner and Katie Holmes.
From today, dedicated Disney Junior on-demand channels also debut for
many digital subscribers. Now separate from Family OnDemand,
subscribers of Disney Junior can access their favourite Disney series
whenever it suits them for free on Disney Junior OnDemand. Popular
Canadian series, including Stella and Sam and Franny's Feet, are also available on the on-demand and online platforms. The network
also launches a new DisneyJunior.ca website, featuring activities, games, schedule information and a
special section for parents.
Disney Junior is a commercial-free channel available in French and English to
subscribers across Canada. Committed to offering the best in engaging
and development-based programming for younger children, Disney Junior
showcases series with a focus on imaginative storytelling. 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.
Disney Junior is a member 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 ASTRAL MEDIA INC.
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