TORONTO, Dec. 22, 2011 /CNW Telbec/ - Astral Media Inc. (TSX: ACM.A ACM.B) announced that Disney XD, Astral's newest kids service and the French-language Disney Junior are now available on Cogeco Cable (TSX: CCA). Disney XD debuts to
Ontario Cogeco Digital subscribers as part of a three-month preview on
channel 99 while the preschool network, available to Quebec-based
subscribers, is available on channel 89, also part of a free preview.
The launches of both of these networks form part of the long-term
renewal agreement between Astral and Cogeco Cable for Astral's movie
and kids services.
"It is fantastic to have Cogeco on board with Disney XD and Disney
Junior en Francais," said Joe Tedesco, Senior Vice-President and General Manager, Astral Kids. "The high-energy and attitude of the Disney XD brand is a unique
offering in the Canadian marketplace and one that more households will
be able to discover and enjoy as we continue to grow audiences and
expand our distribution. Disney Junior is proving itself to be a
beloved brand with Anglophone and Francophone preschoolers and their
families; we are thrilled to see it launch on Cogeco."
Disney XD is an advertising-supported network offering series, movies
and additional content that highlights accomplishment, adventure,
sports and comedy. Focusing on boys, but inclusive of girls, Disney
XD's roster of series includes Kick Buttowski - Suburban Daredevil, Phineas and Ferb, Kickin' It, Zeke
and Luther and I'm In The Band. Canadian original series on the network include the comedy series What's Up, Warthogs!
Like its English-language counterpart, the French-language version of
Disney Junior is a commercial-free network that celebrates magical,
musical and heartfelt stories. The destination for popular Disney
titles such as La Maison de Mickey (Mickey Mouse Clubhouse) and Jake et les pirates du pays imaginaire (Jake and the Never Land Pirates), Disney Junior also showcases Canadian pre-school productions
including Justin rêve (Justin Time) and the lauded Stella et Sacha (Stella and Sam).
"The addition of Disney Junior and Disney XD confirms once again the
will of Cogeco to offer the best digital services available and create
the most comprehensive offer. We are proud to offer the best content
from Astral to families, kids and preschool children," said Ron Perrotta, Vice-President Marketing and Strategic Planning.
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, sports,
accomplishment and adventure. Disney XD programming is also available
through dedicated on demand and broadband services. Visit us at DisneyXD.ca.
Disney Junior is a commercial-free channel available in English and French 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 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 and Disney Junior 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.
Cogeco Cable (www.cogeco.ca) is a telecommunications company and is the second largest hybrid fibre
coaxial cable operator in Ontario, Québec and Portugal. Through its
two-way broadband cable networks, Cogeco Cable provides its residential
customers with Audio, Analogue and Digital Television, as well as HSI
and Telephony services. Cogeco Cable also provides to its commercial
customers, through its subsidiary Cogeco Data Services, data
networking, e-business applications, video conferencing, hosting
services, Ethernet, private line, VoIP, HSI access, data storage, data
security, co-location services, managed IT services, cloud services and
other advanced communication solutions. Cogeco Cable's subordinate
voting shares are listed on the Toronto Stock Exchange (TSX: CCA). To
learn about Cogeco, visit : cogeco.com.
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