Disney Channel (Indian TV channel)

Disney Channel is an Indian pay television channel owned by the Indian division of The Walt Disney Company, specialising in television programming for children through original series, movies and third-party programming. The channel was officially launched on 17 December 2004.[2] Before the launch of the channel, a Disney-branded programming block used to air on Sony TV, known as "Disney Hour" and "Disney Mornings".

Disney Channel
Launched17 December 2004 (2004-12-17)
NetworkDisney Channels Worldwide
Owned byDisney India Media Networks
Picture format576i (4:3 SDTV)
Broadcast areaIndia
HeadquartersMumbai, India
Sister channel(s)Bindass
Disney International HD
Disney Junior
Marvel HQ
Hungama TV
UTV Movies
UTV Action
Tata SkyChannel 659
Dish TVChannel 977
Reliance Digital TVChannel 603
Airtel Digital TVChannel 458
Sun DirectChannel 522
Videocon d2hChannel 505
Dish HomeChannel 805
HathwayChannel 410
Asianet DigitalChannel 329
In DigitalChannel 311
DENChannel 428

Disney Channel is available as a pay-TV channel on most subscription TV providers. The channel is based in Mumbai, Maharashtra. It is the first kids' and teens' channel to cross 200+ GRPs for five years.[3]

Disney International HD

On 5 October 2017 The Walt Disney Company India officially announced the launch of Disney International HD on 29 October 2017. The channel is the exclusive home to live action Disney Channel original content such as K.C. Undercover, Liv and Maddie, Hannah Montana as well as Disney Channel Original Movies such as Teen Beach, Descendants and more.[4]

This channel replaced Bollywood music channel Bindass Play.

Disney Junior

Playhouse Disney started airing in 2006, as a block on Disney Channel. On 4 July 2011, it was replaced by Disney Junior, which eventually became available as 24-hour channel focused on small kids. It is available on various DTH and cable operators in the country.


At first, the programming of the channel consisted of Disney's original shows imported from the US, such as Lizzie McGuire, That's So Raven, The Suite Life of Zack & Cody, Hannah Montana, Wizards of Waverly Place, Sonny with a Chance, The Suite Life on Deck, Jonas LA and Phineas and Ferb.

In 2006, the channel launched its first locally produced series called Vicky Aur Vetaal. Since then, the network's programming consisted of even more local productions such as Agadam Bagdam Tigdam, Dhoom Machaao Dhoom, Break Time Masti Time, Kya Mast Hai Life, and Ishaan. In 2010, an Indian version of Art Attack was produced and broadcast. Doraemon, a show that airs on sister channel Hungama TV, started to be aired on the channel in 2010. Many Doraemon movies have also been aired on the channel.

In 2011, Disney Channel India stopped airing American sitcoms and movies to make their own adaptations. However, Austin and Ally was shown for a short period in 2013. Best of Luck Nikki, the Indian version of Good Luck Charlie, The Suite Life of Karan & Kabir (adaptation of The Suite Life of Zack & Cody), Disney Q Family Mastermind (adaptation of Mastermind), Shake It Up (the localised adaptation of the American Shake It Up series), and Oye Jassie (adaptation of Jessie) were produced for the network. In June 2014, Disney Channel India launched their first local animated series, Arjun Prince of Bali.[5]

The channel rebranded in December 2014 with the new logo used internationally, with the exception of the logo colour being purple instead of blue, and had a strategy of showing family oriented shows in the weekend. The weekend strategy was called "Shanivaar, Ravivaar only for Parivaar".[6] The family shows started airing on 31 January 2015. In early 2016 the channel stopped producing local live action shows, and decided to focus on local animation instead.[7] In May 2018, it changed its logo colour to blue, as used internationally.

Criticism and controversy

The Government of Bangladesh banned the Indian feeds of Disney Channel and Disney XD in February 2013 as the show Doraemon was being broadcast continuously throughout the day in Hindi.[8]

A lawmaker in Pakistan demanded a ban on the cartoon as a whole over fears that it might have a negative impact on children.[9] Similar concerns were raised in India by the Broadcasting Content Complaints Council (BCCC) of IBF.[10]

In Bhutan, the channel was removed due to most of its programming being aired in Hindi rather than in English. This was part of a uniformity plan.[11]

See also


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  2. "Disney channels to be available in four languages". 14 December 2004. Retrieved 16 August 2017.
  3. "Disney Channel scores a double century". www.bestmediaifo.com. Retrieved 6 January 2018.
  4. "Disney to launch English GEC HD on 29 Oct". Indian Television Dot Com. 5 October 2017. Retrieved 29 October 2017.
  5. "Will this 'Arjun' hit the bullseye? - AnimationXpress". www.animationxpress.com. Retrieved 26 November 2019.
  6. "Disney Channel hopes to get the family in". www.afaqs.com. Retrieved 6 January 2018.
  7. "Focusing on local animation, Disney moves away from live-action shows". Television Post. 18 April 2016. Archived from the original on 29 July 2017. Retrieved 6 January 2018.
  8. "Govt slaps ban on Hindi-dubbed Doraemon telecast". bdnews24.com. Retrieved 4 January 2018.
  9. "Pakistan lawmaker calls for Doraemon ban to be fully implemented". 30 December 2017. Retrieved 4 January 2018.
  10. "Broadcast regulator wakes up to Doraemon kid mind jammer". The Times of India. Retrieved 4 January 2018.
  11. "BICMA approves 56 channels for uniformity – KuenselOnline". www.kuenselonline.com. Retrieved 14 January 2018.
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