Disney Cinemagic

Disney Cinemagic was a European pay television network owned by Walt Disney Company Limited (UK)[1] plus two programming blocks by Disney Channels Worldwide.[2] It used to be broadcast on most countries in Western Europe; currently, formerly-branded Disney Cinemagic channels in France (Disney Cinema) and the United Kingdom and Ireland (Sky Movies Disney) are run by third parties which primarily airs films by the Walt Disney Studios.

Disney Cinemagic
Launched16 March 2006 (2006-03-16) (UK)
Closed30 September 2019 (2019-09-30) (Germany)
Owned by
Picture format1080i HDTV
Audience share0.1%
~0.0% (+1) (November 2011, BARB)
CountryWestern Europe, Middle East and North Africa
HeadquartersUnited Kingdom
ReplacedToon Disney (UK, France and Spain)
Sister channel(s)
Timeshift serviceDisney Cinemagic +1
Websitecinemagic.disney.de (closed)


Disney Cinemagic was launched in the UK and Ireland on 16 March 2006 on BSkyB's premium package.[3] In November 2007, the France market version of Disney Cinemagic was launched.[4]

On 30 November 2008 at 8:30 PM, Disney Cinemagic HD debuted in France broadcasting on CANALSAT from 6am to 1am daily[5] making the channel the first "children and family HDTV channel in a French market".[6] In December 2008, Cinemagic HD channel was launched in the UK with programming in high definition with initial availability through Sky+ HD with a Sky Movies subscription.[7]

On 1 November 2012, Disney Cinemagic Portugal was replaced by Disney Junior,[8] while its HD feed was rebranded as Disney Movies on Demand.[9]

On 28 March 2013, Cinemagic was replaced in the UK with Sky Movies Disney, a BSkyB premium channel, as part of a deal between BSkyB and Disney which allowed Sky UK to stream Disney movies on Sky's video on demand services.[10] In a similar move in Australia, Foxtel has launched Foxtel Movies Disney on 10 April 2014, along with Disney XD.[11]

Disney Cinemagic in Spain closed on 1 January 2015, despite protest on Twitter to save the channel.[12] Disney Cinemagic in France was replaced by Disney Cinema in May 2015.[13] Sky rebranded its Sky Movies channels to Sky Cinema, including its Disney channel, on 8 July 2016.[14] Duplicating the Sky Movies Disney arrangement in the UK, Movistar+ launched Movistar Disney on 22 December 2017.[15]

Disney Cinemagic along with all other international Disney Channels were transferred from Disney–ABC Television Group, half of Disney Media Networks segment, to Disney Direct-to-Consumer and International segment on 14 March 2018.[16]

The final Disney Cinemagic channel, the Germany version, was replaced with Sky Cinema Special on 30 September 2019, thus bringing an end to the Cinemagic brand after 13 years. [17]


MarketNameTypeFormerlyLaunch dateReplacementReplace date
United Kingdom, IrelandCinemagic[1]channelToon Disney[18]16 March 2006[19]Sky Movies Disney28 March 2013[10]
France, BelgiumCinemagicchannelToon Disney[20]September 2007[21]Disney Cinema8 May 2015 [13][22]
SpainCinemagicchannelToon Disney[23]2008[1]discontinued1 January 2015[12]
Germany, Austria, LuxembourgCinemagicchannel July 2009[24]Sky Cinema Special [25]30 September 2019
Cinemagic HDchannel, HDSky Cinema Special HD[25]30 September 2019
United Kingdom, IrelandCinemagic +1[1]channel, timeshiftdiscontinued28 March 2013
France, BelgiumCinemagic +1channel, timeshift [1]Toon Disney +1Disney Cinema +18 May 2015 [22]
SpainCinemagic +1channel, timeshift[1]Toon Disney +1discontinued1 January 2015[12]
PortugalCinemagicchannelOctober 2008[26]Disney Junior1 November 2012 [27]
France, BelgiumCinemagic HDchannel, HD30 November 2008[5]Disney Cinema8 May 2015 [13][22]
SpainCinemagic HDchannel, HD[1]1 July 2010[28]discontinued1 January 2015[12]
United Kingdom, IrelandCinemagic HDchannel, HDDecember 2008[7]Sky Movies Disney HD28 March 2013[10]
PortugalCinemagic HDchannel, HD1 January 2009[22]Disney Movies on Demand1 November 2012 [27]
ItalyCinemagicblock, weekends on Sky Cinema Family[29]
ScandinaviaCinemagicblock, weekends 19:00 CET on Disney Channel[30]

Other channels

MarketNameTypeFormerlyLaunch dateReplacementReplace date
United Kingdom, IrelandSky Cinema Disney[10]channelCinemagic[10]28 March 2013
United Kingdom, IrelandSky Cinema Disney HDchannel, HDCinemagic HD[31]2013
AustraliaFoxtel Movies Disneychannel[11]10 April 2014Foxtel Movies Kids7 November 2019
France, BelgiumDisney Cinemachannel, HDCinemagic[13][22]8 May 2015
New ZealandSky Movies Disneychannel, HD1 July 2015Sky Movies Family31 October 2019[32]
SpainMovistar Disneychannel, HD[15]22 December 2017
Middle East and North AfricaOSN Movies Disneychannel HD[33]1 March 2018

See also


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  8. Santos, Joaquim Pedro (6 October 2012). "DISNEY JUNIOR CHEGA A PORTUGAL EM NOVEMBRO". Retrieved 22 October 2018.
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  11. Knox, David (24 February 2014). "Disney Movies, Disney XD join Foxtel". tvtonight.com.au. Retrieved 24 February 2014.
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  20. "Disney Cinemagic le 4 septembre sur CanalSat (Vidéo)". Univers Freebox. 27 August 2007. Retrieved 21 October 2018.
  21. "CanalSat: launch a new Disney Channel in September". Boursier.com. 29 May 2007. Retrieved 27 March 2015. translation.
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  23. "Cierra en España el canal de pago Disney Cinemagic". FormulaTV (in Spanish). Retrieved 5 February 2018. Translation.
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  25. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9AjTPH7_Rp0
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  27. "Disney Junior chega a Portugal em novembro". Espalha Factos. 6 October 2012. Retrieved 12 May 2015. Translation: Disney Junior arrives in Portugal in November.
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