Disney Cancels Disney Channels in U.K., Moves All Content to Disney+
By Allyson Vannatta, Senior Writer
The Walt Disney Company announced Disney Channel in the U.K. will shut down, and the content will land on Disney+ instead.
According to The Hollywood Reporter, starting October 1, 2020 Disney+ will exclusively stream content from the U.K.’s Disney Channel, DisneyXD and Disney Junior.
The direct-to-consumer service, which garnered more than 54.5 million subscribers worldwide in its first seven months, will now premiere all the latest films, series and specials from the three Disney Channels, along with offering a rich and expansive back catalogue of Disney Channel titles in the U.K., including Mickey Mouse Clubhouse, Descendants 3 and Phineas and Ferb.
The Walt Disney Company remains committed to our kids channels business and continues to execute distribution agreements for Disney channels in many markets where Disney+ is also available, with the goal of giving our fans multiple entry points to our storytelling.
PP Foresight analyst Paolo Pescatore called the news “a landmark moment.”
“The streaming revolution is gathering pace and cannot be ignored. Companies can no longer continue to support a slew of channels and cannibalize revenue streams. The future is all about streaming and this latest move sets a benchmark for others to follow suit,” he said.
Movieguide® previously reported that Disney+ no longer offers a seven-day free trial before viewers decide if they want to subscribe to the platform or not.
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