The Walt Disney Company has confirmed that its terrestrial channels Disney Channel, DisneyXD and Disney Junior will be leaving Sky and Virgin platforms at the end of September. Disney+ is to become the exclusive home to all new and archived content from these channels in the UK.
Sky customers, in the UK, will be able to access all existing and new content from the Disney channels via the Disney app on the platform.
A statement from Disney read: “From 1 October, Disney+ will become the exclusive home for content from Disney Channel, DisneyXD and Disney Junior in the UK.”
“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 UK, including Mickey Mouse Clubhouse, Descendants 3 and Phineas and Ferb.”
The company added: “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.”
The National Geographic and Fox channels are to remain on Sky and Virgin.
This announcement for the UK market follows The Walt Disney Company’s recent news that Disney+ will launch later this year in eight markets across Western and Northern Europe. The streaming service will be available in Portugal, Norway, Denmark, Sweden, Finland, Iceland, Belgium and Luxembourg on 15 September.