After different posts that were published this last Friday, June 4th, regarding that The Walt Disney Company’s children’s channels would stop being broadcasted in Latin America and other regions as of next June 25th, the company chaired by Bob Chapek confirmed that those channels will continue with their broadcasts beyond that date. In addition, the company announced the channel’s new content, which will be available from July.
‘The Disney Channel, Disney Junior and Disney XD channels will start July with programming loaded with new episodes and seasons of their most popular series’, they reported from the company. Some of the content that will be available on the channel’s programming grids as of next month will be the fourth season of ‘Raven’s House’ (Disney Channel) from July 19th; the third season of ‘Puppy Dog Pals’ (Disney Junior) from July 12th; the third season of ‘Muppet Babies’ (also on Disney Junior) from July 19th; and the second season of ‘Amphibia’ (Disney XD), whose premiere is scheduled for July 12th.
Days ago, Bob Chapek, CEO at The Walt Disney Company, reported during the last JP Morgan’s Technology, Media and Communications Conference that the company plans to shut down 100 of its linear TV channels on a global scale during the rest of 2021, with the aim of moving forward on its D2C strategy. ‘We closed 30 channels in fiscal year 2020 or in 2020. We plan to close 100 in 2021’, reported Chapek ‘We have already closed about 30 channels in 2020, and we plan to close another 100 in 2021. We will continue at a robust rate, and we will continue to migrate content to Disney+. The great majority of that content will migrate to the platform’, the executive added. Up to now, Chapek has not confirmed the date from which the measure will affect the markets in which Disney operates in Latin America.
In dialogue with the Argentine newspaper La Nacion days before the launch of Disney+ in Latin America, Diego Lerner, President at The Walt Disney Company Latin America, reported that ‘our most emblematic linear channels, such as Disney Channel and its derivatives content, will continue to be available through cable distribution systems or similars’. As of its launch in the region, Disney+ is the exclusive destination for a selection of films and series from Disney, Pixar, Marvel, Star Wars and National Geographic, as well as exclusive original productions. In addition, the company has already confirmed the launch of Star+, its new SVOD OTT, which will arrive at Latin America right next August 31st.