Disney+ has become the go-to source for all things Disney entertainment. Many Disney fans have moved from Netflix to Disney+, where they can stream almost anything from Disney to Pixar to Marvel to Star Wars to National Geographic content. Unfortunately, some Disney-owned television channels have been suffering and The Walt Disney Company is making some changes as they prioritize the direct-to-consumer division of the company’s business and continue to launch Disney+ worldwide.
Goodbye, Disney Channels
Last year, we announced that Disney would be making some extreme changes to worldwide television offerings as the company puts much more of a focus on direct-to-consumer streaming. This decision affected countries such as Italy, Germany, New Zealand, the U.K., France, Spain, and more.
Now, more information surrounding the shutdown of Disney Plus TV channels around the world is coming to light. According to Lowyat.net, Disney will be shutting down the majority of its TV channels in Southeast Asia and Hong Kong later this year. Exchange4Media reports that 18 channels in Southeast Asia and Hong Kong will be shut down from October 1, 2021.
These Disney TV channels that will be shut down reportedly include the following:
- Disney channels: Disney Channel and Disney Junior
- Fox channels: Fox, Fox Crime, Fox Life, FX, Fox Movies, Fox Action Movies, Fox Family Movies, Fox Sports, Fox Sports 2, Fox Sports 3
- National Geographic channels: Nat Geo People
- Star channels: Star Movies China, SCM Legend, Star Sports 1, Star Sports 2
- Others: Channel V
The closure of these Disney-owned television channels in Asia will reportedly be effective on October 1 this year. It appears that only four channels will continue to be operational: National Geographic Channel, Nat Geo Wild, Star Chinese Channel, and Star Chinese Movies.
Although Disney’s broadcasting partner Astro has not officially received word from Disney, right now for Southeast Asia and Hong Kong, the only ones that are currently canceled are Disney Channel and Disney Junior. Astro released the following statement:
With reference to the news report that Disney plans to stop 18 of its linear channels in the Southeast Asia region of Oct 2021, we wish to inform that we are still waiting for detailed information from Disney.
We will update customers once we have full details.
The move to cancel Disney TV channels in Southeast Asia comes months after Disney announced the global rollout of Disney+ during late 2020’s Investor Day event. During the virtual presentation, the company shared that the successful launch of Disney+ Hotstar in India and Indonesia would be a template for the rollout of the streaming service in other South Asian markets.
Across @DisneyPlus, Hotstar, Hulu, and ESPN+, Disney Direct-to-Consumer services have over 137 million subscriptions. In 2021, @DisneyPluswill launch in more markets including Eastern Europe, South Korea, Hong Kong, and more!
Across @DisneyPlus, Hotstar, Hulu, and ESPN+, Disney Direct-to-Consumer services have over 137 million subscriptions. In 2021, @DisneyPlus will launch in more markets including Eastern Europe, South Korea, Hong Kong, and more!
— Disney (@Disney) December 10, 2020
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