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Disney XD is a Canadian English-language Category B specialty channel[1] owned by Corus Entertainment. Launched on June 1, 2011, it is a localized and licensed version of the US cable channel Disney XD, which broadcasts live-action and animated programming aimed at children between the ages of 6 and 11.

History

In April 2009, Astral Media was granted approval by the Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission (CRTC) to launch a television channel named Family Extreme. Astral announced it would launch Disney XD on June 1, 2011, using the Family Extreme license, in both standard and high definition.[2] In late 2011, Astral also launched a Disney XD video on demand app for the Xbox 360 video game console.[3] In 2012, the channel premiered its first original series in Slugterra.

After the Competition Bureau approved Bell Media's takeover of Astral, Bell announced on March 4, 2013 that it would put Disney XD, along with five other channels (Family, Disney Junior's English and French services, MusiMax and MusiquePlus) up for sale.[4] On October 27, 2013, the channel premiered its first original movie, Bunks, produced by Fresh TV.[5][6]

On November 28, 2013, DHX Media announced that it would acquire Disney XD and its sister networks for $170 million.[7][8] The acquisition was approved by the CRTC on July 24, 2014,[9][10] and closed on July 31, 2014.[11]

In that same year, Disney XD premiered the pilot for Fangbone!, in May, and a new original series, Gaming Show (In My Parents' Garage), in November.[12][13]

Disney XD programming aired in a programming block on the Canadian version of Disney Channel, which Corus launched on September 1, 2015.[14][15] The block ended on November 29 and Disney XD (along with Disney Junior) was re-launched by Corus on December 1, 2015[16] with a marathon of the second season of Star Wars Rebels.[17] DHX's rights to Disney XD programming expired in January 2016.[14]

Disney XD Canada does not have a French-language version, though Disney La Chaîne (the French-language counterpart of Disney Channel in English) airs Disney XD programming in French.

Programming

Current programming

  • Avengers Assemble (January 6, 2018 – present)
  • Guardians of the Galaxy[17] (December 1, 2015 – present)
  • Lego Star Wars: The Freemaker Adventures (June 20, 2016 – October 2016; December 16, 2016; January 22, 2017 - present)
  • Milo Murphy's Law (October 17, 2016 – present)
  • Spider-Man (August 19, 2017 – present)
  • Star vs. the Forces of Evil (December 1, 2015 – present)
  • Star Wars Resistance (October 7, 2018 – present)

Reruns

Acquired programming

  • Beyblade: Burst (October 2, 2016 – present)

Reruns of Acquired programming

  • Counterfeit Cat (September 1, 2018 – present)
  • Dr. Dimensionpants (September 1, 2018 – present)
  • Grossology (December 1, 2015 – present)
  • Looped (September 1, 2018 – present)

Acquired from Disney Channel

Live-action series

  • MECH-X4 (November 12, 2016 – present) [19]

Former programming

Live-action series

Acquired programming

  • Almost Naked Animals (2016 – 2018)
  • The Avengers Earth's Mightiest Heroes (December 1, 2015 – 2016)
  • Detentionaire (August 28, 2017 – September 1, 2018)
  • Di-Gata Defenders (January 1 – September 1, 2018)
  • Japanizi: Going, Going, Gong! (December 1, 2015 – 2017)
  • League of Super Evil (December 1, 2015 – January 1, 2018)
  • Mickey and the Roadster Racers (January 21–22, 2017)
  • Mr. Young (December 1, 2015 – 2016)
  • Splatalot! (December 1, 2015 – 2017)
  • The Super Hero Squad Show (December 1, 2015 – 2016)
  • Yo-Kai Watch (December 5, 2016 – 2017)

Short series

First launch programming

References

  1. https://web.archive.org/web/20160414051439/http://www.crtc.gc.ca/eng/BCASTING/catb_e3l.htm
  2. Wedge, Pip. "Disney XD". Canadian Communications Foundation. Retrieved on 24 February 2014.
  3. "Astral takes entertainment to the next level with Disney XD offering on Xbox LIVE". Canada Newswire (October 5, 2011). Retrieved on December 25, 2011.
  4. Biblic, Mirko. "Re: Voting Trust Agreement between BCE Inc. and Pierre Boivin, the trustee Application No. 2013-0243-9 – Approved". CRTC. Retrieved on 5 July 2013.
  5. "Disney XD and Disney Junior Commission Original Canadian Series". Broadcaster Magazine (June 12, 2012). Retrieved on July 9, 2012.
  6. "Bunks". Disney XD. Retrieved on October 21, 2013.
  7. "DHX Media to buy Family, other children's channels", Toronto Star (November 28, 2013). Retrieved on 29 November 2013. 
  8. "DHX to acquire Family Channel, three others from Bell Media", The Globe and Mail (Toronto) (November 28, 2013). Retrieved on 29 November 2013. 
  9. "DHX Media receives CRTC approval on $170M acquisition of Family Channel and three other children's channels". DHX Media (July 24, 2014). Retrieved on July 26, 2014.
  10. "DHX Media approved for Family Channel takeover". Kidscreen. Brunico Communications (July 24, 2014). Retrieved on July 26, 2014.
  11. "DHX Media closes Family Channel acquisition and announces management changes" (July 31, 2014). Retrieved on July 31, 2014.
  12. "DHX Television Commissions Radical Sheep's Animated Comedy Action Series Fangbone!" (March 5, 2015). Retrieved on September 14, 2015.
  13. "Disney XD gets its game on with the premiere of Gaming Show (In My Parents' Garage) November 16" (Nov 5, 2014). Retrieved on September 14, 2015.
  14. Cite error: Invalid <ref> tag; no text was provided for refs named gandm-corusdisney
  15. "It’s #HereForReal Canada! Corus Entertainment Launches Disney Channel in 10 Million Households". Corus Entertainment (September 1, 2015). Retrieved on September 2, 2015.
  16. "Disney XD Returns to Canada December 1", Channel Canada (November 9, 2015). Retrieved on December 1, 2015. 
  17. 17.0 17.1 17.2 17.3 17.4 17.5 "Disney XD & Disney Junior to Roll Out in Canada Next Month". WorldScreen. Retrieved on 1 December 2015.
  18. Disney XD. disneychannel.ca Buzz Blog. Corus Entertainment (November 1–2, 2015). Archived from the original on 2015-11-17.
  19. http://www.corusent.com/news/new-live-action-sci-fi-adventure-comedy-series-mech-x4-comes-to-disney-xd/
  20. "Disney XD Greenlights 'Lab Rats: Elite Force' a Spin-Off of 'Lab Rats: Bionic Island' & 'Mighty Med'". TV By The Numbers by zap2it.com.
  21. http://www.corusent.com/news/get-ready-fooled-new-series-walk-prank-brings-non-stop-laughter-disney-channel-disney-xd-special-sneak-peek-april-1/
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