11 Facts About Disney Junior


Disney Junior is an American pay television network owned by the Walt Disney Television unit of The Walt Disney Company through Disney Branded Television.

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However, channels using the Playhouse Disney Junior moniker were launched in other countries internationally.

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Development of Disney Junior began on May 26,2010, when Disney-ABC Television Group announced the launch of the channel as a pay television service, which would compete with other subscription channels targeted primarily at preschool-aged children in addition to the Playhouse Disney branded blocks and channels being rebranded under Disney Junior.

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Flagship channel in the United States intended to replace Soapnet, a Disney Junior-owned channel featuring daytime soap operas seen on the major broadcast networks and reruns of former primetime drama series, due to the continued decline in popularity and quantity of soap operas on broadcast television, along with the growth of video on demand services and digital video recorders that negated the need for a linear channel devoted to the genre.

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Disney Junior first launched as a programming block on Disney Channel on February 14,2011.

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The Disney Junior channel was scheduled to launch in January 2012, but on July 28,2011, the Disney-ABC Television Group pushed back the channel's launch date to an unspecified date in early 2012, then on January 9,2012, the Disney-ABC Television Group announced that Soapnet's closing date for most cable providers was scheduled for March 22,2012.

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In 2012, Disney Junior launched a movie night anthology as the Magical World of Disney Junior.

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Since its launch, Disney Junior became initially available to subscribers of Xfinity, Time Warner Cable, Cablevision, Bright House Networks, and Verizon FiOS; other providers would sign carriage agreements to run the network following its launch:.

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Programming on the Disney Junior channel includes original series, shows formerly seen on the now-defunct Playhouse Disney block, plus re-runs of former original shows - including some that air on the companion Disney Channel morning block and short-form series, as well as reruns of some older animated series that had previously been seen on sister network ABC, CBS and programs from Disney Channel and Toon Disney, which are aired by the channel by popular demand .

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The block, which debuted on September 4,2012, was sponsored by the Disney Junior-owned parenting site Babble, consisting of short-form programs intended for co-viewing among parents and their children.

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Disney Junior, formerly known as Playhouse Disney, is available around the world.

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