As previously tipped by TV Tonight, Foxtel is adding two new family channels in April: Foxtel Movies Disney and Disney XD.
Set to launch on Thursday, April 10, Foxtel Movies Disney will offer classic and recent releases, including Disney Pixar films, as part of its Premium Movies & Drama package.
Disney XD, which launches on the same date, will include live-action, sport and animation aimed at boys aged 6-14.
Foxtel CEO Richard Freudenstein said, “Foxtel is proud to be the home of Disney and families with Foxtel will be treated to two new channels with something for everyone. Foxtel Movies Disney will provide our viewers with non-stop Disney magic and adventure, and with Disney XD for the first time we’re offering a Disney channel aimed primarily at boys drawing on the huge collection of Disney brands from around the world, providing the best in television entertainment to our younger audience.”
Foxtel Movies Disney is a magical new channel made up entirely of Disney’s much-loved movies. The channel will feature a range of classic titles and contemporary movies including recent releases, its timeless live-action and animated library films, as well as Disney-Pixar box office hits.
Disney XD is the ultimate destination for boys aged 6-14 with an exciting mix of live-action, sport and animation, transporting viewers into different worlds full of humour, unexpected fun, and inspiring action-filled adventures.
The two new Disney channels will expand Foxtel’s range of kids and family viewing to include eight non-stop children’s channels, and two dedicated movie channels specialising in entertainment the whole family can enjoy together.
The fun and enchantment of Foxtel Movies Disney (channel 404) provides ad-break free movies available in High Definition through the Premium Movies & Drama pack. Foxtel Movies Disney content is also available On Demand for residential customers and Foxtel Play subscribers, and through Foxtel Go.
Movie highlights at launch include Monsters University, The Lion King, Toy Story, Toy Story 2, Toy Story 3, Cars, Alice in Wonderland, Bambi, Cinderella, Mary Poppins, Brave, Oz The Great And Powerful, and Honey I Shrunk The Kids.
Disney XD will feature the exclusive premiere of Star Wars Rebels, a new animated series from Lucasfilm that takes place in the time between Episodes III and IV. A Star Wars Rebels hour-long special and shorts will premiere on Disney XD this spring, followed by the series launch in October.
Disney XD (channel 708) delivers a triple shot of comedy, action and adventure and will be available to residential subscribers in the Kids & Music pack, and also on Foxtel Go.
Key Disney XD programming includes Marvel animated series such as Ultimate Spider-Man, Avengers Assemble and Hulk: The Agents of S.M.A.S.H. Disney XD will also premiere original series such as Mighty Med, Lab Rats, Kickin’ It, Crash & Bernstein, Phineas and Ferb, and Gravity Falls.
“Australians have a strong affinity and connection with Disney, and a passion for our stories and characters,” said John Cracknell, Managing Director, The Walt Disney Company Australia. “Disney is thrilled to join with Foxtel to bring Australian families the very best in family entertainment through two new channels – the magical storytelling of Disney’s classic films on Foxtel Movies Disney and the adventure and humour of Disney XD, featuring some of the world’s most iconic characters from Marvel and Star Wars.”