Disney Movies, Disney XD join Foxtel

By David Knox on February 24, 2014 / Filed Under Pay TV 12

2014-02-24_1345As 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.”

12 Comments »

  1. johnjet February 26, 2014 at 1:45 am -

    I know one classic disney movie they won’t be showing.

  2. syoung February 25, 2014 at 8:54 pm -

    Classic Movies – hope it’s really classic e.g.
    Halyley Mills -Summer Magic
    Dean Jone – Monkey go home and many more

  3. JarrodJ February 25, 2014 at 1:04 pm -

    With iQ and streaming services, time-shifted channels are becoming less and less relevant.

  4. bill February 25, 2014 at 8:46 am -

    Wouldn’t they just move showcase +2 to 413? The movie channels should be 401-410, it’s silly how Premiere +2 is 402

  5. David Knox February 25, 2014 at 12:13 am -

    Think we already have channels for girls, boys were probably missing out. I don’t see a problem with this when STV has a myriad of content.

  6. laurie February 24, 2014 at 11:57 pm -

    So now we have a channel for boys aged 6-14 we also have channels for blokes,for women,next we should have channels for girls, for babies,give me a break!!!

  7. adelaide_john February 24, 2014 at 10:04 pm -

    what this means is that the Disney movies we watch on Disney Junior will disappear and force us to pay for the movie channels…..on the other hand could be goodbye foxtel as they dilute their channels and push to the premium content….bravo foxtel programmers and accountants

  8. Nate February 24, 2014 at 7:39 pm -

    So I take it they’re dropping the 2nd showcase channel?

  9. BarrieT February 24, 2014 at 5:23 pm -

    What sort of sport do Disney make?

  10. Kuttsywood February 24, 2014 at 5:00 pm -

    Disney XD Australia: It’s about time. I’d assume there will be more new channels coming, with the new satellite due soon…

  11. DansDans February 24, 2014 at 3:57 pm -

    Seems like this is just their Disney family movies – what about their Buena Vista label?

    Do we think this will include their Star Wars and MARVEL licences as well?

  12. Josh777 February 24, 2014 at 3:42 pm -

    Foxtel Movies Disney on channel 404…what’s going to happen to Showcase +2?

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