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Disney Channel Launches On Sky

Celebrate Christmas With A Difference When Disney Channel Launches On Sky

Tune in to the best Christmas Holiday Family Programming

The magic and fun entertainment of the Disney Channel comes to life this Christmas when the leading kids and family channel debuts on SKY Digital channel 40 on Wednesday, December 24 at 6:30pm, featuring a festive programming line-up to entertain and delight the whole family this holiday season.

The arrival of Disney Channel on SKY means subscribers will now have an even wider variety and choice of quality family viewing. Disney Channel will be available to SKY Digital subscribers 24 hours a day, 7 days a week as part of the basic start-up package.

First on Disney Channel, viewers can experience the spectacular Carols in the Domain event (6:30pm), featuring special performances of all your favourite Christmas carols. Next up on Christmas Eve, is the Wonderful World of Disney movie The Santa Clause at 8pm starring comedic talent Tim Allen. This is followed by a host of Christmas-themed episodes of Disney Channel shows and cartoons.

The festive spirit continues on Christmas Day, when Disney Channel delivers a sack-full of wonderful Christmas-themed shows like Muppet Family Christmas (11:15am) and Mickey's Christmas Carol (12:30pm). Christmas Day also delivers Wonderful World of Disney movies including Beauty and the Beast: An Enchanted Christmas (4pm), Winnie the Pooh: A Very Merry Pooh Year (5:30pm), A Bug's Life (6:30pm) and the much-loved classic Mary Poppins (8pm).

Commenting on the launch, Ric Burns, Managing Director, Walt Disney Television Australia/New Zealand said; "We are delighted to be bringing the magic of the world's number one entertainment brand, Disney, to New Zealand families, and to offer SKY Television customers the opportunity to enjoy Disney Channel's trusted family programming.

"Only on Disney Channel can you see more than 30 family movies a month, including exclusive blockbuster Disney animated and live-action movies, some of the best local and overseas series for kids and more than 33 hours a week of dedicated pre-school programming. It's a quality mix of programming with no advertising, that the whole family can enjoy," he said.

Travis Dunbar, Director of Entertainment for SKY Television said, "To be able to provide a family channel of this unparalleled quality is the ideal Christmas present for SKY subscribers.

"There are so few opportunities for the entire family to enjoy watching television together. Thankfully Disney Channel offers endless opportunities to bring families closer in a safe viewing environment," he said.

Disney Channel is part of Walt Disney Television Australia/New Zealand which is responsible for all Disney branded television activities in the Australian/New Zealand markets.

About Walt Disney Television Australia/New Zealand

Walt Disney Television International (Australia/New Zealand) is part of Walt Disney Television International - Asia Pacific, which is responsible for the consolidated international free and pay television activities of the Walt Disney Company in the region. These activities include programme sales (Buena Vista International Television), production and the development and management of Disney Channels and other international broadcasting investments in Asia Pacific.

To date, the Disney Channel is available on Pay-TV in 9 Asia-Pacific markets: Australia, Brunei, Indonesia, Malaysia, the Philippines, Singapore, Korea, Taiwan and New Zealand (from Dec 03). Disney branded programmes are broadcast on local free-to-air networks in 11 countries around the region, reaching a total audience of 300 million in Asia-Pacific.

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