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Disney Junior debuts on DirecTV Saturday July 14

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  1. Jul 13, 2012 #1 of 116
    mavs-fan

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    Here's some good news for some in the midst of the Viacom dispute. Disney Junior is coming to DirecTV. Hopefully Disney Junior will add more classic Playhouse Disney shows like Bear in the Big Blue House in the near future.

    It will be interesting to see what DirecTV packages get Disney Junior. Hopefully grandfathered Choice Xtra Classic customers will see the addition as well.


    Disney Junior will Launch Saturday, July 14 to Millions of DIRECTV Customers Nationwide


    BURBANK and EL SEGUNDO, Calif., July 13, 2012 – DIRECTV and Disney have reached a new agreement to add Disney Junior, a 24-hour channel expressly for kids age 2-7 and their parents/caregivers, to DIRECTV’s programming lineup beginning tomorrow on channel 289. Disney Junior launched in 2011 as a daytime programming block on Disney Channel and expanded to a 24/7 channel in 2012. It is one of the most sought after channels by DIRECTV customers and will be permanently added to their programming options as a basic channel.

    Disney Junior’s animated and live action programming blends Disney’s unparalleled storytelling and beloved characters with learning components, including early math and language skills, as well as healthy eating and lifestyles, with an emphasis on social and emotional development. The original series include “Jake and the Never Land Pirates,” “Doc McStuffins,” “Mickey Mouse Clubhouse,” “A Poem Is…,” “Handy Manny,” “Little Einsteins” and “Special Agent Oso.” Disney Junior also airs Walt Disney Studios’ and Pixar’s classic and contemporary animated films, as well as Disney’s many non-theatrical sequels so popular with children and parents.

    “When it comes to children and families, nobody has the tremendous programming to compare with Disney,” said Derek Chang, executive vice president of Content Strategy and Development for DIRECTV. “Our customers have been clamoring for us to add Disney Junior since they first heard about the concept, and DIRECTV is happy to place our trust in Disney as a partner in building this exciting new family service.”

    “We are pleased to reach this agreement with DIRECTV to provide Disney Junior’s high quality, valuable and family-friendly programming to their customers,” said David Preschlack, executive vice president, Disney & ESPN Affiliate Sales and Marketing. “We know parents are passionate about having top quality television options for their families, and now millions will be able to watch outstanding preschool programming on a 24/7 channel unlike any other on television. With the addition of DIRECTV, the 24-hour Disney Junior channel has distribution agreements that cover approximately 55 million U.S. households.” Disney Media Networks’ flagship Disney Channel is fast becoming the most popular programming service among DIRECTV homes. The number of children viewers aged 2 through 11 has surged more than 19 percent in the past year alone, and total viewership has increased 15 percent during those same 12 months. Disney Junior will now take a place in the DIRECTV channel guide directly adjacent to Disney Channel at channel 289.

    http://news.directv.com/2012/07/13/...-to-millions-of-directv-customers-nationwide/
     
  2. Jul 13, 2012 #2 of 116
    fsquid

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    my little girl will rejoice at this news.
     
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    tonyd79

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    That was quick. Maybe some good comes out of Viacom dispute.
     
  4. Jul 13, 2012 #4 of 116
    mhayes70

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    That's great news!! My son will love that channel and it is a good replacement for Nick Jr.
     
  5. Jul 13, 2012 #5 of 116
    RML81

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    NASA TV is on 289 now. Where's it going?
     
  6. Jul 13, 2012 #6 of 116
    mhayes70

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    Channel 346. They have something on channel 289-1 about that now.
     
  7. Jul 13, 2012 #7 of 116
    John Strk

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    HD???
     
  8. Jul 13, 2012 #8 of 116
    RML81

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    Gotcha! You can tell I've not even turned on my tv today.:)
     
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    skierbri10

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    My question too.
     
  10. Jul 13, 2012 #10 of 116
    tonyd79

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    The NASA notice turned up yesterday. Only saw it because I was looking at all channels.
     
  11. Jul 13, 2012 #11 of 116
    TBoneit

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    Is it a SD Channel? I noticed that the release didn't say.

    The Skeptic in me says if it doesn't say HD it isn't.
     
  12. Jul 13, 2012 #12 of 116
    mitchflorida

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    this is really starting to blow up in Viacom's face.
     
  13. Jul 13, 2012 #13 of 116
    JoeTheDragon

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    Will they also add ESPN goal line?
     
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    iceburg02

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    Given the current DIRECTV/Viacom donnybrook, I'm not sure I would have used the phrase "permanently added" in a press release. :)
     
  15. Jul 13, 2012 #15 of 116
    pinkertonfloyd

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    Agreed... but Disney has the "ace in the hole" on contracts... ESPN.
     
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    HGuardian

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    SoapNet going away tomorrow or not?
     
  17. Jul 13, 2012 #17 of 116
    maartena

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    I would guess it is SD.

    I don't think the target audience of 2 to 7 years old doesn't really care either. :D
     
  18. Jul 13, 2012 #18 of 116
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    They deserve representation, too. Not 100 percent of viewers' eyeballs are adult males.
     
  19. Jul 13, 2012 #19 of 116
    RunnerFL

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    289-1 is nothing but music and the DirecTV logo.

    Ahhh, they hid the information in the channel banner. Brilliant, not...
     
  20. Jul 13, 2012 #20 of 116
    RunnerFL

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    No, it's still on 262.
     

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