ABC Spark, a new specialty tv channel for the family launches in March

ABC Spark, a new English Language Category B specialty channel will launch in Canada on Monday, March 26th. The station is a Canadianized version of the successful ABC Family specialty channel broadcast in the United States.

Radio Disney now available free through Family Channel

Radio Disney, a contemporary hit radio station targeted at children and teenagers under the age of 16 is now available for free in Canada through the Family Channel website.

Launched in 1996, Radio Disney is formatted like a traditional radio station, featuring prize giveaways (in which listeners can enter via phone, online and since 2008, text message) and occasional in-studio interviews called “Takeovers,” which usually occur during the weekday late-afternoon timeslot.

Playhouse Disney to be renamed Disney Junior

Astral said today that, effective May 6th, Playhouse Disney will be rebranded Disney Junior.

While the name is changing, the station will continue to broadcast popular Disney programming and Canadian produced children’s programming

Bell Satellite launches YTV and Family Channel in high definition

High definition versions of The Family Channel and YTV have launched this week on Bell Satellite TV. Astral’s Family Channel HD is airing on channel 1642 while Corus’ YTV HD can be found on channel 1648.

While the channels advertise themselves as high definition, a review of the stations last night found the programs to be nothing more than 4:3 standard definition shows upconverted to high definition.

Playhouse Disney now on Eastlink Cable

Astral Media has announced that Playhouse Disney Canada is now available to Eastlink Cable customers who subscribe to Family Channel.

Playhouse Disney Canada is a multiplex channel from Family Channel featuring popular Disney programming and Canadian produced children’s programming.

TMN, HBO and Family programming added to Videotron Video on demand

Starting Wednesday December 15th, Videotron subscribers of The Movie Network (TMN), HBO Canada, Family Channel and Playhouse Disney will have access to English-language movies and series from these networks as part of their illico on Demand service, at no extra cost.

The move is an attempt by Astral Media, Canadian distributors of the premium channels, to entice more Videotron customers to subscribe to the channels.

Playhouse Disney makes it to Rogers

After almost a year of waiting, Rogers digital cable customers will finally be able to watch Playhouse Disney, a multiplex channel from Family Channel featuring popular Disney programming and Canadian produced children’s programming.

The station is now available to Digital cable subscribers on channel 68. Programming from the channel will also be available on Rogers On demand offerings beginning October 12th.

Playhouse Disney coming to Videotron

Astral Media has announced that Playhouse Disney Canada will be coming to Videotron Digital Cable subscribers on January 20th.

Playhouse Disney Canada is a multiplex channel from Family Channel featuring popular Disney programming and Canadian produced children’s programming.

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