Tuesday, July 31, 2018

Disney makes Disney XD a 24-hour kids channel on DStv from 1 August as the channel is aligned with the wider Disney XD channels in the region.

Disney XD (DStv 304) is switching to a full 24-hour programming schedule from 1 August on MultiChoice's DStv satellite pay-TV platform with the kids channel that will be offering through-the-night repeats starting Wednesday evening as the channel adjusts to a new regional feed.

Since its addition, Disney XD, Disney's boy-focused by girl-inclusive channel, used to shutter at 22:45 nightly.

It means that Disney XD joins Disney Channel (DStv 303) and Disney Junior (DStv 309) as a 24-hour feed on DStv.

Disney XD was the only kids channel on MultiChoice that closed down until the addition of eMedia Investment's eToonz (DStv 311) that also shutters at 22:00.

Instead of starting at 6:00 in the morning, Disney XD will now be a 24-hour kids channel, similar to Viacom International Media Networks Africa's (VIMN Africa) Nickelodeon, Nick Jr. and Nicktoons, BBC Studios' CBeebies, Turner Broadcasting Africa's Cartoon Network and Boomerang, and its sister Disney channels that have all been running non-stop.

Disney Africa told TVwithThinus in response to a media enquiry that "we can confirm that Disney XD (DStv 304) will be extended to a 24 hour feed from 1 August 2018, this is in line with our feeds across the region. The feed is being aligned with the wider Disney XD channels in the region."