Jim Henson's Dinosaur Train chugs to German Disney station

Jörn Krieger | 19-11-2013

When Disney Channel in Germany transitions from a pay-TV service into an advertising-financed free-to-air channel on 17 January 2014, The Jim Henson Company's Emmy-nominated pre-school series Dinosaur Train will be a key element of the channel's new programming schedule.

The announcement was made by Richard Goldsmith, executive vice president of global distribution at Jim Henson, creator of shows such as The Muppet Show and Fraggle Rock, and Lars Wagner, general manager of Disney Channels Germany, Austria and Switzerland.

The 24-hour family channel will take over the transmission slots currently occupied by entertainment channel Das Vierte which Disney acquired in autumn 2012 on cable, satellite, IPTV and DTT in Germany. Disney Cinemagic, Disney Junior and Disney XD will remain as pay-TV channels in the German marketplace.

The animated children's series Dinosaur Train has been airing on the Disney Junior pay-TV service in Germany since 2011.