Disney Cinemagic to launch in Germany

US entertainment company Walt Disney is expanding its TV offer in Germany, with movie channel Disney Cinemagic to be launched in July on Premiere’s pay-TV platform.

The channel will be offered in standard as well as high definition. At the same time, the distribution contracts for Disney Channel and Playhouse Disney were extended on a long-term basis.

Disney Cinemagic screens current and classic animated films from the Disney and Pixar Studios, including Snow White and the Seven Dwarves (1937), Pinocchio (1940), Toy Story 2 (1999) and Finding Nemo (2003) as well as recent blockbuster hits from Walt Disney Pictures such as Pirates of the Caribbean: At World’s End (2007) and The Chronicles of Narnia: Prince Caspian (2008).

The channel was launched in March 2006 in the UK, followed by France, Spain and Portugal. Walt Disney is already present in the German pay-TV market with thematic channels Disney Channel, Playhouse Disney, Toon Disney, Jetix, ESPN Classic and ESPN America. Additionally, the company is a 50% shareholder in Super RTL and in conjunction with Tele München Gruppe holds a 31.5% stake in RTL II.