Disney XD heads to Germany

Jörn Krieger

US entertainment company Walt Disney will launch its television channel Disney XD in Germany on October 9.

The channel, which will replace children’s service Jetix, will target boys aged from 8 to twelve years old. The 24-hour schedule will offer live action and cartoon series, films and comedy shows along with adventure, music and sports programmes. Disney XD will be available in Germany and Austria via cable and satellite on pay-TV platform Sky, while in Switzerland it will form part of Teleclub’s subscription package.

Walt Disney launched Disney XD in the USA in February and afterwards introduced the service to further countries. All Jetix channels are expected to be eventually replaced with the new brand which more clearly emphasises the connection with Disney.

Jetix grew out of children’s channel Fox Kids, which Disney acquired in October 2001. In Germany, the company also operates Disney Channel, Disney Cinemagic, Playhouse Disney and Toon Disney.