Out with the old, in with the new.
Since the release of Disney+ last November, many have been pondering the fate of the long-running Disney Channel and its subsidiaries, Disney Junior and Disney XD. It looks like fans finally got their answer and it seems to be a move that could be seen a mile away. Many countries like Italy, Australia, Germany and France have shut down their Disney Channels and subsidiaries. Spain and the UK have also followed suit by slowly removing many video-on-demand platforms such as Sky and Foxtel, ahead of the Disney+ launch.
But the bigger question remains: what will happen to Disney Channel here in the United States?
Many people grew up watching Disney Channel and have memories of watching original movies like The Cheetah Girls and High School Musical when they aired on television. Other iconic series like The Proud Family, Lizzie McGuire, Kim Possible, and Phineas and Ferb aired on the Channel and are considered to be childhood classics.
But as VOD and streaming become more popular, it is inevitable that much of the channels’ library would transition over to Disney+, leaving the channel to shut down in the future. While this does mean that more new original content will go straight to Disney+, it also means that there will be no more Disney Channel excitement should the channel eventually close.
As of April, it has been reported that Disney+ surpassed 50 million subscribers and the number continues to grow as families are stuck at home.