Do you want to know what became of Disney XD? Find out here why Disney XD was closed down and if it is coming back.
What happened to Disney XD ?
Disney XD was available in all countries. It was a product of the merger between Jetix and Toon Disney. Disney+ has led to the closure of most international Disney XD channels.
Disney XD was shut down in Australia and New Zealand on January 6, 2019. Its programming moved to Disney Channel, which will be incorporated into Disney+. On January 9, 2019, the channel in India was rebranded to Marvel HQ. Disney XD in Italy closed on October 1, 2019 after Sky did not renew its contract.
The French network followed a week after the Spanish and German networks. XD in Singapore ceased operations on June 1, 2020. The domestic feeds of the UK & Ireland, continental Africa and Southeast Asia also closed on October 1 2020. The Southeast Asian, Scandinavian and Middle Eastern feeds will also close on December 31, 2020. On January 31, 2021, the Turkish and Japanese channels will follow suit.
The latest closure occurred in Latin America, on March 31st 2022. Disney XD has only two sister networks outside North America as of April 1, 2022: one in Poland, which is a full time network, and the other in the Netherlands, which is a joint venture with Veronica TV.
Is Disney XD Coming Back?
From March 31, 2022 onwards, only four Disney XD Channels will be available. These channels will only be available in certain countries: the United States of America, Canada, Netherlands and Poland.
The channel launched in India as Toon Disney’s Indian counterpart and featured Jetix. In November 2009, Disney XD replaced both brands. In January 2019, the channel changed its name to Marvel HQ, and on March 1, 2020 it became Super Hungama.
What is Disney XD ?
Disney XD, a US television network owned by The Walt Disney Company, is a children’s channel. It is a sister channel of the Disney Channel and part of the Disney ABC Television Group. Disney XD’s programming is primarily animated shows for children. It also includes some live-action series and movies aimed at viewers aged 6-14.
It features original programming such as Zeke & Luther, Kickin’ It and Pair of Kings. The channel also features popular Disney Channel programming, such as recent and archived series like The Suite Life of Zack & Cody and Phineas and Ferb as well as made for TV movies.
Disney XD offers Spanish audio options. These can be accessed via a separate channel, as part of a Spanish-language network package provided by cable and satellite companies. Viewers can also choose to listen to a different audio track using the SAP (Second Program) option. This is dependent on their system. The channel also offers video-on demand to digital cable subscribers and IPTV users, which provides free programming.
Is Disney XD Shutting Down?
Disney XD was formerly available in all countries. It is another product that came from a merger between Jetix, Toon Disney and Jetix. Disney+ has led to the closure of most Disney XD channels in other countries.
There are other channels available on satellite or cable services besides The Disney Channel. Cable channels are available in dozens if not hundreds. Disney Junior, and any other Disney-related channels, would continue to be available in the event of Disney XD being discontinued.
Disney XD India
In July 2004, Disney introduced itself in India and faced challenges with infrastructure. It provided Indian children access to English content which was exciting because such content was scarce at the time. The channel continued airing shows for a long time and started incorporating Disney XD and content from other countries. Popular anime series such as Doraemon Shinchan and Pokemon were also included.
Pogo, a channel that aired non-stop shows such as Chota Bheem, emerged when Disney’s popularity grew. Pogo became more popular among viewers due to its availability and accessibility through smaller cable operators. Disney decided in 2010 to translate their older English shows into Hindi, realizing its presence in India. The Hindi versions of popular shows such as “Good Luck Charlie”, “Best of Luck Nikki” and “The Suite Life of Zack & Cody”, “The Suite Life of Karan & Kabir” became hit.
Nevertheless, when Shinchan became popular again after being unbanned, some parents expressed concerns, just as they did in 2008. Indian producers responded by supporting the parents’ complaints. This led to a reduction in Shinchan and older Disney shows. Disney introduced its own programs, such as “Selfie with Bajrangi,” and “Life of Samosa,” that focused on characters engaging in specific activities, such as eating samosas.
Channels like Hungama, Nickelodeon, and others followed Disney’s example, producing their own cartoons. Some may find them lacking in quality. As younger children began to watch the newer shows and cartoons, older content was less popular. This made it more profitable. The Indian producers were more motivated by profit than anything else to make this shift.