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Overview

Disney XD
Launched February 13, 2009 (2009-02-13)
Owned by Disney Channels Worldwide
(Disney-ABC Television Group)
Picture format 720p (HDTV)
480i (SDTV)
Slogan Watch It. Click It. Live It.
Country United States
Language English
Spanish (via SAP audio track)
Broadcast area Nationwide
International
Headquarters Burbank, California
Replaced Toon Disney
Jetix
Sister channel(s) Disney Channel
Disney Junior
ABC Family
ESPN
ABC
Website disneyxd.disney.com
Availability
Satellite
DirecTV 292 (HD/SD)
1292 (VOD)
Dish Network 174 (SD)
C band AMC 11 - Channel 45 (4DTV Digital)
AMC 18 - Channel 13 (H2H 4DTV)
Cable
Available on most U.S. cable systems Consult your local cable provider for channel availability
IPTV
Verizon FiOS 781 (HD)
251 (SD)
AT&T U-verse 1304 (HD)
304 (SD)


 - Disney XD
This article is about the American channel. For channels in other countries, see List of Disney XD TV channels.

Disney XD is an American digital cable and satellite television channel that is owned by the Disney Channels Worldwide unit of the Disney–ABC Television Group, itself a unit of the Disney Media Networks division of the The Walt Disney Company. Aimed primarily at both male and female pre-teens and teenagers 6 to 14 years of age, its programming consists of original first-run television series, current and former original series and made-for-cable films from sister network Disney Channel, theatrically-released movies, and live-action and animated programs from other distributors.

The channel offers an alternate Spanish language audio feed, either via a separate channel as part of a package of Spanish television networks sold by cable and satellite providers or a separate audio track accessible through the SAP option, depending on the provider.

As of August 2013, Disney XD is available to approximately 80,864,000 pay television households (70.81% of households with at least one television set) in the United States.[1]

History

Disney XD was launched on February 13, 2009 at 12:00 a.m. Eastern Time, with the Phineas and Ferb episode "Dude, We're Getting the Band Back Together!" as its first program. The channel debuted its first original series, Aaron Stone, at 7:00 p.m. Eastern Time that day; the first part of the two-part premiere episode aired simultaneously on Disney XD and Disney Channel. New animated series included in the channel's initial lineup were Kid vs. Kat and Jimmy Two Shoes.[2] The network took over the channel space of Toon Disney, an animation-focused channel that debuted on April 18, 1998, which eventually launched a live-action/animation block called Jetix in 2004; Jetix channels outside of the United States were relaunched under the Disney XD brand starting with the France-based service on April 1, 2009.[3] Many of the channel's programs – particularly animated series – previously aired on Toon Disney, mainly as part of the Jetix program block, which ran on Toon Disney until that channel's shutdown. Disney XD carries the same name as an unrelated mini-site and media player on Disney.com, which stood for Disney Xtreme Digital,[4] though it has been stated that the "XD" in the channel '​s name does not have an actual meaning.

The channel's first original television movie, Skyrunners, premiered on November 27, 2009. On April 1, 2012, Disney XD launched a block called "Marvel Universe," as a result of Disney's 2009 acquisition of Marvel Entertainment.[5] In mid-2012, Disney created Disney Shows, a YouTube channel that hosts episodes of Disney Channel and Disney XD series and shorts (Disney XD series available on the channel include Kick Buttowski: Suburban Daredevil, Kickin' It, Pair of Kings and Zeke and Luther).[6]

On July 31, 2013, Disney XD aired a special block called "Disney Fandom," a three-day special event geared towards Disney fans ages 13 and older; the event featured telecasts of the first three Pirates of the Caribbean movies, which were the first programs with a TV-14 rating to air on the network (and effectively were the first broadcasts of the Pirates film series to air on any of the Disney Channels Worldwide networks in the United States) and a Star Wars documentary, as well as special episodes of On the Red Carpet, My Family Recipe Rocks, Meet the Disney Legends and Once Upon a Time.

Programming

Disney XD's schedule currently consists largely of live-action and animated programs aimed at pre-teens and young teenagers, primarily original series as well as reruns of several programs from sister network Disney Channel. In addition to full-length live-action and animated original series, the channel also debuts short series similar to those seen on Disney Channel during commercial breaks (such as Team Smithereen, Run, Alien, Run! and Marvo the Wonder Chicken), which serve as filler for programs scheduled to end during the half-hour and last usually around two to three (and sometimes as much as fifteen) minutes. The channel also airs a youth-oriented "plays of the week" countdown segment called SportsCenter High-5, which is produced by ESPN's SportsCenter and airs periodically between shows; it also airs a short series featuring edited segments of ABC's Wipeout. Often, these shows are televised in the last two minutes of the program, with the exception of the Disney XD Shortstop, or following the ending of a movie.

A notable aspect of Disney XD's original series is that they tend to feature predominately male casts, and as such, its original programs feature very few females as main characters (with most live-action originals typically featuring only one female in its main cast, an exception to this was the 2012-2014 sitcom Crash & Bernstein, which featured a predominately female cast) in comparison to Disney Channel's original programs, which tend to feature an equal or nearly equal amount of main characters of either gender. New episodes of live-action original series are usually aired on Monday and Tuesday nights, while new episodes of animated original series air on Saturday mornings. In addition, Disney XD airs original made-for-TV movies from Disney Channel and theatrically released feature films, but unlike Disney Channel, Disney XD typically does not air these movies in prime time; instead, films generally air during the late afternoon hours at 5:00 p.m. Eastern Time with double features airing a few times a week.

Unlike Disney Channel (and similarly, fellow sister network Disney Junior) – whose advertising comes in the form of program promotions, underwriter sponsorships, and interstitials for Disney films, home video and game releases produced by the channel[7] – Disney XD operates as an advertiser-supported service running traditional television commercials in addition to promotions for the channel's shows.

Programming blocks

Current

International channels

Disney XD, similarly born of a merger between Jetix and Toon Disney, is available around the world.

See also

References

  1. ^ Seidman, Robert (August 23, 2013). "List of How Many Homes Each Cable Networks Is In - Cable Network Coverage Estimates As Of August 2013". TV by the Numbers. Zap2it. Retrieved August 25, 2013. 
  2. ^ Haugsted, Linda (January 7, 2009). "Disney XD Unwraps on Friday the 13th (Archive)". MultiChannel News. Retrieved 2013-12-02. 
  3. ^ "French Jetix becomes Disney XD". Broadband TV News. 2009-02-16. 
  4. ^ Disney to offer safe social site for kids, Chicago Tribune (via HighBeam Research), January 17, 2007.
  5. ^ a b "Disney XD preps block of Marvel shows: Premiere of 'Ultimate Spider-Man' to kick things off April 1". Chicago Tribune. 
  6. ^ "Disney Shows". YouTube. Retrieved January 19, 2013. 
  7. ^ Now that Duff's had enough...: is it time for Disney Channel to cash in and rethink no-ads strategy?, Daily Variety, June 6, 2003. Retrieved April 15, 2013.
  8. ^ "Marvel Calls "Avengers Assemble" On DisneyXD". May 23, 2013. Retrieved June 9, 2013. 
  9. ^ White, Peter (June 26, 2012). "Disney XD launches Marvel block across EMEA". TBI Vision (Informa Telecoms & Media). Retrieved August 5, 2014. 
  10. ^ Wolfe, Jennifer (July 12, 2013). "Disney XD Kicks Off 'Randomation' Block". Animation World Network. Retrieved August 5, 2014. 
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