Disney is pulling its live television channels from Sky Q and Virgin Media TV V6 boxes this year. From October 1, the Disney Channel, DisneyXD and Disney Junior will no longer be available to those with subscriptions to Sky TV, Virgin Media, BT TV services. For families who cough-up for designated “Kids” bundles on paid-for television packages, this is likely to be a mighty blow. Sky is keen to point out the plethora of other kids-orientated channels still available on its Sky Q boxes, but there’s no doubt, Disney was a big draw to some subscribers.
You will still be able to watch Disney channels. But they’ve now shifted from Sky Q, Virgin Media, and BT TV to the Disney+ subscription service, which costs £5.99 a month and offers unlimited access to classic animated Disney films, recent live-action remakes, the Marvel Cinematic Universe, the complete Star Wars saga, and Discovery Channel films and shows.
Disney+ already boasts 54.5 million subscribers worldwide – despite launching in the United States just seven months ago. That’s some serious popularity.
Not only does Disney+ get the existing channels, but the company is exclusively commissioning content from the channels,