Disney Channel will cease its pay-TV channel in Germany on 29 November 2013, a Disney spokesman confirmed to Rapid TV News. This means that there won't be a seamless transition, but a break for several weeks until Disney Channel will relaunch as a free-to-air channel on 17 January 2014.
Transmissions will end at Sky Deutschland and on Deutsche Telekom's IPTV platform Entertain on 29 November while in Switzerland at Teleclub the plug will already be pulled on 31 October. Teleclub's DTH satellite subscribers can watch Disney Channel until 29 November.
On 17 January 2014, Disney Channel will return with a revised concept as an advertising-financed free-to-air service. The channel, which will take over the channel slots of entertainment channel Das Vierte, will target families with children during daytime and focus on adults in the evening, in particular women. The schedule will comprise cartoons, series and movies. Live action formats and original productions for the German audience are also planned.
Disney will remain present in the German pay-TV market with pre-school channel Disney Junior, Disney XD, which targets boys and Disney Cinemagic, the movie channel for the whole family.