Closure of Disney Channels in Certain Countries
Starting in 2018, Disney started to shut down various Disney Channels (Disney Channel, Disney XD & Disney Junior, however most of the time they only shut down Disney XD only for some reason) in various countries outside the United States to focus on Disney+.
Why It Sucks
- Many parents and kids were upset about this when all of this was first announced.
- Disney expects everybody to not have cable TV and move on from it, yet cable TV is far from dead and isn't going to be extinct anytime soon.
- It's a poor, twisted and greedy way to get people to buy Disney+.
- In fact, even before the shut down for the British-Irish channel was announced, the North American rights for 101 Dalmatian Street were bought by Disney+. However, the streaming service did no promotion on the series whatsoever. The series did premiere on cable television on Disney XD on March 29, 2021, but the ratings for the episodes were so bad due to the series having a bad timeslot when it first aired. It truly shows that Disney doesn't care what they do with 101 Dalmatian Street.
- Also, not everyone can have Disney+ for some reasons (Not having enough money, bad internet, etc.).
- Even though some countries are lucky such as Taiwan, Czech Republic, Indonesia, Malaysia and etc, some of these countries either don't have Disney XD or don't have Disney+ yet, which makes the idea completely unfair.
- And also, the viewers won’t be seeing the acquired shows from the Disney channels ever again, in turn, may encourage piracy.
- Disney also announced that both Radio Disney and Radio Disney Country will shut down in the first quarter of 2021 in order to focus more on Disney+, which makes no sense, as Disney+ does not stream music (not yet, at least).
- To make matters worse, Disney would shut all their 18 TV channels down in Southeast Asia and Hong Kong in favor of Disney+.
- The mass closure of Disney affiliated channels (other than Disney Channel and Disney Junior) can pose as a serious loss for consumers and cable TV providers in developing countries where English content is frequently pirated.
- If we continue with that logic, Televisa would have to shutdown all its channels for Blim or Viacom would have to shutdown Nickelodeon and Comedy Central for Pluto TV.
The Only Redeeming Quality
- The United States aside, other countries and continents such as the Netherlands, Canada (since it was brought to their country since 2015; Disney doesn't own the channel, but they licensed the branding to Corus), France, Germany, Latin America, Japan, South Korea, Cyprus, Greece, Poland, and a few others would still have Disney Channel in their country and not be affected, despite a couple not having Disney XD as said earlier on WIS #4.