Disney Channel is a German free-to-air television channel owned by The Walt Disney Company (Germany) GmbH, itself owned by The Walt Disney Company. The channel is based in Munich.
Aimed at all ages, its programming consists of original first-run television series, theatrically-released and original made-for-cable movies and selects another third-party programming. The original programming is mainly brought by the American flagship Disney Channel.
The channel – which formerly operated as a premium service – was originally launched on 16 October 1999 as a subscription television channel of Sky Deutschland. As of 17 January 2014, the German Disney Channel has become a free-to-air channel.
The network competes with Super RTL (50% owned by Disney-ABC Television Group), Kika and Nickelodeon Germany similarly-formatted networks whose primary sources of programming is children focused.