Disney Channel is a German language television channel owned by The Walt Disney Company (Germany) GmbH, subsidiary of Disney Channels Worldwide, which itself is a unit of Disney-ABC Television Group that manages all of The Walt Disney Company's Disney and ABC-branded television properties. The channel is based in Munich.
Aimed mainly for all ages, its programming consists of original first-run television series, theatrically-released and original made-for-cable movies and select other 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 October 16, 1999 and a subscription television channel of Sky Deutschland. As of January 17, 2014, the German Disney Channel has become a basic cable and satellite television 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.