Disney announced plans to shut down its pay-TV channels, Fox and Disney Junior in Germany, Austria, and Switzerland on 30th September, Broadband TV News reported. The films, series, and other programs will transition over to streaming service Disney+, including productions from Disney subsidiaries Disney Television Studios, 20th Television and ABC Signature, FX Productions, and 20th Century Studios.
Titles originally house at children’s channel Disney Junior will also be showcased on the German version of free-TV channel Disney Channel, which “will remain an important channel in our distribution strategy," a Disney spokesperson insisted. The pay-TV channels National Geographic and National Geographic Wild will also continue to be offered in German-speaking territories.
The move was predicted from the conglomerate's decision to close linear channels in other countries to prioritize its streaming offerings, including Fox in Sweden and the UK. Similar decisions are projected to be made in the near future.