Disney Channel sez konnichiwa

24-hour net to launch on Sky PerfecTV in Japan

NEW YORK — Twenty years after the establishment of Tokyo Disneyland, Disney Channel will launch on Japanese television this winter.

The 24-hour, commercial-free network will be available on Sky PerfecTV as an a la carte option and as a premium channel on cable.

Disney programming has appeared on Japanese television before, but not branded under the Disney Channel banner.

“It is 20 years since the first Disney Channel came to life in the U.S. and 20 years since Tokyo Disneyland was opened — our first theme park outside of the United States,” said David Hulbert, prexy of Walt Disney Television Intl. “I am confident that the Disney Channel Japan will go on to become one of the most successful Disney Channels.”

The channel will now be available in 100 million homes across 63 countries. In Asia, channel is already available in Taiwan, South Korea and Singapore. Programming for each international channel is specially tailored for the local audience.

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