Disney is due to shut down 18 of its TV channels in Southeast Asia and Hong Kong on October 1, according to local reports.
The news, which appears to have been first reported by Singapore-based blog Geek Culture, will see channels such as Fox, FX and Dinsey Channel go extinct (full list below) as Disney focuses on the streamer. , Disney +. Four channels will remain, including Star Chinese Channel, Star Chinese Movies, National Geographic and Nat Geo Wild.
Deadline has reached out to Disney for comment. According to Geek Culture, the company told employees, “As part of The Walt Disney Company’s global effort to move towards a D2Cfirst model and further develop our streaming services, the company is consolidating its primarily multimedia network business. in Southeast Asia and Hong Kong. These efforts will help us align our resources more effectively and efficiently with current and future business needs. “
In a statement to Variety, a spokesperson added, “Disney will continue to have a strong media and entertainment business in Southeast Asia and Hong Kong, which includes our direct-to-consumer, entertainment and entertainment business. in the studio, consumer products, games and publishing, serving consumers and partners in the region. “
The closures follow a similar move in the UK, where Disney Channel, Disney XD and Disney Junior were taken off the air last year – again on October 1. At the time, Disney said it “remains committed to our children’s channel business.”
Here is the closure of the channels: Fox, Fox Crime, Fox Life and FX; Fox Action Movies, Fox Family Movies, Fox Movies, and Star Movies China; sports channel Fox Sports, Fox Sports 2, Fox Sports 3, Star Sports 1, Star Sports 2; the children’s channels Disney Channel and Disney Junior; Unscripted channels Nat Geo People and SCM Legend.