Since Disney+ launched back in 2019, it has slowly been rolled out to more than 150 markets across North America, Europe, Asia/Pacific, Africa, and Latin America. As part of this expansion, it has been closing down many of its linear television channels across these regions, including Disney Channel and National Geographic.
And now more closures are set to happen in Asia, as United Daily News has revealed, that National Communications Commission has confirmed that Disney will be closing down eleven channels from the Taiwan Television Market at the end of the year. The Disney Channel was closed down in Taiwan in 2022, following the launch of Disney+ in the region, and now more channels from Star and National Geographic will join them
The following channels will close in Taiwan on January 1st, 2024.
- Satellite Chinese Channel
- Satellite Movie Channel
- STAR Movies Gold
- STAR World
- Star TV Entertainment Channel
- National Geographic Channel
- Star Movies HD
And the following three channels will close a little earlier on October 1st 2023:
- National Geographic International Channel
- National Geographic High Definition Wild Channel
- Baby TV
In accordance with the provisions of the Satellite Broadcasting and Television Law, a written report is required to terminate the operation, and NCC will handle the legal procedures. According to the NCC, Disney will retreat gradually from the traditional television market in Taiwan and other regions. Most of the content will be moving over to Disney+.
With Disney looking to save costs and with linear revenue declining, we are likely to see more closures of traditional linear television channels in the future.