Following the launch of Star as the new general entertainment brand on Disney+ in the UK and Ireland in February, it’s been announced that the Fox Channel will stop broadcasting on Sky and Virgin Media from June 30th.
This will result in many of its titles including “War Of The Worlds” and “The Walking Dead” moving to Disney+, where they will join other mature shows like “Next”, “Lost”, “The Strain” and more.
A Disney spokeswoman said:
“On 30th June the FOX channel in the UK will close. Many titles will become available on Star on Disney+ and will be announced in the near future. We appreciate the support of our UK fans and can’t wait to keep sharing the best stories with you.
Star on Disney+ serves as the home of movies and television from Disney’s creative studios, including Disney Television Studios (20th Television and ABC Signature), FX Productions and 20th Century Studios.”
This follows a similar move Disney made last year with closing down its Disney Channels across the UK and Ireland. In Latin America, Disney has rebranded many of its Fox channels to the Star brand, however, Disney will be closing down Star channels across Asia later this year, as it pushes its content to Disney+. Disney has also renamed Searchlight Pictures and 20th Century Studios to move away from the Fox name, after purchasing 21st Century Fox in 2019.
The Fox channel originally launched in the UK 17 years ago and is home to many popular shows including “Family Guy”, “Bones”, “American Dad” and many more, which can already be found on Disney+. The channel is currently broadcasting “The Republic Of Doyle”, “The Mentalist”, “NCIS”, “Damien”, “Rush” and many more.
This isn’t a huge surprise as there haven’t been many titles available on Sky’s on-demand system and they all expire on June 30th.
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Source – Broadcast First