In a Facebook post from June 1, Disney Junior Asia announced that Disney channels have been removed from Singtel and StarHub.
No more Disney
Here's the statement in full:
"To our viewers subscribed to Disney Channel, Disney XD, Disney Junior and Go Disney on Singtel and StarHub, we are disappointed to confirm that the Disney Channels have been removed from their platforms. We worked hard to come to a fair agreement, and despite their decision, we will continue efforts to make our content available in Singapore."
Singtel and StarHub were the only two cable services that provided Disney channels.
Response from Starhub & Singtel
In a statement shared with Mothership, StarHub said that it couldn't "reach an agreement" to continue the broadcast of Disney channel:
"We strive to do our best for customers and secure quality content at the right value, to avert any unsustainable cost increases to our customers. We regret that despite our best efforts to negotiate for a reasonable deal, we are not able to reach an agreement to continue the broadcast of Disney Channel, Disney Junior and Disney XD. We share our customers’ disappointment. We are committed to delivering the best variety of content to customers and channel cessations are always the very last resort.
Our customers can continue enjoying quality children and animated programmes on Animax, BabyTV, CBeebies, Cartoon Network, DreamWorks, Nickelodeon and Nick Jr. among others. StarHub is also continuously working on enhancing and offering new content to our customers. Besides delivering 20,000 hours of fresh content to our viewers every month, we have also partnered with Amazon and Netflix to bring an even greater selection of programmes to our customers. StarHub Entertainment Pass customers can also enjoy the flexibility of switching to any of the other six entertainment passes at any time, to enjoy a different variety of programmes, without any extra charges nor limit to the number of times of switching."
In a statement by Singtel, it shared that it remains "open to resuming discussions" to reach an equitable agreement with Disney.
"We are no longer able to air Disney XD (CH 232), Disney Channel (CH 234) and Disney Junior (CH 236) on Singtel TV from 1 June 2020. Our priority is to ensure that quality content remains affordable for our customers and despite our best efforts, were unable to reach an agreement with Disney on an acceptable renewal offer for its channels.
We remain open to resuming discussions to reach an equitable agreement. We thank our customers for their understanding and patience and will update them should there be new developments. In the meantime, we hope subscribers will enjoy the newly launched family entertainment channel, DreamWorks (CH 233), as well as Cartoon Network (CH 226), Boomerang (CH 228), Nick Jr (CH 238), Nickelodeon (CH 240) and Baby TV (CH 244) on Singtel TV."
Disney+ coming to Singapore?
Because of the cessation of the channels on both Singtel's and StarHub's platforms, it has been speculated that Disney+ will be launching in Singapore soon.
Disney+ is a video-on-demand streaming service which features movies and series from:
- Star Wars
- National Geographic
Disney+ is currently available in more than 10 countries including the U.S., UK and Italy.
Just recently, it announced that the streaming service will be available in Japan from June 11.
It is expected to launch in most markets worldwide in the next two years.
Top image from Disney+ on Facebook.