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DreamWorks Channel
The DreamWorks Channel.png
Launched1 August 2015; 4 years ago (2015-08-01)
NetworkNBCUniversal International Networks
Owned byNBCUniversal
Picture format1080i HDTV
(downscaled to 16:9 576i for the SDTV feed)
LanguageArabic
Dutch
English
Broadcast areaEurope
MENA
Southeast Asia
Sister channel(s)E!
Universal Kids
Timeshift serviceDreamWorks Channel +1
WebsiteOfficial website
Availability
Satellite
MONO29 (Thailand)Channel 29 (as a programming block)
beIN (MENA)Channel 140 (HD)
CANAL+
(Myanmar)
Channel 102
Foxtel (Australia)Channel 700
Cable
Cable TV Hong Kong (Hong Kong)Channel 510
VTVCab (Vietnam)Channel 123
Foxtel (Australia)Channel 700
IPTV
Unifi TV (Malaysia)Channel 550
Starhub TV (Singapore)Channel 307/606 (HD)
Channel 607 (VOD)
Now TV (Hong Kong)Channel 446
CHT MOD (Taiwan)Channel 111
KPN
(Netherlands)
Channel 24 (HD)

DreamWorks Channel is a pay television network that is owned and operated by NBCUniversal, a division of Comcast. It first launched in Southeast Asia.

DreamWorks Animation programming, both in new and archive forms, make up the primetime and early day schedules of new sister network Universal Kids, which launched in the United States on 9 September 2017 (a format evolution of an earlier version of the channel named "Sprout").[1][2] The rights for DreamWorks Animation's programming in the United States are also handled by Netflix and other networks.[3]

History[edit]

DreamWorks Animation announced on 9 December 2014 plans to launch its own TV channel starting in Asia rolling out over 19 countries in the second half of 2015. Singapore-based broadcaster HBO Asia was contracted to handle marketing, sales and technical services for the channel in Southeast Asia.[4] DreamWorks Channel launched on 1 August 2015 in Thailand. The channel represents DWA's first foray into operating its own television channel in any part of the world as a result of a joint venture through CTH.[5]

After the defunct of provider CTH in Thailand on 1 September 2016, the channel has made a deal with MONO29 since 2 July 2018 for airing DreamWorks Animation contents in a programming block.

A Middle East and North Africa channel launched on 1 August 2016 in partnership with beIN Network.[6] The channel(s) were placed under NBCUniversal

The channel was placed under the NBCU International executive vice president, lifestyle and kids Duccio Donati in August 2017. This paired the channel with E! international channels and NBCU lifestyle channel content.[7][8] On 1 January 2018, NBCUniversal International Networks took over HBO Asia's role with DreamWorks Channel in Southeast Asia.[9]

The channel launched on KPN in the Netherlands on 23 July 2019.[10]

A pop-up version will be launched in Australia via pay television provider Foxtel from 1 to 30 June 2020, on channel 700.[11]

Programming[edit]

The content on the channel mainly consists of series produced by DreamWorks Animation SKG and DreamWorks Classics library.[4] However, DWA's films only air in the MENA version.[3]

Programming blocks[edit]

  • DreamWorks Junior - The DreamWorks Channel programs shows targeted at preschool-age children daily every morning.[5] Programs currently seen in this block include Guess with Jess and “Raa Raa The Noisy Lion”. The block is a direct competitor of Nick Jr. and Disney Junior.

Current programming[edit]

3-2-1 Penguins! DW Jr.
The Adventures of Puss in Boots[5]
The Adventures of Rocky and Bullwinkle
All Hail King Julien[5]
Casper's Scare School[5]
Cleopatra in Space[12][13]
Dawn of the Croods [14]
Dennis & Gnasher: Unleashed! [15]
Dinotrux [5]
Dream Defenders
DreamWorks Dragons[3]
Fifi and the Flowertots DW Jr.
George of the Jungle DW Jr.[5]
Guess with Jess DW Jr.[5]
Home: Adventures with Tip & Oh
Kung Fu Panda: The Paws of Destiny
The Mr. Peabody & Sherman Show [14]
My Life Me
Noddy, Toyland Detective DW Jr.[16]
Olivia DW Jr.
Raa Raa the Noisy Lion DW Jr.[5]
Roary the Racing Car DW Jr.
Rupert Bear, Follow the Magic... DW Jr.
Tinga Tinga Tales DW Jr.
Trolls: The Beat Goes On!
VeggieTales DW Jr.
VeggieTales in the House[3] DW Jr.
Voltron: Legendary Defender

Versions[edit]

Market Type Launch date source
Thailand (English) channel 1 August 2015 [5]
Thailand (Thai) 1 September 2015 [5]
Malaysia 10 September 2015 [17]
Indonesia 2 March 2016 [18]
Singapore 3 March 2016 [16]
Hong Kong 1 April 2016 [19]
Macau
South Korea channel 3 May 2016 [14]
SVOD
Middle East & North Africa channel 1 August 2016 [6][20]
Netherlands 23 July 2019 [10]
Australia (pop-up channel) 1 June 2020 [11]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Steinberg, Brian (1 May 2017). "NBCU's Sprout Grows Up: Universal Kids to Debut in September". Variety. Retrieved 8 May 2017. The Comcast-owned media conglomerate said Monday it would in September rechristen the network as Universal Kids, ...
  2. ^ Getzler, Wendy (1 May 2017). "A new age: Sprout to become Universal Kids". Kidscreen. Retrieved 1 May 2017. On September 9, Sprout will rebrand to become Universal Kids, a US network for two- to 11-year-olds that will include preschool content, a lineup of DreamWorks Animation TV series, unscripted entertainment and live-action scripted originals.
  3. ^ a b c d Bond, Paul (9 December 2014). "DreamWorks Animation to Launch TV Channel in Asia". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved 22 April 2016.
  4. ^ a b Schwartzel, Erich (9 December 2014). "DreamWorks Wants to Start Television Channels in Asia". Wall Street Journal. Retrieved 22 April 2016.
  5. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k Frater, Patrick (28 July 2015). "DreamWorks Animation Launches TV Channel In Thailand". Variety. Retrieved 22 April 2016.
  6. ^ a b "DreamWorks channel heads to MENA". Kidscreen. Retrieved 29 July 2016.
  7. ^ "NBCU EVP Duccio Donati Takes on DreamWorks Channel". Animation Magazine. 3 August 2017. Retrieved 4 August 2017.
  8. ^ "Duccio Donati tapped for new kids role at NBCUniversal". Kidscreen. 4 August 2017.
  9. ^ Frater, Patrick (27 November 2017). "NBCUniversal to Take Full Control of DreamWorks Channel in Asia". Variety. Retrieved 21 April 2020.
  10. ^ a b Robert Briel (22 July 2019). "KPN is launching DreamWorks channel in The Netherlands". BroadbandTVNews.com.
  11. ^ a b "Foxtel launches DreamWorks pop-up channel with NBCUniversal". Mumbrella. 27 May 2020. Retrieved 30 May 2020.
  12. ^ "Dreamworks announces Asian premiere of 'Cleopatra in Space'". iOrbitNews Online. 18 November 2019. Retrieved 21 April 2020.
  13. ^ https://iorbitnews.com/dreamworks-announces-asian-premiere-of-cleopatra-in-space/
  14. ^ a b c Alessi, Sara (20 April 2016). "DreamWorks Channel Reaches South Korea". WorldScreen: KidsTV.ws. WSN Inc. Retrieved 22 April 2016.
  15. ^ <https://kidscreen.com/2020/03/10/nbcuniversal-snaps-up-dennis-gnasher
  16. ^ a b Yip Wai Yee (25 February 2016). "DreamWorks launches TV channel here". Straits Times. Singapore Press Holdings Ltd. Retrieved 22 April 2016.
  17. ^ "Telekom Malaysia adds DreamWorks channel to HyppTV platform". Telecompaper. Retrieved 22 April 2016.
  18. ^ "First in Indonesia: Indihome Presents Channel DreamWorks". Jakarta Globe. 2 March 2016. Archived from the original on 12 May 2016. Retrieved 22 April 2016.
  19. ^ Padovano, Joanna (1 April 2016). "DreamWorks Channel Heads to Hong Kong, Macau". WorldScreen: KidsTV.ws. WSN Inc. Retrieved 22 April 2016.
  20. ^ "DreamWorks Animation unveils partnership with beIN Network". Spielwarenmesse. 29 July 2016. Retrieved 30 July 2016.

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