Disney La Chaîne, branded on-air as La chaîne Disney, is a Canadian French language Category B specialty channel owned by Corus Entertainment, and launched on September 1, 2015, replacing Télétoon Rétro. It is a localized version of the U.S. specialty network Disney Channel, broadcasting live-action and animated programming aimed at children in French-speaking regions of Canada.
The launch of the network came alongside a licensing deal reached between Disney and Corus, in which it acquired Canadian rights to Disney Channel's programming library, and the announcement of a Canadian version of Disney Channel broadcasting in English that launched concurrently. Previous rightsholder DHX Media did not operate any Disney Channel-branded services in English or French, and their only French-language Disney property was a French-Canadian version of children brand Disney Junior.
By virtue of its previous co-ownership with Family Channel, French-language dubs of Disney Channel programs were historically aired by Vrak.TV. Vrak.TV was separated from Family with the acquisition of Astral Media by Bell Media; in an attempt to relieve concerns surrounding Bell's total market share in English-language television following the merger, Bell elected to divest Family Channel and its sister networks to DHX Media, which included Astral's French-language version of Disney Junior.
On April 16, 2015, Corus Entertainment announced that it had acquired long-term, Canadian multi-platform rights to Disney Channel's programming library; the cost and duration of the licensing deal were not disclosed. Alongside the licensing deal, Corus announced that it would officially launch a Canadian version of Disney Channel; the service will consist of linear television channels in English and French, along with TV Everywhere and video-on-demand services for digital platforms.
The French-language service, La chaîne Disney, launched concurrently with its English-language counterpart on September 1, 2015. It replaced Télétoon Rétro in its previous channel allotments, and operates under the same CRTC license.
La chaîne Disney's programming consists mainly of French-language dubs of existing programs from Disney Channel. Disney XD and Disney Junior programs are also included as part of their respective programming blocks, Disney Junior sur la chaîne Disney and Disney XD Zone (referenced as XD Zone).
Along with the programs above, the channel airs movies as part of the programming block,Cinéma la chaîne Disney.