Télémagino is a Canadian French-language Category B specialty channel owned and operated by DHX Media. Launched on July 5, 2010 as a sister to an equivalent English-language service, it airs programming aimed at preschool-aged children. The channel previously operated under Disney–ABC Television Group's preschool television brands, including Playhouse Disney and Disney Junior, but was rebranded under an in-house brand on September 18, 2015 following the acquisition of Canadian rights to Disney's children's programming library by Corus Entertainment.

Along with its English-language children network Family Jr., it is available in over four million Canadian households as of 2013.[1]


As Playhouse Disney Télé and Disney Junior

The channel was licensed in 2006 as Vrak Junior, a sister channel to Astral's Vrak TV, though, aimed at younger viewers than Vrak.[2] It was launched on July 5, 2010 as Playhouse Disney Télé, the last Playhouse Disney channel to launch in the world before the worldwide switch to Disney Junior.[3] Three years prior, an English language version (then known as Playhouse Disney) was launched on November 30, 2007 as a multiplex channel of Family. The network took on the new Disney Junior brand in 2011.

Logo used as Playhouse Disney Télé

On March 4, 2013, following the Competition Bureau's approval of Bell Media's takeover of Astral, it was announced that Family Channel and its sister networks (including the two Disney Junior services, Disney XD, MusiquePlus, and MusiMax) would be divested in an attempt to relieve CRTC concerns regarding the takeover.[4] On November 28, 2013, DHX Media announced it would acquire the four channels for $170 million pending CRTC approval.[5][6] On July 24, 2014, the CRTC approved DHX's purchase of the networks,[7][8] and the deal was closed on July 31, 2014.[9]

As Télémagino

On April 16, 2015, it was announced that Corus Entertainment had acquired Canadian rights to Disney Channel's program library and would launch a Canadian version of Disney Channel that September, and that its sibling brands of Disney Junior and XD would be re-launched at a later date. In anticipation for this transition, DHX concurrently announced that its Disney-branded networks would be re-branded as spin-offs of Family Channel. The re-branding of Disney Junior's French feed was tentatively announced as Famille Junior, but was later changed to Télémagino. The new name was officially introduced on September 18, 2015, alongside the re-branding of its English-language counterpart as Family Jr..[10][11][12]


Current programming

Upcoming programming

Current Movies

  • Lucky Duck
  • Barbie: Dreamtopia

Former programming

See also

International distribution


  1. ^ "Family Channel Family Channel, Disney Junior, and Disney XD Available on Free Preview in March". Newswire.ca. 2013-03-01. Retrieved 2014-08-06. 
  2. ^ Broadcasting Decision CRTC 2006-98, CRTC, 2006-03-27
  3. ^ Astral launches French-language Playhouse Disney Channel with Bell TV, CNW, 31 May 2010
  4. ^ BCE takeover of Astral OK’d by Competition Bureau, The Montreal Gazette (via The Canadian Press), March 4, 2013.
  5. ^ "DHX Media to buy Family, other children's channels". Toronto Star. November 28, 2013. Retrieved 29 November 2013. 
  6. ^ "DHX to acquire Family Channel, three others from Bell Media". The Globe and Mail. Toronto. November 28, 2013. Retrieved 29 November 2013. 
  7. ^ "DHX Media receives CRTC approval on $170M acquisition of Family Channel and three other children's channels". DHX Media. July 24, 2014. Retrieved July 26, 2014. 
  8. ^ Vessing, Etan (July 24, 2014). "DHX Media approved for Family Channel takeover". Kidscreen. Brunico Communications. Retrieved July 26, 2014. 
  9. ^ "DHX Media closes Family Channel acquisition and announces management changes". Canada Newswire. July 31, 2014. Retrieved July 31, 2014. 
  10. ^ "DHX-Disney Divorce Almost Done". Cartt.ca. Retrieved 16 April 2015. 
  11. ^ "Corus gains Canadian rights to Disney Channel content". The Globe and Mail. Canadian Press. Retrieved 16 April 2015. 
  12. ^ "DHX TELEVISION'S REBRANDED FAMILY JR. AND TÉLÉMAGINO NETWORKS REVEALED TODAY" (Press release). DHX Media. Retrieved 18 September 2015. 
  13. ^ http://kidscreen.com/2017/08/25/telemagino-adds-trio-of-preschool-series/
  14. ^ http://kidscreen.com/2017/08/25/telemagino-adds-trio-of-preschool-series/
  15. ^ http://kidscreen.com/2017/08/25/telemagino-adds-trio-of-preschool-series/
  16. ^ http://www.telemagino.ca/series/felibert-le-chaventurier/
  17. ^ http://www.telemagino.ca/series/mes-bestioles-cheries/

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