Disney Junior is a Canadian English-language specialty channel owned by Corus Entertainment. Launched on November 30, 2007 as Playhouse Disney, and May 6, 2011 as Disney Junior, it is a localized version of the US cable network Disney Junior, broadcasting animated programming aimed at children between the ages of 2 and 7.
The channel originally launched as Playhouse Disney on November 30, 2007. A French-language version, originally known as Playhouse Disney Télé, was launched on July 5, 2010. Unlike the English version, it operated under a separate Category B license. On May 6, 2011, the network was re-launched under Disney's new preschool television brand Disney Junior.
Following the sale of Astral Media to Bell Media, Disney Junior and its sister networks (including its French-language version, as well as Family and Disney XD) were divested to meet regulatory requirements surrounding the merger. On November 28, 2013, DHX Media announced it would acquire the four channels for $170 million, pending CRTC approval. On July 24, 2014, the CRTC approved DHX's purchase of the networks, and the deal was closed on July 31, 2014.
From September to November 2015, Disney Junior was temporarily replaced by Family Jr. until Disney Junior was officially relaunched by Corus on December 1, 2015 as a sister network to Disney Channel, and no longer Family Channel. DHX's rights to broadcast Disney programming lapsed in January 2016.