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Disney+ Eyes “Channels” Feature: A Potential Blast from the Past?

NOTE: This article is 1 month old and may not include the most recent information.

The streaming wars continue to evolve, and the line between traditional cable and on-demand services keeps blurring. The latest rumblings in the world of entertainment suggest that Disney+ might be jumping aboard the “channels” trend. While nothing’s official yet, here’s what we know, and why this could be a brilliant move from the House of Mouse.

What are these Disney+ “Channels”?

Think of these proposed channels as digital versions of what we used to see on cable. Instead of actively searching for a specific movie or show, you’d have “always-on” channels curated by Disney. Each channel would have its own theme, potentially focused on brands (Marvel, Star Wars, Pixar, etc.) or even time periods. These channels would likely be ad-supported, potentially opening up new revenue streams for Disney+.

Why This Could Work

  • Competition: Free, ad-supported streaming TV platforms (FAST services) are already popular. Disney+ adding channels would be a competitive play.
  • More Viewers: Sometimes it’s nice to just have something on in the background. Channels cater to the casual viewer who might not want to scroll endlessly to make a decision.
  • Ad Revenue: Ad-supported channels mean more income for Disney+.

Let’s Get Nostalgic: A 90s Kids’ Dream

Now, here’s where I think Disney+ could hit a real home run. Imagine if they created channels specifically dedicated to nostalgic programming blocks. I’m talking the Disney Afternoon with shows like DuckTales, Chip ‘n Dale Rescue Rangers, Darkwing Duck, and TaleSpin. Think about a channel with classic Disney Channel shows, or even a focus on older Disney movies. The nostalgia factor alone would be massive for millennials and older Gen-Z viewers, guaranteeing at least some tune-ins.

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The Bottom Line

Disney+ channels are still just speculation at this point. However, if Disney plays their cards right, especially with that sweet, sweet nostalgia, this could be a strategic win. Adding a channel-like experience could be just what Disney+ needs to retain existing subscribers and potentially draw in a new crowd.

Trevor Decker
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