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Sky launching Disney XD this Christmas

November 24, 2014

SKY and The Walt Disney Company Australia and New Zealand today announced that new channel Disney XD will launch as part of SKY’s basic package on Wednesday, December 24, 2014, at 6 a.m.

Disney XD is the ultimate destination for kids aged 6-14, featuring an exciting mix of live-action and animation – including new content from Lucasfilm and Marvel – which transports viewers into different worlds full of humour, unexpected fun, and inspiring action-filled adventures.

SKY’s Director of Entertainment, Travis Dunbar, says Disney XD’s inclusion to SKY’s family line-up is quite literally the perfect Christmas present for customers.

“Disney is renowned as the leading entertainment content provider on the planet with creative and compelling programmes such as Star Wars Rebels, Ultimate Spider-Man and Avengers Assemble, and it’s great to have all of this brilliant content and more available to our customers as part of SKY’s basic package. Christmas is all about family, and not only is this an exciting addition to our line up, but I’m picking it might just up the ante for the battle of the remote this Christmas – it certainly will in our house!” he said.

“New Zealanders have a strong affinity and connection with Disney’s stories and characters,” said Leisa Sadler, General Manager, Disney Channels, The Walt Disney Company Australia and New Zealand. “Disney is thrilled to join with SKY to bring Disney XD, which offers the very best in family entertainment, action and comedy, to Kiwi families. Disney XD features some of the world’s most iconic characters with new stories and adventures from Marvel and Star Wars.”

To kick off the launch of Lucasfilm’s new animated series Star Wars Rebels, Disney XD will feature the exclusive premiere of hour-long special Star Wars Rebels: Spark of Rebellion featuring a cameo by Darth Vader (voiced by the legendary James Earl Jones). The critically-acclaimed Star Wars Rebels takes place in the time between Episodes III and IV, and has already been renewed for a second season.

In addition, it has just been announced that production has begun on the animated series Marvel’s Guardians of the Galaxy, featuring the hugely popular characters introduced in the record-breaking Marvel Studios film of the same name.

Disney XD delivers a triple shot of comedy, action and adventure. The programming includes series, movies and short-form, as well as sports-themed programming developed with ESPN. Customers will also be able catch up on their favourite Disney shows at www.skygo.co.nz as Disney XD will be joining Disney Channel and Disney Junior on SKY’s online catch-up service available on PCs and laptops.

Key Disney XD programming includes Marvel animated series such as Ultimate Spider-Man, Avengers Assemble and Hulk: The Agents of S.M.A.S.H. Disney XD will also feature animated series such as new series The 7D, Gravity Falls, and Phineas and Ferb, as well as live-action comedies Mighty Med, Lab Rats, Kickin’ It, and Crash & Bernstein.

About SKY:

Tune in to SKY.
SKY is the leading pay TV service for Kiwis. If you love sports, music, movies, on-demand content and all-round great telly, then you'll love SKY. With more than 115 channels your journey into an incredible world of content starts here. Come with us.

We entertain Kiwis.
We entertain around two million Kiwis, with a little under half of all homes on board this exciting journey of entertainment, discovery and staying in touch with the world. We've been around since 1990 and as a Top 10 company on the New Zealand Stock Exchange; about 35% of our shares are Kiwi-owned. We're also behind Fatso, the nation's leading online DVD rental service, IGLOO and Prime, our free-to air-channel.

Couch. Pause. Engage. Rewind.
MY SKY is our high definition (HD) decoder and PVR that means you'll never miss a moment of your favourite games, flicks or series. We offer 15 outstanding HD channels (SKY Sport 1, 2, 3 and 4, ESPN, ESPN 2, SoHo, SKY Movies Premiere, Extra, Greats, Classics, Action and, TV3 HD, TVONE HD and TV2 HD).And HD Pop-Up channels from time to time.

The SKY's the limit.
If you love entertainment, we want for you to able to enjoy it no matter where you are. SKY GO allows you to enjoy 15 live streamed channels and watch catch-up telly from more than 30 channels. You can also rent blockbuster movies and TV series with the push of a button.

Prime time.
We also have our own free-to-air channel, Prime. Prime offers a viewing experience that's unique in New Zealand. From local goodies to free-to-air sport and gripping drama, Prime is a popular choice for Kiwis looking for their daily fix of entertaining telly.

Looking after fellow Kiwis.
We're proud to support SKY NEXT, the Starship Foundation, Special Children's Christmas Parties and the Christchurch Earthquake Appeal Trust who we've pledged $1 million dollars to over 5 years.

For more information, check out our websites www.sky.co.nz www.skysport.co.nzwww.skygo.co.nzwww.primetv.co.nz

About The Walt Disney Company in Australia and New Zealand

The Walt Disney Company (NYSE:DIS), together with its subsidiaries and affiliates, is a diversified international family entertainment enterprise with five business segments and is a Dow 30 company with revenues of $45 billion in its most recently reported fiscal year. The Walt Disney Company has been active in Australia since 1988 and in 1992, the first office officially opened. There are now two offices in the region – in Melbourne and Sydney – that employ more than 200 permanent staff. Today, The Walt Disney Company is one of the most active and largest foreign entertainment companies in Australia with diversified business in consumer products, publishing, mobile content, television and family entertainment programs. For more information about The Walt Disney Company please visit: http://corporate.disney.go.com

Further information:

Lisa Franklin, SKY
+64 9 979 5761 / +64 21 337 382
[email protected]

Cara Leggett, Disney
+61 2 8622 8433 / +61 402 284 661
[email protected]