Channel 4 secures content deal with Disney

UK pubcaster Channel 4 has struck a content deal with Disney to acquire the rights of 10 titles for its streaming service, including popular hits Abbott Elementary, Scandal and The X Files.

The deal brings over 1000 hours of content to the youth oriented channel and comes following its rebrand in May.

All of Channel 4’s digital, social, and linear channels, including its VOD service All 4 unified together under the one single banner Channel 4. It also saw the return of Channel 4’s iconic blocks after eight years apart, placing the channel’s iconic Lambie-Nairn ‘4’ logo back at its heart.

The decision to unite all services behind the Channel 4 brand came following threats of privatisation and the notion that audiences no longer distinguish between digital and linear content.

Among the slate of Disney titles are Alias, The Americans, Empire, Scandal, The X Files, Bones, The Killing, Star, Grown-Ish and Abbott Elementary.

The PSB recently picked up the trio of titles – The Girl From Plainville, Queer As Folk, and Dr. Death from NBCUniversal.

Nick Lee, head of acquisitions at Channel 4 said: “We’re so pleased to have agreed such an extensive content deal with Disney, ranging from their most iconic series like X Files to fresh hits such as Abbott Elementary and Star. We look forward to our viewers being able to binge series after series on Channel 4.”

The 10 new Disney series will be available to stream on the Channel 4 streaming service from July.

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