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Disney's new family movie on demand service offers free peek

by John Scott Lewinski, posted Aug 19th 2009 10:02AM
Disney Family Movies on-demand channel will be free the first week of September.Disney Family Movies, the new video on demand subscription service offering animated and live action titles from the studios' voluminous vaults, will offer a free trial Sept. 3-7 for viewers to get a feel of The Magic Kingdom's latest offering.

Subscribers to the service get access to a rotating selection of Disney's classic and contemporary films and animated shorts. Obviously, the on demand lineup is put together with the emphasis on family friendly. Each title in the selection menu remains in rotation for about a month, with new movies added weekly.

While this looks like a great thing for parents looking to have a steady inventory of safe video babysitters, the only concern is how this service might gut the programming on Disney's other cable entities -- or how it might affect the availability of DVDs.

The studio already makes many of its DVD releases a limited affair to drive up demand. It'd be a shame to see classic titles held back even more in the hope of adding subscribers for this on demand service. Time will tell.

Subscribers to Comcast, Charter, Cox, AT&T U-verse, Suddenlink and Verizon FiOS will be able to view the preview week. Sign-up is open now.

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Looks to me like Disney family movies on demand has false advertising, plus it's ridiculous. There are only about 7 movies on for the entire month. We watch one a day. Disney needs at least 50 movies per month. But how can we tell them? They won't even allow feedback. I guess they already know everything and don't want customer comments!!

April 04 2011 at 2:35 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

I just got this channel and it's great. Finally some good family programing. There are shows I've been wanting to see for years on

August 21 2009 at 10:28 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

It's not like they're showing any of their classic stuff on their channels now. It would be nice to remind my kids that the company is known for better fare than the non-stop Zach & Cody and Hannah Montana garbage that Disney pumps out over cable 24/7.

August 19 2009 at 1:15 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

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