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Disney Slashes Linear TV in Asia With 18-Channel Closure, Shifts Focus to Disney Plus

Patrick Frater Asia Bureau ChiefDisney is to close 18 TV channels in Southeast Asia and Hong Kong as the conglomerate puts a greater emphasis on direct-to-consumer streaming.

The move will take effect from Oct. 1, 2021.Many of the channels set to be shuttered joined the group less than three years ago as part of Disney’s acquisition of 21st Century Fox.

They include: Fox, Fox Crime, Fox Life and FX; movie channels Fox Action Movies, Fox Family Movies, Fox Movies and Star Movies China; sports.

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