Family Channel branded as Family since 1999, is a Canadian English-language Category A cable and satellite television channel that is owned by DHX Media. Originally positioned as a family-oriented network, by the late 1990s, Family had shifted its focus towards a predominantly youth audience, catering towards children and teenagers between 8 and 14 years of age with mainly children's television series, as well as some theatrically-released and made-for-television movies targeted towards the demographic. The majority of Family's programming is sourced from the United States-based Disney Channel and its sister cable networks Disney Junior and Disney XD, although it has increasingly aired original, Canadian-produced programming. Days after MTV (Canada) and TeenNick said it would no longer run the teen serial, Degrassi, Family Channel debuted the 1st season of Degrassi: Next Class on January 4, 2016 for Canada on their teen block F2N. While it aired on Netflix for a worldwide audience excluding Australia, France, and Canada until later 2016.
Original Programming In addition to carrying original series and movies sourced from Disney Channel, Family also commissions its own original programming. Past and present original programs include:
- The Next Step (March 8, 2013 – present)
- Lost & Found Music Studios (formerly known as The Music Room) (December 11, 2015 - present)
- Backstage (March 18, 2016 - September 30, 2017)
- Holly Hobbie (January 12, 2019 - present)
Upcoming Original programming
- The Wonderful Wayneys