Disney Tops 80M Mark

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Disney Channel reached a milestone in its 10-year campaign to convert the
network from premium to basic as it passed the 80 million basic-subscriber

Since 1996 -- when The Walt Disney Co. stepped up the conversion effort --
its subscriber count has grown 344 percent as the channel picked up 62.1 million

There are still a few operators that carry Disney as a premium, though.

About 100,000 Time Warner Cable subscribers still get the network as a
premium, as that MSO has until the end of the year to convert all of its
subscribers under a carriage deal cut in May 2000.