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August 5

August 5, 2004 – The Disney Dream Desk PC is Unveiled in New York City

“At the core of Disney is our mission to entertain and enlighten audiences through products that spark the imagination.” – President and COO Bob Iger

On August 5, 2004, the newest creation from Disney, the Disney Dream Desk PC, was unveiled in New York City. Designed for children or family use, the PC features an LCD flat screen monitor, embedded speakers, a DVD player, a CD burner, a multimedia keyboard, and a digital pen. The PC also features a variety of Disney programs and applications designed to nurture users’ creativity and imagination, including Disney Mix and Disney’s Adventures in Typing with Timon & Pumbaa. Retailing at about $600, the computer was jointly designed by Disney and frog design, and was built by Medion AG. There were also some parental controls added to the operating system, including an Internet filter, email filer, spam blocking, and pop-up window blocking. Alongside Iger to present the new PC was Mickey Mouse, as well as the casts of Hope & Faith and One Life to Live, and children from the Lincoln Square Neighborhood Center.

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January 8

January 8, 2007 – The New Disney.com Portal is Unveiled at the International Consumer Electronics Show

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“We are witnessing an explosion of media and Disney is both reaping the benefits of that explosion and acting as a catalyst by taking a technology-friendly approach.”

On January 8, 2007, President and CEO of the Walt Disney Company Bob Iger was on hand at the International Consumer Electronics Show, held in Las Vegas, Nevada, to present several new technological advancements for the company, including the new Disney.com portal. Among the advancements mentioned were the acquisition of Pixar in early2006, the hit ABC show Lost and its distinction as one of the first series offered on iTunes, ESPN’s updated media presentation for Monday Night Football, and virtual games including Pirates of the Caribbean Online.

February 25

February 25, 2014 – The Digital Streaming Service Disney Movies Anywhere Launches

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“Enjoy your Disney, Pixar, and Marvel movies anywhere you go.”

On February 25, 2014, the digital streaming service Disney Movies Anywhere launched on the Apple platform, working with iTunes and running on Apple products; it has since been updated to work with Google Play and VUDU. The service works with Disney Movie Rewards, where fans enter special codes within their Blu-Ray purchases that include a digital copy of the film, giving them a separate digital copy that can be played on mobile devices at any time through this film repository. The service also provides parents with parental controls, and directs users as to where they may purchase any Disney movies they do not currently have.

February 19

February 19, 2009 – Disney Announces the Acquisition of Kerpoof Studios

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“A standard-based, Web-based creative multimedia suite for students.”

On February 19, 2009, Disney announced that it had acquired Kerpoof Studios, an educational and entertainment media group that specialized in exploring creativity through image creation. The company was lauded for its emphasis on child safety and the educational aspects that made it a favorite in many classrooms. After Disney’s acquisition in 2009, four activities were released in the new combined URL: URock2 Digital Painter, DoubleDuck Comic Creator, Animoids, and JONAS and High School Musical Photo Mashup. However, as Disney’s focus shifted to mobile application development, the decision was made to close Kerpoof in April of 2014.

November 24

November 24, 2013 – The Animated Series Sheriff Callie’s Wild West Premieres on the Disney Junior App

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“In this, the first Western made just for preschoolers, our audience will not only have a chance to get to know our characters and our stories more quickly…but we are confident they will be delighted with how those stories embrace what has enthralled us for generations in western tales – strong and important role models, high stakes stories, and distinctive music.” – Nancy Katner, Executive VP for Original Programming and General Manager for Disney Junior Worldwide

On November 24, 2013, the first nine episodes of the animated series Sheriff Callie’s Wild West premiered exclusively on the Disney Junior smartphone app, with a television premiere on January 20, 2014. This animated series was the first series in the Disney ABC Television group to premiere on the mobile device platform with multiple episodes. The episodes’ availability also helped place the WATCH Disney Junior app at number one in the iTunes store ranking. The series has since gone on to receive positive reviews. The show was developed by George Evelyn, Holly Huckins, and Denis Morella. It stars Mandy Moore as Sheriff Callie, Lucas Grabeel as Deputy Peck, and Jessica DiCicco as Toby.