Discovery Channel (Australia)

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Discovery Channel
Discovery Channel International.svg
Discovery Channel logo
Launched July 1995
Owned by Discovery Communications[1]
Picture format 576i (SDTV 16:9)
720p (HDTV 16:9)
Audience share 1.2% (February 2008, [2])
Country Singapore
Language English
Broadcast area Australia,
New Zealand
Replaced Quest
Sister channel(s) Animal Planet
Discovery Home & Health
Discovery Science
Discovery Turbo MAX
Travel and Living Channel
Timeshift service Discovery +2 (Channel 620)
Foxtel/Austar Channel 608 (SD/HD)
Channel 620 (+2)
Channel 1608 (SD)
SKY Network Television Channel 070
Foxtel Channel 608 (SD/HD)
Channel 620 (+2)
Channel 1608 (SD)
Optus Channel 608
Vodafone InHomeTV Channel 70
Xbox 360 Channel 608
The Discovery Channel logo used from launch til 29 March 2009.

Discovery Channel (Australia) is a television channel available on cable and satellite television in Australia. The Australian version of the Discovery Channel was previously operated by XYZnetworks,[3] who also own the exclusive distribution rights for the channel.[1]

The channel was launched in July 1995, replacing the Quest documentary channel launched in April 1995 by XYZ.[4]

Since the renaming of Travel & Adventure to Travel & Living, much of the travel genre programming (including first run series) has been removed from the Channel. On 29 March 2009 Discovery rebranded in line with Discovery US, complete with new IDs and the slogan 'The World Is Just Awesome.'

The Discovery Channel has many sister stations including Discovery Home & Health, Discovery Science, Discovery Travel & Living and Discovery Turbo. Both Discovery Channel and Turbo have timeshift channels, which rebroadcast programming 2 hours later.


Original Programming[edit]


  1. ^ a b Foxtel. "Foxtel - Channel Shareholdings". Archived from the original on 18 May 2008. 
  2. ^ Ratings Week 5 (27/1/2008 - 2/2/2008)
  3. ^ Channels :: XYZ Networks
  4. ^ "Network News". Variety 396 (7): pD5. 4 October 2004. 

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