Disney Channel (Australia and New Zealand)

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Disney Channel
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Launched 8 June 1996[1]
Owned by The Walt Disney Company Australia
Picture format 576i (SDTV 16:9)
Audience share 1.3% (February 2008, [1])
Slogan The Best Place to Be
Country Australia
Language English
Broadcast area Australia
New Zealand
Formerly called The Disney Channel (1996-1997)
Sister channel(s) Disney Junior
Disney XD
Website disneychannel.com.au
Foxtel Channel 707
SKY Network Television (NZ) Channel 100
Optus TV Channel 707
Foxtel Channel 707
TransTV Digital Channel 201
Neighbourhood Cable Channel 28
Vodafone (NZ) Channel 100
Xbox 360 Channel 707

Disney Channel is a television channel that is broadcast in Australia and New Zealand. It is mainly aimed at children and their families. It does occasionally broadcast commercial advertisements and programming is broken up by a number of breaks, during which trailers for Disney's programming are usually shown. On 1 September 2009, Disney Channel started broadcasting in 16:9 widescreen.


The Disney Channel has been broadcast by Optus since 8 June 1996.[1] It became available though Austar on 1 April 2001,[2] Foxtel on 1 December 2001,[3][4] TransTV on 21 January 2002,[5] and is also available on Neighbourhood Cable. It was formerly available on SelecTV from September 2008 until the closure of its English service in late 2010.[6][7]

It has been broadcast on New Zealand's pay television network (SKY Network Television) since December 2003. On 5 December 2005, Disney Channel launched Playhouse Disney Channel in Australia on the Foxtel, Austar and Optus Television digital services and in New Zealand on the SKY Network Television digital service. On 1 September 2009 the channel started 16:9 widescreen broadcasting. On 6 February 2012 a new logo was adopted.


When Disney Channel's Australian service commenced operations, it aired the same Disney Channel programs from America, but utilised the same Disney Channel idents from the UK. In 1997, to prepare for the launch of Disney Channel France, the network dropped "The" from its name and introduced a new logo with two red splats and a blue splat and also adopted idents with the logo formed by red and blue objects. In August 1999, the channel changed its presentation again and introduced a top Circles logo (with three circles forming Mickey's head) and adopted new idents with the logo being formed by various circular objects. The "Splat" logo from 1997 was still in use, but it adapted the new Circles style. The Circles logo and idents were first used on Disney Channel UK on 1 May 1999.

In July 2003, Disney Channel adopted the new logo designed by CA Square. Presentation changed again in 2007, with the logo being formed by a ribbon. The new logo came into use on 6 February 2012, when the music video "Turn It Up" aired showing brand new shows coming and featuring the new logo. The logo was first used on an episode of Shake It Up after "Turn It Up" premiered. All promos that featured the old logo have all been re-branded to the new logo adopted from the US The new logo came into use on Disney Channel's website.


Disney Channel's schedule is original live-action and animated series. Non-original productions also air. Short series, Disney XD programs, and Disney Junior completes the schedule. Film, both original and not air on the weekends.

Title Premiere date Notes
Original series
Jessie 25 November 2011
Austin & Ally 23 March 2012
Dog With a Blog 25 March 2013
Liv and Maddie 11 October 2013
I Didn't Do It 7 April 2014
Win, Lose or Draw 2 June 2014 Game Show
Animated series
Phineas and Ferb 18 September 2007 Airs on Disney XD
Gravity Falls 24 September 2012 Airs on Disney XD
Short Series
Mickey Mouse 1 July 2013 Airs on Disney XD
Dog's Rule...Cats Not So Much! 14 May 2014
The Coppertop Flop Show 12 June 2014
Kim Possible 8 September 2007 Reruns
That's So Raven 11 November 2007 Reruns
The Emperor's New School 21 November 2008 Reruns
Cory in the House 13 September 2008 Reruns
The Suite Life of Zack and Cody 2 September 2008 Reruns
Stitch! 26 June 2009 Reruns
The Suite Life on Deck 14 August 2011 Reruns
So Random! 25 March 2012 Reruns
Shake It Up 14 February 2014 Reruns
Good Luck Charlie 1 April 2014 Reruns
A.N.T. Farm 7 May 2014 Reruns
Fish Hooks 20 June 2014 Reruns
Lab Rats 10 January 2013 Reruns
Acquired Series
The Next Step 31 January 2014
Spooksville 15 July 2014
Extreme Babysitting 31 July 2014
Disney Junior Series
Mickey Mouse Clubhouse 5 May 2006
Jake and the Never Land Pirates 29 May 2011
Doc McStuffins 8 June 2012
Sofia the First 4 March 2013
Sheriff Callie's Wild West 20 January 2014

Future programming

Title Premiere date
Original series
Girl Meets World 25 August 2014[8]
Phineas and Ferb: Star Wars 4 August 2014
Good Luck Jessie NYC Christmas December 2014[9]
Zapped September 2014[10]

Former programming

Programming blocks

  • Disney Junior – Airs programs for ages 2–6. Aired in the morning hours.
  • Summer – The network's summer block airs from December to February. New episodes, series, and films air to gain the largest children's audience possible.
  • Halloween – In October, the channel airs Halloween themed episodes and films.
  • Christmas – The channel's schedule in December has Christmas themed episodes and films.
  • New Year's – On New Year's Eve the year is reviewed. Viewers vote for their favourite moments. Previews of the channel's new year air.

Sister channels

Disney Junior

Disney Junior is a 24-hour Australian cable and satellite channel available on local platforms. It launched on 5 December 2005 as Playhouse Disney and on 29 May 2011 as Disney Junior. All programs target younger kids.[11][12]

Disney XD

Main article: Disney XD (Australia)

Disney XD is a 24-hour Australia cable and satellite channel available on Foxtel. It launched on 10 April 2014. All programs target boys aged 6–14.[13]

See also


  1. ^ a b Elder, Bruce (2 June 1996). "Disney to the rescue". Sydney Morning Herald (Sydney: Fairfax Media). p. 1. Retrieved 21 December 2009. "The Disney Channel, which kicks off with the TV premiere of Aladdin at 6.30 pm on Saturday, June 8" 
  2. ^ "News on the Hour". Illawarra Mercury (Illawarra, Australia: Fairfax Media). 17 March 2000. p. 55. Retrieved 26 January 2010. 
  3. ^ TV Plus. "Hitting Disney heights". The Sunday Mail. 16 December 2001. p. T35. 
  4. ^ "Package Updates". Foxtel. 2001. Archived from the original on 14 December 2001. Retrieved 1 December 2009. "You'll be able to enjoy a world of fun and adventure, with Disney Channel coming to FOXTEL for the first time! Disney Channel becomes part of our Entertainment Plus package, moving TCM from Entertainment Plus into the Movies package." 
  5. ^ "Transact to screen 24-hour Disney films, animation, on its 12th channel.". The Canberra Times (Canberra, Australia: Fairfax Media). 20 January 2002. p. 10. 
  6. ^ Shoebridge, Neil (15 September 2008). "WIN's on to a winner as SelecTV ups service". The Australian Financial Review. p. 16. Retrieved 26 February 2010. 
  7. ^ Chessell, James (20 August 2010). City Beat. "Bruce Gordon's SelecTV to make changes". The Australian. Retrieved 20 August 2010. 
  8. ^ http://whatson.foxtel.com.au/whatson/Online.aspx?n=64&e=mitchell-ellis1@hotmail.com
  9. ^ https://twitter.com/DisneyTV_AU/status/422609634751283200
  10. ^ https://twitter.com/DisneyTV_AU/status/490032002351919104
  11. ^ Alarcon, Camille (29 May 2011). News. "Disney makes new friends". B & T Weekly 54 (2546): 23. ISSN 1325-9210. Retrieved 15 May 2100. 
  12. ^ Tim Addington. "Disney to launch Junior channel". B&T. Retrieved 30 March 2011. 
  13. ^ http://www.disney.com.au/disney-xd

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