Disney Channel (Australia)
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|Launched||8 June 1996|
|Owned by||Disney-ABC Television Group
(The Walt Disney Company)
|Picture format||576i (SDTV 16:9)|
|Audience share||1.3% (February 2008, )|
|Country||Australia, New Zealand|
|Sister channel(s)||Disney Junior|
|SKY Network Television (NZ)||Channel 100|
|Optus TV||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.
- 1 History and availability
- 2 Ratings
- 3 Presentation
- 4 Current programming
- 5 Future programming
- 6 Disney XD Australia
- 7 Programming blocks
- 8 See also
- 9 References
- 10 External links
History and availability
The Disney Channel has been broadcast by Optus since 8 June 1996. It became available though Austar on 1 April 2001, Foxtel on 1 December 2001, TransTV on 21 January 2002, 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.
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.
Starting on 1 September 2009 Disney Channel Australia and New Zealand started 16:9 widescreen broadcasting. Starting on 6 February 2012 Disney Channel Australia and New Zealand started using the new logo adopted from the US
Disney has announced that Disney XD, Disney Channel HD & Disney on Demand are being planned
Almost all of Disney's shows are rated G and usually feature low level violence. When there is a DCOM, the ratings sometimes go up to PG, being the cause of violence, action and sci-fi themes throughout the showing of the movie.
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 new 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.
- Good Luck Charlie (23 July 2010– present but will be ending soon)
- Shake It Up (25 February 2011 – present, ending December 2013)
- A.N.T. Farm (15 August 2011 – present)
- Jessie (25 November 2011 – present)
- Austin & Ally (23 March 2012 – present)
- Dog With a Blog (25 March 2013 – present)
- Liv and Maddie (11 October 2013 – present)
- Phineas and Ferb (18 September 2007– present)
- Fish Hooks (5 December 2010– present)
- Gravity Falls (28 September 2012– present)
- Mickey Mouse (1 July 2013 – present)
- Movie Surfers (June 1997–present)
- Disney 365 (2006-present)
- Get'cha Head in the Game 2007-present)
- TTI (The Time I... (2008-present)
- Disney's Friends for Change (2009-present)
- My Family Tree (November 2010-present)
- This is Me (2011-present)
- Make Your Mark (2011-present)
- Hit Play (2011-present)
- Game On (2012-present)
- Stars on the Set (2012-present)
- Inside Disney (2012-present)
- This Is Who I Am (2013-present)
- The Coppertop Flop Show (2014–present)
- Cars Toons: Mater's Tall Tales (27 October 2008 – present)
- Have a Laugh! (26 October 2009 – present)
- Toy Story Toons (24 June 2011 – present)
- Where's My Water?: Swampy's Underground Adventures (2012 – present)
- H2O: Just Add Water (7 July 2006 – 16 April 2010, first run; 17 April 2010 - present, reruns)
- That's so Raven (17 January 2003 - 10 November 2007, first run; 11 November 2007 – present, reruns)
- Hannah Montana (7 August 2006 - 16 January 2011, first run; 17 January 2011 – present, reruns)
- Kim Possible (7 June 2002 – 7 September 2007, first run; 8 September 2007 – present, reruns)
- Wizards of Waverly Place (19 October 2007 – 11 February 2012, first run; 12 February 2012 – present, reruns)
- The Suite Life on Deck (6 October 2008 – 25 March 2011, first run; 26 March 2011 – present, reruns)
- Jonas L.A. (15 June 2009 - 3 October 2010, first run; 4 October 2010 – present, reruns)
- Sonny with a Chance (8 February 2009 – 2 January 2011, first run; 3 February 2011 – present, reruns)
- Stitch! (4 December 2009 - 8 August 2010, first run; 9 August 2010 – present, reruns)
- My Babysitter's a Vampire (TV series) (19 October 2011 – 28 December 2012, first run; 29 December 2012 – present, reruns)
- Violetta (18 October 2013 – 28 November 2013, first run; 29 November 2013 - present, reruns)
- Kickin' It (25 August 2012 – present)
- Lab Rats (10 January 2013 – present)
- Crash & Bernstein (19 April 2013 – present)
- Randy Cunningham: 9th Grade Ninja (10 December 2012 – present)
- Wander Over Yonder (2014)
- I Didn't Do It (Early 2014)
- Win, Lose, Or Draw (2014)
- Girl Meets World (2014)
- Star and the Forces of Evil (2014)
- Super Awesome Katy (2014/2015)
CBBC original series
- Wolfblood (2014)
Note: Australia does not have a Disney XD, so all Disney XD programs are played on Disney Channel. Disney XD in Australia is currently being worked on, however Disney has announced that it will need more viewers to launch a Disney XD. Disney XD in Australia is rumoured to launch on 1 January 2014.
- Monstober (every October since 2011)
- Disney Channel Summer (every Summer since 2011 as "Disney Channel Slizzlin Summer")
- Fa-la-la-lidays (every December since 2011)
- JaNEWary (every January since 2012)
- 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"
- "News on the Hour". Illawarra Mercury (Illawarra, Australia: Fairfax Media). 17 March 2000. p. 55. Retrieved 26 January 2010.
- TV Plus. "Hitting Disney heights". The Sunday Mail. 16 December 2001. p. T35.
- "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."
- "Transact to screen 24-hour Disney films, animation, on its 12th channel.". The Canberra Times (Canberra, Australia: Fairfax Media). 20 January 2002. p. 10.
- 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.
- Chessell, James (20 August 2010). City Beat. "Bruce Gordon's SelecTV to make changes". The Australian. Retrieved 20 August 2010.