Disney Channel (Australia and New Zealand)
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|Launched||8 June 1996|
|Owned by||The Walt Disney Company|
|Picture format||576i (SDTV 16:9)|
|Audience share||1.3% (February 2008, )|
|Slogan||The Best Place to Be Find Your Story!|
Papua New Guinea
|Formerly called||The Disney Channel (1996-1997)|
|Sister channel(s)||Disney Junior|
Disney XD (2014-19)
|SKY Network Television (NZ)||Channel 100|
|Optus TV||Channel 707|
|TransTV Digital||Channel 201|
|Neighbourhood Cable||Channel 28|
|Vodafone (NZ)||Channel 100|
|Foxtel Play||Channel 707|
|Fetch TV||Channel 144|
|Foxtel Go||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. The programming is broken up by a number of breaks, during which trailers for Disney's programs are usually shown.
Disney Channel has been broadcast by Optus since 8 June 1996. It became available though Austar on 1 April 2001, through Foxtel on 1 December 2001, through 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 launched the Playhouse Disney channel (later rebranded as Disney Junior) 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. An additional network named Disney XD launched on 10 April 2014, featuring programming targeted more towards boys.
In 2013, a local short-form series titled Hanging With debuted on the channel. The series takes the form of a variety show, and airs 5:00 pm (AEST) weekdays with two hosts who act as the faces of Disney Channel. The hosts present Disney programs and news, along with celebrity interviews and other comedy segments. It is currently hosted by Ashleigh “Ash” Wells and Tim Matthews.
On 1 December 2018 it was announced that sister network Disney XD would cease broadcasting on 6 January 2019, with a selection of programming moving to Disney Channel thereafter. Programs moving from Disney XD includes Star Wars Resistance and various Marvel animations.
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 of the programs target younger kids.
Disney XD is a 24-hour Australian cable and satellite channel available on Foxtel. It launched on 10 April 2014. All of the programs target boys aged 6–14. The network will cease broadcasting on 6 January 2019.
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The Disney Channel, which kicks off with the TV premiere of Aladdin at 6.30 pm on Saturday, June 8
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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.
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