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Disney Channel (Australia and New Zealand)

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Disney Channel
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Launched8 June 1996[1]
Owned byThe Walt Disney Company
Picture format576i (SDTV 16:9)
Audience share1.3% (February 2008, [1])
SloganThe Best Place to Be Find Your Story!
CountryAustralia
LanguageEnglish
Broadcast areaAustralia
New Zealand
Papua New Guinea
Fiji
Tuvalu
Formerly calledThe Disney Channel (1996-1997)
Sister channel(s)Disney Junior
Disney XD (2014-19)
Websitedisneychannel.com.au
Availability
Satellite
FoxtelChannel 707
SKY Network Television (NZ)Channel 100
Cable
Optus TVChannel 707
FoxtelChannel 707
TransTV DigitalChannel 201
Neighbourhood CableChannel 28
Vodafone (NZ)Channel 100
IPTV
Foxtel PlayChannel 707
Fetch TVChannel 144
Streaming media
Foxtel GoChannel 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.

History

Disney Channel has been broadcast by Optus since 8 June 1996.[1] It became available though Austar on 1 April 2001,[2] through Foxtel on 1 December 2001,[3][4] through 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 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.[citation needed] An additional network named Disney XD launched on 10 April 2014, featuring programming targeted more towards boys.[8]

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.[9] 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.[10]

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 of the programs target younger kids.[11][12]

Disney XD

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.[13] The network will cease broadcasting on 6 January 2019.[10]

See also

References

  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. 17 March 2000. p. 55. Retrieved 26 January 2010.
  3. ^ "Hitting Disney heights". TV Plus. 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. 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). "Bruce Gordon's SelecTV to make changes". City Beat. The Australian. Retrieved 20 August 2010.
  8. ^ Knox, David (24 February 2014). "Disney Movies, Disney XD join Foxtel". TV Tonight. Retrieved 24 February 2014.
  9. ^ "The Walt Disney Company". Atsra: Subscription Television Awards. Retrieved 11 August 2016.
  10. ^ a b Nik (December 1, 2018). "Disney XD is closing" (Press release). Foxtel. Retrieved 2018-12-01.
  11. ^ Alarcon, Camille (1 December 2005). "Disney makes new friends". B & T Weekly. 54 (2546): 23. ISSN 1325-9210. Archived from the original on 15 August 2011. Retrieved 2 July 2017.
  12. ^ Diaz, Amanda (26 May 2011). "Disney Junior to launch in Australia this Sunday". If Magazine. Retrieved 2 July 2017.
  13. ^ "DisneyXD". disneyxd.disney.com.au.

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