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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
Picture format 576i (SDTV 16:9)
Audience share 1.3% (February 2008, [1])
Slogan The Best Place to Be Find Your Story!
Country Australia
Language English
Broadcast area Australia
New Zealand
Papua New Guinea
Fiji
Tuvalu
Formerly called The Disney Channel (1996-1997)
Sister channel(s) Disney Junior
Disney XD
Website disneychannel.com.au
Availability
Satellite
Foxtel Channel 707
SKY Network Television (NZ) Channel 100
Cable
Optus TV Channel 707
Foxtel Channel 707
TransTV Digital Channel 201
Neighbourhood Cable Channel 28
Vodafone (NZ) Channel 100
IPTV
Foxtel Play Channel 707
Fetch TV Channel 144
Streaming media
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. It does occasionally broadcast commercial advertisements. On 1 September 2009, Disney Channel started broadcasting in 16:9 widescreen.

History

The 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 Channel launched the 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.

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 4:00 pm (AEST) weekdays with two hosts who act as the faces of Disney Channel.[8] 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.

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.[9][10]

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.[11]

See also

Notes

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. ^ "The Walt Disney Company". Atsra: Subscription Television Awards. Retrieved 11 August 2016. 
  9. ^ 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. 
  10. ^ Diaz, Amanda (26 May 2011). "Disney Junior to launch in Australia this Sunday". If Magazine. Retrieved 2 July 2017. 
  11. ^ "DisneyXD". disneyxd.disney.com.au. 

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