Disney Channel (Australia and New Zealand)

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Disney Channel
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. 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.


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 Networktelevision digital service. On 1 September 2009, the channel started 16:9 widescreen broadcasting. On 6 February 2012, a new logo was adopted.

Current programming[edit]

Original series[edit]

Live-action series[edit]

Title Premiere date Current season Note(s)
Jessie 25 November 2011 4 [a]
Austin & Ally 23 March 2012 4 [a]
Liv and Maddie 11 October 2013 2 [a]
I Didn't Do It 7 April 2014 2 [a]
Girl Meets World 25 August 2014 2 [a]
K.C. Undercover 5 March 2015 1 [a]
Best Friends Whenever 16 October 2015 1 [a]

Short series[edit]

Title Premiere date Note(s)
Mickey Mouse 1 July 2013
Dog's Rule! Cats... Not So Much 14 May 2014
Descendants: Wicked World 16 October 2015

Repeats of ended series[edit]

Title Finale date Note(s)
Boy Meets World* 5 May 2000
That's So Raven 10 November 2007
Cory in the House 13 September 2008
Hannah Montana 16 January 2011
The Suite Life on Deck 13 August 2011
Wizards of Waverly Place 11 February 2012
Shake It Up 13 February 2014
Good Luck Charlie 31 March 2014
A.N.T. Farm 6 May 2014
Fish Hooks 19 June 2014
  • Boy Meets World was not a Disney Original series. The show is played on 'Disney Channel Replay' mainly to advertise the show's Disney sequel, Girl Meets World.

Acquired series[edit]

Acquired live-action series[edit]

Title Premiere date Note(s)
The Next Step 31 January 2014
Extreme Babysitting 31 July 2014
Mako Mermaids 12 May 2015

Future programming[edit]

Original live-action series[edit]

Sister channels[edit]

Disney Junior[edit]

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.[8][9]

Disney XD[edit]

Main article: Disney XD (Australia)

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.[10]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ a b c d e f g Currently premiering new episodes.


  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. ^ "Hitting Disney heights". The Sunday Mail. 16 December 2001. p. T35.  |section= ignored (help)
  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). "Bruce Gordon's SelecTV to make changes". The Australian. Retrieved 20 August 2010.  |section= ignored (help)
  8. ^ Alarcon, Camille (29 May 2011). "Disney makes new friends". B & T Weekly 54 (2546): 23. ISSN 1325-9210. Retrieved 15 May 2100.  Check date values in: |access-date= (help); |section= ignored (help)
  9. ^ Tim Addington. "Disney to launch Junior channel". B&T. Retrieved 30 March 2011. 
  10. ^ http://www.disney.com.au/disney-xd

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