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Disney Channel (Australia and New Zealand)

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
Fiji
Tuvalu
Formerly called The Disney Channel (1996-1997)
Sister channel(s) Disney Junior
Disney XD
Website .au.comdisneychannel
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
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.

History

The Disney Channel has been broadcast by Optus since 8 June 1996.[1] It became available though Austar on 1 April 2001,[2] Foxtel on 1 December 2001,[3][4] 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 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.

Presentation

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 top 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.

Current programming

Disney Channel's schedule is original live-action and animated series. Non-original productions also air. Short series, Disney XD programs, and Disney Junior completes the schedule. Film, both original and not air on the weekends.

Original live-action series

Title Premiere date Current season Note(s)
Jessie November 25, 2011 3 [1]
Austin & Ally March 23, 2012 3 [1]
Dog with a Blog March 25, 2013 2 [1]
Liv and Maddie October 11, 2013 1 [1]
I Didn't Do It April 7, 2014 1 [1]
Girl Meets World August 25, 2014 1 [1]

Game-Show

Title Premiere date Note(s)
Win, Lose or Draw June 2, 2014 [1]

Original live-action short series

Title Premiere date Note(s)
Dog's Rule! Cats... Not So Much May 14, 2014
The Coppertop Flop Show June 12, 2014

Original animated short series

Title Premiere date Note(s)
Mickey Mouse July 1, 2013
Gravity Falls shorts January 12, 2014

Acquired series

Title Premiere date Note(s)
Lab Rats January 10, 2013
My Babysitter's a Vampire December 30, 2012
The Next Step January 31, 2014
Spooksville July 15, 2014
Extreme Babysitting July 31, 2014
Evermoor October 31, 2014

Reruns of Original Series

Title Finale date Note(s)
That's So Raven January 10, 2007
Stitch! June 25, 2009
Sonny with a Chance January 2, 2011
The Suite Life on Deck August 13, 2011
So Random! March 24, 2012
Shake It Up February 13, 2014
Good Luck Charlie March 31, 2014
A.N.T. Farm May 6, 2014
Fish Hooks June 19, 2014

Preschool (Disney Junior) programming

Title Premiere date Current season Note(s)
Mickey Mouse Clubhouse 5 May 2006 4
Jake and the Never Land Pirates 29 May 2011 3
Doc McStuffins 8 June 2012 3
Sofia the First 4 March 2013 2
Sheriff Callie's Wild West 20 January 2014 1

Future programming

Original sitcom series

Specials

Seasons

Programming blocks

  • Disney Junior – Airs programs for ages 2–6. Aired in the morning hours.
  • Summer – The network's summer block airs from December to February. New episodes, series, and films air to gain the largest children's audience possible.
  • Halloween – In October, the channel airs Halloween themed episodes and films.
  • Christmas – The channel's schedule in December has Christmas themed episodes and films.
  • New Year's – On New Year's Eve the year is reviewed. Viewers vote for their favourite moments. Previews of the channel's new year air.

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 programs target younger kids.[12][13]

Disney XD

Disney XD is a 24-hour Australia cable and satellite channel available on Foxtel. It launched on 10 April 2014. All programs target boys aged 6–14.[14]

See also

Explanatory notes

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

References

  1. ^ a b Elder, Bruce (2 June 1996). "Disney to the rescue".  
  2. ^ "News on the Hour".  
  3. ^ "Hitting Disney heights".  
  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.".  
  6. ^ Shoebridge, Neil (15 September 2008). "WIN's on to a winner as SelecTV ups service".  
  7. ^ Chessell, James (20 August 2010). "Bruce Gordon's SelecTV to make changes".  
  8. ^ https://twitter.com/DisneyTV_AU/status/513186402008174593
  9. ^ http://community.foxtel.com.au/t5/Programming/DECEMBER-New-and-returning-shows-on-Foxtel/m-p/36247
  10. ^ https://twitter.com/DisneyTV_AU/status/422609634751283200
  11. ^ https://twitter.com/DisneyTV_AU/status/510204119714238464
  12. ^ Alarcon, Camille (29 May 2011). "Disney makes new friends".  
  13. ^ Tim Addington. "Disney to launch Junior channel". B&T. Retrieved 30 March 2011. 
  14. ^ http://www.disney.com.au/disney-xd

External links

  • Official channel site
  • Disney Australia
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