Discovery Channel (Australia and New Zealand)

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Discovery Channel
LaunchedJuly 1995
Owned byDiscovery Networks Asia Pacific[1]
Picture format576i (SDTV 16:9)
720p (HDTV 16:9)
Audience share1.2% (February 2008, [2])
Broadcast areaAustralia
New Zealand
Sister channel(s)Animal Planet
Discovery Kids
Discovery Science
Discovery Turbo
Food Network
Living Channel
Timeshift serviceDiscovery +2
FoxtelChannel 608 (SD/HD)
Channel 640 (+2)
Channel 444 (4K)
SKY Network Television
(New Zealand)
Channel 070
FoxtelChannel 608 (SD/HD)
Channel 640 (+2)
Channel 1608 (SD)
OptusChannel 608
Foxtel PlayChannel 608
Vodafone TV
(New Zealand)
Channel 070
Streaming media
Foxtel GoChannel 608

Discovery Channel is a television channel available on cable and satellite television in Australia and New Zealand. The Australian version of the US Discovery Channel was previously operated by XYZnetworks,[3] who also own the exclusive distribution rights for the channel.[1]

The channel was launched in July 1995, replacing the Quest documentary channel launched in April 1995 by XYZ.[4]

Since the renaming of Travel & Adventure to Travel & Living, much of the travel genre programming (including first run series) has been removed from the Channel. On 29 March 2009, Discovery rebranded in line with Discovery US, complete with new IDs and the slogan 'The World Is Just Awesome.'

The Discovery Channel has many sister stations including Discovery Home & Health, Discovery Science, Discovery Travel & Living and Discovery Turbo. Both Discovery Channel and Turbo have timeshift channels, which rebroadcast programming 2 hours later.

Original Programming[edit]


  1. ^ a b Foxtel. "Foxtel - Channel Shareholdings". Archived from the original on 18 May 2008.
  2. ^ "Ratings Week 5 (27/1/2008 - 2/2/2008)" (PDF). Archived from the original (PDF) on 24 September 2015. Retrieved 11 February 2008.
  3. ^ Channels :: XYZ Networks Archived 22 November 2007 at the Wayback Machine
  4. ^ "Network News". Variety. 396 (7): pD5. 4 October 2004.
  5. ^ "ET's Saltwater Heroes premieres Wednesday". Fishing World. 3 August 2015. Retrieved 28 August 2015.
  6. ^ a b "Two new Australian productions for 2016 from Essential and WTFN". Media Week. 28 August 2015. Retrieved 28 August 2015.

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