Discovery Channel (Australia)

Discovery Channel

Discovery Channel logo
Launched July 1995
Owned by Discovery Communications[1]
Picture format 576i (SDTV 16:9)
720p (HDTV 16:9)
Audience share 1.2% (February 2008, [2])
Country Singapore
Language English
Broadcast area Australia
New Zealand
Replaced Quest
Sister channel(s) Animal Planet
Discovery K!ds
Discovery Science
Discovery Turbo MAX
Timeshift service Discovery +2
Igloo Channel 018
Foxtel Channel 608 (SD/HD)
Channel 640 (+2)
Channel 1608 (SD)
SKY Network Television Channel 070
Foxtel Channel 608 (SD/HD)
Channel 640 (+2)
Channel 1608 (SD)
Optus Channel 608
Vodafone TV Channel 70
Igloo TV Channel 18
Foxtel Play Channel 608
The Discovery Channel logo used from launch til 29 March 2009.

Discovery Channel (Australia) is a television channel available on cable and satellite television in Australia. The Australian version of the 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


  1. 1 2 Foxtel. "Foxtel - Channel Shareholdings". Archived from the original on 18 May 2008.
  2. Ratings Week 5 (27/1/2008 - 2/2/2008)
  3. Channels :: XYZ Networks
  4. "Network News". Variety. 396 (7): pD5. 4 October 2004.
  5. "Foxtel in June: 200+ new shows including Orange Is The New Black, True Detective, Suits, PLL, Wimbledon and more". The Green Room. Foxtel. June 1, 2015. Retrieved June 4, 2015.
  6. "X-RAY MEGA AIRPORT". Discovery Channel Australia and New Zealand. Archived from the original on 15 July 2015. Retrieved 15 July 2015.
  7. "ET's Saltwater Heroes premieres Wednesday". Fishing World. August 3, 2015. Retrieved August 28, 2015.
  8. 1 2 "Two new Australian productions for 2016 from Essential and WTFN". Media Week. August 28, 2015. Retrieved August 28, 2015.
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