Animal Planet (Australia and New Zealand)

Animal Planet is a television channel which launched locally in Australia exclusively on Optus Television in October 1999. The channel is dedicated to programming that highlights the relationship between humans and animals. It has since expanded to multiple carriers.

It was added to Foxtel on 1 December 2003.[1]

It was formerly available on SelecTV from March 2007 until the closure of its English service in late 2010.[2][3]

It is available on Fetch TV however it was removed on 1 February 2015.

Animal Planet
2018 Animal Planet logo
The Animal Planet Logo
LaunchedOctober 1999
Owned byDiscovery Networks Asia Pacific
Picture format576i (16:9 SDTV)
Audience share0.3% (February 2008, )
Broadcast areaAustralia, New Zealand
Sister channel(s)Discovery Channel
Discovery Kids
Discovery Science
Discovery Turbo
Food Network
Living Channel
FoxtelChannel 615
SkyChannel 076
FoxtelChannel 615
OptusChannel 615
TransACTChannel 306
Vodafone TVChannel 076
Fetch TVChannel 122
Streaming media
Foxtel GoChannel 615


  1. ^ Hassall, Greg (17 November 2003). "Switched On". The Sydney Morning Herald - The Guide. p. 2. Retrieved 14 July 2010.
  2. ^ Addington, Tim (15 March 2007). "SelecTV adds five Discovery channels to platform". B&T Weekly. Archived from the original on 24 July 2012. Retrieved 16 November 2010.
  3. ^ Chessell, James (20 August 2010). "Bruce Gordon's SelecTV to make changes". The Australian - City Beat. Retrieved 20 August 2010.
Animal Planet

Animal Planet is an American pay television channel owned by Discovery, Inc. First established on October 1, 1996, the network is primarily devoted to series and documentaries about wild animals and domestic pets.

The channel was originally a joint venture with BBC Worldwide, and favored educational programming such as nature documentaries. In 2008, Animal Planet adopted a more mature programming direction, with an emphasis on aggressive and predatory portrayals of animals, as well as an increase in reality programs following personalities involved in animal-related occupations and investigations. Animal Planet rebranded again in October 2018, shifting back towards a more family-oriented direction.

As of January 2016, approximately 91,603,000 households receive Animal Planet. Discovery has also established or licensed international versions of the channel in various regions.


Darren is a masculine given name of uncertain etymological origins. Some theories state that it originated from an Anglicisation of the Irish first name Darragh or Dáire, meaning "oak tree". According to other theories, it is a variant of Darrell, which originated from the French surname D'Airelle, meaning "of Airelle". The common spelling of Darren is found in the Welsh language, meaning "edge": Black Darren and Red Darren are found on the eastern side of the Hatterrall Ridge, west of Long Town. Darren has several spelling variations including: Daren, Darin, Daryn, Darrin and Darryn.

In the United Kingdom, its popularity peaked during the 1970s but declined sharply afterwards. In England and Wales it first appeared in the early 1960s, ranking 66th in 1964, and had leapt to 15th by 1974, but fell to 33rd by 1984 and last appeared in the top 100 in 1994, when it ranked 100th..

The name was "first brought to public attention" in the English-speaking world in the late 1950s by American actor Darren McGavin. "It was further popularised in the 1960s by the character Darrin Stephens, from the television show Bewitched."

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