Discovery Kids


Discovery Networks Asia-Pacific has launched Australia’s only children’s channel dedicated solely to education for primary school aged kids.

Discovery Kids lets children explore their awesome world and ignites their natural curiosity by providing content that is fun and educational. It offers our young viewers a world of endless possibilities, fascinating insights and real life young heroes to take them on adventures around the globe – it’s positive, confident, adventurous, transformative and above all fun: Smart Fun!

“We’re thrilled to be launching this unique channel to Foxtel subscribers” said Mandy Pattinson, Executive Vice President and General Manager, ANZ & Pacific Islands “With programming pillars inspired by key learning areas of the Australian Curriculum, Discovery Kids stimulates learning and imagination for a new generation of audiences, and provides a safe and enriching environment that parents can trust”.

Discovery Kids will target primary school children aged 6-12 as well as encourage co-viewing with parents and families. As a result of research* which reveals that viewing video content with captioning can help strengthen literacy skills and vocabulary development in young readers, Discovery Kids will be 100% closed captioned highlighting a strong commitment to further enhancing the educational programming offering.

Richard Freudenstein, Foxtel Chief Executive, said: “We’re delighted to grow our partnership with Discovery Networks who have a long history of creating compelling educational programming that keeps people informed with insightful and entertaining material. Discovery Kids is a fantastic and unique addition to our channel line-up, and broadens our already great offering in this genre.”

Discovery Kids will launch on Foxtel on 3 November, 2014 as part of the Kids General Entertainment pack. It will include a variety of Australian television premieres focusing on topics such as Science & Technology, Nature, Wildlife and Creative Arts, as well as the channel’s first local production to be announced soon.

* Captioning studies (e.g., Bowe & Kaufman, 2001; Evmenova, 2008; Linebarger, 2001; Rickelman, Henk, & Layton, 1991)


Launch Programming


Is there any way to make MythBusters even cooler? Yeah, there is: More Kari! Get ready for Head Rush featuring MythBusters mashups, hosted by none other than Kari Byron. With games, experiments, special science celebs, and more.


Dick and Dom look at the amazing people who had a genius idea which has helped shaped the world we live in. From Archimedes to Faraday, Dick and Dom explore the work of the most important inventors and scientists in history and are inspired to come up with their own genius idea at the end of each show.


How much do you really know about animals? On Zoo Clues, we tackle the animal kingdom's most mind-blowing questions. Our investigation of the answers takes viewers on a fast-paced and entertaining tour of the entire animal kingdom.


Finding Stuff Out is a lively science-oriented series which, instead of imposing adult notions on kids about what they should know, gives them what they want: answers to the questions that matter to them the most!


For most, science is about discoveries by PhDs in lab coats. But do we ever think or imagine that to get to where we are today, science sometimes has taken very quirky directions? This is a series that explores just exactly where science went awry and led to new discoveries and inventions. For example, how did trying to find a cure for malaria lead to air conditioning? What did the development of radar have to do with the microwave oven? Or what does surviving a nuclear war have to do with the Internet?


Kids vs. Film gives kids the chance to research, write, direct, edit and maybe even star in their very own Discovery style documentary, but they only get a day to shoot it!


Animal Atlas introduces young viewers to every kind of animal imaginable, from the familiar to the astounding. It takes kids around the globe including the Americas, Africa, Asia, Australia, and everywhere in between.