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Animal Planet, launched in 1996, is a cable and satellite television network co-owned by Discovery Communications, Inc. (parent company of Discovery Channel, TLC, and Discovery Health Channel) and BBC Worldwide. The channel is dedicated to programming that highlights the relationship between humans and animals.

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      06.04.2010 19:53
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      Before Animal Planet came along, you have to admit that whenever you saw a good animal show on the Discovery channel, you thought to yourself, why isn't there a whole network devoted to this type of show? Well now there is.
      There are plenty of Great Shows - This is, after all, what makes or breaks a network. Shows like Crocodile Hunter have certainly been the making of Animal Planet.
      There is great Subject Matter as almost everyone loves animals. Sadly, most everyone can't pack up and head to the jungle, so we live our love of animals vicariously through the knowledgeable and sometimes wacky hosts of animal shows. We get to see animals, some from birth to death, living in the wild. It's a welcome escape from the work-a-day world.
      The network also cares about the environment. Never will you see a host purposefully destroy an animal or habitat unless it is good for the environment as a whole. This imparts good values to the younger generations. Maybe shows like this can communicate clearly the fact that our world is tenuously balanced, and that without an effort on the part of humans, our world may lose the stability it needs to continue.
      There's not much bad to be said about Animal Planet. You get to see animals and charismatic hosts. What could be better or more rewarding?
      I highly recommend watching Animal Planet.

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      20.04.2009 21:37
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      some great, but some crap too

      Steve Irwin's "Crocodile Hunter" has to be the best show on Animal Planet.
      AP has a collection of your run of the mill animal documentaries, some of which are worth watching and some of which are just poorer versions of good programs you have seen already. If you really like animals then I am sure you'll like almost everything on Animal Planet.

      If, like me, you want a good informative documentary or an enjoyable show to relax to then Animal Planet has only a few programs that will keep you watching. Now, bare in mind, Discovery has to compete with itself; if you have Animal Planet then the chances are you have Discovery Civilisations and, of course, Discovery itself, so the temptation is always to channel flick to one of the better of the sibling stations. However, if the Crocodile Hunter is airing then Animal Planet will hold your attention tighter than a tightly-grabbing thing.
      Animal Planet does have an advantage over its sibling channels though; lots of people like animals and so lots of animal related programs tend to be made. Animal Planet shows less re-runs than the other Discovery channels; it simply has a bigger collection of programs to air.

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      03.02.2008 13:56

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      Animal planet as the name suggests is a show that focuses on the subject of animals. The channel is only available on paid for digital TV and I watch it through my sky digital subscription.

      The channel has been around for years and I remember it was the first place I ever watched the legend that was Steve Irwin. The show crocodile hunter started out on this channel and really out Steve Irwin on the map and I think the world of conservation should thank animal planet for the work that has been done in the field.

      The channel now shows a whole new bunch of shows with some of my favourites including monkey business, animal cops and animal baby. The channel does however show a lot of repeats throughout the day with the new shows and documentaries being screened in the evenings from about 7.

      If you like animals and wildlife documentaries this channel is a must so go and check it out.

      The documentaries are particularly good and although not Attenborough class they are still very educational and interesting shows that are definitely worth a watch.

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      05.01.2006 12:28
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      A program to suit all ages.

      I must admit that i never really watch any other channel. I enjoy anything animal related and animal planet has it all.

      It has all your standerad types of programes.

      You see a lot on Sky the police video's and car chases, well animal plannet has their own form of this in Animal Cops Detroit and Animal Precinct. These programs follow the inspectors as they deal with cruelty and neglect in America. It it terrible to see how much some animals, in paticular dogs are treated. But the animal cops sort them out and rescue the animals and follow their recovery until they are better and rehomed.

      You've got your soaps too. Monkey Business and Merkat Manor.
      The merkats being my favourite. You follow the lives of Flower and Zaphod the dominant male and female as they get on with their lives. They have some real problems with their daughter Tosca and Daisy as these two girls have been known to have 'flings' with a rival gang member. This program is not prompted, the camera's are set up at the burrow 24 hours a day and the narrator talks you through whats going on.

      Animal Planet still has all the favourites, Steve and Terry Irwin. The over the top croc hunter is always kicking about somewhere on one either Animal Planet or Animal planet plus 1 hour.
      Among all the rest you also have the longer one hour documentries such as Living With Wolves and Temple of the Tigers. These are great to watch and are repeated often so dont worry if you miss one.

      Pet Rescue is another program on every day, it's more suited to younger watchers and follows the lives of animals in rescue shelters.

      Emergency Vets, i really like this one as is real, you follow a shift at the emergency vet, you never know what is going to come in next.

      These are just some of the programs that i watch but there are tons more.

      Animal Doctor, animals in need of care in the land down under, aussie.

      Amazing animals, clips on rescues, talking dogs, escaped bulls, you name it this program has a clip of something very odd.

      Pros

      Lots of animals.
      Interesting documentries.
      You learn a lot about lives of animals.

      Cons

      There are so many repeats its sometimes hard to find something you havent seen.
      Lots of adverts as with all the sky channels.

      Thanks for reading.

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        18.02.2002 00:27
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        From The crisp snow that looks like icing sugar,to the flora and fauna of golds pinks and yellows,this channel provides breathtaking scenery. Included of course in all this variety of landscape are the animals of Scandinavia,this was included in just one program on the * Animal Planet* channel. I love this channel it has so much variety. I liked this particular program ,because i like to see animals in their natural settings. I also love Scandinavia,Lapland with the Reindeer and futher near Sweden are the Moose,it was funny to watch the Reindeer locking horns to win first place in the mating stakes. The scenery in the warmer season is so beautiful,like eternal spring,everywhere is covered with what looks like heather in gold and lovliest deep pink ,and also shrublke small bushes with yellow blossom . Then the funniest creatures I have seen the eagle owls with their white and yellow feathers and eyes like saucers .There were three ,that moved their heads in unison. A treat for all the family ,I will watch this again ,and these programs do repeat quite often. Tonight they had a program about lizards ,I think they are amusing and delightful creatures . Featured on the program was a man who keeps several lizards as pets ,as you would a dog or cat . He said he knew what kind of mood they were in by their body posture,they were in relaxed mood if quite limp ,they bob there heads up and down when feeling confidant. The close up photography showed there different personalities,and this man said they had some human like ways as my cats do ,you get to know your own pets he said ,I have to agree. He also exchanges a kiss with them yuk ,but it looked very cute. They are like miniture prehistoric creatures,what a variety of life we have on this planet. They also showed some chameleon lizards ,apparentlty it was shown the change colour with change of mood ,some
        turned red others grey,others green. The next program was about bats.

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          12.10.2001 13:34
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          Let me tell you folks I am a animal lover from way back and I'm not just talking about household pets like a cat or dog. Of course, some of the other animals I like to watch but from the comfort of my chair because I wouldn't want to run up on a lion, tiger or any of the other wild animals I am fascinated by on television. So I am often found watching "The Amimal Planet". It is a really fascinating channel. Some of the programs they have on this particular channel are: Fangs: This is about anything from snakes to tigers. Vet School Confidential: Shows what happens when vet students go out and learn first hand. Big Cat Diary; Deals with Lions, Tigers and any other kind of wild cat. Busted: Shows how they use different animals to solve crimes. Animal Planet Movie; There are some good wholesome movies on this channel. Jef Corwin Experience; This gentlemen deals with all kinds of animals. From the crawling on the ground to the ones with four legs. This is one of my favorite programs of the channel. The Crocadile Hunter: Another of my favorites on this channel. Steve Irwin is the gentlemen who grabs ahold of alligators and snakes and a whold slew ful of more and different kinds of animals. He got married to Terri and when Terri had her first child Steve had his crew in to take pictures and let me tell you I think I would of killed him but his wife, Terri, took it all in stride. Of course if you watch the program you will see she is as crazy as he is. So in conclusion I have got to say there are a whole lot more programs then what I mentioned on this channel that I think anyone who is a nature lover would enjoy. What I like about it is I can go pop me up a bowl of popcorn and let the people on the channel do all the work and I can enjoy learning about different kinds of animals and the places they live in and not leave the comfort of my own
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            18.09.2001 21:26

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            Something for everyone, from domestic pets to the wildest of the wild - Advantages: very informative, Never Boring - Disadvantages: too many shots of the "kill" in some programmes., Too many adverts

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            18.09.2001 21:04
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            I love to watch this channel. Animal Planet is one of the best channels on digital T.V. They have a widw range of programmes to suit almost anyone who tunes in to this channel. I personnally l love the monkey programmes, of which there are several, Monkey Business being about the best one. Then there is Emergency Vets. Well I think that this is the absolute best programme that is shown on Animal Planet. This programme is set at Alameda East Vet. Centre in Denver USA. I have never seen such devotion and caring from people to animals as the vets there show to their patients and families. I think that if half the animals were taken to a vet in England they wouldn't fight as hard to save them as they do there. Whether it's because USA tends to be more infront in the medical tech. world or not i'm not sure. Yet these vets give everything they can to save animals which you don't expect to survive, and yes though some do die more seem to defy the odds and survive. Not only do you see informitive programmes, which help you understand animals and how they behave, you have the Steve Irwin type programme for those who like abit of adventure when watching animals. You have the wild and captive, the harmless and the dangerous, the endangered and the prolific all there on your T.V. screen for you to sit back relax and watch what they get up to.

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              05.05.2001 02:41
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              What an excellent idea - a whole channel devoted to animals! Ive always been a keen animal lover, right from the day I was born (apparantly....after all - cant rememeber that!) Now, at the age of 17, im studying A-levels - going to attempt to get into vet science degree ("attempt" being the opperative word). I really want to be a Vet. I used to spend all my time watching BBC 1's "Wildlife on 1" and the likes with David Attenborough, when I was around 7. Ive watched them types ever since, and when the parents decided to get Sky I was over the moon....I mean a whole channel!! (When would I do my homework!?) We now have Sky Digital, so im really pleased with other channels, for example the Einstien.tv channel (my second favourite one!), National Geographic, Discovery, Discover +1hr (highly useful when you forget things like moi!) ...to name but a few! ~ Shows on offer ~ There are plenty of great shows. Crocodile Hunter - presented by Steve Irwin (the infamous.... "i want to kill myself" guy - who basically risks his life 24/7!)...watch and you'll soon see what I mean!) Animal ER - a firm favourite of mine. Its like "Animal Hospital" but in America, so its interesting seeing about their different methods of treatment of things. O'Shea's Dangerous Reptiles - doesnt really need explaining really that. Besides its on on ITV some week nights. Wild Rescues - like the RSPCA - but in America, so like with Animal ER - its interesting seeing their different ways of going about things than over here. ....to name but a few. Along with all of them you have many many programmes under certain subject area's. For example you sometimes have "Blood Suckers" nights, or "Reptiles" nights, where the whole evening is devoted to relevant programmes. Recently there was an evening devoted to reptiles and to the worlds mo
              st dangerous creatures. - particularly interesting - just who can live in Australia?! It must be very stressful living there - all them huge spiders....ewww! The idea of the particular nights is, in my opinion, very useful considering then at least its bound to suit at least some people. For example a mate from college wouldnt dream of watching a "Wildlife on 1" documentary, yet he's into snakes and generally reptiles - so he'd watch that. The network puts across the importance of the environment too. One advert thats been being shown recently is particularly good for this. (And I have to agree 100% with it). It shows oil on beaches, sea birds covered in oil, general environmental problems, and then thiers children saying about how we should learn from animals - instead of kill them all off. (And kill ourselves inevitably). Generally I only have two things to say as a disadvantage to the channel - and that is that: (a) there are quite a few repeats (b) its simply too addictive...like when is a girl supposed to do her homework? Definately worth watching if you're into animals. (And if you've not yet got Sky Digital - then GET IT!!)

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                09.11.2000 12:52

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                Animal Planet is one of the most fantastic educational and interesting channels of all time. It has loads and loads of excellent programmes which involve great sound and superb films. I love the pictures by video because they are really good, right near the animal and they don't shake or anything. I think that is amazing when you are trying to catch a cheetah on tape! They always seem to catch the best action and follow animals as they grow older. I love this channel and plan to watch it a lot more in the near future.

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                07.09.2000 02:47
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                Animal Planet Digital is very good to watch it shows a variety of animal programmes and makes good viewing for all the family It has some really intreiging programmes, ranging from widlife in africa to rare species in the amazon. Some brilliant camera footage, and commentary. I really like the way they have choice on sky and this channel in my view is evidient of this. It has different kinds of shows with really good presenter's. It is not the most watched channel in our house but we do sometimes watch it together as a family. I thank the introduction of digital television, which has given us this much choice You can watch animals you thought never existed, it gives very accounts and makes you feel asif you have seen them yourself!

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                10.08.2000 03:03

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                This is a very good channel I watch on Sky Digital usually early on a morning before I go to work. The programmes are very informative and wide ranging I like Animal Court (only in America) I would love to see a British version. Pet rescue, animal hospital and various vet programmes I also like to watch. I find the picture quality is fine although some programmes seem to have a better quality picture than others. The sound is good and I have no complaints about that. If you are an animal lover you will like this channel

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                11.07.2000 05:23
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                Before Animal Planet came along, you have to admit that whenever you saw a good animal show on the Discovery channel, you thought to yourself, why isn't there a whole network devoted to this type of show? Well now there is. There are plenty of Great Shows - This is, after all, what makes or breaks a network. Shows like Crocodile Hunter have certainly been the making of Animal Planet. There is great Subject Matter as almost everyone loves animals. Sadly, most everyone can't pack up and head to the jungle, so we live our love of animals vicariously through the knowledgeable and sometimes wacky hosts of animal shows. We get to see animals, some from birth to death, living in the wild. It's a welcome escape from the work-a-day world. The network also cares about the environment. Never will you see a host purposefully destroy an animal or habitat unless it is good for the environment as a whole. This imparts good values to the younger generations. Maybe shows like this can communicate clearly the fact that our world is tenuously balanced, and that without an effort on the part of humans, our world may lose the stability it needs to continue. There's not much bad to be said about Animal Planet. You get to see animals and charismatic hosts. What could be better or more rewarding? I highly recommend watching Animal Planet.

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                  10.07.2000 20:46
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                  Animal Planet is one of my favourite channels. When there is only drivel on elsewhere, I will be sure to find something on this channel to keep me interested. From stories of animal rescues, to veterinary programmes, to watching Steve Irwin wrestle the crocodiles, there is always something going on. The only critisism I have, is that things are repeated a little too often. I have only had Cable TV for six weeks, and have already seen one episode of crocodile hunter about four times.

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                    08.07.2000 18:54
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                    Not surprisingly, for the 18 hours a day this channel broadcasts it is full to the brim with animal programs, From the zany Judge Wapner's Animal Court (madam, I don't think I have ever had a bull in this court room), repeats of Zoo Chronicles and Pet Rescue (great for updated news on the animals adopted). Not forgetting the hours and hours of Steve Irvin with crocodiles or sharks or crocodiles or snakes or crocodiles or spiders or crocodiles. If you are really lucky you get to see him grabbed by the nose by a snake, bitten by a lizard, fall out of his boat or trip over a fence. It's very hard not to get caught up in Irwin's genuine respect for animal life, and there's always the chance a croc will get him!!!

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