ESPN Star Sports

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Type Television Network
Branding ESPN STAR
Country Singapore
First air date
1 January 1994
Availability Asia
Founded 1 January 1994
Headquarters Singapore
Owner ESPN International
News Corporation
(STAR TV and Fox International Channels Asia)
Key people
Peter Hutton
Launch date
1 January 1994
Official website
Official website

ESPN STAR Sports (or ESS and stylized as ESPN STAR Sports) was a joint venture between ESPN Inc. (jointly owned by The Walt Disney Company and Hearst Corporation, and through ESPN International, which it directly owns,) and News Corporation (through STAR TV and Fox International Channels, which it directly owns). The venture has its base in Singapore and operates 25 ESPN and STAR Sports branded Television networks and 3 broadband sports networks throughout Asia, transmitting in 5 languages (English, Cantonese, Hindi, Korean and Mandarin). The networks broadcast various local and international sporting events, and also local editions of SportsCenter for China, Hong Kong, India, Taiwan, and Southeast Asia. ESPN Star Sports also operates a 24-hour Cricket channel, STAR Cricket. STAR Sports launched STAR Sports Thailand on Monday 4 August 2008 exclusively for Thai viewers.

ESPN STAR Sports also has Asia's leading Events Management team that has been successfully staging large-scale sporting events across Asia. The event management team is a completely integrated events group that manages concept creation, sponsorship, marketing, PR, TV broadcast, operations, and logistics for clients. Events currently in their portfolio include the X Games Asia, 9 Ball Tour, KL World 5's Futsal, Cartier Polo, Formula Drift Singapore, Nations Cup Netball, Indian Hockey League, and the World Pool Championship. In 2012, ESPN STAR Sports is the official broadcaster of 2012 Summer Olympics. News Corporation acquired Disney's stake in the company in the Summer of 2012 and ESPN STAR Sports managing director Mr Manu Sawhney was replaced by Senior Vice-President of Sports for FOX International Channels (FIC), Peter Hutton.[1]


One of the biggest successes for the Event Management team was the creation of the Premier Hockey League (PHL) in India. PHL is a professional league competition for field Hockey clubs in the top division of the Indian hockey system, though there has always been strong foreign representation among the players. PHL is a joint venture between ESPN Star Sports and the erstwhile Indian Hockey Federation (IHF) but with the suspension of the IHF on 28 April 2008, the future of PHL remains uncertain. ESPN STAR Sports was launched the same day with Disney Channel Asia.

ESPN STAR was also famed for their being Asia's largest broadcaster of the English FA Premier League, during the 2000s, with commentators like John Dykes and a host of former Premier league players as guests and pundits on the shows.[2]

ESPN STAR Sports (ESS) via its STAR Cricket channel was the official broadcaster of the 2011 Cricket World Cup Final experienced all-time high viewership (67.6 million only on Cable and satellite) and TRPs, and had raised ad rates for 10 second slots during the finals to INR2 million (US$31,000), prior to the finals.[3][4][5]

ESPN Star Sports channels[edit]

Screenshot from ESPN Asia with the new Station ID
Screenshot from ESPN Philippines with the new Station ID

Operating channels[edit]

  • STAR Sports 1 (available in Bangladesh, Bhutan, India, Maldives, Nepal, Pakistan and Sri Lanka)
  • STAR Sports 2 (available only in India)
  • STAR Sports 3 (available in Bangladesh, Bhutan, India, Maldives, Nepal and Sri Lanka)
  • STAR Sports 4 (available in Bangladesh, Bhutan, India, Maldives, Nepal, Pakistan and Sri Lanka)
  • STAR Sports HD1 (available in Bhutan, India, Maldives, Nepal and Sri Lanka)
  • STAR Sports HD2 (available in Bangladesh, Bhutan, India, Maldives, Nepal and Sri Lanka)
  • STAR Sports China
  • STAR Sports 2 China
  • STAR Sports Korea
  • STAR Cricket (currently available in Hong Kong, Papua New Guinea, Singapore and Philippines. Replaced by STAR Sports 3 in Bangladesh, India, Nepal, Sri Lanka and Maldives.)
  • STAR Cricket HD (currently available only in Singapore. Replaced by STAR Sports HD1 in India, Sri Lanka and Maldives.)
  • STAR Cricket Extra

Defunct channels[edit]

Digital platforms[edit]

  • ESPN Player (formerly available in Singapore, Hong Kong, Indonesia and Malaysia. Replaced by Fox Sports Play.)
  • Mobile ESPN (replaced by Fox Sports Mobile)

Programs broadcast by ESPN STAR Sports[edit]

It is important to note that broadcast rights for various sports properties contain territorial limitations and in a lot of instances, the rights indicated below may not pertain to all territories in which ESPN STAR Sports operates.

Multi-sport event[edit]

  • X Games (X-Games, Winter X Games, X Games Asia, X Games Brazil and Winter X Games Europe)
  • Winter Olympic Games (except for Philippines)
  • 2012 Summer Olympics (also except for Philippines)

Cricket (Star Cricket)[edit]




Extreme sports[edit]

Association football[edit]



Mixed martial arts[edit]


See also[edit]


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