STAR Movies

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STAR Movies
STAR Movies logo.svg
Launched 1 May 1994
Owned by STAR TV
Fox International Channels
(owned by 21st Century Fox)
Slogan Come Home To The Stars (1994-2011, as STAR Movies)
Country Hong Kong
Broadcast area India, Pakistan, Nepal, Bhutan, Sri Lanka, Afghanistan, and Bangladesh (as of 2011-12-13)
Philippines, Taiwan, Middle East, China, Vietnam (still airing)
Headquarters Hong Kong
Replaced BBC World
Sister channel(s) STAR Gold, STAR Chinese Movies, Phoenix Movies Channel, Movies OK, Asianet Movies, Fox Movies Middle East, Jalsha Movies, Fox Action Movies, Fox Family Movies, Fox Movies Premium, and STAR Movies Action (in India)
Website http://www.starmoviesasia.tv
Availability
Satellite
Asianet Digital TV
(India)
Channel 462
Dream Satellite TV
(Philippines)
Channel 18
Cignal Digital TV
(Philippines)
Channel 73 (SD)
G Sat
(Philippines)
Channel 10 (SD)
Tata Sky
(India)
Channel 341 (SD)
Channel 342 (HD)
Dish TV
(India)
Channel 419 (SD)
CBTV
(China)
Channel 307
ADD
(Middle East)
Channel 1708
Sun Direct TV
(India)
Channel 97
Big TV
(India)
Channel 3440
Airtel digital TV
(India)
Channel 190 (SD)
VTC Digital
(Vietnam)
Channel 7 (HD), 44 (SD)
K+
(Vietnam)
Channel 8 (HD)
Videocon D2H
(India)
Channel 241 (SD)
Channel 242 (HD)
Dialog TV
(Sri Lanka)
Channel 19 (SD)
Channel 79 (HD)
DishHD
(Taiwan)
Channel 6320 (HD)
Cable
Cablelink
(Philippines)
Channel 47
SkyCable
(Philippines)
Channel 55 (Digital)
Destiny Cable
(Philippines)
Channel 55 (Digital)
Taiwan CATV
(Taiwan)
Channel 69
Parasat Cable TV
(Philippines)
Channel 52
VTVCab
(Vietnam)
Channel 52
United Communication Service
(Bangladesh)
Channel 12
Southern Networks
(Pakistan)
Channel 46
HTVC
(Vietnam)
Channel 60
SCTV
(Vietnam)
Channel 54
DHA Teleman
(Pakistan)
Channel 27
Hathway
(India)
Channel 125
Island TV
(Addu City)
Channel 18
MyCATV Lucena
(Philippines)
Channel 22
Digi Cable
(Hyderabad)
Channel 200
IPTV
PTCL Smart TV
(Pakistan)
Channel 72
PEO TV
(Sri Lanka)
Channel 33

STAR Movies is an Asian movie channel owned by STAR TV and Fox International Channels, subsidiaries of 21st Century Fox. Star Movies now has been rebranded to Fox Movies Premium on 1 January 2012, therefore affecting its broadcast areas, except in India, China, Vietnam, Middle East, Taiwan and the Philippines.[1]

History[edit]

STAR Movies was launched on 12 May 1993, replacing BBC World when it was removed from STAR TV because of political reasons. At that time, it screened both Hollywood and Chinese movies and catered to a pan-Asian audience split into two stations: STAR Movies (an English movie channel) and STAR Chinese Movies (a Hong Kong Cantonese & Mandarin (Taiwan & SE Asia) movie channel).

On 1 August 1994, STAR Movies launched a separate channel for viewers in the Persian Gulf region and India, followed by STAR Movies International.

It was launched on 31 March 1996 for viewers in Southeast Asia, Mainland China, East Asia countries. STAR Movies currently has five channels, STAR Movies Asia (in Southeast Asia and People's Republic of China), STAR Movies Taiwan in Taiwan, STAR Movies India, STAR Movies Middle East and STAR Movies Philippines.

STAR Movies Philippines was launched on 1 January 2010, its viewers there had previously seen STAR Movies International.

STAR Movies HD Asia was launched on 1 May 2010.

STAR Movies On Demand Asia was launched on 16 September 2010.[2]

On January 1, 2012, STAR Movies was rebranded as Fox Movies Premium and available in Hong Kong and selected Southeast Asian countries. The STAR Movies brand retained in India, China, Vietnam, Middle East, Taiwan and the Philippines.

Overview[edit]

STAR Movies has first-run contracts for movies distributed by 20th Century Fox, Disney, Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer, and StudioCanal and sub-run contracts for movies from Columbia Pictures, Paramount Pictures, Universal Pictures, and Warner Bros. for countries where STAR Movies is available. It also features movies from other movie distributors including: Lions Gate Entertainment, Summit Entertainment and The Weinstein Company. It is a Hollywood movie channel whose main competitor is HBO Asia. Its 2007 station idents (daytime and nighttime) were almost similar to that of Singapore's MediaCorp Channel 8's "red carpet" branding spot in 2009 to October 2011.

In addition to Hollywood movies, it also airs original series and miniseries, live events (such as the Academy Awards and selected UFC pay-per-views), live events, concerts, and award-winning documentaries (The same as Fox Movies Premium).

Operating Channels[edit]

STAR Movies Asia[edit]

STAR Movies International was formerly transmitted in Southeast Asia and China. It was the only advertisement free version of STAR Movies. Also, unlike other versions of STAR Movies, this version also spends minimal time promoting its own upcoming movies. The channel does not air promotions of movies classified as unsuitable for people aged under eighteen, until 8 p.m Hanoi / 9 p.m Beijing.

Since the rebranding of STAR Movies to Fox Movies Premium and high subscription charges in Sri Lanka, STAR TV found it viable to officially replace the commercial-free Fox Movies Premium channel with the advert-supported Indian version of STAR Movies.

As of January 1, 2012, STAR Movies International (now STAR Movies Asia) is limited to subscribers in China and Vietnam due to the replacement of Fox Movies Premium in former countries. Since this time, the channel has got more local advertisements on the break.

STAR Movies India[edit]

STAR Movies India is transmitted in India, Bhutan, Pakistan, and Bangladesh. The channel has higher ratings in India than HBO South Asia, the only region where STAR Movies enjoys a lead in the viewer ratings. The channel is available on all DTH platforms across India and as part of the Star India bouquet. The programme "Hollywood Premiere" of this channel premieres the latest Hollywood movies every weekend. This is the only beam that is managed by Star TV and not Fox International Channels.

STAR Movies Middle East[edit]

STAR Movies has an Arabic subtitled movie channel for viewers in the Middle East. Since the Middle East is a very culturally sensitive area, a lot of censorship is imposed on movies. Most of the movies aired on the channel are old, because the channel does not own the license to air newer productions to the region.It was available in Pakistan as well,but due to low ratings,was replaced by Star Movies India,although the Middle Eastern Star World is also available there,Most cable operators carry Star World India as well.

STAR Movies Taiwan[edit]

An advert-supported version of STAR Movies is targeted towards Taiwan specifically. It is the most localized version of STAR Movies, since most voice-overs in promotions for up-coming movies are in Mandarin Chinese. The channel also comes with Chinese subtitles.

STAR Movies Philippines[edit]

STAR Movies International began broadcasting to the Philippines on 30 November 2009 with local advertisements during and after the featured movie. The channel was simulcast with the Southeast Asia and China feed until 31 December 2009; a Philippines exclusive channel was launched on 1 January 2010.[3] It also has an English subtitle daily, but in selected film titles only. Unlike most feeds in Pan-Asian region, it has local commercials when the movie is taking a break.

STAR Movies HD[edit]

STAR Movies International official launched their own HD (High Definition) channel in Asia on May 1, 2012. This channel is now available in AsiaSat 5. It now shares the same schedule via regular STAR Movies International, but is different in advertisement (including their logo, with the HD mark at the upper right side of the screen). This channel is currently available in Taiwan and India only. Star Movies India, launched their HD feed along with STAR TV India HD channels on 15 October 2013

On July 15, 2011, STAR Movies HD Taiwan was officially launched separate from the Asian feed. However, the said channel features a different TV schedule from the regular STAR Movies Taiwan feed.

On January 1, 2012, STAR Movies HD was rebranded to Fox Movies Premium HD in selected Asian territories (but did not apply in Vietnam and China).

STAR Movies HD is now available in Sri Lanka through the Dialog TV Platform. This was launched officially on 17 June 2012.

STAR Movies Action[edit]

STAR Movies Action was formerly known as Fox Action Movies and was temporarily closed on May 11, 2013. Relaunched on June 2, 2013 as STAR Movies Action, the channel contains only action theme movies. This channel is available in India.[4][5]

Programming[edit]

The following is a list of programs that had been shown on STAR Movies from past and present.

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "SMV changed to FMP". NST. 3 January. Retrieved 1 January 2012. 
  2. ^ STAR Movies HD in Asiasat 5 retrieved via www.lyngsat.com 05-26-2010
  3. ^ STAR Movies Philippines in Lyngsat retrieved via www.lyngsat.com 11-24-2009
  4. ^ Star Movies Action to replace Fox Action Movies retrieved via http://www.bestmediainfo.com 10-20-2013
  5. ^ Star India gears-up for more action; All set to launch Star Movies Action retrieved via http://www.adgully.com 10-21-2013

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