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This article is about the television channel. For the press release distributor, see AsiaNet.
Asianet TV.png
Launched 30 August 1993
Owned by STAR India
Picture format 576i (SDTV),
1080i (HDTV)
Slogan Ahead with change, Ahead of others.
Country Indian sub-continent, China, South East Asia, Middle East, Europe, USA and the lower half of the former Soviet Union
Headquarters Trivandrum, Kerala, India[1]
Sister channel(s) Star Plus
Channel V India
Fox India
Life OK
STAR Jalsha
STAR Sports India
Star Dubs
STAR Vijay
STAR World India
Asianet Plus
Asianet Middle East
MAA Gold
MAA Movies
Maa Music
Asianet Suvarna
Asianet Movies
Suvarna Plus
Asianet HD
Website Asianet Plus on hotstar
Asianet Suvarna on hotstar
Sun Direct (India) Channel 208 (SD)
Airtel Digital TV (India) Channel 800 (SD)
Channel 801 (HD)
Tata Sky (India) Channel 865 (SD)
Channel 864 (HD)
Reliance Digital TV (India) Channel 861 (SD)
Videocon d2h (India) Channel 603 (SD)
Channel 991 (HD)
Dish TV
Channel 701 (SD)
Cignal Digital TV (Philippines) Coming soon
OSN (Middle East
and North Africa)
Channel 289
Asianet Digital TV (India) Channel 102
Kerala Vision Digital TV
Channel 006
StarHub TV (Singapore) Channel 139
Coming soon
Destiny Cable
Coming soon
Channel 197
DEN Networks
Channel 601

Asianet is an Indian general entertainment channel broadcasting in Malayalam language. Based in Trivandrum, Kerala,[1] the channel is part of Asianet Communications Limited owned by STAR India.

Asianet was the first privately owned television channel in Malayalam and the second to broadcast in India.

Channel history[edit]

At a time when the only Malayalam-language television channel available was the government-owned Doordarshan, the channel had hired a transponder on the Russian Ekran satellite, with an uplink from the USSR. Later, the company hired a transponder on the Rimsat satellite, and shifted the uplink to Subic Bay in the Philippines and then to Manila. Initially, the transmission time was only three hours per day which was gradually increased to 12 hours per day by the end of 1994 and later to round the clock broadcasting. In early 1995, the uplink was shifted to Singapore where it attained full operational status. With a change in the broadcasting policies of the Government of India, Asianet started an uplink from Chennai through VSNL. From 15 July 2002, Asianet had its own earth station at the Asianet Studio Complex in Puliyarakonam, Thiruvananthapuram. Over the course of more than two decades of operations, Asianet has developed its own in-house production facilities and now has full-fledged production studios in Thiruvananthapuram and Kochi.

The registered office of Asianet Communications Limited was shifted to Chennai on 3 December 1997. Asianet Communications Limited's majority share was then acquired by Jupiter Media and Entertainment Venture, owned by Rajeev Chandrasekhar. In 2008, the STAR India became a majority shareholder in Asianet Communications Limited.[2][3] In 2013, STAR announced buying of remaining shares of Asianet Communications Limited to get 100% ownership. In July 2012, Asianet, launched Asianet Movies, the first Malayalam satellite TV channel for movies.[4][5] On 13 August 2015, Asianet launched Asianet HD, the first Malayalam satellite TV channel for full high definition visual quality and Dolby 5.1 sound quality.

Coverage, viewership and impact[edit]

Asianet reaches the homes of Malayalees in over 60 countries worldwide including the Indian sub-continent, China, South East Asia, Middle East, Europe, USA and the lower half of the former Soviet Union.[2][6]

Besides its large viewership base among Malayalam-speaking people in Kerala and other regions of India, Asianet enjoys huge popularity among Malayalee expatriate populations outside India, especially in the Middle East. Further catering to the region's huge Malayalee population, Asianet operates a radio station, Asianet Radio 657 AM and 1269 AM, from the city of Dubai in the United Arab Emirates. The radio channel is also available in the neighbouring Arab countries of Saudi Arabia, Oman, Kuwait, Qatar and Bahrain.[citation needed]

Brand identity and signature song[edit]

The channel name Asianet was a product of its founder K. Sasikumar. The unique blue and pink logo was designed by acclaimed Indian graphic designer Sujata Keshavan and is one of the most recognizable brand identities in the television broadcasting field in south India. The current logo is red and white. The popularity of the brand is credited to K. Sasikumar and the then Vice President Prem Menon.

The signature song of Asianet, "Shyama Sundara Kera Kedara Bhoomi", is one of the most famous Malayalam songs.[citation needed] Created in 1994, and originally airing in the early years of the channel in the mid-90s, the song was written by renowned Malayalam poet P. Bhaskaran, composed by two-time Academy Award-winning Indian composer A. R. Rahman (who at the time, was just at the beginning of his career and was relatively unknown) and sung by Sujatha and Kalyani Menon. The video for the song is a collage of the various tokens of ethnic, cultural and traditional heritage belonging to Malayalees, set against a backdrop of the beautiful natural sights and landscapes of Kerala.[7] Initially airing in the late 90s, the video quickly became an immediately recognizable symbol of Malayalee culture and a long-standing emblem for Asianet.

Asianet Old Logo 2013

Programming and shows[edit]

Asianet is a general entertainment channel with programmes in a wide variety of genres including Malayalam-language movies, soaps, reality shows, talk shows, news programmes, travel shows and music-based shows. While programming is mainly targeted at family audiences, there are several programmes aimed towards specific audiences such as shows for children, teenagers, young working professionals and elders.

The channel also broadcasts a successful musical talent reality contest - Idea Star Singer. Sponsored by telecom company Idea Cellular, the show is one of the most popular of its type in south India and is currently in its sixth season.[8][9]

Asianet Film Awards[edit]

Main article: Asianet Film Awards

The Asianet Film Awards were instituted by Asianet to honour both artistic and technical excellence in the Malayalam film industry. Held and broadcast annually since 1998, the ceremony has gained in popularity over the years and is currently one of the most-watched award ceremonies in Kerala.

Asianet Television Awards[edit]

The Asianet Television Awards (ATA) is a platform on Asianet to promote its TV shows, actors, directors, producers and production houses.

Current shows[edit]

Title Time slot
Primetime soap operas
4 the People 6.00 pm IST
Kalyana Sougandhikam 6:30 pm IST
Pranayam 7:00 pm IST
Karuthamuthu 7:30 pm IST
Parasparam 8.00pm IST
Chandanamazha 9:30 pm IST
Sthreedhanam 10:00 pm IST
7 Rathrikal 10:30 pm IST
Vellanakalude Nadu 10:30 pm IST (Saturday and Sunday)
Sell Me The Answer 8:00 pm IST
Mylanchi Little Champions 11.00 pm IST (Saturday or Sunday)
Taste Time 12:00 pm IST


  1. ^ a b
  2. ^ a b "Star buys majority in Asianet; forms JV with Rajeev Chandrasekhar | Reuters". 2008-11-17. Retrieved 2010-07-16. 
  3. ^ "Star TV buys majority in Jupiter Entertainment". Business Standard. 2008-11-16. Retrieved 2013-10-20. 
  4. ^ "Asianet to launch movie channel on July 15". Business Line. 11 July 2012. 
  5. ^ "Asianet to launch 24 hour movie channel". Business Standard. 11 July 2012. 
  6. ^ VCCircle (2008-11-17). "M & A Star Buys Majority In Asianet; Forms JV With Rajeev Chandrasekhar". contentSutra. Retrieved 2010-07-16. 
  7. ^ "" (2009-05-15). "SHYAMASUNDARA Signature song of Asianet By Pavitra online". YouTube. Retrieved 2010-07-16. 
  8. ^ "Idea Star Singer '07 contest". Chennai, India: The HinduOnline. 2007-03-24. 
  9. ^ "Stars Of The Idea Star Singer". OneIndia. 

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