STAR Sports Network

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

STAR Sports Network (previously known as ESPN STAR Sports or ESS) is a sports broadcasting network owned by News Corporation through its subsidiaries STAR TV and Fox International Channels. It was formed as ESPN STAR Sports, 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 in 1994. News Corporation acquired Disney's stake in the company in 2012 and Manu Sawhney was replaced by Peter Hutton as the CEO.[1]

It operates 25 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. 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 World Pool Championship. In 2012, ESPN STAR Sports is the official broadcaster of 2012 Summer Olympics.


ESPN STAR is famed for their being Asia's largest broadcaster of the English FA Premier League 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 2 million (US$30,000), prior to the finals.[3][4][5]

List of channels[edit]

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

Operating channels[edit]

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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