|Launched||26 September 2004|
|Network||Disney Channels Worldwide|
|Owned by||Disney India Media Networks|
|Picture format||576i (SDTV)|
|Headquarters||Mumbai, Maharashtra, India|
|Dish TV||Channel 981|
|Airtel Digital TV||Channel 453|
|Tata Sky||Channel 655|
|Videocon d2h||Channel 503|
|Sun Direct||Channel 532|
|Reliance Digital TV||Channel 606|
|DEN Networks||Channel 432|
|Siti Cable||Channel 447|
Hungama TV is a TV channel for children in India based in Mumbai. Originally a subsidiary of UTV Software Communications launched on September 26, 2004, the channel was sold to Disney in 2006. Disney then bought UTV in 2011 thus reuniting UTV and Hungama TV under same ownership of Disney. Hungama TV is now an operating unit of Disney Channels Worldwide. It does not have an English audio track.
UTV and Ronnie Screwvala formed United Home Entertainment with 51% and 49% ownership interests respectively. United Home was formed to launch an Indian children's channel. The company hired TAG for channel packaging. Chief Operating Officer Purnendu Bose was hired and was expected to hire 100 employees for the channel. Rs 100 crore was the expected initial investment with expectations of break even in three years. In September 2004, Hungama TV started broadcasting as the first domestic children's channel.
In March 2005, one of the UTV founders, Zarina Mehta became head of programming for Hungama. In early 2006, Mehta was promoted to chief operating officer of the channel.
In July 2006, Disney India acquired a controlling stake in Hungama TV from UTV Software Communications Limited while also taking a 14.9% share in UTV. In 2006, Disney acquired Hungama TV from UTV.
The channel started with both live-action and animated programming but, following the success of Doraemon, gradually shifted its focus to solely animated programming. In 2013 Hungama started adding original Indian series as a part of a localisation strategy.
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