Lists of television stations in India

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There are currently 857[1] permitted private satellite television stations in India.[2] As of 2 December 2015, there are also more than 190 government channels. Hindi-language television channels have the highest market share. Numerous regional channels are also available throughout India, often distributed according to languages.

Major networks[edit]

Top ten television channels in India[edit]

This is a list of top ten television channels in India as per BARC ratings.[3]

Rank Channel name Weekly Impressions (000s) Sum
Week 47 : Saturday, 19 November 2016 to Friday 25 November 2016
1 Sun TV 1257996
2 STAR Plus 695763
3 Colors 692288
4 Gemini TV 578280
5 Zee TV 505431
6 ETV Telugu 473900
7 Sony Pal 464017
8 Maa TV 442564
9 Sony Entertainment Television 436928
10 Zee Telugu 412380

List of Tamil language channels[edit]

List of Tamil Channels from India[4]

S. No Channel Name Language Genre Ownership
1 Sun TV Tamil General Entertainment Sun TV Network
2 DD Podhigai Tamil General Entertainment Doordarshan
3 Captain TV Tamil General Entertainment Captain Media Pvt Ltd
4 Jaya TV Tamil General Entertainment Mavis satcom Limited
5 Kalaignar TV Tamil General Entertainment Kalaignar TV Pvt Limited
6 Makkal TV Tamil General Entertainment Makkal Tholai Thodarbu Kuzhumam Limited
7 Mega TV Tamil General Entertainment Silverstar Communications Limited
8 Peppers Tv Tamil General Entertainment N&D Communications pvt ltd
9 Polimer TV Tamil General Entertainment Polimer Media Private Limited
10 Puthuyugam TV Tamil General Entertainment PuthiyaThalaimurai TV
11 Raj TV Tamil General Entertainment Raj Television Network
12 STAR Vijay Tamil General Entertainment Star India
13 Vendhar TV Tamil General Entertainment TRAC Media Pvt Ltd
14 Vasanth TV Tamil General Entertainment Vasanth and co
15 Zee Tamil Tamil General Entertainment Zee Entertainment Enterprises Network
16 Arra Tv Tamil General Entertainment Arra Media India Pvt Ltd
17 J Movies Tamil Movies Mavis satcom Limited Network
18 KTV Tamil Movies Sun TV Network
19 Sun Action Tamil Movies Sun TV Network
20 STAR Vijay Hitz Tamil Movies STAR India
21 Jaya Max Tamil Music Mavis Satcom Limited
22 Isaiaruvi Tamil Music Kalaignar TV Pvt Limited
23 Mega Musiq Tamil Music Silverstar Communications Limited
24 Raj Musix Tamil Music Raj Television Network
25 Sun Music Tamil Music Sun TV Network
26 Murasu TV Tamil Music Kalaignar TV Pvt Limited
27 Sun Life Tamil Music Sun TV Network
28 Adithya TV Tamil Comedy Sun TV Network
29 Sirippoli Tamil Comedy Kalaignar TV Pvt Limited
30 Chithiram Tamil Kids Kalaignar TV Pvt Limited
31 Chutti TV Tamil Kids Sun TV Network
32 Cartoon Network Tamil Kids
33 Discovery Kids Tamil Kids
34 Disney Channel Tamil Kids
35 Disney Junior Tamil Kids
36 Disney XD Tamil Kids
37 Hungama TV Tamil Kids
38 Nickelodeon India Tamil Kids
39 Pogo Tamil Kids
40 Sri Sankara TV Tamil Spiritual
41 Angel TV Tamil Infotainment
42 Discovery Channel Tamil Tamil Infotainment
43 FOX Traveller Tamil Infotainment
44 History TV18 Tamil Infotainment
45 Nat Geo Wild Tamil Infotainment
46 National Geographic Channel Tamil Infotainment
47 Lotus News Tamil News
48 Captain News Tamil News
49 Puthiya Thalaimurai Tamil News
50 Raj News Tamil News
51 Kalaignar Seithigal Tamil News
52 Sun News Tamil News Sun TV Network
53 Thanthi TV Tamil News Dina Thanthi

(Note: S.No 29 to 43 are Multi Audio includes Tamil) (Note: Following channels HD: Jaya TV HD, Sun TV HD, KTV HD, Sun Music HD, STAR Vijay HD, Nick HD+, History TV 18 TRUE HD, Nat Geo HD, Nat Geo Wild HD, Fox Life HD)

List of Kannada language channels[edit]

High definition channels[edit]

Channel Genre Launch Video Audio Parent Company Headquarters Broadcast Notes
Colors Kannada HD GEC 2016 Full HD Dolby Digital | 5.1 Viacom 18 Mumbai, Maharashtra Simulcast HD version of Colors Kannada, launched in May 2016.
Zee Kannada HD GEC 2016 Full HD Dolby Digital | 5.1 Zee Entertainment Enterprises Ltd. Mumbai, Maharashtra Simulcast HD version of Zee Kannada, to be launched in 2016.
Star Suvarna HD GEC 2016 Full HD Dolby Digital | 5.1 Star India Mumbai, Maharashtra Simulcast HD version of Star Suvarna, to be launched in 2016.

Standard definition channels[edit]

Channel Genre Launch Video Audio Parent Company Headquarters Notes
DD Chandana Infotainment 1991 SD Stereo | 2.0 Doordarshan, Prasar Bharati Bengaluru, Karnataka Official Channel of the State Government of Karnataka.
Udaya TV GEC 1994 SD Stereo | 2.0 Sun TV Network Chennai, Tamil Nadu First Kannada satellite channel to go on air.[5]
Colors Kannada GEC 2000 SD Stereo | 2.0 Viacom 18 (formerly ETV Network) Mumbai, Maharashtra Launched as ETV Kannada, re-branded in March 2015.[6]
Udaya News News 2000 SD Stereo | 2.0 Sun TV Network Chennai, Tamil Nadu First Kannada news channel; was also known as Udaya Varthegalu.
Udaya Movies Movies 2001 SD Stereo | 2.0 Sun TV Network Chennai, Tamil Nadu Formerly known as Ushe TV.
Zee Kannada GEC 2006 SD Stereo | 2.0 Zee Entertainment Enterprises Ltd. Mumbai, Maharashtra Launched along with Zee Telugu in 2006.[7]
Udaya Music Music 2006 SD Stereo | 2.0 Sun TV Network Chennai, Tamil Nadu Formerly known as Udaya 2 / U2.
TV9 Karnataka News 2006 SD Stereo | 2.0 ABCL Broadcasting Pvt. Ltd. & Sneha Television Network Hyderabad, Telangana First 24X7 news channel in Kannada.
Star Suvarna GEC 2007 SD Stereo | 2.0 Star India (formerly Asianet Communications) Mumbai, Maharashtra Launched as Suvarna; re-branded as Star Suvarna in July 2016.
Kasthuri GEC 2007 SD Stereo | 2.0 Kasthuri Media Pvt. Ltd. Bengaluru, Karnataka Briefly under WHNS, re-branded and reverted to original.
Suvarna News News 2008 SD Stereo | 2.0 Asianet News Network Thiruvananthapuram, Kerala Known as Suvarna News 24X7 till January 2016.[8]
Star Suvarna Plus GEC 2009 SD Stereo | 2.0 Star India (formerly Asianet Communications) Mumbai, Maharashtra Second Kannada GEC from Asianet; re-branded as Star Suvarna Plus.
Udaya Comedy Comedy 2009 SD Stereo | 2.0 Sun TV Network Chennai, Tamil Nadu Launched initially as Sun Direct exclusive channel.
Chintu TV Kids 2009 SD Stereo | 2.0 Sun TV Network Chennai, Tamil Nadu Launched initially as Sun Direct exclusive channel.
Raj Musix Kannada Music 2009 SD Stereo | 2.0 Raj Television Network Chennai, Tamil Nadu First venture from Raj Television in Kannada.
Samaya News News 2010 SD Stereo | 2.0 RSM Broadcasters Pvt. Ltd. Bengaluru, Karnataka Known as Samaya 24X7 till 2013.
Janasri News News 2011 SD Stereo | 2.0 Yash Broadcasting Industries Pvt. Ltd. Bengaluru, Karnataka
Kasthuri Newz 24 News 2011 SD Stereo | 2.0 Kasthuri Media Pvt. Ltd. Bengaluru, Karnataka Second venture from the company after Kasthuri.
Public TV News 2012 SD Stereo | 2.0 Writemen Media Pvt. Ltd. Bengaluru, Karnataka
Polimer Kannada Music 2013 SD Stereo | 2.0 Polimer Media Pvt. Ltd. Chennai, Tamil Nadu First venture from Polimer Media in Kannada.
ETV News Kannada News 2014 SD Stereo | 2.0 ETV Network & Network 18 Hyderabad, Telangana
Raj News Kannada News 2014 SD Stereo | 2.0 Raj Television Network Chennai, Tamil Nadu Second venture from the company after Raj Musix Kannada.
Public Music Music 2014 SD Stereo | 2.0 Writemen Media Pvt. Ltd. Bengaluru, Karnataka Second venture from the company after Public TV.
Btv News News 2014 SD Stereo | 2.0 Btv Networks Bengaluru, Karnataka Claimed to broadcast over 250 countries.[9]
Kalki Kannada GEC 2015 SD Stereo | 2.0 White Horse Network Services Pvt. Ltd. Bengaluru, Karnataka Second venture from the company after losing stake in Kasthuri.
Prajaa TV Kannada News 2015 SD Stereo | 2.0 Prajaa TV Networks Bengaluru, Karnataka
Naaptol Kannada Shopping 2015 SD Stereo | 2.0 Naaptol Limited New Delhi, Delhi First Shopping channel in Kannada.
Saral Jeevan Infotainment 2016 SD Stereo | 2.0 CG Parivar Global Vision Bengaluru, Karnataka Claimed to be first Kannada infotainment channel.[10]
Colors Super GEC 2016 SD Stereo | 2.0 Viacom 18 Mumbai, Maharashtra Second Kannada GEC from Viacom 18;[11] launched in July 2016.
Suddi TV News 2016 SD Stereo | 2.0 Yash Techno Media Pvt. Ltd. Bengaluru, Karnataka

Multilingual channels with Kannada feed[edit]

Channel Genre Launch Video Audio Parent Company Headquarters Notes
Sri Sankara TV Spiritual 2008 SD Stereo | 2.0 Kamadhenu Telefilms Pvt. Ltd. Bengaluru, Karnataka Kannada and Tamil Hindu spiritual channel.
Sri Venkateswara Bhakti Channel Spiritual 2008 SD Stereo | 2.0 Tirumala Tirupathi Devasthanams Trust Tirumala, Andhra Pradesh Hindu devotional channel with Kannada feed.

Top five Kannada channels in India[edit]

This is a list of top five Kannada channels in India as per BARC ratings.[12]

Rank Channel name Weekly Impressions (000s) sum Source
Week 27 (2 July 2016 - 8 July 2016)
1 Colours Kannada 262693 BARC Weekly Data

http://www.barcindia.co.in/statistic.aspx

2 Zee Kannada 212426
3 Star Suvarna 174250
4 Udaya TV 130020
5 Udaya Movies 122956

References[edit]

  1. ^ "List of Permitted Private Satellite TV Channels as on 31-01-2016" (PDF). mib.nic.in. Government Of India, Ministry of Information and Broadcasting. 31 January 2016. Retrieved 15 December 2016. 
  2. ^ "23.77 mn DTH subscribers by June 2013: Trai". Business Standard. 2013-10-05. Retrieved 2013-03-08. 
  3. ^ "Top ten Channels". BARC India=Week 47: Saturday,19th November 2016 to Friday, 25th November 2016. 
  4. ^ "Indian Channels permitted Data" (PDF). 
  5. ^ "SunNetwork - TV Channel". 
  6. ^ "COLORS KANNADA - ABOUT". 
  7. ^ "Zee Kannada About Us". 
  8. ^ Ltd, Suvarna News Network Pvt. "SuvarnaNews". Suvarna News. Retrieved 2016-07-13. 
  9. ^ "About Us – Btv". btvnewslive.com. Retrieved 2016-07-13. 
  10. ^ "Kannada infotainment channel Saral Jeevan to launch on 19 February". 15 February 2016. 
  11. ^ "VIACOM18 ups the ante with launch of its first homegrown regional GEC "COLORS Super"". 
  12. ^ "Top five Kannada Channels".