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List of Kannada-language television channels

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Below is the list of current satellite television channels in Kannada language, a Dravidian language widely spoken in the South Indian state of Karnataka. Apart from those in the below list, many other Kannada channels exist that are limited to certain cities or districts, run by local cable TV operators.

High-Definition Channels

There are currently 4 High-Definition channels in Kannada.

Channel Genre Launch Broadcast Video Audio Parent Company
Colors Kannada HD GEC 3 May 2016 Own Schedule Full HD Stereo | 2.0 Viacom 18
Udaya TV HD GEC 6 March 2017 Simulcast Full HD Dolby Digital | 5.1 Sun Network
Star Suvarna HD GEC 16 July 2017 Own Schedule Full HD Dolby Digital Plus | 7.1 Star India
Zee Kannada HD GEC 3 November 2018 Own Schedule Full HD Stereo | 2.0 Zee Entertainment Enterprises

Entertainment Channels

General Entertainment

Channel Launch Video Audio Parent Company Notes
DD Chandana 1991 SD Stereo | 2.0 Doordarshan, Prasar Bharati Official Channel of the State Government of Karnataka.
Udaya TV 1994 SD Stereo | 2.0 Sun TV Network First Kannada satellite channel to go on air.[1]
Colors Kannada 2000 SD Stereo | 2.0 Viacom 18 (formerly ETV Network) Launched as ETV Kannada, re-branded in March 2015.[2]
Zee Kannada 2006 SD Stereo | 2.0 Zee Entertainment Enterprises Launched along with Zee Telugu in 2006.[3]
Star Suvarna 2007 SD Stereo | 2.0 Star India (formerly Asianet Communications) Launched as Suvarna; re-branded as Star Suvarna in July 2016.
Kasthuri 2007 SD Stereo | 2.0 Kasthuri Media Briefly under WHNS, re-branded and reverted to original.
Colors Super 2016 SD Stereo | 2.0 Viacom 18 Second Kannada GEC from Viacom 18;[4] launched in July 2016.

Movies

Channel Launch Video Audio Parent Company Notes
Udaya Movies 2001 SD Stereo | 2.0 Sun TV Network Formerly known as Ushe TV.
Star Suvarna Plus 2009 SD Stereo | 2.0 Star India Second Kannada GEC from Asianet; known as Suvarna Plus till July 2016.
Public Movies 2018 SD Stereo | 2.0 Writemen Media Third channel from Writemen Media.
Colors Kannada Cinema 2018 SD Stereo | 2.0 Viacom 18 First regional movie channel from Viacom 18.

Music

Channel Launch Video Audio Parent Company Headquarters Notes
Udaya Music 2006 SD Stereo | 2.0 Sun TV Network Chennai, Tamil Nadu Formerly known as Udaya 2 / U2.
Raj Musix Kannada 2009 SD Stereo | 2.0 Raj Television Network Chennai, Tamil Nadu First venture from Raj Television in Kannada.
Public Music 2014 SD Stereo | 2.0 Writemen Media Bengaluru, Karnataka Second venture from the company after Public TV.

Comedy

Channel Launch Video Audio Parent Company Notes
Udaya Comedy 2009 SD Stereo | 2.0 Sun TV Network Launched initially as Sun Direct exclusive channel.

Kids

Channel Launch Video Audio Parent Company Notes
Chintu TV 2009 SD Stereo | 2.0 Sun TV Network Launched initially as Sun Direct exclusive channel.
Nickelodeon 2018 (Kannada Feed) SD Stereo | 2.0 Viacom 18 Kannada feed was launched in September 2018.
Nickelodeon Sonic 2018 (Kannada Feed) SD Stereo | 2.0 Viacom 18 Kannada feed was launched in September 2018.

Infotainment & Lifestyle

Channel Launch Video Audio Parent Company Notes
Saral Jeevan 2016 SD Stereo | 2.0 CG Parivar Global Vision Claimed to be first Kannada infotainment channel.[5]
Ayush TV 2017 SD Stereo | 2.0 Kamadhenu Telefilms Claimed to be Kannada's first wellness and lifestyle channel.

Spiritual

Channel Launch Video Audio Parent Company Notes
Sri Sankara TV 2008 SD Stereo | 2.0 Kamadhenu Telefilms Hindu devotional channel with Kannada & Tamil feed.
Sri Venkateswara Bhakti Channel 2 2008 SD Stereo | 2.0 Tirumala Tirupathi Devasthanams Trust Hindu devotional channel with Kannada & Tamil feed.

Sports Channels

Channel Genre Launch Video Audio Parent Company Notes
Star Sports 1 Kannada Sports 2018 SD Stereo | 2.0 Star India First sports channel in Kannada; launched on December 29th 2018.

News Channels

Channel Launch Video Audio Parent Company Notes
TV9 Karnataka 2006 SD Stereo | 2.0 ABCL Broadcasting First 24X7 news channel in Kannada.
Suvarna News 2008 SD Stereo | 2.0 Asianet News Network Known as Suvarna News 24X7 till January 2016.[6]
Kasthuri Newz 24 2011 SD Stereo | 2.0 Kasthuri Media Second venture from the company after Kasthuri.
Public TV 2012 SD Stereo | 2.0 Writemen Media First channel from Writemen Media.
News 18 Kannada 2014 SD Stereo | 2.0 ETV Network & Network 18 Known as ETV News Kannada till September 2017.
Raj News Kannada 2014 SD Stereo | 2.0 Raj Television Network Second venture from the company after Raj Musix Kannada.
Dighvijay TV 24X7 2017 SD Stereo | 2.0 VRL Media VRL Media's first venture into TV media.
TV5 Kannada 2017 SD Stereo | 2.0 Rana Broadcasting Kannada channel from TV5 group.
NewsX Kannada 2018 SD Stereo | 2.0 ITV Network First regional venture for South India by ITV Network.

Defunct News Channels

Channel Launch Defunct Video Audio Parent Company Notes
Udaya News 2000 2019 SD Stereo | 2.0 Sun TV Network First Kannada news channel; was also known as Udaya Varthegalu.
Samaya News 2010 2018 SD Stereo | 2.0 RSM Broadcasters Known as Samaya 24X7 till 2013.
Janasri News 2011 2018 SD Stereo | 2.0 Yash Broadcasting Industries

See also

References

  1. ^ "SunNetwork - TV Channel". www.sunnetwork.in.
  2. ^ "COLORS KANNADA - ABOUT". www.colorskannada.com.
  3. ^ "Zee Kannada - ZEE KANNADA HD - Kannada Entertainment Online - Updates & More - ZEE5". Zee Kannada.
  4. ^ "Viacom18 Media Pvt. Ltd".
  5. ^ "Kannada infotainment channel Saral Jeevan to launch on 19 February". 15 February 2016.
  6. ^ Ltd, Suvarna News Network Pvt. "SuvarnaNews". Suvarna News. Retrieved 13 July 2016.