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List of Kannada-language television channels

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Below is the list of 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 specific to geographical area or limited to certain cities or districts, run by local cable TV operators.

General Entertainment Channels

High-Definition

Channel Genre Launch Video Audio Parent Company Headquarters Broadcast Notes
Colors Kannada HD GEC 2016 Full HD Stereo | 2.0 Viacom 18 Mumbai, Maharastra Own Schedule HD version of Colors Kannada, launched in May 2016.
Udaya TV HD GEC 2017 Full HD Dolby Digital | 5.1 Sun Network Chennai, Tamil Nadu Simulcast HD version of Udaya TV, launched on 16 March 2017.
Star Suvarna HD GEC 2017 Full HD Dolby Digital Plus | 5.1 Star India Mumbai, Maharashtra Own Schedule HD version of Star Suvarna, launched on 16 July 2017.
Zee Kannada HD GEC 2017 Full HD TBA Zee Entertainment Enterprises Ltd. Mumbai, Maharashtra TBA HD version of Zee Kannada, to be launched in 2017.

Standard-Definition

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.[1]
Colors Kannada GEC 2000 SD Stereo | 2.0 Viacom 18 Media Pvt. Ltd. (formerly ETV Network) Mumbai, Maharashtra Launched as ETV Kannada, re-branded in March 2015.[2]
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.[3]
Udaya Music Music 2006 SD Stereo | 2.0 Sun TV Network Chennai, Tamil Nadu Formerly known as Udaya 2 / U2.
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.
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.
Public Music Music 2014 SD Stereo | 2.0 Writemen Media Pvt. Ltd. Bengaluru, Karnataka Second venture from the company after Public TV.
Polimer Kannada Music 2014 SD Stereo | 2.0 Polimer Group Chennai, Tamil Nadu
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.
Saral Jeevan Infotainment 2016 SD Stereo | 2.0 CG Parivar Global Vision Bengaluru, Karnataka Claimed to be first Kannada infotainment channel.[4]
Colors Super GEC 2016 SD Stereo | 2.0 Viacom 18 Media Pvt. Ltd. Mumbai, Maharashtra Second Kannada GEC from Viacom 18;[5] launched in July 2016.

Sports Channels

Channel Genre Launch Video Audio Parent Company Headquarters Notes
Star Sports 1 Kannada Sports 2017 SD Stereo | 2.0 Star India Mumbai, Maharashtra Kannada version of Star Sports 1, to be launched on 17 November 2017.

News Channels

Channel Genre Launch Video Audio Parent Company Headquarters Notes
Udaya News News 2000 SD Stereo | 2.0 Sun TV Network Chennai, Tamil Nadu First Kannada news channel; was also known as Udaya Varthegalu.
TV9 Karnataka News 2006 SD Stereo | 2.0 ABCL Broadcasting Pvt. Ltd. & Sneha TV Network Hyderabad, Telangana First 24X7 news channel in Kannada.
Suvarna News News 2008 SD Stereo | 2.0 Asianet News Network Thiruvananthapuram, Kerala Known as Suvarna News 24X7 till January 2016.[6]
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.
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.
Dighvijay TV 24X7 News 2017 SD Stereo | 2.0 VRL Media ltd Bengaluru, Karnataka News channel by Vijay Sankeshwar

Multilingual Channels with Kannada feed

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

This is a list of top five Kannada Channels in India as per BARC ratings.[7]

Rank Channel name Weekly Impressions (000s) sum Source
Week 42 (Saturday, 14 October 2017 to Friday, 20 October 2017)
1 Colors Kannada 392350 BARC Weekly Data

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

2 Udaya TV 328364
3 Zee Kannada 283801
4 Udaya Movies 199286
5 Colors Super 180922

See also

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