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|Subsidiary of 21st Century Fox|
|Founded||1 August 1991 (as STAR TV India)
August 2009 (as Star India)
|Headquarters||Mumbai, Maharashtra, India|
|Uday Shankar, Chairman and CEO, Star India
Sanjay Gupta, Managing Director, Star India
|Owner||21st Century Fox|
Star India (formerly STAR TV India) is an Indian media and entertainment company, owned by 21st Century Fox. It is headquartered in Mumbai, Maharashtra. STAR India's portfolio includes 58 channels in eight languages.
- 1 History
- 2 Business results
- 3 STAR India SD Channels (35 channels)
- 4 STAR India HD Channels (25 channels)
- 5 STAR India 4K Channels (2 channels)
- 6 Star TV Digital (Websites)
- 7 STAR India media channels
- 8 Availability
- 9 National Sports Network in India
- 10 Broadcasting Rights
- 11 References
- 12 External links
Star TV was a joint venture between Hutchison Whampoa and Li Ka-Shing and was established to launch such a service. Li Ka-Shing's son, Richard, was CEO. It was launched in 1991. In early 90s, Star India included Star Plus (then an English-language entertainment channel), Prime Sports (later became Star Sports), MTV and Nickelodeon (through a tie up with Viacom), Star Movies and Zee TV (belonging to Subhash Chandra). Star TV was beamed out of Asiasat satellite.
In 1993, Rupert Murdoch bought a 64 percent stake in Star TV for $525 million. Star was originally broadcasting content from Rupert Murdoch's Fox Broadcasting and thus a synergy was envisioned. In 1993 News Corporation purchased 63.6% of STAR for over $500 million, followed by the purchase of the remaining 36.4% on 1 January 1993. Murdoch declared that:
"(telecommunications) have proved an unambiguous threat to totalitarian regimes everywhere ... satellite broadcasting makes it possible for information-hungry residents of many closed societies to bypass state-controlled television channels"
In 1995, Zee TV and Star signed an agreement to promote each other's content on their respective networks. Thus ads for Star programs began to appear on Zee and vice versa. An agreement with Subhash Chandra prohibited Star from creating Hindi-language programming, so Star relied mainly on English-language imported programming. Star was third in Indian market share (3%) behind Zee TV (12%) and Sony (11%). This agreement was however short-lived as Star's English-language entertainment channel Star Plus started broadcasting Hindi content. By 1997, Star Plus became a 100% Hindi-language entertainment channel and Star TV launched Star World a separate channel that broadcast content formerly shown by Star Plus. For four years until 1999, Star had losses of nearly US$500 million. Consequently, Murdoch revamped Star management; programming chief Sameer Nair decided to start creating Hindi-language programming to target "mass instead of class." Peter Mukerjea was Chief Executive Officer of STAR India from 1999 to 2007.
STAR India also manages News Corporation's interests in seven ventures including DTH operator Tata Sky; cable system Hathway, channel distributor Media Pro Enterprise, south Indian broadcast business of STAR Vijay, the film producor and distributor Fox Star Studios India and STAR CJ Alive Home Shopping.
STAR India entered into High Definition broadcasting on 15 April 2011 with the launch of the HD versions of its channels, including Star Plus HD, Star Movies HD, Star World HD, Star Gold HD and National Geographic Channel India HD.
Star CJ Alive (now ShopCJ)
Star CJ Alive (now ShopCJ) is an Indian television shopping channel which was started between Star India and CJ Group of South Korea in 2009. It is a 24/7 shopping channel which in its starting stage used STAR Utsav for hosting the television marketing programs in six-hour slots. In its initial years, the programs were aired in Hindi. Star CJ Alive and depends mainly on infomercials. On 14 November 2012 Star CJ Alive appointed Kenny Shin as CEO for India.
In August 2012 Business Line of The Hindu group reported that Star CJ Alive is claiming an average sales of products worth Rs. 9.5 million on week days and Rs. 12 million on weekends. Approximately 65% of the sales come from electronics segment while household segment stands second in the race. In December 2012, some sections of the media reported that Rupert Murdoch run News Corp may exit Star CJ by selling its entire stake to Providence Equity Partners. This share transfer reportedly ran into trouble when the Department of Revenue discovered that funds from other jurisdictions were being channelised to exploit Indo Mauritius double taxation avoidance agreement.
STAR India SD Channels (35 channels)
Star India currently provides the following channels.
|Hindi GEC||Star Plus||Hindi general entertainment channel (the first channel of STAR Network in India ) from STAR India which was launched on 21 February 1992 as STAR TV and 17 April 1996 as Star Plus.It is the second most viewing channel and no.1 Hindi GEC channel by viewership in India.|
|Life OK||Hindi general entertainment channel|
|STAR Utsav||Hindi general entertainment channel which broadcasts old TV Shows of Star Plus.|
|Hindi Movie Channels||Star Gold||Hindi movie channel|
|Movies OK||Current movies Hindi channel|
|STAR Utsav Movies||Bollywood Based Movies Channel|
|English Movie Channels||STAR Movies||an English-language movie channel which broadcasts in India, Pakistan, Vietnam, Mainland China, Taiwan, Philippines, and Middle East.|
|STAR Movies Action||An English-language action movies channel|
|English GEC||STAR World||English-language entertainment channel|
|FX||English Language general entertainment channel|
|Music/Youth Channels||[V]||Hindi music video channel|
|Nat Geo Music||Multi language music-educational channel|
|Sports Channels||Star Sports 1||A sports channel.|
|Star Sports 2||A sports channel.|
|Star Sports 3||A sports channel.|
|Star Sports 4||A sports channel.|
|Bengali Channels||Star Jalsha||Bengali-language general entertainment channel.|
|Jalsha Movies||Bengali-language movie channel.|
|Marathi Channels||Star Pravah||Marathi-language general entertainment channel in India.|
|Tamil Channels||Star Vijay||Tamil-language general entertainment channel.|
|Star Vijay Hitz||Tamil-Language movie channel|
|Star Vijay Super||Tamil-language general entertainment channel|
|Kannada Channels||Star Suvarna||Kannada-language general entertainment channel.|
|Star Suvarna Plus||Kannada-language general entertainment channel and sports channel.|
|Malayalam Channels||Star Asianet||Malayalam-language general entertainment channel.|
|Star Asianet Plus||Malayalam general entertainment channel.|
|Star Asianet Movies||Malayalam-language movie channel.|
|Kids Entertainment Channel||Baby TV||English-language general kids channel.|
|Telugu Channels||Maa TV||Telugu-language general entertainment channel.|
|Maa Music||Telugu-language Music channel.|
|Maa Movies||Telugu-language Movie channel.|
|Maa Gold||Telugu-language general entertainment channel across Telangana and Andhra Pradesh .|
|Infotainment Channels||National Geographic||Hindi language educational channel.|
|Nat Geo People||English language travel channel|
|Nat Geo Wild||Multi language education channel about nature|
|Fox Life||English language travel channel|
STAR India HD Channels (25 channels)
|Hindi GEC||Star Plus HD||High-definition channel for Hindi entertainment.|
|Life OK HD||High-definition channel for Hindi entertainment.|
|Hindi Movie Channels||STAR Gold HD||High-definition channel for Hindi movies.|
|English Movie Channels||STAR Movies HD||High-definition channel for English movies.|
|Star Movies Select HD||High-definition channel for English movies that are beyond the mass-appealing and action flicks.|
|English GEC||STAR World HD||High-definition channel for English entertainment.|
|Star World Premiere HD||High-definition channel for English entertainment after U.S's Airing.|
|FX HD||High-definition channel for American basic programs which is owned by Fox Entertainment Group and STAR TV .This channel is also telecast in India by STAR India .|
|Sports Channels||Star Sports HD1||High-definition channel for live cricket events.|
|Star Sports HD2||High-definition channel for live sports events.|
|Star Sports HD3||High-definition channel for live sports events.|
|Star Sports HD4||High-definition channel for live sports events.|
|MAA TV HD||High-definition channel for Telugu entertainment.|
|MAA Movies HD||High-definition channel for Telugu movies.|
|Star Suvarna HD||High-definition channel for Kannada entertainment.|
|Asianet HD||High-definition channel for Malayalam entertainment.|
|Star Vijay HD||High-definition channel for Tamil entertainment.|
|Star Jalsha HD||High-definition channel for Bengali entertainment.|
|Jalsha Movies HD||High-definition channel for Bengali movies.|
|Star Pravah HD||High-definition channel for Marathi entertainment.|
|Infotainment Channels||Fox Life India HD||Fox Life is a television network, launched by the Fox Broadcasting Company and STAR TV, which airs across Italy, Portugal, Bulgaria, Latin America, Turkey, Greece, Latvia, United States, India, Spain and other countries .Regional version of this channel shown in Slovenia,Croatia, Bosnia and Herzegovina,Serbia, Montenegro, Macedonia and Albania, CIS countries & Baltic states .This channel is closed in France on December 31, 2009 and Poland on January 16, 2015 and Flanders on September 22, 2015.This channel is broadcast in India by National Geographic Channel Network and STAR India in four languages which are English, Hindi, Tamil, Bengali in SD and HD .|
|National Geographic Channel HD||High-definition channel for Infotainment. In India this channel is owned by Fox Star or Star India and other countries this channel is owned by STAR TV, National Geographic Channel Network, Fox Entertainment Group and Fox Cable Networks or Fox Star .In simple language this channel is owned by STAR TV and Fox Star in all broadcaster countries .|
|Nat Geo Wild HD||High-definition channel for wildlife which is broadcast or airs in India and many other countries .|
|Nat Geo People HD||High-definition channel for travel in India and other countries .|
|Music Channel||Nat Geo Music HD||High-definition channel for English music in India and other countries .|
STAR India 4K Channels (2 channels)
|Star Gold 4K||4K definition channel launched with WTP Bajrangi Bhaijaan.|
|Star Sports 4K||4K definition channel launched during ICC Cricket World Cup 2015.|
Star TV Digital (Websites)
There are two main websites to watch all channels and other services of STAR IndAR TV.
|hotstar||Online streaming service to watch all the Star India shows.|
|starsports.com||Online streaming service to watch Star Sports 1,2,3,4 and Star Sports HD 1,2,3,4 and Star Sports 4K .|
STAR India media channels
STAR India does not contain any news channels .STAR India sold Star News to ABP News Network
Apart from India, many of Star TV channels are also available in Pakistan, Bangladesh, Sri Lanka, Nepal, Bhutan and Maldives
National Sports Network in India
STAR sports group has planned to build a national sports network in India. The plan includes broadcasting in Indian languages. Starting from regional language Hindi to expansion for South Indian languages Malayalam, Tamil, Telugu, and Kannada. ESPN was renamed Star Sports 4, STAR Cricket was renamed Star Sports 3, Star Sports was renamed to Star Sports 1 and Star Sports 2 kept its name. STAR Cricket HD and ESPN HD renamed to Star Sports HD1 and Star Sports HD2 respectively. Star Sports 3 will be predominantly a Hindi-only channel. STAR plans to start with cricket, field hockey and football (soccer) initially. Domestic cricket of India like Deodhar Trophy and Ranji Trophy are considered. Besides this two non-professional leagues like the University Cricket and University Field Hockey are also planned to be launched by STAR. In football, Barclays Premier League is also considered for regional broadcasting by STAR.
STAR India has acquired media rights for BCCI Domestic and International Cricket Series matches in India through 2018, International Cricket Council matches through 2023, the England and Wales Cricket Board matches through 2017, Cricket Australia matches through 2017, Federation International De Hockey through 2022, Wimbledon through 2022 and Bundesliga through 2020. In addition, STAR India has acquired digital rights for Indian Premier League through 2017. In September 2014, STAR India acquired a 35% minority stake in Football Sports Development Limited, a joint venture with IMG-Reliance to launch the Indian Super League, a professional soccer league. In March 2015, STAR India, in association with its affiliate, acquired a 74% majority stake in Mashal Sports Private Limited in March 2015, for the operation of the Pro Kabaddi League In January 2015, STAR India, launched Hotstar, a new mobile and online entertainment destination for television shows, movies and sports content. In February 2015, STAR India entered into an agreement to acquire the broadcast business of MAA Television Network Limited, an entity in India that broadcasts and operates Telugu language entertainment channels. In December 2015, STAR India announced it has successfully completed the integration of the broadcast business of MAA TV in a deal estimated to be between Rs 2,000 to 2,500 crore.
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- Flegg, Michael (10 September 2001). "India's Star TV Leaps to Top Spot Due to Game Shows, Soap Operas". The Wall Street Journal. Archived from the original on 19 September 2001.
- "Peter Mukerjea - Executive Profile & Biography". Bloomberg Business. 26 Aug 2015. Retrieved 26 Aug 2015.
- STAR to build a national sports network
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