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Star Movies
STAR Movies logo.svg
Launched 1 May 1994
Owned by STAR TV
Fox International Channels
(owned by 21st Century Fox)
Broadcast area India
Middle East & North Africa
Replaced BBC World
Sister channel(s) Star Gold
Star Chinese Movies
Fox Movies Middle East
Fox Action Movies
Fox Family Movies
Fox Movies Premium
Star Movies Action (in India)
Asianet Digital TV
Channel 462
Dream Satellite TV
Channel 18
Cignal TV
Channel 73 (SD)
G Sat
Channel 17 (SD) test ch. switch
Tata Sky
Channel 341 (SD)
Channel 342 (HD)
Dish TV
Channel 419 (SD)
Channel 26 (HD)
Channel 307
OSN (Middle East
& North Africa)
Channel 37 (HD)
Sun Direct TV
Channel 97 (SD)
Channel 968 (HD)
Reliance Digital TV
Channel 354 (SD)
Channel 366 (HD)
Airtel digital TV
Channel 192 (SD)
Channel 193 (HD)
VTC Digital
Channel 7 (HD), 44 (SD)
Channel 8 (HD)
Videocon D2H
Channel 241 (SD)
Channel 943(HD)
(Middle East & North Africa)
Channel 61 (HD) [1]
Channel 47
Channel 55 (Digital)
Destiny Cable
Channel 55 (Digital)
Taiwan CATV
Channel 69
Parasat Cable TV
Channel 52
Channel 70 (HD)
United Communication Service
Channel 12
Southern Networks
Channel 46
Channel 59
Channel 54
DHA Teleman
Channel 27
Channel 125
Island TV
(Addu City)
Channel 18
MyCATV Lucena
Channel 22
Digi Cable
Channel 200
Sreedevi digital
Channel 301
Channel 72

Star Movies is an Asian movie channel owned by STAR TV and Fox International Channels, subsidiaries of 21st Century Fox. Star Movies now has been rebranded to Fox Movies Premium on 1 January 2012, therefore affecting its broadcast areas, except in India, China, Vietnam, Middle East, Taiwan and the Philippines.[1]


Star Movies was launched on 12 May 1993, replacing BBC World when it was removed from STAR TV because of political reasons. At that time, it screened both Hollywood and Chinese movies and catered to a pan-Asian audience split into two stations: Star Movies (an English movie channel) and Star Chinese Movies (a Hong Kong Cantonese and Mandarin (Taiwan & SE Asia) movie channel).

On 1 August 1994, Star Movies launched a separate channel for viewers in the Persian Gulf region and India, followed by Star Movies International.

It was launched on 31 March 1996 for viewers in Southeast Asia, Mainland China, East Asia countries. Star Movies currently has five channels, Star Movies Asia (in Southeast Asia and People's Republic of China), Star Movies Taiwan in Taiwan, Star Movies India, Star Movies Middle East and Star Movies Philippines.

Star Movies Philippines was launched on 1 January 2010, its viewers there had previously seen Star Movies International.

Star Movies HD Asia was launched on 1 May 2010.

Star Movies On Demand Asia was launched on 16 September 2010.[2]

On 1 January 2012, Star Movies was rebranded as Fox Movies Premium and available in Hong Kong and selected Southeast Asian countries. The Star Movies brand retained in India, China, Vietnam, Middle East, Taiwan and the Philippines.

Operating channels[edit]

Star Movies Asia[edit]

Star Movies International was formerly transmitted in Southeast Asia and China. It was the only advertisement free version of Star Movies. Also, unlike other versions of Star Movies, this version also spends minimal time promoting its own upcoming movies. The channel does not air promotions of movies classified as unsuitable for people aged under eighteen, until 8 p.m Hanoi / 9 p.m Beijing.

Since the rebranding of Star Movies to Fox Movies Premium and high subscription charges in Nepal and Sri Lanka, STAR TV found it viable to officially replace the commercial-free Fox Movies Premium channel with the advert-supported Indian version of Star Movies.

As of 1 January 2012, Star Movies International (now Star Movies Asia) is limited to subscribers in China and Vietnam due to the replacement of Fox Movies Premium in former countries. Since this time, the channel has got more local advertisements on the break.

Star Movies India[edit]

Star Movies India is transmitted in India, Nepal, Bhutan, Pakistan, and Bangladesh. The channel has higher ratings in India than HBO South Asia, the only region where Star Movies enjoys a lead in the viewer ratings. The channel is available on all DTH platforms across India and as part of the Star India bouquet. The programme "Hollywood Premiere" of this channel premieres the latest Hollywood movies every weekend. This is the only beam that is managed by STAR TV and not Fox International Channels.

On 1 February 2015 Star Movies India pulled out of Sri Lanka. Sri Lankan viewers used to enjoy Star Movies Asia but with the rebranding to Fox Movies Premium the Sri Lankan territory was handed to India. Now without Star Movies the viewers have to no access to movies broadcast by it.

Star Movies MENA[edit]

Star Movies has an Arabic subtitled movie channel for viewers in the Middle East and North Africa

Star Movies Taiwan[edit]

An advert-supported version of Star Movies is targeted towards Taiwan specifically. It is the most localized version of Star Movies, since most voice-overs in promotions for up-coming movies are in Mandarin Chinese. The channel also comes with Chinese subtitles.

Star Movies Philippines[edit]

Star Movies International began broadcasting to the Philippines on 30 November 2009 with local advertisements during and after the featured movie. The channel was simulcast with the Southeast Asia and China feed until 31 December 2009; a Philippines exclusive channel was launched on 1 January 2010.[3] It also has English subtitles daily. Unlike most feeds in Pan-Asian region, it has local commercials when the movie is taking a break. The channel typically broadcasts action, comedy, animation and horror/suspense films every day and drama films on early morning.

Star Movies HD[edit]

Star Movies International official launched their own HD (High Definition) channel in Asia on 1 May 2012. This channel is now available in AsiaSat 5. It now shares the same schedule via regular STAR Movies International, but is different in advertisement (including their logo, with the HD mark at the upper right side of the screen). This channel is currently available in Taiwan and India only. Star Movies India, launched their HD feed along with STAR TV India HD channels on 15 October 2013

On 15 July 2011, Star Movies HD Taiwan was officially launched separate from the Asian feed. However, the said channel features a different TV schedule from the regular STAR Movies Taiwan feed. Star Movies HD logo feature a 3D diamond star with the trademark swoosh in blue and the name of the channel in Gotham font, similar to the logo of sister channel, Star World.

On 1 January 2012, Star Movies HD was rebranded to Fox Movies Premium HD in selected Asian territories (but did not apply in Vietnam and China).

Star Movies HD is now available in Sri Lanka through the Dialog TV Platform. This was launched officially on 17 June 2012. The channel pulled out 3 years later on 1 Feb 2015. Leaving Sri Lanka with no Fox/Star branded movie channel, the region used to receive Star Movies Asia but was replaced with the Indian Star Movies HD since Star Movies Asia rebranded as Fox Movies Premium HD.

Star Movies Action[edit]

Star Movies Action was formerly known as Fox Action Movies and was temporarily closed on 11 May 2013. Relaunched on 2 June 2013 as Star Movies Action, the channel contains only action theme movies.[4][5]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "SMV changed to FMP". NST. 3 January. Retrieved 1 January 2012.  Check date values in: |date= (help)
  2. ^ STAR Movies HD in Asiasat 5 retrieved via 05-26-2010
  3. ^ Star Movies Philippines in Lyngsat retrieved via 11-24-2009
  4. ^ Star Movies Action to replace Fox Action Movies retrieved via 10-20-2013
  5. ^ Star India gears-up for more action; All set to launch Star Movies Action retrieved via 10-22-2013

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