STAR World India

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STAR World India
STAR World.svg
Launched 15 December 1991 (as Star Plus)
31 March 1996 (as STAR World)
Owned by STAR TV
Fox International Channels
Picture format 576i (16:9/4:3) (SDTV) (March 1996 - March 2011)
1080i (HDTV) (April 2011-present)
Country India
Language English
Broadcast area India
Pakistan
Nepal
Sri Lanka
Headquarters India
Sister channel(s) FX India
Fox Crime (September 2012-July 2015)
STAR World Premiere
Star Movies India
Star Movies Action (India)
STAR Movies Select HD
Website www.starworld.in
Availability
Satellite
Airtel digital TV (India) Channel 148 (SD)
Channel 149 (HD)
Dialog TV
(Sri Lanka)
Channel 28
Dish TV
(India)
Channel 457 (SD)
Channel 39 (HD)
Reliance Digital TV (India) Channel 253
Sun Direct
(India)
Channel 82
Tata Sky
(India)
Channel 201 (SD)
Channel 202 (HD)
Videocon d2h
(India)
Channel 179 (SD)
Channel 180 (HD)
Cable
Available on most cable systems Check local listings for channels
Hathway (India) Channel 50 (SD)
Channel 377 (HD)
IPTV
PEO TV (Sri Lanka) Channel 77

STAR World India is a 24-hour English language basic cable and satellite television channel owned by STAR TV and Fox International Channels, two fully owned subsidiaries of 21st Century Fox. The channel primarily airs popular shows from the United States, United Kingdom and sometimes Australia along with some local shows to appeal to the English-speaking population of India and a few other South Asian countries. An HD simulcast of the channel was started in April 2011. The channel focuses on 14-35 year old urban population, with 24-year-old working professionals being its primary target demographic. The channel has been quoted as India's most loved and leading General English Entertainment Channel (GEC). The channel mainly airs TV shows from the leading American entertainment networks such as FOX, ABC, NBC, ABC Family, CBS, USA Network and sometimes from AMC and The CW. The channel is available both in standard definition and high definition. The channel is available in most of the Indian households having a basic cable connection. As of August 2015, STAR World India's Facebook page has been hit with nearly 2.4 million likes. Some high-rated notable television shows aired on this channel include Downton abbey, Friends, Grey's Anatomy, Homeland, House M.D., Lost, Mad Men, MasterChef Australia, Modern Family, Monk, One Tree Hill, Smallville, The Big Bang Theory, The Simpsons, The X-Files, Two and a Half Men, Yes, Dear etc. The channel is also an official broadcaster of the Primetime Emmy Awards in India.

On April 24, 2015, STAR World launched its weekend special programming block known as STAR World Weekend Binge. On this programming block, during weekends i.e. Saturdays and Sundays, latest seasons of high-rated English television shows are aired throughout the day (from 12:00pm IST to approximately 7:00pm IST). Sometimes, previous seasons of some shows are also rerun on this programming block.

History[edit]

Star World HD India Logo

When the channel was first launched on 15 December, 1991 as STAR TV, it was an English language television channel airing international content from the U.S., UK and Australia, with Zee TV being the Hindi-language entertainment channel. However, after STAR (subsequently acquired by a News Corporation) ended its partnership with Zee TV, Star Plus was transformed into a Hindi-language channel, with STAR World becoming the network's English-language channel. In April 2011, an HD feed of STAR World India was launched by Star India. This channel is also available in Bhutan, Nepal, Pakistan and Sri Lanka.

Programming[edit]

Star World India airs popular English television shows from mostly the U.S. but sometimes it also airs television shows from the United Kingdom and Australia. Various Australian and British Series such as MasterChef Australia and Downton Abbey have been aired on the channel. The latest seasons of numerous shows are aired shortly after their American telecast on Star World India's sister channel STAR World Premiere HD which airs popular television shows along with the U.S.. However, some notable television shows such as the final season of How I Met Your Mother and Raising Hope, the third season of 2 Broke Girls and Once Upon a Time, the first season of Almost Human, The Crazy Ones and Bunheads, the second season of Arrow were also aired on the channel shortly after their telecast in the American Counterparts. In August 19, 2015, Star World India aired the promo for an all new series Quantico starring Priyanka Chopra which is to be aired consecutively after the U.S. airing, in India too. Thus, making Quantico the first series after almost a period gap of two years which is going to be aired along with the U.S. in both standard-definition and high-definition on STAR World India and on STAR World India HD.

At present, STAR World India airs 4-7 hours of fresh programming during weekdays. The shows are mainly aired on a Monday to Friday format on the channel. The main prime time schedule of the channel during weekdays begins at 8:00pm IST and ends at 12:00am IST. The timeslot from 8:00pm to 9:00pm IST is reserved only for two comedy television series at a time, each running for half-an-hour. The 9:00pm, 10:00pm and 11:00pm block is filled by 3 different shows running for one hour each. The present weekday schedule followed by the channel has Modern Family and New Girl on the 8:00pm IST and 8:30pm IST block respectively. Following the previous two comedies are mainly reality and drama series aired such as MasterChef Australia at 9:00pm IST, The Mentalist at 10:00pm IST and Person of Interest at 11:00pm IST respectively.

Few other television series are also aired midnight during 3:00am IST and 5:00am IST (the schedule keeps on varying very often, though). Note that Grey's Anatomy is also aired every Monday to Friday at 4:00pm IST but is not counted as a main prime-time show.

Current programming[edit]

Upcoming programming[edit]

Note: The 67th Primetime Emmy Awards is also going to be telecasted LIVE on FX India and Star World Premiere HD along with STAR World India.

2015 Rebrand[edit]

On January 1, 2015 at 12:00am IST, during the telecast of a Season 3 episode of 2 Broke Girls, Star World India revealed it's brand new on-screen promo graphics and idents. However, no serious change was seen in the channel logo instead of an increased opacity of the logo.

STAR World Weekend Binge[edit]

STAR World Weekend Binge Title screen on STAR World India

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Programming Details[edit]

Note: This section only has a detailed information of the various shows which have been aired on the channel over a course of the past 4-5 years i.e. starting from 2011. No information in this section is available regarding any show(s) which was/were aired before 2011. (This section is solely based on information collected mainly from the channel's Facebook page and a very few other online sources).

Programming Synopsis of 2011[edit]

Dexter (season unknown) premiered on March 7, 2011 airing every Monday to Friday at 10:00pm IST. The sixth season of the hit comedy series How I Met Your Mother premiered on May 20, 2011 and was aired every Monday to Friday at 11:00pm IST with the season finale probably airing on June 22, 2011. The second season of Modern Family premiered on June 23, 2011. Castle Season 3 premiered on May 30, 2011 and the season finale was aired on June 30, 2011. The first season of White Collar was aired during the month of July on the channel. Two and a Half Men started airing Season 1 onwards from July 27, 2011. The third season of the hit Australian competitive culinary series MasterChef Australia premiered on August 2, 2011 with an absolutely commercial-free episode. The 13-episode third season of Lie To Me premiered on August 12, 2011 and was aired every Monday to Friday at 10:00pm IST. A Family Guy season finale was aired on August 23, 2011 at 11:30pm IST and was replaced by the 22nd season of The Simpsons which premiered on August 24, 2011 at the same timeslot. The sixth season of Bones premiered on August 31, 2011 at 10:00pm IST. The short-lived FOX sci-fi series Terra Nova was aired every Saturday at 9:00pm IST starting from October 8, 2011. On the special occasion of Diwali, the season 7 marathon of Two and a Half Men was aired on October 26, 2011 from 10:00am IST. The hit comedy sitcom Friends was also aired on the channel over the course of the year. The first season (probably a re-run) of The Big Bang Theory premiered on November 17, 2011 and was aired every Monday to Friday at 11:00pm IST.

Programming Synopsis of 2012[edit]

The world television premiere of Missing was aired on March 11, 2012 at 9:00pm IST on the channel. The fourth season of MasterChef Australia premiered on June 14, 2012 and it was aired every Monday to Friday at 9:00pm IST, with the Season finale being aired on October 3, 2012. The very first season of Once Upon a Time premiered on Saturday, August 23, 2012 at 10:00pm IST. Grey's Anatomy (season unknown), probably a re-run began airing on the channel starting from September 4, 2012 and it was aired every Monday to Friday at 10:00pm IST. The first season of 2 Broke Girls premiered on September 6, 2012 and was aired every Monday to Friday at 11:30pm IST. Two and a Half Men Season 9 premiered on October 8, 2012 at 11:30pm IST replacing 2 Broke Girls. Modern Family (season unknown) premiered on November 9, 2012 at 11:30pm IST. Packed to the Rafters Season 1 premiered on December 4, 2012 and the show was aired every Monday to Friday at 9:00pm IST. The series of Last Resort was also aired on the channel during the later part of 2012.

Programming Synopsis of 2013[edit]

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Programming Synopsis of 2014[edit]

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Programming Synopsis of 2015[edit]

A still from Homeland: Season 4 promo on STAR World India aired during May 2015

Starting from 2015, Star World India began using it's new set of on-air graphics and idents. The logo remained as it was over the previous years. The fifth season of Glee premiered on January 5, 2015 airing every Monday to Friday at 11:00pm IST. Season 1 of Downton Abbey premiered on January 23, 2015 replacing the eighth and final season of House (TV series), and the series was aired Monday to Friday at 10:00pm IST. The second season of Melissa & Joey also premiered on the channel during the month of January and it was aired every Monday to Friday at 8:30pm IST. The Season 5 finale of Glee was aired on January 30, 2015 and on February 2, 2015, the fourth season of Homeland premiered on February 2, 2015 airing every Monday to Friday at 11:00pm IST. The Season 4 finale of Homeland was aired on February 17, 2015. The first season of the american Supernatural drama Sleepy Hollow based on Washington Irving's 1820 Halloween short-story The Legend of Sleepy Hollow premiered on the channel on February 18, 2015 and was aired every Monday to Friday at 11:00pm IST with the Season 1 finale airing on March 6, 2015 and the Season 2 finale airing on April 1, 2015. The third season of Melissa & Joey was also aired along with the second season and the Season 3 finale was aired sometime during the end of March and was replaced by the third season of Last Man Standing. After the end of the second season of Sleepy Hollow, the fifth season of White Collar premiered on April 2, 2015 at 11:00pm IST. The third season of Last Man Standing came to an end on April 24, 2015 and it was replaced by The Goldbergs Season 1, which premiered on April 27, 2015 at 8:30pm IST. After airing five consecutive seasons of Downton Abbey, it's Season 5 finale was aired on April 10, 2015. The Mentalist Season 1 premiered on April 13, 2015. The sixth season of Castle premiered on April 29, 2015 at 11:00pm IST replacing White Collar whose series finale was aired on April 28, 2015.

Former programming[edit]

Note: The shows which are presented in bold-italics imply that only one season or a few seasons of that particular show has aired on the channel and the entire series has yet not finished its run on the channel and is on hiatus at present. It also implies that the series has not yet finished its run on its American/Australian counterparts and is on hiatus. It also indicates that some seasons of the particular show have aired on STAR World India but the new episodes are now aired on a different channel.

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