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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
Bangladesh
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 Star World on hotstar
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 202 (SD)
Channel 201 (HD)
Videocon d2h
(India)
Channel 179 (SD)
Channel 934 (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- to 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 24 April 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 Bangladesh, 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. On 19 August 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 Arrested Development and Melissa & Joey on the 8 pm IST and 8:30 pm IST block respectively. Following the previous two comedies are mainly reality and drama series aired such as MasterChef U.S. at 9 pm IST, Game of Thrones at 10 pm IST and Jimmy Kimmel Live! at 11 pm IST respectively.

Current programming[edit]

TV Series Current Season Status
Arrested Development Season 1 Season 4 Finale to be aired on
13 April 2016 at 8 pm IST
Melissa & Joey Season 3 Season 4 Finale to be aired on
26 April 2016 at 8:30 pm IST
MasterChef U.S. Season 6 Season 6 Finale to be aired on
16 February 2016 at 9 pm IST
Game of Thrones Season 1 Season 5 Finale to be aired on
22 April 2016 at 10 pm IST
Jimmy Kimmel Live! Season 14 Aired shortly after its U.S. telecast
Mon-Fri at 11 pm IST
Agent Carter Season 2 Part of Just Arrived weekend block
Aired Saturdays at 9 pm
Castle Season 8 Part of Just Arrived weekend block
Aired Sundays at 9 pm
Repeat After Me Season 1 Aired Sundays at 10:00 pm IST

Upcoming programming[edit]

TV Series Season(s) Info
Downton Abbey Season 6 Premieres February 17, 2016 at 9 pm IST
Quantico Season 1 (second half) Returns March 12, 2016 at 9 pm IST

2015 Rebrand[edit]

On 1 January 2015 at 12:00am IST, during the telecast of a Season 3 episode of 2 Broke Girls, Star World India revealed its 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

List of Weekend Binge shows in 2015[edit]

The Weekend Binge block debuted this year with its first show (season 1 of How to Get Away with Murder) airing on Saturday, April 25, 2015 at 12:00 pm IST and ended on December 27, 2015 with its last show of the year (season 4 of Arrested Development). Over the course of the year 2015, there were 31 seasons of 30 TV shows which aired on the Weekend Binge block. Some notable shows like How to Get Away with Murder (season 1), Black-ish (season 1) and Glee (season 5) were aired twice as Emmy specials during September 2015. The second season of the supernatural drama Sleepy Hollow aired as a Halloween special in October 2015. The Weekend Binge block lasted for forty-one weeks during this year.

Sl. No. TV series Season aired Air dates Timeslot No. of
episodes aired
1 How to Get Away with Murder Season 1 25 April 2015
26 April 2015
12:00 pm IST 15
2 Homeland Season 4 2 May 2015
3 May 2015
12:00 pm IST 12
3 Two and a Half Men Season 12 9 May 2015 12:00 pm IST 12
4 Fresh Off the Boat Season 1 10 May 2015 12:00 pm IST 13
5 New Girl Season 4 16 May 2015
17 May 2015
12:00 pm IST 24
6 Modern Family Season 6 23 May 2015
24 May 2015
12:00 pm IST
8 2 Broke Girls Season 4 30 May 2015
31 May 2015
12:00 pm IST 22
9 Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. Season 2 6 June 2015
7 June 2015
13 June 2015
12:00 pm IST
10 Marvel's Agent Carter Season 1 14 June 2015 12:00 pm IST
11 The Bridge Season 1 20 June 2015
21 June 2015
12:00 pm IST
12 The Bridge Season 2 27 June 2015
28 June 2015
12:00 pm IST
13 House M.D. Season 2 4 July 2015
5 July 2015
11 July 2015
12 July 2015
12:00 pm IST
14 Black-ish Season 1 18 July 2015
19 July 2015
12:00 pm IST 24
15 Glee Season 6 25 July 2015
26 July 2015
12:00 pm IST 13
16 Revenge Season 4 1 August 2015
2 August 2015
8 August 2015
9 August 2015
12:00 pm IST 23
17 Castle Season 7 15 August 2015
16 August 2015
22 August 2015
23 August 2015
12:00 pm IST
18 Benched Season 1 29 August 2015 12:00 pm IST 13
19 Manhattan Love Story Season 1 30 August 2015 12:00 pm IST 11
20 Glee Season 6 5 September 2015
6 September 2015
12:00 pm IST 13
21 Black-ish Season 1 12 September 2015
13 September 2015
12:00 pm IST 24
22 Downton Abbey Season 5 19 September 2015
20 September 2015
12:00 pm IST
23 How to Get Away with Murder Season 1 26 September 2015
27 September 2015
12:00 pm IST 15
24 The Blacklist Season 2 3 October 2015
4 October 2015
10 October 2015
11 October 2015
12:00pm IST 22
25 Melissa & Joey Season 4 17 October 2015
18 October 2015
12:00 pm IST 22
26 Sleepy Hollow Season 2 24 October 2015
25 October 2015
31 October 2015
12:00 pm IST 18
27 The Odd Couple Season 1 1 November 2015 12:00 pm IST 12
28 Devious Maids Season 1 7 November 2015
8 November 2015
12:00 pm IST 13
29 Last Man Standing Season 4 14 November 2015
15 November 2015
12:00 pm IST 22
30 Once Upon a Time Season 4 21 November 2015
22 November 2015
28 November 2015
29 November 2015
12:00 pm IST 22
31 Betrayal Season 1 5 December 2015
6 December 2015
12:00 pm IST 13
32 Baby Daddy Season 4 12 December 2015
13 December 2015
12:00 pm IST 22
33 UnREAL Season 1 19 December 2015
20 December 2015
12:00 pm IST 10
34 Arrested Development Season 1 26 December 2015
27 December 2015
12:00 pm IST 15

List of Weekend Binge shows in 2016[edit]

The Weekend Binge block debuted this year with the first season of horror black comedy series (season 1 of Scream Queens) airing on Saturday, January 2, 2016 at 12:00 pm IST.

Sl. No. TV series Season aired Air dates Timeslot No. of
episodes aired
1 Scream Queens Season 1 2 January 2016
3 January 2016
12:00 pm IST 13
2 Downton Abbey Season 5 9 January 2016
10 January 2016
12:00 pm IST 9
3 Downton Abbey Season 6 16 January 2016
17 January 2016
12:00 pm IST 9
4 White Collar Season 6 23 January 2016 12:00 pm IST 6
5 The Killing (U.S.) Season 4 24 January 2016 12:00 pm IST 6
6 The Neighbors Season 2 30 January 2016
31 January 2016
12:00 pm IST 22
7 Benched Season 1 6 February 2016 12:00 pm IST 13
8 Castle First half of
Season 8
7 February 2016 12:00 pm IST 8
9 Best Time Ever with
Neil Patrick Harris
Season 1 13 February 2016 12:00 pm IST 8
10 Manhattan Love Story Season 1 14 February 2016 12:00 pm IST 11
11 2 Broke Girls Season 4 20 February 2016
21 February 2016
12:00 pm IST 22
12 Blood & Oil Season 1 27 February 2016
28 February 2016
12:00 pm IST 10
13 TBA TBA 5 March 2016 12:00 pm IST N/A

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 7 March 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 20 May 2011 and was aired every Monday to Friday at 11:00pm IST with the season finale probably airing on 22 June 2011. The second season of Modern Family premiered on 23 June 2011. Castle Season 3 premiered on 30 May 2011 and the season finale was aired on 30 June 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 27 July 2011. The third season of the hit Australian competitive culinary series MasterChef Australia premiered on 2 August 2011 with an absolutely commercial-free episode. The 13-episode third season of Lie To Me premiered on 12 August 2011 and was aired every Monday to Friday at 10:00pm IST. A Family Guy season finale was aired on 23 August 2011 at 11:30pm IST and was replaced by the 22nd season of The Simpsons which premiered on 24 August 2011 at the same timeslot. The sixth season of Bones premiered on 31 August 2011 at 10:00pm IST. The short-lived FOX sci-fi series Terra Nova was aired every Saturday at 9:00pm IST starting from 8 October 2011. On the special occasion of Diwali, the season 7 marathon of Two and a Half Men was aired on 26 October 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 17 November 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 11 March 2012 at 9:00pm IST on the channel. The fourth season of MasterChef Australia premiered on 14 June 2012 and it was aired every Monday to Friday at 9:00pm IST, with the Season finale being aired on 3 October 2012. The very first season of Once Upon a Time premiered on Saturday, 23 August 2012 at 10:00pm IST. Grey's Anatomy (season unknown), probably a re-run began airing on the channel starting from 4 September 2012 and it was aired every Monday to Friday at 10:00pm IST. The first season of 2 Broke Girls premiered on 6 September 2012 and was aired every Monday to Friday at 11:30pm IST. Two and a Half Men Season 9 premiered on 8 October 2012 at 11:30pm IST replacing 2 Broke Girls. Modern Family (season unknown) premiered on 9 November 2012 at 11:30pm IST. Packed to the Rafters Season 1 premiered on 4 December 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 its 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 5 January 2015 airing every Monday to Friday at 11:00pm IST. Season 1 of Downton Abbey premiered on 23 January 2015 replacing the eighth and final season of House M.D., 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 30 January 2015 and on 2 February 2015, the fourth season of Homeland premiered on 2 February 2015 airing every Monday to Friday at 11:00pm IST. The Season 4 finale of Homeland was aired on 17 February 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 18 February 2015 and was aired every Monday to Friday at 11:00pm IST with the Season 1 finale airing on 6 March 2015 and the Season 2 finale airing on 1 April 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 2 April 2015 at 11:00pm IST. The third season of Last Man Standing came to an end on 24 April 2015 and it was replaced by The Goldbergs Season 1, which premiered on 27 April 2015 at 8:30pm IST. After airing five consecutive seasons of Downton Abbey, its Season 5 finale was aired on 10 April 2015. The Mentalist Season 1 premiered on 13 April 2015. The sixth season of Castle premiered on 29 April 2015 at 11:00pm IST replacing White Collar whose series finale was aired on 28 April 2015. Starting from 28 April 2015, STAR World began to air complete latest seasons of various TV shows at one go which was titled as STAR World Weekend Binge. The first season of the courtroom drama series How to Get Away with Murder was the first to be binge-aired during the Weekend Binge on April. Monk came to an end after its eight long seasons on 3 June 2015 and was replaced by the first season of The Blacklist which was aired in its replacement starting from 4 June 2015, every Monday to Friday at 9:00 pm IST. The seventh season of Castle came to an end on 1 July 2015 followed by How to Get Away with Murder (2nd time entire first season run on the channel) which was aired on its replacement.

Programming Synopsis of 2016[edit]

The first show to debut this year on Star World India was Agent Carter (Season 1) which premiered on January 1, 2016 at 11 pm IST and was aired every Monday to Friday. The entire freshman season of the FOX horror black comedy television series Scream Queens aired on the channel on Weekend Binge block on January 2 and 3, 2016. The fourth season of Baby Daddy premiered on January 5, 2016 and was aired every Monday to Friday at 8:30 pm IST.

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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