Sony Ten

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Sony Ten
Sony TEN logo.png
CountryIndia
NetworkSony Pictures Sports Network
HeadquartersMumbai, India
Programming
Language(s)Hindi
English
Malayalam
Tamil
Telugu
Picture format1080p HDTV
(downscaled to 576i 4:3 for SDTVs)
Ownership
OwnerSony Corporation Japan
ParentCulver Max Entertainment
Sister channels
History
Launched1 April 2002; 20 years ago (2002-04-01)
Former namesSony Ten 1:
Ten Sports
(2002-2016)
Ten 1
(2016-2017)
Sony Ten 2:
Zee Sports
(2005-2010)
Ten Action
(2010-2016)
Ten 2
(2016-2017)
Sony Ten 3:
Ten Cricket
(2010-2016)
Ten 3
(2016-2017)
Sony Ten Golf HD:
Ten Golf
(2012-2015)
Ten Golf HD
(2015-2017)
Sony Ten 4:
(Launched on 1st June 2021)
Links
WebsiteOfficial Website
Availability
Terrestrial
TV Lanka Digital TVChannel 41 (1 SD)
Channel 43 (2 SD)

Sony Ten is a group of Indian pay television sports channels owned by Culver Max Entertainment. It broadcasts cricket, football, golf, basketball, tennis, MMA, and professional wrestling events. It is a part of Sony Pictures Sports Network.

History[edit]

In January 2001, Taj Television Ltd. was formed in Dubai with Abdul Rehman Bukhatir of the Cricketers' Benefit Fund in Sharjah as a backer. The company launched the channel as TEN Sports (as part of its Taj Entertainment Network) on 1 April 2002.[1]

In 2006, Essel Group acquired Taj Television Ltd. and made it a part of Zee Entertainment Enterprises. However, the rights for Ten Sports in Pakistan were handed over to a company called Tower Two (Tower Sports Private Limited), another Essel Group subsidiary.[2]

In 2010, Zee rebranded another one of its sports channels, Zee Sports, as Ten Action which featured adventure sports and non-cricket content. In 2011 Zee launched a new channel called Ten Cricket, exclusively for cricket matches. In March 2016, all channels in the Zee network were rebranded as Ten 1, Ten 2, and Ten 3 respectively.

In August 2016, Sony Pictures Networks India acquired all of the sports channels under Zee from Essel. The agreement was signed in September 2016 and the acquisition was planned to be two-phased. With the completion of the first phase of the purchase Sony gained control of Indian sports channels once owned by Zee, which was completed in February 2017.[3][4] With the completion of the second phase, Sony gained access to the remaining sports properties owned by Zee in September 2017.[5][6]

On 18 July 2017, the sports channels were rebranded under the Sony umbrella with "Sony" added as a prefix, in addition to the launch of the HD simulcasts.[7]

Current channels[edit]

Channel Original Language Audio Feed Resolution
Sony Ten 1 English 5.1 Surround Sound SD+HD
Sony Ten 2 English 5.1 Surround Sound
Sony Ten 3 Hindi 5.1 Surround Sound
Sony Ten 4 Tamil, Telugu 5.1 Surround Sound
Release timeline
2002Sony Ten 1
2003
2004
2005Sony Ten 2
2006
2007
2008
2009
2010Sony Ten 3
2011
2012
2013
2014
2015
2016
2017
2018
2019
2020
2021Sony Ten 4

Sony Ten 1[edit]

It broadcasts events from the World Athletics Championships, Asian Games, Commonwealth Games and Sukma Games. Its programming schedule also consists on live coverage of the tennis, rallying, horse racing, beach volleyball events and basketball. WWE Raw (along with the 30-minute pre-show) and WWE SmackDown are currently broadcast live weekly, along with NXT, Main Event, WWE Sunday Dhamaal and (generally) monthly pay-per-view specials.[8]

Sony Ten 2[edit]

It broadcasts football matches from European football leagues such as Bundesliga of Germany and MMA pramotion Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) of USA in English commentary.[9]

Sony Ten 3[edit]

It airs cricket matches from the Pakistan, Sri Lanka, England and Australia cricket boards. Usually these are broadcast in Hindi.[10] It also broadcasts football matches.[11][12] Sony Ten 3 and Sony Ten 3 HD broadcasts UFC matches in SD and HD format respectively in Hindi language.

Sony Ten 4[edit]

It was launched on June 1, 2021 in order to broadcast a mix of cricket, soccer, WWE and Olympics events in Tamil and Telugu.

Former channels[edit]

Sony Ten Golf[edit]

It was an HD, golf-focused channel launched on 7 October 2015. It had the broadcasting rights to the European Tour, Asian Tour, Ryder Cup, LPGA Tour, Royal Trophy, US PGA Championship, Senior PGA Championship, Professional Golf Tour of India, and Ladies European Tour.[13] The channel was closed on 31 December 2018.

Sony Ten Golf

Programming rights[edit]

Tennis[edit]

Football[edit]

National teams[edit]

Clubs[edit]

MMA[edit]

Pro-wrestling[edit]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ TEN Sports to hit airwaves on April 1. afaqs.com. 26 March 2002.
  2. ^ Correspondent, Our (23 July 2020). "Indian monopoly over Pakistan Cricket broadcast rights". ScoreLine. Retrieved 13 September 2021.
  3. ^ Menon, Bindu. "Sony Pictures acquires Ten Sports for $385 m". @businessline. Retrieved 16 July 2021.
  4. ^ "Zee completes 1st phase of sale of TEN sports to Sony Pictures". The Financial Express. 28 February 2017. Retrieved 16 July 2021.
  5. ^ PTI. "Zee Entertainment completes sale of TEN Sports to Sony". @businessline. Retrieved 16 July 2021.
  6. ^ "ZEE Entertainment Completes Sale Of TEN Sports To Sony". Moneycontrol. Retrieved 16 July 2021.
  7. ^ "Sony rebrands sports business; launches 2 new HD channels". The Economic Times. Retrieved 3 July 2021.
  8. ^ "Sony Ten 1 TV Programmes, Popular Shows". The Times of India trwtu. Retrieved 22 August 2017.
  9. ^ "UFC 264 , Dustin Poriee vs Conor McGregor". Indian express.
  10. ^ "West Indies Cricket Board production and International broadcast rights from 2012-2019 contract". www.espncricinfo.com.
  11. ^ Shah, Kartik (23 March 2017). "Ten 3 Broadcast Emirates T20 Live Telecast in India, UAE, Pakistan country". Sports24Hour.com. Retrieved 3 December 2017..
  12. ^ "Sony Ten 3 TV Programmes, Popular Shows". The Times of India. Retrieved 22 August 2017.
  13. ^ "Sony Ten 1 HD TV Programmes, Popular Shows". The Times of India. Retrieved 22 August 2017.
  14. ^ "Australian open live streaming details". DNA India.
  15. ^ "Copa America deal expands Sony Pictures Networks India's soccer portfolio - SportsPro Media". www.sportspromedia.com. 21 April 2021. Retrieved 19 August 2021.