Star Sports (Indian TV network)

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Star Sports Network
Star Sports India logo1.png
CountryIndia
Broadcast areaSouth Asia
NetworkDisney Star
HeadquartersStar House, Urmi Estate, 95 Ganpatrao Kadam Marg, Lower Parel (West), Mumbai-400 013, India and Sector 16A, Film City, Noida, India
Programming
Language(s)Hindi
Bengali
English
Kannada
Malayalam
Marathi
Tamil
Telugu
Picture format1080p HDTV, (downscaled to letterboxed 720p for the SDTV feeds)
Ownership
OwnerThe Walt Disney Company India
History
Launched21 August 1991; 31 years ago (21 August 1991)
Links
WebsiteOfficial website
TV Schedule
Availability
Streaming media
Disney+ Hotstar(India, Canada, United States, United Kingdom and parts of Southeast Asia)

Star Sports (Formerly ESPN Star Sports) is a group of Indian multinational pay television sports channels owned by Disney Star (formerly Star India), a subsidiary of The Walt Disney Company India. Previously a part of ESPN Star Sports with its operations based in Singapore, Star India took over the Indian business and relaunched channels under the unified Star Sports brand in 2013.

History[edit]

Hong Kong-based Star TV launched Prime Sports (later renamed Star Sports) in partnership with American company TCI, which owned Prime-branded regional sports channels. The channel was broadcast across Asia, including India, as with the footprint of AsiaSat 7. Star TV has since regionalized the channel with several versions. Later, ESPN joined the region as a competitor to Star Sports.

ESPN and Star Sports were competing against each other across Asia.[1] But in October 1996, both channels agreed to combine their operations in the region.[2] As a result, a joint venture named ESPN Star Sports was formed, to be headquartered in Singapore.[3] The joint venture's business in India was managed by its subsidiary, ESPN Software India Private Limited.

In June 2012, it was announced that News Corporation would buy ESPN International's share in ESPN Star Sports.[4][5] In 2013, Star India acquired ESPN Software India from ESPN Star Sports,[6] but kept ESPN brand for a while.[7] ESPN International later established a partnership with what is now Sony Pictures Networks India in October 2015, and relaunched Sony Kix as Sony ESPN in January 2016. Sony ESPN was shut down in March 2020.

On 11 March 2013, Star Sports 2, a Hindi language sports channel, was launched as a sister channel to Star Sports, Star Cricket and ESPN.[8]

On 6 November 2013, Star India relaunched its sports channels under Star Sports brand: Star Sports became Star Sports 1;[9] Star Cricket became Star Sports 3, a Hindi language channel; ESPN became Star Sports 4, a Tamil language channel; Star Cricket HD and ESPN HD became Star Sports HD1 and HD2 respectively.[10][11] (Star Sports 3 and 4 were later renamed Star Sports 1 Hindi and 1 Tamil, respectively.) This was in contrast to Hong Kong, Taiwan and Southeast Asia, where Fox International Channels Asia Pacific relaunched ESPN as Fox Sports on 28 January 2013,[12][13] and rebranded Star Sports as Fox Sports 2 on 15 August 2014.[14][15]

Star India planned to replace the troubled Channel V India with Star Sports 1 Kannada on 16 November 2017, but the delay in regulatory approval meant the plan was postponed. Later, Star India replaced Channel V into the current iteration of Star Sports 3 on 15 September 2018,[16][17][18][19] and launched Star Sports 1 Telugu and Star Sports 1 Kannada as new channels on 7 and 29 December 2018, respectively.[20][21] In the meantime, the Kannada commentary of Star Sports' coverage of Indian Premier League was broadcast on Star Suvarna.[22] Sanjog Gupta is the CEO of Star Sports.[23]

Channels[edit]

On-Air Channels[edit]

Channels Languages SD/HD Availability Notes
Star Sports 1 English SD+HD
Star Sports 2
Star Sports 3 Hindi
Bengali
English
Malayalam
SD
Star Sports Select 1 English SD+HD
Star Sports Select 2
Star Sports 1 Hindi Hindi
Star Sports 1 Kannada Kannada SD HD Version Launching Soon
Star Sports 1 Tamil Tamil
Star Sports 1 Telugu Telugu
Star Sports 1 Bangla Bengali Discontinued Soon
Star Sports 1 Marathi Marathi
Star Sports First Hindi, English

Off-Air Channels[edit]

Channels Languages SD/HD Availability Notes
Star Cricket Hindi, English SD+HD Replaced by Star Sports 3
ESPN English Replaced by Star Sports 4
Star Sports 4 Replaced by Star Sports 1 Tamil

Programming[edit]

Sports events rights acquired by Star Sports and Star Sports Select:-

Professional Badminton Leagues[edit]

Events Host Channels Streaming
Premier Badminton League:-

(2022–2025)

 India Star Sports Select 1 HD (In English)
Star Sports Select 2 HD (In English)
Disney+ Hotstar (India Only)

Indian Domestic Cricket[edit]

Events Host Channels Streaming
1) Ranji Trophy:- 2022–23
 India Star Sports 1 HD (In English and Hindi
Star Sports Select 1 HD (In English)
Final
Star Sports 2 HD (In English and Hindi)
Disney+ Hotstar (India Only)
2) Syed Mushtaq Ali Trophy:-2022–23
 India Star Sports 1 HD (In English And Hindi) Disney+ Hotstar (India Only)

Other Domestic Cricket[edit]

Events Host Channels Streaming
1) CSA T20 Challenge:-
(2022–2024)
2022–23

2023–24

 South Africa Star Sports Select 2 HD (In English) Disney+ Hotstar (India Only)

Domestic Cricket Leagues[edit]

Events Host Channels Streaming
Men's:-
Andhra Premier League

2022

 India Star Sports 1 Telugu HD Only TV Rights
Maharaja T20 Trophy

2022

 India Star Sports 2 HD (In English)
Star Sports 1 Kannada HD
Only TV Rights
Saurashtra Premier League:-

2023

 India Star Sports 1 HD (English)
Star Sports 2 HD (English)
Disney+ Hotstar (India Only)
Tamil Nadu Premier League:-

2023

 India Star Sports 2 HD (In English)
Star Sports 1 Tamil HD
Only TV Rights

International Cricket[edit]

Events Channels Streaming
International Cricket Council:-
(2022–2027)
2023 ICC World Test Championship Final
2023 Cricket World Cup Qualifier
2023 Cricket World Cup
2022 ICC Men's T20 World Cup
2024 ICC Men's T20 World Cup
2022 ICC Under-19 Cricket World Cup
2022 Women's Cricket World Cup
2022 ICC Women's T20 World Cup Qualifier
2023 ICC Women's T20 World Cup

2023 ICC Under-19 Women's T20 World Cup

Star Sports 1 HD (In English)
Star Sports 2 HD (In English)
Star Sports 3 HD (In Hindi)
Star Sports 1 Hindi HD
Star Sports 1 Kannada HD
Star Sports 1 Tamil HD
Star Sports 1 Telugu HD
Star Sports Select 2 HD (In English)
Disney+ Hotstar (India Only)

Continental Cricket[edit]

Events Channels Streaming
Asian Cricket Council:-
(2022–2023)
Asia Cup:-
2023
Women's Asia Cup:-
2022
ACC Under-19 Cup:-

2021

Star Sports 1 HD (In English)
Star Sports 1 Hindi HD
Star Sports 1 Kannada HD
Star Sports 1 Tamil HD
Star Sports 1 Telugu HD
Disney+ Hotstar (India Only)

Country Cricket[edit]

Events Channels Streaming
International Cricket In India:-
(2022–2023)
Star Sports 1 HD (In English)
Star Sports 1 Hindi HD
Star Sports 1 Kannada HD
Star Sports 1 Tamil HD
Star Sports 1 Telugu HD
Disney+ Hotstar (India Only)
International Cricket In Australia:-
(2024–2031)
  • Men's:-
  • Women's:-
Star Sports 1 HD (In English)
Star Sports 1 Hindi HD
Star Sports 1 Kannada HD
Star Sports 1 Tamil HD
Star Sports 1 Telugu HD
Non-Indian Matches:-
Star Sports Select 1 HD (In English)
Star Sports Select 2 HD (In English)
Disney+ Hotstar (India Only)
International Cricket In South Africa:-
(2022–2024)
  • Men's:-
  • Women's:-
Star Sports 1 HD (In English)
Star Sports 1 Hindi HD
Star Sports 1 Kannada HD
Star Sports 1 Tamil HD
Star Sports 1 Telugu HD
Non-Indian Matches:-
Star Sports Select 1 HD (In English)
Star Sports Select 2 HD (In English)
Disney+ Hotstar (India Only)

Professional Cricket Leagues[edit]

Events Channels Streaming
Men's:-

1) Indian Premier League:-

(2023–2027)
2023
2024
2025
2026

2027

Star Sports 1 HD (In English)
Star Sports 2 HD (In English)
Star Sports Select 1 HD (In English)
Star Sports 1 Hindi HD (In Hindi, Tamil, Telugu)
Star Sports 1 Kannada HD
Star Sports 1 Tamil HD
Star Sports 1 Telugu HD
Star Gold HD (In Hindi)
Star Gold 2 HD (In Hindi)
Only TV Rights
2 ) Caribbean Premier League:-
(2022–2023)

2022

Star Sports 2 HD (In English) Only TV Rights
Women's:-

1) Women's T20 Challenge:-

(2023–2027)

2023

Star Sports 1 HD (In English)
Star Sports 2 HD (In English)
Star Sports Select 1 HD (In English)
Star Sports 1 Hindi HD (In Hindi, Tamil, Telugu)
Star Sports 1 Kannada HD
Star Sports 1 Tamil HD
Star Sports 1 Telugu HD
Disney+ Hotstar (India Only)
Legends League Cricket Season 2[24](2022)

Continental Football[edit]

Events Channels Streaming
1) Asian Football Confederation:-
1) AFC Cup:- (Matches of Indian Clubs)

2022

Star Sports 3 HD (In Bangla, English, Malayalam) Disney+ Hotstar (India Only)

Professional Football Leagues[edit]

Events Host Channels Streaming
Indian Super League:-
(2022–2023)
2022–23

2023–24

 India Star Sports 1 HD (In English)
Star Sports 1 Hindi HD
Star Sports 2 HD (In English)
Star Sports 3 (In Bengali, Kannada, Malayalam, Tamil, Telugu)
Star Sports Select 1 HD (In English)
Disney+ Hotstar (India Only)
Premier League:-
(2022–2025)
2022–23
2023–24

2024–25

 England Star Sports 2 HD (In English)
Star Sports 3 (In Bengali, English, Kannada, Malayalam)
Star Sports Select 1 HD (In English)
Star Sports Select 2 HD (In English)
Disney+ Hotstar (India Only)

International Hockey[edit]

Events Channels Streaming
International Hockey Federation:-
(2022–2023)
1) Men's FIH Pro League:-
2022–23
2) Women's FIH Pro League:-

2022–23

Star Sports 1 HD (In English)
Star Sports 1 Hindi HD
Star Sports Select 1 HD (In English)
Star Sports Select 2 HD (In English)
Disney+ Hotstar (India Only)

MotorSport Racing[edit]

Events Channels
Formula One
(2022–2023)

2022 Formula One World Championship

Star Sports Select 2 HD (In English)
Formula Two
(2022–2023)

2022 Formula 2 Championship

Star Sports Select 2 HD (In English)
Formula E Star Sports Select 1 HD (In English)
Star Sports Select 2 HD

Professional Kabaddi Leagues[edit]

Events Host Channels Streaming
Men's:-

Pro Kabaddi League:-

(2022–2023)

2022–23

 India Star Sports 1 HD (In English)
Star Sports 2 HD (In English)
Star Sports 1 Hindi HD
Star Sports 1 Kannada HD
Star Sports 1 Tamil HD
Star Sports 1 Telugu HD
Disney+ Hotstar (India Only)

Mixed Martial Arts[edit]

Events Host Channels Streaming
ONE Championship:-
 Thailand

 Singapore

Star Sports Select 1 HD (In English)
Star Sports Select 2 HD (In English)
Disney+ Hotstar (India Only)

Grand Slam Tennis[edit]

Events Host Channels Streaming
Wimbledon:-

2023

 United Kingdom Star Sports Select 1 HD (In English)
Star Sports Select 2 HD (In English)
Disney+ Hotstar (India Only)

See also[edit]

References[edit]

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  2. ^ "Rival sport channels ESPN, Star TV team up together". Advertising Age. 9 October 1996. Retrieved 11 January 2019.
  3. ^ Sullivan, Maureen (15 January 1997). "Asian TV team christens venture ESPN Star Sports". Variety. Retrieved 11 January 2019.
  4. ^ Szalai, Georg (6 June 2012). "News Corp. to Buy Out ESPN's Stake in Asian TV Venture". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved 8 January 2019.
  5. ^ Steel, Emily (7 June 2012). "News Corp to take over ESPN Star Sports". Financial Times. Retrieved 8 January 2019.
  6. ^ "ESPN STAR Sports to be under STAR in India". Business Standard. 28 January 2013. Retrieved 8 January 2019.
  7. ^ Engineer, Tariq (31 January 2013). "As ESPN turns to Fox, expect more local Indian sports programming". Firstpost. Retrieved 8 January 2019.
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  9. ^ "STAR SPORTS 1 LIVE - STAR SPORTS 1 HINDI TV". Retrieved 24 February 2022.
  10. ^ "Star Sports: A new logo, packaging & brand identity". Indian Television. 8 November 2013. Retrieved 10 January 2019.
  11. ^ "Star junks ESPN brand, launches Star Sports with 6 channels and website". MxM. 6 November 2013. Retrieved 10 January 2019.
  12. ^ Terrado, Reuben (9 January 2013). "ESPN fades off in Asia as Fox takes over". Spin.ph. Retrieved 8 January 2019.
  13. ^ Chan, U-Gene (24 January 2013). "ESPN network to be renamed FOX Sports in Singapore, Asia". The Straits Times. Retrieved 8 January 2019.
  14. ^ Christensen, Nic (4 July 2014). "Fox to reorganises its sports channels". Mumbrella Asia. Retrieved 8 January 2019.
  15. ^ Valisno, Jeffrey O. (26 August 2014). "Fox completes rebranding of sports channels". BusinessWorld. Retrieved 8 January 2019.
  16. ^ Bansal, Shuchi (16 November 2017). "Star India tuning out of Channel V". Mint. Retrieved 10 January 2019.
  17. ^ Bhagia, Raushni (23 August 2018). "Star India to replace Channel V with Star Sports 3". Best Media Info. Retrieved 10 January 2019.
  18. ^ "Star to launch Star Sports 3, continue sports investments: Gautam Thakar". Indian Television. 24 August 2018. Retrieved 10 January 2019.
  19. ^ "Star India to launch multi-lingual channel Star Sports 3 on 15 Sep". Television Post. 24 August 2018. Retrieved 10 January 2019.
  20. ^ "Star Sports 1 Kannada to launch on 29 Dec". Television Post. 21 December 2018. Retrieved 10 January 2019.
  21. ^ Sharma, Harsh (21 December 2018). "Star Sports Kannada all set for December 29 launch". InsideSport. Retrieved 10 January 2019.
  22. ^ Sharma, Rajender (16 March 2018). "Star Sports Kannada licence awaits clearance; IPL live on Survana". InsideSport. Retrieved 10 January 2019.
  23. ^ Laghate, Gaurav (26 December 2017). "Star India hires LivingSocial CEO Gautam Thakar to head sports business". The Economic Times. Retrieved 18 April 2019.
  24. ^ "Star Sports India announced as the Official Broadcast Partner for Legends League Cricket". Legends League Cricket. Retrieved 10 September 2022.

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