Star Sports (Indian TV network)

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Star Sports
Star Sports India logo1.png
CountryIndia
Broadcast areaBangladesh
Bhutan
India
Maldives
Nepal
Sri Lanka
SloganBelieve
HeadquartersStar House, Urmi Estate, 95 Ganpatrao Kadam Marg, Lower Parel (West), Mumbai-400 013, India
Programming
Language(s)English
Hindi
Malayalam
Tamil
Telugu
Kannada
Bengali
Marathi
Picture format1080i HDTV
(downscaled to letterboxed 576i for the SDTV feeds)
Ownership
Owner
Sister channelsStar Sports channels
History
Launched21 August 1991; 29 years ago (21 August 1991)
Former names
Star Sports 1
  • Prime Sports (1991 – 1996)
  • Star Sports (1996 - 2013)
Star Sports 3
Star Sports Select 1 and 2
  • Star Sports Select HD1 and HD2 (2016 - 2017)
Star Sports 1 HD
  • Star Cricket HD (2011 - 2013)
Star Sports 2 HD
  • ESPN HD (2011 - 2013)
Star Sports Hindi 1
  • Star Cricket (2007 - 2013)
  • Star Sports 3
    (2013 - 2017)
Star Sports Tamil 1
  • ESPN (1995 - 2013)
  • Star Sports 4 (2013 - 2017)
Links
Websitehotstar.com/sports
Availability
Terrestrial
TV Lanka Digital TV (Sri Lanka)Channel 37 (1 HD)
Channel 38 (2 HD)
Cable
Asianet Digital TVChannel 301 (1)

Channel 302 (2)
Channel 316 (3)
Channel 303 (Select 1)
Channel 304 (Select 2)
Channel 310 (Hindi 1)
Channel 311 (Tamil 1)
Channel 315 (First)

Channel 809 (1 HD)
Channel 810 (2 HD)
Channel 811 (Hindi 1 HD)
Channel 813 (Select 1 HD)

Channel 814 (Select 2 HD)
Kerala Vision Digital TVChannel 751 (1)

Channel 752 (2)
Channel 754 (3)
Channel 756 (Select 1)
Channel 757 (Select 2)
Channel 758 (First)

Channel 851 (1 HD)
Channel 852 (2 HD)
Channel 853 (Select 1 HD)

Channel 854 (Select 2 HD)
Hathway Digital CableChannel 367 (1)

Channel 368 (2)
Channel 544 (Select 1 HD)
Channel 545 (Select 2 HD)
Channel 567 (HD1)
Channel 568 (HD2)

Channel 1130 (1 Telugu)
Satellite
Airtel Digital TVChannel 277 (1)

Channel 278 (1 HD)
Channel 279 (2)
Channel 280 (2 HD)
Channel 306 (3)
Channel 283 (Select 1)
Channel 300 (Select 1 HD)
Channel 284 (Select 2)
Channel 301 (Select 2 HD)
Channel 303 (First)
Channel 281 (1 Hindi)
Channel 282 (1 Hindi HD)
Channel 738 (Bangla 1)
Channel 803 (Tamil 1)
Channel 928 (Telugu 1)

Channel 974 (Kannada 1)
Dish TVChannel 602 (1 HD)

Channel 603 (1)
Channel 604 (2 HD)
Channel 605 (2)
Channel 650 (3)
Channel 606 (Hindi 1 HD)
Channel 607 (Hindi 1)
Channel 645 (Select 1 HD)
Channel 646 (Select 2 HD)
Channel 1865 (1 Telugu)

Channel 2410 (First)
d2hChannel 401 (1)

Channel 923 (1 HD)
Channel 403 (2)
Channel 924 (2 HD)
Channel 929 (Select 1 HD)
Channel 930 (Select 2 HD) Channel 431 (First)
Channel 405 (Hindi 1)
Channel 925 (Hindi 1 HD)
Channel 409 (Tamil 1)

Channel 750 (Telugu 1)
Sun Direct TVChannel 500 (1)

Channel 972 (1 HD)
Channel 502 (2)
Channel 974 (2 HD)
Channel 518 (3)
Channel 514 (1 Select)
Channel 987 (1 Select HD)
Channel 520 (2 Select)
Channel 988 (2 Select HD) Channel 509 (First)
Channel 503 (1 Hindi)
Channel 985 (1 Hindi HD)
Channel 504 (1 Tamil)
Channel 511 (1 Telugu)
Channel 513 (1 Kannada)

Channel 519 (1 Bangla)
Tata SkyChannel 454 (1 HD)

Channel 455 (1)
Channel 456 (2 HD)
Channel 457 (2)
Channel 458 (3)
Channel 463 (Select 1 HD)
Channel 464 (Select 1)
Channel 465 (Select 2 HD)
Channel 466 (Select 2)
Channel 497 (First)
Channel 459 (Hindi 1 HD)
Channel 460 (Hindi 1)
Channel 1350 (Bangla 1)
Channel 1551 (Tamil 1)
Channel 1421 (Telugu 1)

Channel 1638 (Kannada 1)
Siti NetworksChannel 473 (1)
Channel 474 (2)
Channel 475 (1 Hindi)
Channel 476 (Select 1)
Channel 485 (Select 2)
Channel 973 (1 HD)
Channel 974 (2 HD)
Channel 975 (Hindi 1 HD)
Channel 489 (Telugu 1)
Channel 978 (Select 1 HD)
Channel 979 (Select 2 HD)
DD Free DishChannel 77 (Star Sports First)
Dialog TV (Sri Lanka)Channel 73 (1)
Channel 74 (2)
Channel 75 (Select 1)
Channel 130 (1 HD)
Channel 132 (Select 1 HD)
Channel 133 (Select 2 HD)
Streaming media
Disney+ Hotstar(India, Indonesia, Hong Kong & Southeast Asian countries)

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

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 have since regionalised the channel with a number of versions. Later, ESPNjoined in the region as a competitor to Star Sports.

ESPN and Star Sports were competing each other across Asia.[1] But in October 1996, both channels have 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 launguage sport 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; 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.[9][10] (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,[11][12] and rebranded Star Sports as Fox Sports 2 on 15 August 2014.[13][14]

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 Star Sports 3 on 15 September 2018,[15][16][17][18] and launched Star Sports 1 Telugu and Star Sports 1 Kannada as new channels on 7 and 29 December 2018, respectively.[19][20] In the meantime, the Kannada commentary of Star Sports' coverage of 2018 Indian Premier League was broadcast on Star Suvarna.[21] Gautam Thakar is the CEO of Star Sports.[22]

Channels[edit]

Channel Language SD/HD Availability Notes
Star Sports 1 English SD+HD
Star Sports 2
Star Sports 3 English, Hindi, Bangla, Malayalam
Star Sports Select 1 English
Star Sports Select 2
Star Sports First English, Hindi
Star Sports Hindi 1 Hindi SD+HD
Star Sports Tamil 1 Tamil SD
Star Sports Telugu 1 Telugu
Star Sports Kannada 1 Kannada
Star Sports Bangla 1 Bangla

Programming[edit]

Sporting events covered by Star Sports include:

Cricket[edit]

Event Channel(s)
ICC Events (2015-2023)
  • Cricket World Cup
  • T20 World Cup
  • World Test Championship Final
Star Sports 1 (In English)
Star Sports 1 HD (In English)
Star Sports 1 Hindi
Star Sports 1 HD Hindi
Star Sports 1 Telugu
Star Sports 1 Tamil
Star Sports 1 Kannada
Star Sports 1 Bangla
Star Sports 1 Marathi
Star Sports 1 Malayalam
Indian Premier League (2018-2022)[23][24][25] Star Sports 1 (In English)
Star Sports 1 HD (In English)
Star Sports Select 1 (In English)
Star Sports Select 1 HD (In English)
Star Sports 1 Hindi
Star Sports 1 HD Hindi
Star Sports 1 Telugu
Star Sports 1 Tamil
Star Sports 1 Kannada
Star Sports 1 Bangla
Asianet Plus
Star sports 1 Marathi
Star Sports 1 Malayalam
International cricket in India (2018-2023)[26] Star Sports 1 (In English)
Star Sports 1 HD (In English)
Star Sports 1 Hindi
Star Sports 1 HD Hindi
Star Sports 1 Telugu
Star Sports 1 Tamil
Star Sports 1 Kannada
Asia Cup (2016-2023) Star Sports 1 (In English)
Star Sports 1 HD (In English)
Star Sports 1 Hindi
Star Sports 1 HD Hindi
Star Sports 1 Telugu
Star Sports 1 Tamil
Star Sports 1 Kannada
Star Sports 1 Bangla
International cricket in South Africa (2020-2024)[27] Star Sports 1 (In English)
Star Sports 1 HD (In English)
Star Sports 1 Hindi
Star Sports 1 Telugu
Star Sports 1 HD Hindi
Star Sports 1 Tamil


Non-Indian matches
Star Sports Select 1 (In English)
Star Sports Select 1 HD (In English)
Star Sports Select 2 (In English)
Star Sports Select 2 HD (In English)

Ranji Trophy (2018-2023) Star Sports 1 (in English and Hindi)
Final
Star Sports 2 (in English and Hindi)
Tamil Nadu Premier League (2016-2020) Star Sports 1 (In English)
Star Sports 1 HD (In English)
Star Sports 1 Tamil
Karnataka Premier League (2017-2019) Star Sports 2 (In English)
Star Sports 2 HD (In English)
Star Sports 1 Kannada
Global T20 Canada (2018)[28] Star Sports 2 (In English)
Star Sports 2 HD (In English)
Caribbean Premier League (2020-2021)[29] Star Sports 2 (In English)
Star Sports 2 HD (In English)
CSA T20 Challenge(2020-2024)[30] Star Sports Select 2 HD (In English)
Star Sports Select 2 (In English)

Football[edit]

Hockey[edit]

Motorsport[edit]

Event Channel(s)
Formula 1 Star Sports Select 2 & Star Sports 3
Formula E Star Sports Select 2

Tennis[edit]

Event Channel(s)
French Open Star Sports Select 1 (In English)
Star Sports Select 2 (In English)
Wimbledon Star Sports Select 1 (In English)
Star Sports Select 2 (In English)
US Open Star Sports Select 1 (In English)
Star Sports Select 2 (In English)

Badminton[edit]

Event Channel(s)
Badminton World Federation Star Sports 2 (In English)
Premier Badminton League (2013-2025) Star Sports 1 (In English)

Kabaddi[edit]

Event Channel(s)
Pro Kabaddi Star Sports First (In Hindi)
Star Sports 2 (In English)
Star Sports 2 HD (In English)
Star Sports 1 Telugu
Star Sports 1 Tamil
Star Sports 1 Marathi
Star Sports 1 Hindi
Star Sports 1 Hindi HD

MMA[edit]

Event Channel(s) Streaming
ONE Championship Star Sports Select 2 (In English) Hotstar

Extra Shows[edit]

Extra Shows for entertainment of fans air on this channel which showcase highlights of the matches and info of certain teams. They include- Vivo IPL Cricket Countdown, Close Encounters and Epic Comebacks in the IPL, Inside RCB, MI TV, Certified Chelsea, F1 Inside Tracks and The Super Kings Show.

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Fabrikant, Geraldine (4 March 1996). "Broadcasters Bet on Sports As First Step In New Markets". The New York Times. Retrieved 10 January 2019.
  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.
  8. ^ "ESPN Star Sports launches new channel". Press Trust of India. 7 March 2013. Retrieved 10 January 2019 – via Mint.
  9. ^ "Star Sports: A new logo, packaging & brand identity". Indian Television. 8 November 2013. Retrieved 10 January 2019.
  10. ^ "Star junks ESPN brand, launches Star Sports with 6 channels and website". MxM. 6 November 2013. Retrieved 10 January 2019.
  11. ^ Terrado, Reuben (9 January 2013). "ESPN fades off in Asia as Fox takes over". Spin.ph. Retrieved 8 January 2019.
  12. ^ Chan, U-Gene (24 January 2013). "ESPN network to be renamed FOX Sports in Singapore, Asia". The Straits Times. Retrieved 8 January 2019.
  13. ^ Christensen, Nic (4 July 2014). "Fox to reorganises its sports channels". Mumbrella Asia. Retrieved 8 January 2019.
  14. ^ Valisno, Jeffrey O. (26 August 2014). "Fox completes rebranding of sports channels". BusinessWorld. Retrieved 8 January 2019.
  15. ^ Bansal, Shuchi (16 November 2017). "Star India tuning out of Channel V". Mint. Retrieved 10 January 2019.
  16. ^ Bhagia, Raushni (23 August 2018). "Star India to replace Channel V with Star Sports 3". Best Media Info. Retrieved 10 January 2019.
  17. ^ "Star to launch Star Sports 3, continue sports investments: Gautam Thakar". Indian Television. 24 August 2018. Retrieved 10 January 2019.
  18. ^ "Star India to launch multi-lingual channel Star Sports 3 on 15 Sep". Television Post. 24 August 2018. Retrieved 10 January 2019.
  19. ^ "Star Sports 1 Kannada to launch on 29 Dec". Television Post. 21 December 2018. Retrieved 10 January 2019.
  20. ^ Sharma, Harsh (21 December 2018). "Star Sports Kannada all set for December 29 launch". InsideSport. Retrieved 10 January 2019.
  21. ^ Sharma, Rajender (16 March 2018). "Star Sports Kannada licence awaits clearance; IPL live on Survana". InsideSport. Retrieved 10 January 2019.
  22. ^ Laghate, Gaurav (26 December 2017). "Star India hires LivingSocial CEO Gautam Thakar to head sports business". The Economic Times. Retrieved 18 April 2019.
  23. ^ "Star Sports to show IPL 2021 matches in 8 languages". CricketZine. Retrieved 3 April 2021.
  24. ^ "Star India wins IPL rights for US $2.55 billion". ESPNcricinfo. Retrieved 4 September 2017.
  25. ^ "Five stand-out numbers from the IPL media rights sale". ESPNcricinfo. Retrieved 4 September 2017.
  26. ^ "Star Sports India bag BCCI media rights for INR 6138.1 Crore". Cricbuzz. Retrieved 5 April 2017.
  27. ^ "Star India Acquires Cricket South Africa Media Rights Till 2024". Retrieved 24 November 2020.
  28. ^ "Global T20 Canada broadcast rights bagged by Star Sports". Sportskeeda. Retrieved 28 June 2018.
  29. ^ "Hero CPL to broadcast on Star Sports in India". CPLT20. Retrieved 8 August 2018.
  30. ^ "21 CSA T20 Challenge". CricketZine. Retrieved 19 February 2021.

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