Viacom 18

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Viacom 18 Media Pvt. Limited
Joint venture
FoundedNovember 2007
HeadquartersMumbai, India[1]
Key people
Rahul Joshi (CEO)
OwnersNetwork18 Group (51%)
ViacomCBS Networks EMEAA (49%)
SubsidiariesViacom18 US
Viacom18 Media
The Indian Film Company[2]
Viacom 18 Motion Pictures

Viacom 18 Media Pvt. Limited is an Indian joint venture operation between TV18 and ViacomCBS based in Mumbai.[3] It was founded in November 2007 and owns various channels of ViacomCBS, as well as various consumer products in India.

In January 2010, Viacom 18 went international with the launch of Colors in the United States. The channel is called Aapka Colors. In July 2010, it got into 50/50 distribution joint venture with Sun Network to form Sun 18.[4] In December 2011, Viacom 18 launched Nickelodeon Sonic, targeting young adults.[5] The company also owns Viacom18 Motion Pictures. On 31 January 2018, TV18 announced its acquisition of Viacom's majority in the joint venture, taking operational control and leaving Viacom with minority interest.[6] On 1 October 2019, Viacom 18 launched Colors HD in Malaysia on Astro Malaysia; every serial will be served with Malay and English subtitles.[citation needed]

Viacom18 is currently led by Rahul Joshi, who is also MD, Network18.[7]



Channel Language Category SD/HD availability Notes
Colors Hindi General Entertainment SD+HD
Colors Rishtey Hindi General Entertainment SD only
Rishtey Cineplex Hindi Movies SD only
Colors Cineplex Hindi Movies SD+HD
Colors Infinity English General Entertainment SD+HD
Comedy Central English General Entertainment, Comedy SD+HD
MTV Hindi, English Youth, reality SD+HD
MTV Beats Hindi Music SD+HD
VH1 English Music SD+HD
Nick Hindi, English (primary)
Various Indian languages
Kids SD+HD
Nick Jr. Hindi, English Kids, pre-schoolers SD only
Nickelodeon Sonic Hindi
Various Indian languages
Kids, Young teens SD only
Colors Bangla Bengali General Entertainment SD+HD
Colors Bangla Cinema Bengali Movies SD only
Colors Gujarati Gujarati General Entertainment SD only
Colors Gujarati Cinema Gujarati Movies SD only
Colors Kannada Kannada General Entertainment SD+HD
Colors Super Kannada General Entertainment SD only
Colors Kannada Cinema Kannada Movies SD only
Colors Marathi Marathi General Entertainment SD+HD
Colors Tamil Tamil General Entertainment SD+HD
Colors Odia Odia General Entertainment SD only

Upcoming Channels[edit]

Channel Language Category SD/HD availability Notes
Rishtey Bhojpuri Bhojpuri General Entertainment/Movies SD Still in test mode as BDM Bhojpuri
Colors Punjabi Punjabi General Entertainment SD+HD Launching Soon in 2021
Colors Telugu Telugu General Entertainment SD+HD Launching Soon in 2021
Colors Malayalam Malayalam General Entertainment SD+HD Launching Soon in 2020 December 20


See also[edit]


  1. ^ "Viacom18 Media Pvt. Ltd". Archived from the original on 23 October 2011. Retrieved 27 July 2010.
  2. ^
  3. ^ "Corporate restructure complete for India's Network18". Retrieved 10 August 2017.
  4. ^ "Beefing Up The Bouquet". Retrieved 10 August 2011.
  5. ^ "Viacom18 launches its new channel 'sonic' in India". India Infoline. 5 December 2011. Retrieved 26 December 2011.
  6. ^ "TV18 to increase stake to 51% in Viacom18, the JV with Viacom Inc". Viacom18. 31 January 2018. Retrieved 31 January 2018.
  7. ^ India, Press Trust of (14 April 2020). "Sudhanshu resigns as Viacom MD; Rahul Joshi gets additional charge". Business Standard India. Retrieved 16 April 2020.

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