Zee TV

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Zee TV-2018.png
HeadquartersMumbai, Maharashtra, India
Picture format1080i HDTV
(downscaled to letterboxed 576i for the SDTV feed)
OwnerEssel Group
Sister channelsSee list of channels owned by ZEEL
Launched2 October 1992; 28 years ago (1992-10-02)
Asianet Digital (India)Channel 514 (SD)
Channel 854 (HD)
Kerala Vision Digital TV (Kerala)Channel 204 (SD)
Channel 828 (HD)
Airtel digital TVChannel 108(SD)
Channel 109 (HD)
Tata SkyChannel 143 (SD)
Channel 141 (HD)
Channel 142 (HD+)
Dish TVChannel 118 (SD)
Channel 110 (HD)
d2hChannel 103 (SD)
Channel 102 (HD)
Sun DirectChannel 308 (SD)
Channel 876 (HD)

Zee TV (stylized as ZEE TV) is a Hindi-language general entertainment pay television channel based in India, owned by Zee Entertainment Enterprises, a subsidiary of the Essel Group. It is associated with several other sister channels which provide services in other Indian regional languages.[1]

The chairman of the group is Subhash Chandra, who is a member of the Rajya Sabha.[2] It was launched on October 2, 1992, as the flagship channel of Zee Telefilms Ltd (now Zee Entertainment Enterprises). It is India's oldest Hindi-language pay television channel.[3]


In 1982, Essel Group's Empire Holding Ltd. was renamed to Zee Telefilms Ltd, as part of the Essel Group venture into mass media and entertainment.[1] Zee TV was launched on October 2, 1992, as the flagship channel of the company.[4] It began full-day broadcasts in 1993.[5] Zee Telefilms Ltd was renamed into the Zee Entertainment Enterprises Ltd on January 10, 2007, which continues to operate the entertainment channels of the Zee Network.[1] In 2013, Zee TV, along with its sister channels, went over a branding overhaul.[6] On 15 October 2017, coinciding Zee's twenty-five year silver jubilee, all of its channels rebranded. On 30 May 2021, Zee TV planned to revamp its look and air four new television series, but because of the COVID-19 pandemic, it was postponed.[7]Later, Zee TV planned to revamp on 23 August 2021 launching 2 new shows - Rishton Ka Manjha and Meet.

TV Channels[edit]

The Zee Entertainment Enterprises Ltd is the mass media company which operates the Zee Network, most of which are subscription based with some exceptions. Zee TV is the flagship channel of the company. The Zee Network consists of a number channels in the genres of general entertainment, movies, lifestyle and travel.[8][9] The Zee Entertainment Enterprises also operates a number of channels under sister brands such as "&", "Big".[10]

Present channels[edit]

Channel Language Category SD/HD availability Notes
Zee TV Hindi General Entertainment SD+HD
& TV
Zee Anmol SD
Zindagi TV Broadcast only through ZEE5
Big Magic General Entertainment for Kids To be rebranded as Zee Josh soon.[11]
Zing Music Formerly Zee Music
Rebranded as Zee Jashn soon
Zee Cinema Movies SD+HD
Zee Action SD
Zee Bollywood
Zee Classic
&pictures SD+HD
&xplor HD HD
Zee Anmol Cinema SD
Zee Ganga Bhojpuri General Entertainment Formerly Big Ganga
Zee Biskope Movies
Zee Café English General Entertainment SD+HD Formerly Zee English
&flix Movies Formerly Zee Studio
&privé HD HD
Zee Zest Hindi, English Lifestyle SD+HD Replaced Living Foodz
Zee Marathi Marathi General Entertainment SD+HD Formerly Alpha TV Marathi
Zee Yuva SD
Zee Talkies Movies SD+HD
Zee Chitramandir SD
Zee Vajwa Music
Zee Tamil Tamil General Entertainment SD+HD
Zee Thirai Movies SD HD version coming soon
Zee Telugu Telugu General Entertainment SD+HD Formerly Alpha TV Telugu
Zee Cinemalu Movies
Zee Keralam Malayalam General Entertainment
Zee Kannada Kannada
Zee Picchar Movies SD HD version coming soon
Zee Bangla Bengali General Entertainment SD+HD Formerly Alpha TV Bangla
Zee Bangla Cinema Movies SD
Zee Sarthak Odia General Entertainment Formerly Sarthak TV
Zee Punjabi Punjabi Formerly Alpha TV Punjabi
Zee News Hindi News SD
Zee Hindustan
Zee Business
Zee Bihar Jharkhand
Zee Rajasthan
Zee Uttar Pradesh Uttarakhand
Zee Madhya Pradesh Chhattisgarh
Zee Punjab Haryana Himachal
WION English
Zee 24 Ghanta Bengali
Zee 24 Taas Marathi
Zee 24 Kalak Gujarati
Zee Odisha Odia
Zee Salaam Urdu

International channels[edit]

Channel Language Category Notes
Zee World English General Entertainment
Zee Smile Comedy
Zee Bollynova General Entertainment
Zee Bollymovies Movies
Zee Magic French General Entertainment
Zee One German Defunct
Zee Bioskop Indonesian
Zee Mundo Spanish Movies
Zee Sine Filipino
Zee Alwan Arabic General Entertainment
Zee Aflam Movies
Zee Bing Thai General Entertainment
Zee Nung Movies
Zee Phim Vietnamese

Defunct/former channels[edit]

Channel Language Category SD/HD availability Notes
Zee Next Hindi General Entertainment SD
Zee Smile Formerly known as Smile TV
Zee Premier Movies Formerly known as Premier Cinema
ZeeQ Kids
Zee ETC Bollywood Music Formerly known as ETC, then ETC Bollywood
Zee Khana Khazana Lifestyle Replaced with Living Foodz
Zee Studio English Movies Formerly known as Zee MGM, then Zee Movie Zone
Zee Select Formerly known as MX
Zee Trendz Lifestyle Formerly known as Trendz TV
Zee Sports Hindi Sports
Zee Gujarati Gujarati General Entertainment Formerly known as Alpha TV Gujarati
Living Foodz English, Hindi Lifestyle SD+HD Replaced with Zee Zest
Living Travelz SD
Zee ETC Punjabi Punjabi General Entertainment Formerly known as ETC Punjabi
Zee 24 Gantalu Telugu News
9X Hindi General Entertainment Acquired from 9X Media


The channel mostly airs content intended for family and coming-of-age generations ranging from comedy to drama.[12] It has also aired reality shows such as En Vidya Nokki,[13] Sa Re Ga Ma Pa,[14] I Can Do That,[15] India's Best Cinestars Ki Khoj,[16] and Dance India Dance.[17]

Zee TV launched a Nickelodeon-branded programming block in 1999 as part of a distribution deal between Viacom International and Zee Entertainment Enterprises. It was replaced by a new Cartoon Network block in 2002.[18][19]

Zee Rishtey Awards[edit]

Since 2007, the channel has presented an annual award show, the Zee Rishtey Awards, to performers on its show based on their popularity.[20] Nominations for the awards are declared by the channel. The winners are selected through voting that is made online and through SMS.[21][22][23]


Sonu Nigam alleged that he was banned by the Zee Network after he tweeted in support of politician Dr. Kumar Vishwas.[24][25][26]


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  2. ^ Mohan, Archis (1 June 2016). "Subhash Chandra bets on BJP support for Rajya Sabha entry". Business Standard India. Retrieved 24 February 2020.
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  5. ^ Bansal, Shuchi; Sheikh, Aminah (29 September 2012). "There and back again: Subhash Chandra and the Zee TV story". Livemint. Retrieved 26 February 2020.
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  12. ^ "17 New serials are to be launched". IT Team. indianrelevision.com. 9 March 2001. Retrieved 19 December 2015.
  13. ^ Sapna, Nair (14 June 2006). "Action and adventure to rule Zee's prime slot". afaqs news bureau. afaqs. Retrieved 19 December 2015.
  14. ^ Prachi, Shrivastava (18 December 2014). "Zee TV hikes ad rates for Sa Re Ga Ma Pa Li'l Champs 5". afaqs news bureau. afaqs. Retrieved 19 December 2015.
  15. ^ "After Oye! It's Friday, Farhan Akhtar is returning to TV". Hindustan Times. 27 August 2015. Archived from the original on 29 August 2015. Retrieved 5 September 2015.
  16. ^ "Zee launches star hunt 'India's Best Cinestars Ki Khoj'". Indiantelevision.com. 21 April 2004.
  17. ^ "DID Little Masters tops the flock; Zee slips back to No. 3". afaqs news bureau. afaqs. 4 May 2012. Retrieved 19 December 2015.
  18. ^ "ZEE TV TO LAUNCH NICKELODEON". 11 October 1999. Retrieved 21 June 2017.
  19. ^ "Cartoon Network block replaces Nick on Zee TV". 14 August 2002. Retrieved 19 September 2017.
  20. ^ Correspondent, After Hrs (15 March 2010). "'Zee TV' ratings soar this week". DNA India.
  21. ^ "Zee Rishtey Awards celebrate 20 years of channel – Times of India". The Times of India.
  22. ^ Srivastava, Priyanka (1 December 2014). "TV stars shine at Zee Rishtey Awards in Mumbai". India Today.
  23. ^ Aamir, S. m (29 November 2013). "Celebrating relationships" – via www.thehindu.com.
  24. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 1 May 2015. Retrieved 29 April 2015.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  25. ^ "News18.com: CNN News18 Latest News, Breaking News India, Current News Headlines". Ibnlive.in.com. Archived from the original on 1 May 2015. Retrieved 16 July 2017.
  26. ^ "Sonu Nigam accuses music company of announcing ban on him". India Today. 29 April 2015. Retrieved 8 October 2018.

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