StarPlus is an Indian pay television channel owned by Star India.[1] The network's programming consists of family dramas, comedies, youth-oriented reality shows, shows on crime and television films.[1] It is also distributed internationally by The Walt Disney Company India, subsidiary of The Walt Disney Company.[1]

StarPlus logo.jpg
Launched21 February 1992; 27 years ago (1992-02-21)
Owned byStar India
(The Walt Disney Company India)
Picture format1080i HDTV
(downscaled to letterboxed 480i/576i for the SDTV feed)
SloganRishta Wahi, Baat Nayi
Broadcast areaInternational
HeadquartersMumbai, Maharashtra
ReplacedStar Plus
Sister channel(s)Star Bharat
Star Utsav
Star Utsav Movies
Star Gold
Star Gold Select
Movies OK
Star Movies
Star Movies Select
Star World
Star World Premiere
Star Jalsha
Star Jalsha Movies
Star Pravah
Asianet Plus
Asianet Movies
Star Maa
Star Maa Movies
Star Maa Gold
Star Maa Music
Star Suvarna
Star Suvarna Plus
Star Vijay
Star Vijay Super
Nat Geo
Nat Geo Wild
Nat Geo People
Nat Geo Music
Baby TV
Star Sports
Disney Channel
Disney International HD
Disney Junior
Marvel HQ
Hungama TV
UTV Movies
UTV Action
StarTimes (Africa)Channel 506
Videocon D2HChannel 101 (SD)
Channel 902 (HD)
DSTV (Sub-Saharan Africa)channel 453
Dish TVChannel 113 (SD)
Channel 112 (HD)
Dish Home (Nepal)Channel 201 (SD)
Channel 903 (HD)
StarSat (South Africa)Channel 552
Sky (UK & Ireland)Channel 705 (HD)
Channel 883 (SD)
Dialog TV (Sri Lanka)Channel 105
CanalSat Maurice (Mauritius)Channel 148
OSN (Middle East and North Africa)Channel 275
SKY TV (New Zealand)Channel 150
Vision Asia (Australia and New Zealand)Channel 5
Channel 108 (Selection Programs Only)
Tata SkyChannel 117 (SD)
Channel 115 (HD)
Channel 116 (HD +1)
Channel 845
Cignal Digital TVChannel 173
Airtel Digital TVChannel 105 (SD)
Channel 106 (HD)
Reliance Digital TVChannel 206 (SD)
Channel 230 (HD)
Sun DirectChannel 306 (SD)
Channel 872 (HD)
DEN NetworksChannel 101
Cable TV Hong KongChannel 857
Sreedevi digitalChannel 201
HathwayChannel 1
Asianet Digital TVChannel 501 (SD)
Channel 848 (HD)
SkyCable/Destiny Cable(Philippines)Channel 128 (Digital)
StarHub TV (Singapore)Channel 126
Virgin Media (UK)Channel 803 (HD)
First Media (Indonesia)Channel 171
Cablelink (Philippines)Channel 246 (Digital)
Ziggo (Netherlands)Channel 760
Singtel TV (Singapore)Channel 656
My.T (Mauritius)Channel 33
PEO TV (Sri Lanka)Channel 88
Now TV (Hong Kong)Channel 794
Macau Cable TV (Macau)Channel 524
World On Demand (Japan)Channel 711


When it was first launched on 21 February 1992,[1] StarPlus was an English-language television channel showing international TV shows from the U.S., the UK and Australia, with Zee TV being the Hindi-language counterpart.[2] However, after Star ended its relationship with Zee TV, Star Plus was transformed into a Hindi-language channel, with Star World becoming the network's English-language counterpart channel.[3]

In 2000, the company's CEO Sameer Nair and programming chief Tarun Katial introduced a number of new shows, which helped to solidify the channel's position as the leader in the Hindi-language television broadcasting area.[4]

It launched in the United States in November 2004.[5]

In 12 July 2010, it underwent a rebranding along with a change in the logo to a ruby red star.[6]

The channel's high-definition feed was launched on 15 April 2011.[7] It carries the same schedule as the SD feed, but with different commercials. Star Plus HD was set to launch in both the United Kingdom and Ireland by the end of 2011,[8] but it was delayed until 5 July 2012.[9]

On October 6, 2017, Canada's ATN Channel lost rights to Star programming, with viewers directed to the new streaming service Hotstar, which was recently introduced in the Canadian market.[10]

Star ended transmission of traditional networks in the American market on January 4, 2019, deciding instead to market its Hotstar streaming service direct to consumers as a better overall value than the few linear channels in the suite, which were often marked up by pay television providers to justify their carriage costs, and months before the consummation of the Fox/Disney merger; Hotstar is marketed by The Walt Disney Company as one of the deal's prime assets.[11][12]


In 3 April 2017, it brought back its afternoon programming which was shut down some years ago with the launch of 4 new soap operas from 12:30 pm to 2:30 pm (IST).[13] It was later extended up to 3:00 pm with Love Ka Hai Intezaar in May 2017 but was again made 2 hours from 1:00 pm to 3:00 pm as the soap Tu Sooraj Main Saanjh Piyaji was shifted to prime time.[14] Due to low ratings than expected, it was cancelled by the channel in September 30 in the same year.[15] It was during that year, Star Plus which always remained in top three was positioned at seventh place in top 10 Indian GEC channels (urban+rural) and with fourth position in Hindi GEC channels, which is the first time it had a decline this much.[16]

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  1. ^ a b c d "Description about the Channel Star Plus". Times Of India.
  2. ^ Flegg, Michael (10 September 2001). "India's Star TV Leaps to Top Spot Due to Game Shows, Soap Operas". The Wall Street Journal. Archived from the original on 19 September 2001.
  3. ^ "Zee: Life after Star, and vice-versa". Equity Master.
  4. ^ "History Star Plus Global". Star Plus Global. Retrieved 6 July 2015.
  5. ^ "YuppTV Launches Star Plus and Life OK Channels in USA". Business Wire.
  6. ^ "Star Plus to sport new logo, tagline in battle for top slot". Live Mint.
  7. ^ "Star TV India Launches Five HD Channels". Hollywood Reporter.
  8. ^ Star Plus UK to launch HD Channel –
  9. ^ Star Plus HD UK date confirmed –
  10. ^ "&TV replace Star Plus to be part of the ATN HD channel". Asian Television.
  11. ^ "Starting January 5, STAR India's TV Channels will be streaming ONLY on Hotstar in the US". PR Newswire.
  12. ^ Baddhan, Raj (7 December 2018). "Star TV to shutdown television operations in USA". BizAsia. Retrieved 11 August 2019.
  13. ^ "Star Plus to reboot afternoon slot with 4 new shows". The Economic Times.
  14. ^ "Star Dopahar back to airing 2 hours of content, Dhhai Kilo Prem and Love Ka Hai Intezaar get new time slots". The Indian Express.
  15. ^ "Star Dopahar to call it a day, all shows to end on September 30". The Indian Express.
  16. ^ "Change's in the air, Star Plus falls to No. 4 in Hindi GEC". The Economic Times.