Star India is an Indian media conglomerate and wholly owned subsidiary of The Walt Disney Company India. It is headquartered in Mumbai, Maharashtra. It has a network of 60 channels in eight languages, reaching out to 9 out of 10 cable and satellite TV homes in India. The network reaches approximately 790 million viewers a month across India and more than 100 countries. Star India generates more than 30,000 hours of content every year.
|Founded||1 August 1990|
|Headquarters||Star House, Urmi Estate, 95, Ganpatrao Kadam Marg, Lower Parel (West), |
|South Asia, Southeast Asia, Middle East, United Kingdom, Anglo America, India, Africa|
|K Madhavan (President, The Walt Disney Company India and Star India)|
K. Sanjay Jain (Chief Financial Officer, Direct-to-Consumer & International - APAC, The Walt Disney Company)
|Revenue||₹84.25 billion (US$1.2 billion) (2018)|
|Parent||The Walt Disney Company India (The Walt Disney Company)|
|Subsidiaries||Asianet Star Communications|
Fox Star Studios
Mashal Sports (74%)
Football Sports Development (40%)
UTV Software Communications
Star TV (Satellite Television Asian Region) was founded in 1990 as a joint venture between Hutchison Whampoa and Li Ka-Shing. It was launched as a Pan-Asian beam-to-air Hollywood English-language entertainment channel for Asian audiences.
In 1992, Rupert Murdoch’s News Corporation purchased 63.6% of STAR for $525 million, followed by the purchase of the remaining 36.4% on 1 January 1993. Star broadcasting operations were run from Rupert Murdoch's Fox Broadcasting premises. Murdoch declared that:
(telecommunications) have proved an unambiguous threat to totalitarian regimes everywhere ... satellite broadcasting makes it possible for information-hungry residents of many closed societies to bypass state-controlled television channels
In 2001, Star India acquired South India based Vijay TV. In 2003, Star India's deal with NDTV ended and Star News was made into a 24-hour news channel. And it entered into a joint venture (JV) with Anand Bazar Patrika Group to comply with the regulations set for uplinking of news and current affairs channels by the Government of India. It subsequently exited from this joint venture in 2012. After the split the channel was renamed to ABP News and operated by Anandabazar Patrika Group.
In 2004, Star One was launched as a Hindi content channel. In 2008, Star Jalsha, a Bengali language entertainment channel and Star Pravah, a Marathi language entertainment channel were launched.
In 2009, Star India acquired Trivandrum, India based media conglomerate Asianet Communications Limited which served Malayalam language content. In August 2009, the Star Group restructured its Asian broadcast businesses into three units – Star India, Star, and Fox International Channels Asia.
In the same year, Star Affiliate and CJ Group of South Korea launched CJ Alive (later known as ShopCJ), a 24-hour Indian television shopping channel which used STAR Utsav for hosting the television marketing programs in six-hour slots in its initial stage of launch. Star Affiliate exited the joint venture in May 2014. This venture was called Star CJ.
In 2012, Star India acquired the BCCI Rights for India cricket for the period 2012 through 2018. ESPN was renamed Star Sports 4, STAR Cricket was renamed Star Sports 3, Star Sports was renamed to Star Sports 1 and Star Sports 2 kept its name. STAR Cricket HD and ESPN HD were renamed to Star Sports HD1 and Star Sports HD2 respectively.
In 2015, Star India acquired broadcast businesses of Maa Television Pvt. Ltd to boost its presence in Telugu speaking markets where Star didn't have any presence before. By this acquisition, Star has a regional presence in the entire South Indian markets.
In February 2017, Star India and global media conglomerate, TED, announced a new TV series, TED Talks India – Nayi Soch. Its programmes starred Bollywood actor Shahrukh Khan and featured newer TED talks made in Hindi language. The programme followed the signature TED format of prominent speakers voicing their opinions in an 18-minute or less monologue in front of a live audience.
On 5 September 2017, Star India won the global media rights to broadcast Indian Premier League (IPL) for 5 years beginning in 2018. The company bid INR 16,347.50 crore to secure the rights from the previous broadcaster, Sony Pictures Network.
On 13 December 2018, Disney announced Uday Shankar who serves as chairman of Star India would lead Disney's Asian operations and would become the new chairman of Disney India, which became a wholly owned subsidiary of The Walt Disney Company, being re-organized under The Walt Disney Company (India) Private Limited. On 27 August 2018, the channel Star Life was launched in Africa in English language offering the English dubbed Indian Hindi series from the Indian star channels.
On 30 December 2020, Disney announced that the Star branding would be replaced with Utsav from February 1 in the Netherlands, with the Utsav Gold, Utsav Plus and Utsav Bharat branding launching in the UK on 22 January 2021, Star Vijay's international feed also changed a new logo based with Utsav Network in yellow colour and rebranded as Vijay TV around the world on that same day, Utsav Network would separated to Star Gold, Plus and Bharat, the Asian feed would launch in South Korea.
In August 2012, Business Line of The Hindu group reported that Star CJ Alive is claiming average sale of products worth Rs. 9.5 million on week days and Rs.12 million on weekends. Approximately 65% of the sales come from electronics segment while household segment stands second in the race. In December 2012, some sections of the media reported that Rupert Murdoch run News Corp may exit Star CJ by selling its entire stake to Providence Equity Partners. This share transfer reportedly ran into trouble when the Department of Revenue discovered that funds from other jurisdictions were being channelised to exploit Indo Mauritius double taxation avoidance agreement.
STAR India Entertainment provides 51 channels while STAR India Sports provides 17 channels.
- Star Media Networks
- Fox Star Studios
- Novi Digital Entertainment
- Mashal Sports (74%)
- Football Sports Development (40%)
- UTV Software Communications
On Air ChannelsEdit
|Asianet Middle East||2010||General Entertainment||Only Available in Middle East|
|Fox Life||2008||English, Hindi, Tamil, Telugu||Lifestyle|
|Nat Geo Wild||2009|
|Star Bharat||2017||Hindi||General Entertainment||Formerly Life OK|
|Star Gold 2||2020||Formerly Movies OK|
|Star Gold Select||2017|
|Star Jalsha||2008||Bengali||General Entertainment|
|Star Maa||2002||Telugu||General Entertainment|
|Star Maa Movies||2011||Movies|
|Star Maa Gold||2012||SD|
|Star Maa Music||2008||Music|
|Star Movies Select HD||2015||HD|
|Star Pravah||2008||Marathi||General Entertainment||SD+HD|
|Star Sports 1||1996||English||Sports|
|Star Sports 2||2013|
|Star Sports 3||2018||Hindi, Malayalam, Bangla|
|Star Sports Select 1||2016||English|
|Star Sports Select 2||2016|
|Star Sports 1 Hindi||2017||Hindi|
|Star Sports 1 Tamil||2017||Tamil||SD|
|Star Sports 1 Telugu||2018||Telugu|
|Star Sports 1 Kannada||2018||Kannada|
|Star Sports 1 Bangla||2019||Bengali|
|Star Sports 1 Marathi||2019||Marathi||Only on Disney+ Hotstar|
|Star Sports First||2017||Hindi|
|Star Suvarna||2007||Kannada||General Entertainment||SD+HD||Formerly Asianet Suvarna|
|Star Suvarna Plus||2013||Movies||SD|
|Star Utsav||2004||Hindi||General Entertainment|
|Star Utsav Movies||2016||Movies|
|Star Vijay||1994||Tamil||General Entertainment||SD+HD|
|Star Vijay Music||2020||Music||SD|
|Star Vijay Super||2016||Movies|
|Star World||1991||English||General Entertainment||SD+HD|
|Star World Premiere||2013||HD|
|Utsav Bharat||2021||Hindi||SD||Replaced Star Bharat in Europe on 22 January 2021|
|Utsav Gold||2021||Movies||SD+HD||Replaced Star Gold in Europe on 22 January 2021|
|Utsav Plus||2021||General Entertainment||Replaced Star Plus in Europe on 22 January 2021|
|Star Cricket||English||Sport||HD||Hong Kong and Singapore|
|Star Cricket+||Hong Kong and Singapore|
|Star Kirano||Odia||General Entertainment||Coming soon|
|Star Pravah Picture||Marathi||Movies||Coming soon|
|Star Sports 1 Malayalam||Malayalam||Sports||Coming soon|
|Star One||Hindi||General Entertainment||SD||replaced by Life OK|
|Life OK||SD+HD||replaced by Star Bharat|
|Movies OK||Movies||SD||replaced by Star Gold 2|
|Star Movies Action||English|
|Fox Crime||Hindi, English||Infotainment||SD|
|Star CJ Alive||Shopping|
|Star Sports 4||English, Tamil||Sports||SD+HD|
|Star News||Hindi||News||SD only||rebranded as ABP News|
|Star Majha||Marathi||rebranded as ABP Majha|
|Star Ananda||Bengali||rebranded as ABP Ananda|
|Channel V||Hindi||Music||SD||rebranded as Star Sports 3|
|Nat Geo People||English||Lifestyle||SD+HD|
|Nat Geo Music||Music|
|Nat Geo Tamil||Tamil||Infotainment||SD|
|Nat Geo Telugu||Telugu|
In January 2015, Star India launched Hotstar, a mobile and online entertainment OTT platform owned by its affiliate, Novi Digital Entertainment. The platform features content in 9 Indian languages and broadcasts sporting events.
In April 2020, the service merged with Disney+ in India forming Disney+ Hotstar. Hotstar operates independently and coexists with Disney+ in Canada, Singapore, UK and US.
National Sports Network in IndiaEdit
The STAR sports group planned to build a national sports network in India. The plan included broadcasting in Indian languages. ESPN was renamed Star Sports 4, Star Cricket was renamed Star Sports 3, Star Sports was renamed to Star Sports 1 and Star Sports 2 kept its name. Star Sports Telugu, Star Cricket HD and ESPN HD renamed to Star Sports HD1 and Star Sports HD2 respectively. Star Sports 3 would be predominantly a Hindi-only channel. STAR planned to start with cricket, field hockey and football (soccer) initially. Domestic cricket of India like Deodhar Trophy and Ranji Trophy are considered. Besides this, two non-professional leagues like the University Cricket and University Field Hockey were also planned to be launched by STAR. In football, Barclays Premier League is also considered for regional broadcasting by STAR.
In September 2014, STAR India acquired a 35% minority stake in Football Sports Development Limited, a joint venture with IMG-Reliance to launch the Indian Super League, a professional soccer league. In March 2015, STAR India, in association with its affiliate, acquired a 74% majority stake in Mashal Sports Private Limited in March 2015, for the operation of the Pro Kabaddi League. In January 2015, STAR India launched Hotstar, a new mobile and online entertainment destination for television shows, movies and sports content. On 4 September 2017, STAR India acquired digital as well as media rights for Indian Premier League for a term of five years 2018–2023 with a whooping bid of ₹163475 million (US$2.55 billion). STAR India has acquired media rights for BCCI Domestic and International Cricket Series matches in India through 2023, International Cricket Council matches through 2023, Bangladesh National Cricket Team through 2020, New Zealand Cricket Board through 2020, Premier League Football through 2019, Federation International De Hockey through 2022, Wimbledon through 2022, and Bundesliga through 2020.
Kyunki Saas Bhi Kabhi Bahu Thi, Kahaani Ghar Ghar Ki, Kasautii Zindagii Kay, Kaun Banega Crorepati aired on Star Plus during 2000s, made the channel the market leader in India becoming the flagship channel of Star India.
Disney+ Hotstar, a subsidiary of Star India, censored the Last Week Tonight with John Oliver's A commentators episode on Narendra Modi where John Oliver discusses Prime Minister Modi and his Hindu Nationalism as a growing threat to democracy in India.
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