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Star Movies is an Indian pay television network owned by Star TV. It was originally launched as a single channel broadcast across Asia, but it was regionalised into different localised channels since then. Fox Networks Group Asia Pacific have since rebranded some of the network's international feeds in Hong Kong, Taiwan and Southeast Asia as Fox Movies, but retains the Star Movies brand in Mainland China. Star India continues to operate the Indian feed of the network as a channel specialised in Western films, while the Middle Eastern feed, operated by The Walt Disney Company EMEA, co-exists with Fox Movies.
|Launched||13 May 1993|
|Closed||31 December 2011 (Southeast Asia)|
10 June 2017 (Philippines)
1 November 2017 (Vietnam)
18 January 2018 (Taiwan)
|Owned by||The Walt Disney Company Asia Pacific|
Star India (India only)
The Walt Disney Company EMEA (Middle East and North Africa)
|Picture format||1080i HDTV|
(downscaled to letterboxed 576i for the SDTV feed)
Mandarin Chinese (Taiwan)
Middle East and North Africa
|Replaced by||Fox Movies Premium (2012-2017; Southeast Asia)|
Fox Movies (2017; Southeast Asia, Taiwan)
|Sister channel(s)||Star World|
Star Chinese Movies
Fox Movies (MENA)
Fox Action Movies
Fox Family Movies
Nat Geo People
Nat Geo Wild
National Geographic Abu Dhabi
|Tata Sky||Channel 353 (HD) |
Channel 354 (SD)
|Dish TV||Channel 549 (SD) |
Channel 548 (HD)
|OSN (MENA)||Channel 37 (HD)|
|Sun Direct TV||Channel 97 (SD) |
Channel 968 (HD)
|Reliance Digital TV||Channel 354 (SD) |
Channel 366 (HD)
|Airtel digital TV||Channel 243 (SD) |
Channel 244 (HD)
|Videocon D2H||Channel 241 (SD) |
|beIN (MENA)||Channel 65 (HD)|
|United Communication Service |
|Kerala Vision Digital TV||Channel 375 (SD) |
Channel 869 (HD)
|Southern Networks |
|DHA Teleman |
|Asianet Digital||Channel 463 (SD)|
Channel 830 (HD)
|Island TV |
|Digi Cable |
|Sreedevi digital |
|Digicon (Coimbatore)||Channel 500 (SD) |
Channel 936 (HD)
|PEO TV |
|PTCL Smart TV |
As Star TV planned to remove BBC World Service Television from its channel line up for Northeast Asia by mid-April 1994, the company planned to replace it with a Chinese-language film channel. Star Movies would focus on Western world films from then on. Star TV have since regionalised the channel's operation.
A localised feed intended for the Philippines was launched on 1 January 2010. Four months later, a high-definition channel, Star Movies HD, was launched. A video on demand channel was also launched on 16 September of that same year.
On 1 January 2012, Star Movies was rebranded as Fox Movies Premium and available in Hong Kong and most of Southeast Asia.
On 10 June 2017, the Philippine feed of the channel was rebranded as Fox Movies Philippines.
On 1 November 2017, the Vietnamese feed of Star Movies was rebranded as Fox Movies Vietnam.
Star Movies has first-run contracts for movies distributed by Disney (20th Century Fox, Pixar, Marvel Studios), Columbia Pictures, Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer, and DreamWorks and sub-run contracts for movies from Paramount Pictures, Universal Pictures, and Warner Bros. for countries where Star Movies is available. It also features movies from other movie distributors including: Lions Gate Entertainment, Summit Entertainment and The Weinstein Company.
Star Movies AsiaEdit
Star Movies International was formerly broadcast in Southeast Asia and China as a single, ad-free channel.
As of 2017, Star Movies Asia is limited to subscribers in China due to the gradual rebrand of the channel's localised feeds to Fox Movies Premium.
Star Movies Vietnam used to air a program called "Thảm đỏ (Red Carpet)" to introduce the movies which are scheduled to broadcast on the channel, all in Vietnamese language and hosted by Vietnamese presenters.
After the rebranding of Star Movies to Fox Movies Premium, due to high subscription fees in Nepal and Sri Lanka, Star India found it viable to officially replace ad-free Fox Movies Premium Southeast Asia with the ad-supported Star Movies India in those countries. However, the latter closed down its operations in Nepal and Sri Lanka on 2016, limiting its coverage area to India and Bangladesh.
Star Movies IndiaEdit
Star Movies MENAEdit
Star Movies TaiwanEdit
An ad-supported feed of Star Movies was launched for Taiwan specifically. It was the most localised feed of the television network, since most voice-overs in promotions for up-coming movies were done in Mandarin Chinese. The SD feed of the channel was rebranded as Fox Movies Taiwan on 18 January 2018, while the HD feed still retains is independent programming and branding.
Star Movies PhilippinesEdit
Star Movies was launched on 30 November 2009 in the Philippines as an ad-supported channel. It used to simulcast with the Southeast Asian and Chinese feeds until 31 December 2009, when a localised feed was launched specifically for the Philippines. After the rebranding of Star Movies Asia as Fox Movies Premium on 1 January 2012 in most of Southeast Asia, the Philippine feed remained broadcasting until 10 June 2017 when it followed suit.
Star Movies ActionEdit
It was launched in 2 June 2013 only in India, replacing Fox Action Movies (not to be confused with its Southeast Asian counterpart) after its temporal closedown on 11 May 2013. The channel airs action- and horror-themed movies . In 2017, the channel was shutdown.
- "Murdoch's STAR TV to drop BBC" UPI March 22, 1994
- STAR Movies HD in Asiasat 5 retrieved via http://www.lyngsat.com 05-26-2010
- FOX Movies và FOX Life chính thức lên sóng truyền hình MobiTV retrieved via http://mobitv.hanoi.vn 10-20-2017
- Star Movies Action to replace Fox Action Movies retrieved via http://www.bestmediainfo.com 10-20-2013
- Star India gears-up for more action; All set to launch Star Movies Action retrieved via http://www.adgully.com 10-22-2013