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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.

Star Movies
STAR Movies logo.svg
Launched13 May 1993[citation needed]
Closed31 December 2011 (Southeast Asia)
10 June 2017 (Philippines)
1 November 2017 (Vietnam)
18 January 2018 (Taiwan)
Owned byThe Walt Disney Company Asia Pacific
Star India (India only)
The Walt Disney Company EMEA (Middle East and North Africa)
Picture format1080i HDTV
(downscaled to letterboxed 576i for the SDTV feed)
LanguageEnglish
Mandarin Chinese (Taiwan)
Broadcast areaIndia
Middle East and North Africa
China
Replaced byFox Movies Premium (2012-2017; Southeast Asia)
Fox Movies (2017; Southeast Asia, Taiwan)
Sister channel(s)Star World
Star Gold
Star Chinese Movies
Fox Movies (MENA)
Fox (Arabia)
Fox Action Movies
Fox Family Movies
Fox Movies
FX
Fox News
National Geographic
Nat Geo People
Nat Geo Wild
National Geographic Abu Dhabi
Channel V
BabyTV
Availability
Satellite
Tata SkyChannel 353 (HD)
Channel 354 (SD)
Dish TVChannel 549 (SD)
Channel 548 (HD)
CBTV
(China)
Channel 307
OSN (MENA)Channel 37 (HD)
Sun Direct TVChannel 97 (SD)
Channel 968 (HD)
Reliance Digital TVChannel 354 (SD)
Channel 366 (HD)
Airtel digital TVChannel 243 (SD)
Channel 244 (HD)
Videocon D2HChannel 241 (SD)
Channel 943(HD)
beIN (MENA)Channel 65 (HD)
Cable
United Communication Service
(Bangladesh)
Channel 12
Kerala Vision Digital TVChannel 375 (SD)
Channel 869 (HD)
Southern Networks
(Pakistan)
Channel 46
DHA Teleman
(Pakistan)
Channel 27
HathwayChannel 140
Asianet DigitalChannel 463 (SD)
Channel 830 (HD)
Island TV
(Addu City)
Channel 18
Digi Cable
(Hyderabad)
Channel 200
Sreedevi digital
(Visakhapatnam)
Channel 301
Digicon (Coimbatore)Channel 500 (SD)
Channel 936 (HD)
IPTV
PEO TV
(Sri Lanka)
Channel 28
PTCL Smart TV
(Pakistan)
Channel 72

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HistoryEdit

Star Movies was launched on 12 May 1993.[citation needed] At launch, its programming line up was consisted of both Hollywood and Chinese films and catered to pan-Asian audiences.

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.[1] 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.[2]

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.[3]

ProgrammingEdit

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.

Operating channelsEdit

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

The channel is distributed in India, Pakistan and Bangladesh. It is available on all subscription-television providers in the countryand as part of the Star India bouquet.

Star Movies MENAEdit

Star Movies Midde East and Africa features a hardcoded Arabic-language subtitle track (except for Israel). The channel is available on both OSN, myHD and beIN.

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.[4][5]

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