|Picture format||1080i HDTV|
(downscaled to 576i for the SD feed)
|Owner||Cem Uzan (1989–2004)|
Ahmet Özal (1989–1992)
Aydın Doğan (2005–2011)
Ferit Şahenk (2011–)
Doğuş Media Group (2015-)
|Sister channels||Kral Pop TV|
|Launched||1 March 1989|
|Former names||Magic Box Star 1 (1989-1992)|
Founded by Cem Uzan and Ahmet Özal in 1989 as Magic Box, Star TV is Turkey's first private TV channel. The channel started its test broadcasting on 5 May 1990. For a brief time in the early 1990s, it was called Star Magic Box because the name Star 1 was copyrighted by another media corporation. Its first logo was a blue S with a star on it before it turned to red in early 2000s.
Star TV aired many world-known series for the first time in Turkey. Among them were The A-Team, Magnum, P.I. Simon & Simon, MacGyver, Days of Our Lives, M*A*S*H, Lassie, Murphy Brown, Perfect Strangers, Dragnet, Charles in Charge, The Jeffersons, Twin Peaks, Married... with Children, The Bold and the Beautiful, General Hospital, All My Children, Santa Barbara, Another World, Dallas, 21 Jump Street, Miami Vice, The Equalizer, Star Trek: The Next Generation, Wiseguy, Leave It to Beaver, Hunter, Who's the Boss?, Gimme a Break!, Murder, She Wrote, Mission: Impossible, Time Trax, Out of This World and Airwolf.
The channel is also the first private Turkish channel to start digital broadcasting in 1999.
In February 2004, Star TV was put on the block by Turkish savings and deposit insurance funds (TMSF) along with other media assets, including seven radio stations, a newspaper and another TV station of the Uzan Group, to cover debts owed to the Treasury resulting from the takeover of İmar Bankası and Adabank. TMSF put Star TV up for auction, and its purchased by Isil Television Broadcasting Corp. of Dogan Media Group, which offered the highest bid of $306.5 m at the auction in September 2005.
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The channel also broadcasts in Europe with the name Euro Star with the difference of not broadcasting Champions League matches live. Euro Star has its own productions in addition to Star TV's productions.