Star Vijay, commonly known as Vijay TV, is an Indian Tamil pay television general entertainment channel that was launched in 1994 by N. P. V. Ramasamy Udayar. The channel is owned by Asianet Star Communications Wholly owned by The Walt Disney Company India. The channel broadcasts from Kochar Jade, Guindy, Chennai, Tamil Nadu. Star Vijay changed hands several times before being partly acquired by the Star TV network in 2001.
|Headquarters||Chennai, Tamil Nadu, India|
|Picture format||1080i HDTV|
(downscaled to letterboxed 576i for the SDTV feed)
|Owner||Asianet Star Communications|
|Key people||Krishnan Kutty (Business Head)
Balachandran Rathinavel (Channel Head)Pradeep Milroy Peter (Programming Head)
|Sister channels||Vijay Super|
Star Vijay Music
|Launched||24 November 1994|
|Former names||Golden Eagle Communication (GEC) (until 1995)
Vijay TV (1995-2001)Star Vijay(2001- since now)
|Website||Star Vijay on Disney+ Hotstar|
|Asianet Digital||Channel 202 (SD)|
Channel 804 (HD)
|SCV||Channel 75 (SD)|
Channel 905 (HD)
|Airtel Digital TV||Channel 758 (SD)|
Channel 759 (HD)
|Dish TV & d2h||channel 2861(SD)|
Channel 2860 (HD)
|Zuku TV (Kenya)||Channel 944|
|Sun Direct||Channel 038 (SD)|
Channel 803 (HD)
|Tata Sky||Channel 1508 (SD)|
Channel 1507 (HD)
The channel was first launched by N. P. V. Ramasamy Udayar on 24 November 1994, as Golden Eagle Communication (GEC). United Breweries Group acquired the channel in 1995 and renamed it as Vijay TV. The UTV Group bought the controlling interest from United Breweries Group in 1999 for ₹180 million. In 2001, Star India took over the channel and rebranded it as Star Vijay. Star acquired 51 percent stake in Vijay TV with UTV holding the remaining 49 percent. In 2004, UTV Software Communications offloaded its entire 44 percent stake in Vijay TV to Star India for ₹31 crores.
Logo from 2001 to 2017. The old logo discontinued before telecasting the Bigg Boss Tamil Season 1
|Star Vijay||General Entertainment||SD+HD|
|Star Vijay Super||Movies||SD||HD Feed Launching Soon|
|Star Vijay Music||Music|
|VIJAY TV International||General Entertainment|
When Star India took over the channel from UTV Communications, the channel's revenue, shares and advertising rates increased. A revamp in 2017 brought with it a new logo and the launch of Bigg Boss Tamil, after which the audience share of the channel—which had been 10%-15%—increased by 10%, being the second most-watched Tamil television channel.
In week 48 of 2020, Star Vijay became the most watched Tamil GEC in prime time for the first time while being the second most watched Tamil GEC overall after Sun TV. In week 50, it garnered its highest viewership ratings of 7,14,002 AMAs (average minute audience (in hundreds)) being the fifth most watched Indian television channel.
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