Star India

Star India Private Limited is an Indian media conglomerate[1] and a wholly owned subsidiary of The Walt Disney Company India.[2] It is headquartered in Mumbai, Maharashtra. It has a network of 60 channels in eight different languages, reaching out to 9 out of 10 cable and satellite TV homes in India.[3] The network reaches approximately 790 million viewers a month across India and more than 100 countries.[4] Star India generates more than 30,000 hours of content every year.[5]

Star India Private Limited
IndustryMass media
FoundedFebruary 08, 1994
FounderStar TV
HeadquartersStar House, Urmi Estate, 95, Ganpatrao Kadam Marg, Lower Parel (West),
Mumbai, Maharashtra
Area served
South Asia, Middle East, United Kingdom, Anglo America, India
Key people
  • Uday Shankar (Chairman and CEO)
  • Sanjay Gupta (country head)
  • Gautam Thakar (CEO - Star Sports)
web portals
OwnerThe Walt Disney Company
ParentThe Walt Disney Company India
(The Walt Disney Company Asia Pacific)
SubsidiariesAsianet Star Communications
Fox Star Studios
Mashal Sports (74%)
Indian Super League (40%)
Star TV



Star TV (Satellite Television Asian Region) was founded in 1991 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.[6]

1990 - 2000

In 1990, Star TV included Star World (then an English-language entertainment channel), Prime Sports, MTV, Star Movies.[6][7]

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.[8][9] Murdoch declared that:[10]

(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

Between 1994 and 1998, Star India was launched later launched Star Movies, Channel V, and Star News with a limited Hindi offering.[11][12][13]

In 1998, STAR News was launched as a dedicated news channel with content from NDTV.[14]

2001 - 2010

In 2001, Star India acquired South India based Vijay TV.[15] 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 with Anand Bazar Patrika Group to comply with the regulations set for uplinking of news & 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 Anand Bazar Patrika Group.[16][17]

In 2004, Star One was launched as a Hindi content channel.[18] In 2008, Star Jalsha, a Bengali language entertainment channel and Star Pravah, a Marathi language entertainment channel were launched.[19][20]

In 2009, Star India acquired Trivandrum, India based media conglomerate Asianet Communications Limited which served Malayalam language content.[21] In August 2009, the Star Group restructured its Asian broadcast businesses into three units – Star India, Star, and Fox International Channels Asia.[22]

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.[23]

21st Century Fox launched a film production and distribution business in India through Fox Star Studios India, an affiliate of Star India in the same year.[24]

2011 - Present

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.[25][26][27][28][29]

In 2015, Star India launched its video-on-demand service, Hotstar and forayed into online streaming.[30]

In 2015, Star India has acquired broadcast businesses of Maa Television Pvt. Ltd to boost its presence in Telugu speaking markets where Star doesn't have any presence before. By this acquisition Star has regional presence in the entire South Indian markets.[31]

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.[32][33]

On 28 August 2017, Star India replaced its Hindi Entertainment channel Life OK with a free-to-air channel Star Bharat.[34]

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.[35]

On 14 December 2017, The Walt Disney Company announced the acquisition of 21st Century Fox, which included Star India.[36]

On 13 December 13, 2018, Disney announced Uday Shankar who serves as chairman of Star India will lead Disney's Asian operations and will become the new chairman of Disney India became a wholly owned subsidiary of The Walt Disney Company, being re-organized under The Walt Disney Company (India) Private Limited.[37]

On 4 January 2019, Star TV shut down its television operations in USA for promotion of its digital counterpart, Hotstar.[38]

On 20 March 2019, Star India became the part of Disney India as the deal was closed.

Business results

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.[39] 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.[40] 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.[41]

STAR India Entertainment provides 51 channels while STAR India Sports provides 15 channels.


Owned channels



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.[44]

National Sports Network in India

The STAR sports group has planned to build a national sports network in India. The plan includes broadcasting in Indian languages. Starting from regional language Hindi to expansion for South Indian languages Malayalam, Tamil, Telugu, and Kannada. 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 will be predominantly a Hindi-only channel. STAR plans 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 are also planned to be launched by STAR. In football, Barclays Premier League is also considered for regional broadcasting by STAR.[45]

Broadcasting rights

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.

See also


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Asianet (TV channel)

Asianet is an Indian pay television channel which broadcasts mainly Malayalam-language television series. Headquartered in Thiruvananthapuram, Kerala, the channel is part of Asianet Digital Network, owned by Star India. It was the first privately-owned Malayalam-language channel in the country.

Channel V India

Channel V India (styled Channel [V] India) was an Indian television channel affiliated to the international Channel V. The channel owned by STAR India and 21st Century Fox broadcasts a mix of music and original fiction programs. From an international music channel in its early days to a Bollywood music driven one to a youth oriented entertainment is the path it has taken.On 1 July 2012, Channel V India discontinued music programming. It started focusing on original content through fiction dailies and studio formats that addressed youth issues. However On June 30, 2016 the channel discontinued fiction dailies and studio formats and went back to 24-hours music channel format.On August 1, 2016 the channel changed its look and logo and continued music programming which plays latest Indian and International hits catering to the tastes of the discerning Indian youth. The channel was shut down on 15 September 2018 and has been replaced with Star Sports 3.

Fox Star Studios

Fox Star Studios is a motion picture production and distribution company from India. It is a wholly owned subsidiary of STAR India, part of the Walt Disney Direct-to-Consumer and International segment of The Walt Disney Company.Fox Star Studios produces Hindi, Tamil and other South Asian language films through acquisitions, co-productions and in-house productions for worldwide distribution. It also distributed English movies produced by 20th Century Fox's divisions in India.


Hotstar is an Indian over-the-top streaming service owned by Novi Digital Entertainment, a subsidiary of Star India, which itself is a wholly owned subsidiary of The Walt Disney Company.

Jalsha Movies

Star Jalsha Movies (Bengali: স্টার জলসা মুভিজ) is an Indian pay television channel owned by Star India. It was launched on 16 December 2012 as a sister channel of Bengali-language network Star Jalsha. It launched its own HD feed on 14 April 2016.

The nun

Life OK

Life OK was an Indian pay television channel owned by Star India. It was launched on 18 December 2011 replacing Star One.

It also started airing in the United States in 1 March 2012, and in the United Kingdom and Ireland on 28 May of that same year. It launched its own high-definition feed in October 2012.

On 9 September 2012, Life OK's mythological drama Devon Ke Dev...Mahadev recorded an 8.2 TVR, its highest TRP of 167.

The channel was rebranded as Star Bharat on 28 August 2017.

List of programs broadcast by Life OK

This is the list of original programming formerly broadcast by the Indian television channel Life OK.

List of programs broadcast by Star Vijay

Star Vijay, commonly known as Vijay TV or simply Vijay, is an Indian Tamil language general entertainment private broadcast television network that is owned by the Star India, a subsidiary of American multinational mass media corporation The Walt Disney Company.


StarPlus is an Indian pay television channel owned by Star India. The network's programming consists of family dramas, comedies, youth-oriented reality shows, shows on crime and television films. It is also distributed internationally by The Walt Disney Company India, subsidiary of The Walt Disney Company.

Star Bharat

Star Bharat is an Indian pay television channel, part of Star India, fully owned by The Walt Disney Company.

Star Gold

Star Gold (stylized as Star GOLD) is an Indian pay television channel owned by Star India. Its programming consists of Hindi-language movies from Bollywood.

Star Jalsha

Star Jalsha (স্টার জলসা) is an Indian pay television channel owned by Star India. It broadcasts Bengali-language programming, such as family dramas, comedies, reality shows, crime shows and telefilms. It launched its own HD feed on 14 April 2016.

It is distributed worldwide by Disney Channels Asia Pacific, a subsidiary of The Walt Disney Company.

Star Maa

Star Maa is an Indian pay television channel based in Hyderabad, Telangana. Star Maa and its channels are owned by Star India, a wholly owned subsidiary of The Walt Disney Company India.

Star Movies

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 Fox Networks Group Middle East, co-exists with Fox Movies.

Star Sports (Indian TV network)

Star Sports (formerly ESPN Star Sports) is a group of Indian pay television sports channels owned by Star India, a subsidiary of The Walt Disney Company India. Previously a part of ESPN Star Sports operations based in Singapore, Star India took over the Indian business and relaunched channels under the unified Star Sports banner in 2013. Gautam Thakar is the CEO of Star Sports.

Star Sports is one of the popular sports channel across India .

Star Suvarna

Star Suvarna is an Indian pay television channel broadcasting in Kannada language owned by Star India. It was launched on 17 June 2007 by Jupiter Entertainment Venture (JEV) as Asianet Suvarna owned by Asianet Communications Limited. In 2013, Star India acquired Asianet Communications excluding the news channels from their parent company. On 25 July 2016, the channel was rebranded as Star Suvarna along with its sister channel Star Suvarna Plus.Star Survana launched its own high-definition simulcast on 15 July 2017 exclusively on Tata Sky.

Star Vijay

Star Vijay commonly known as Vijay TV, is an Indian pay television channel that is owned by the Star India, a subsidiary of The Walt Disney Company India. The channel broadcasts from Kochar Jade, Guindy, Chennai. Their programs consists of family dramas, comedy series, reality shows, crime-based programmes and movies.

Star Vijay launched its own high-definition feed, Star Vijay HD, on 29 May 2016.

Tata Sky

Tata Sky is an Indian direct broadcast satellite television provider in India, using MPEG-4 digital compression technology, transmitting using INSAT-4A and GSAT-10 satellite. Incorporated in 2006, Tata Sky is a joint venture between the Tata Group and The Walt Disney Company with Temasek Holdings as a minor partner. It was started as a joint venture between Tata Group and 21st Century Fox (now The Walt Disney Company).

It currently offers total 601 channels, 495 SD channels and 99 HD channels and services, along with other many active services.

Tata Sky entered into an agreement with French firm Technicolor to supply 4K set top boxes from early 2015.

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