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Fox Life
CountryUnited States
Headquarters1211 Avenue of the Americas, New York, New York
Programming
Language(s)English, Spanish
Picture formatHDTV 1080i
(downscaled to 16:9 576i or 480i for SD feeds, dependent on market's SD standard)
Ownership
OwnerInternational: Fox Networks Group
(Disney International Operations)
United States: Walt Disney Television
Sister channels
History
Launched
List
    • 13 May 2004; 20 years ago (2004-05-13) (first broadcast in Italy)
    • 1 July 2005; 19 years ago (2005-07-01) (Latin America)
    • 4 November 2013; 10 years ago (2013-11-04) (United States)
    • 1 October 2017; 6 years ago (2017-10-01) (Southeast Asia & Hong Kong)
    • 28 September 2017; 6 years ago (2017-09-28) (Middle East)
Closed
List
    • 31 December 2009; 14 years ago (2009-12-31) (France)
    • 30 September 2011; 12 years ago (2011-09-30) (Japan)
    • 16 January 2015; 9 years ago (2015-01-16) (Poland)
    • 22 September 2015; 8 years ago (2015-09-22) (Flanders)
    • 31 December 2016; 7 years ago (2016-12-31) (Netherlands)
    • 1 July 2020; 4 years ago (2020-07-01) (Italy)
    • 30 September 2020; 3 years ago (2020-09-30) (Africa)[1]
    • 1 January 2021; 3 years ago (2021-01-01) (South Korea and Turkey)
    • 22 February 2021; 3 years ago (2021-02-22) (Latin America as Fox Life)
    • 16 March 2021; 3 years ago (2021-03-16) (SD Feed, Malaysia)
    • 1 September 2021; 2 years ago (2021-09-01) (Now TV feed, Hong Kong)
    • 1 October 2021; 2 years ago (2021-10-01) (Southeast Asia and Hong Kong)[2]
    • 31 December 2021; 2 years ago (2021-12-31) (Spain)[3]
    • 31 March 2022; 2 years ago (2022-03-31) (United States) (Latin America as Star Life)
    • 1 October 2022; 21 months ago (2022-10-01) (Russia & Belarus)
    • 15 March 2023; 16 months ago (2023-03-15) (Greece)
    • 1 October 2023; 9 months ago (2023-10-01) (Bulgaria & Balkans)[4][5]
    • 24 January 2024; 5 months ago (2024-01-24) (Baltics and CIS)[6]
    • 7 February 2024; 5 months ago (2024-02-07) (Portugal)[7]
    • 1 March 2024; 4 months ago (2024-03-01) (Middle East)
    • 13 April 2024; 3 months ago (2024-04-13) (India)
Replaced by
Former names
Links
Website

Fox Life, now rebranded as Star Life and FX Life, was an international pay television network, launched by the Fox Networks Group in 2004. The network has been discontinued in several markets over time, and is currently active in the Middle East, Portugal, the Baltic states, the CIS, Malta, and India.

The network's scheduling has varied with each version, ranging from traditional entertainment programming, including television series, sitcoms and movies, among others, original programming in certain regions, and instructional and aspirational reality television on some other variations; in North America for instance, the network carried mainly Spanish language dubbed versions of American reality shows and instructional programming. The channel has been owned by International Operations division of The Walt Disney Company since March 2019.

History

Fox Life was first launched in Italy on May 13, 2004, in Portugal on May 19, 2005, and Bulgaria on September 8, 2005. For Latin America, it started in July 2006, when it was launched in Brazil. The channel also has versions in other countries around Europe. It launched in the Netherlands and Flanders on September 7, 2009.[8] Fox Life launched in the United States on November 4, 2013.[9]

Flemish version

As of 22 November 2011, Fox had to change the programming for Fox Life in Flanders due to television rights issues in Belgium. From then on, a separate Flemish version was airing in Belgium. It used to air the Dutch version. The provider of satellite television in the Netherlands, Canal Digitaal, had to replace Fox Life with the Finnish version as well because it shared the Fox Life feed with the Belgium provider of satellite television, TV Vlaanderen Digitaal.[10]

Launch in Southeast Asia

On October 1, 2017, the Hong Kong and Southeast Asian version of Star World was rebranded to Fox Life.[11][12][13]

Fox Life
CountryChina
Broadcast area
HeadquartersKowloon Peninsula, Hong Kong SAR, China
Programming
Language(s)English
Picture formatHDTV 1080i
SDTV 576i (downscaled)
Ownership
OwnerFox Networks Group Asia Pacific (Disney International Operations)
History
LaunchedOctober 1, 2017; 6 years ago (2017-10-01)
ClosedOctober 1, 2021; 2 years ago (2021-10-01)

Rebranding/closing in Europe

From 22 September 2015, Fox Life has been replaced by 24Kitchen for satellite viewers in the Netherlands. The Finnish Fox Life was rebranded as Fox.[14]

Fox Networks Group Benelux announced that Fox Life would officially close in the Netherlands on December 31, 2016.[15]

Rebranding/closing in Latin America

On 27 November 2020, Fox announced that they would be renaming the Fox branded channels in Latin America to Star Life on 22 February 2021.[16] The networks closed on 31 March 2022, along with the American version.[17]

Closing in Southeast Asia

From 1 September 2021, FOX Life along with most of The Walt Disney Company channels (Fox Crime, Fox, FX, Disney Junior, Disney Channel, Nat Geo People, Fox Movies, Fox Action Movies, Fox Family Movies, Star Movies China, SCM Legend, and five of its sports channels) officially ceased broadcasting and transmission on Now TV Hong Kong.[18]

After 11 years of broadcasting, FOX Life, along with most of The Walt Disney Company channels across Southeast Asia and Hong Kong (Fox Crime, Fox, FX, Disney Junior, Disney Channel, Nat Geo People, Fox Movies, Fox Action Movies, Fox Family Movies, Star Movies China, SCM Legend, and five of its sports channels[18]) officially ceased all operations, transmission, and broadcasting on 30 September 2021 at 23:59:59 MST in Malaysia and Brunei and on 1 October 2021 at 00:59:59 HKT in rest of Southeast Asia and Hong Kong after the final and last two (2) programs aired is The Good Doctor in Malaysia and Brunei and The Unicorn in rest of Southeast Asia and Hong Kong. Before the very final and last showing, a farewell video of Thank You From Fox Life was officially set to Chombi - "Sayunk I Love You" and the very final and last closing message "This channel is no longer available, thank you for watching." after very final and last the end programs (the Vietnam sub-feed had very final last promo of In the Dark Season 3 before straight to the closing message). All these channel shows officially moved to Disney+ (in Singapore, Philippines, Hong Kong, and Taiwan) and Disney+ Hotstar (in Southeast Asia outside Singapore and Philippines),[19] and the channel space initially created by the original incarnation of Star Plus in 1991 subsequently folded and ceased to exist.

Closing in the United States

Notice of the discontinuation of the American iteration of Fox Life was sent to cable providers by Disney Media and Entertainment Distribution in late December 2021; the channel would be discontinued on March 31, 2022.[20]

Fox Life around the world

Channel Country or region Formerly Launch year Replacement / Rebrand Shutdown year
Fox Life (Italy) Italy May 13, 2004 discontinued July 1, 2020
Fox Life (Portugal) Portugal May 19, 2005 Star Life February 7, 2024
Fox Life (Latin America) Latin America July 1, 2005 February 22, 2021 (as Fox Life)
March 31, 2022 (as Star Life)
Fox Life (Bulgaria) Bulgaria September 8, 2005 October 1, 2023
Fox Life (France) France October 5, 2005 discontinued December 31, 2009[21]
Fox Life (Japan) Japan December 14, 2005 Fox Sports September 30, 2011
Fox Life (Turkey) Turkey November 13, 2006 discontinued January 1, 2021[22]
Fox Life (Poland) Poland January 1, 2007[23] Fox Comedy January 16, 2015[24]
Fox Life Adria Balkans November 9, 2007[25] STAR Life October 1, 2023[5]
Fox Life (Russia) Baltics and CIS April 14, 2008 (Russia, Baltics and CIS)[26]
November 5, 2008 (Estonia)[27]
САПФИР (Russia)[28]
FX Life (Baltics and CIS)
October 1, 2022 (Russia and Belarus)
January 24, 2024 (Baltics and CIS)[6]
Fox Life (Greece) Greece December 1, 2008 FX Life March 15, 2023
Fox Life (Netherlands and Flanders) Netherlands and Flanders September 7, 2009[29] Fox (Flanders)
24Kitchen (Netherlands)
September 22, 2015 (Flanders)
December 31, 2016 (Netherlands)
Fox Life (United States) United States November 4, 2013 discontinued March 31, 2022
Fox Life (India) India Fox Traveller June 15, 2014 Star Life April 13, 2024
Fox Life (Spain) Spain Fox Crime[30] October 1, 2014[31] discontinued December 31, 2021
Fox Life (Africa) Africa October 3, 2016[32][33] September 30, 2020
Fox Life (Middle East) Middle East September 28, 2017 Star Life March 1, 2024
Fox Life (Southeast Asia and Hong Kong) Southeast Asia and Hong Kong Star World October 1, 2017 discontinued October 1, 2021

See also

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