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Star India Private Limited
IndustryMass Media
Founded1 August 1990; 30 years ago (1990-08-01)
FounderStar TV
HeadquartersStar House, Urmi Estate, 95, Ganpatrao Kadam Marg, Lower Parel (West), ,
Area served
India, South Asia, Southeast Asia, MENA, United Kingdom, USA, Canada
Key people
K Madhavan (President, The Walt Disney Company India and Star India)
Sanjay Jain (Chief Financial Officer, Direct-to-Consumer & International - APAC, The Walt Disney Company)
ProductsTelevision Broadcasting
OTT video streaming platform
RevenueIncrease84.25 billion (US$1.2 billion) (2018)
ParentThe Walt Disney Company India (The Walt Disney Company)
SubsidiariesAsianet Star Communications
Disney+ Hotstar
Fox Star Studios
Mashal Sports (74%)
Football Sports Development (40%)
Star TV
UTV Software Communications

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



Star TV (Satellite Television Asian Region) was founded in 1990 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.[5]


In 1990, Star TV included Star Plus (then an English-language entertainment channel), Prime Sports, Channel V, Star Movies.[5][6]

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.[7][8] Murdoch declared that:[9]

(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.[10][11][12]

In 1998, STAR News was launched as a dedicated news channel with content from NDTV.[13]


In 2001, Star India acquired South India based Vijay TV.[14] 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 (JV) with Anand Bazar Patrika Group to comply with the regulations set for uplinking of news and 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 Anandabazar Patrika Group.[15][16]

In 2004, Star One was launched as a Hindi content channel.[17] In 2008, Star Jalsha, a Bengali language entertainment channel and Star Pravah, a Marathi language entertainment channel were launched.[18][19]

In 2009, Star India acquired Trivandrum, India based media conglomerate Asianet Communications Limited which served Malayalam language content.[20] In August 2009, the Star Group restructured its Asian broadcast businesses into three units – Star India, Star, and Fox International Channels Asia.[21]

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.[22] This venture was called Star CJ.

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.[23]


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.[24][25][26][27][28]

In 2015, Star India launched its video-on-demand service, Hotstar (now Disney+ Hotstar) and forayed into online streaming.[29]

In 2015, Star India acquired broadcast businesses of Maa Television Pvt. Ltd to boost its presence in Telugu speaking markets where Star didn't have any presence before. By this acquisition, Star has a regional presence in the entire South Indian markets.[30]

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.[31][32]

On 28 August 2017, Star India replaced its Hindi Entertainment channel Life OK with a free-to-air channel Star Bharat.[33]

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.[34]

On 14 December 2017, The Walt Disney Company announced the acquisition of 21st Century Fox, which included Star India.[35]

On 13 December 2018, Disney announced Uday Shankar who serves as chairman of Star India would lead Disney's Asian operations and would become the new chairman of Disney India, which became a wholly owned subsidiary of The Walt Disney Company, being re-organized under The Walt Disney Company (India) Private Limited.[36] On 27 August 2018, the channel Star Life was launched in Africa in English language offering the English dubbed Indian Hindi series from the Indian star channels.[37][38]

On 4 January 2019, Star TV shut down its television operations in USA for the promotion of its digital counterpart, Hotstar.[39]

On 20 March 2019, Star India became a subsidiary of Disney India as the deal was Open. Now, Disney India owns UTV and Star India TV channels.

On 30 December 2020, Disney announced that the Star branding would be replaced with Utsav from February 1 in the Netherlands,[40] with the Utsav Gold, Utsav Plus and Utsav Bharat branding launching in the UK on 22 January 2021, Star Vijay's international feed also changed a new logo based with Utsav Network in yellow colour and rebranded as Vijay TV around the world on that same day, Utsav Network would separated to Star Gold, Plus and Bharat, the Asian feed would launch in South Korea.[41]

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.[42] 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.[43] 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.[44]

STAR India Entertainment provides 51 channels while STAR India Sports provides 17 channels.


Owned channels

On air channels

Channel Launched Language Genre SD/HD Availability Notes
Asianet 1993 Malayalam General Entertainment SD+HD
Asianet Plus 2005 SD
Asianet Movies 2012 Movies HD Feed Launching Soon
Asianet Middle East 2010 General Entertainment
Asianet Music 2021 Music SD Launching Soon
BabyTV 2009 English Kids SD+HD
Fox Life 2008 English, Hindi, Tamil, Telugu Lifestyle
National Geographic 1998 Infotainment Also in 4K resolution
Nat Geo Wild 2009
Star Bharat 2017 Hindi General Entertainment
Star Gold 1999 Movies Also in 4K resolution
Star Gold 2 2020
Star Gold Romance Movies Launching Soon
Star Gold Select 2017
Star Jalsha 2008 Bengali General Entertainment
Star Jalsha Movies 2012 Movies
Star Maa 2002 Telugu General Entertainment
Star Maa Movies 2011 Movies
Star Maa Gold 2012 SD
Star Maa Music 2008 Music
Star Movies 1991 English, Hindi, Tamil, Telugu Movies SD+HD
Star Movies Select HD 2015 HD
Star Pravah 2008 Marathi General Entertainment SD+HD
StarPlus 1991 Hindi
ESPN Launching soon in 2022 English Sports
Star Sports 1 1996
Star Sports 2 2013
Star Sports 3 2018 Hindi, Malayalam, Bangla
Star Sports Select 1 2016 English
Star Sports Select 2 2016
Star Sports 1 Hindi 2017 Hindi
Star Sports Tamil 1 2017 Tamil SD Replaced from Star sports 4
Star Sports Telugu 1 2018 Telugu
Star Sports Kannada 1 2018 Kannada
Star Sports Bangla 1 2019 Bengali
Star Sports Marathi 1 2019 Marathi
Star Sports First 2017 Hindi
Star Suvarna 2007 Kannada General Entertainment SD+HD
Star Suvarna Plus 2013 Movies SD
Star Utsav 2004 Hindi General Entertainment
Star Utsav Movies 2016 Movies
Star Vijay 1994 Tamil General Entertainment SD+HD
Star Vijay Super 2016 Movies SD HD Feed Launching Soon
Star Vijay Music 2020 Music
Star World 1991 English General Entertainment SD+HD
Star World Premiere HD 2013 HD
Star Life 2018 SD+HD International Channels
Utsav Plus 2021 Hindi General Entertainment SD+HD
Utsav Bharat 2021 SD
Utsav Gold 2021 Movies SD+HD
UTV HD 2011 Hindi Movies HD
UTV Action (Indian channel) 2015 Hindi Movies SD
UTV Movies (Indian Channel) 2013 Hindi Movies SD

Defunct channels

Channel Language Category SD/HD availability Notes
Star One Hindi General Entertainment SD replaced by Life OK
Life OK SD+HD replaced by Star Bharat
Movies OK Movies SD replaced by Star Gold 2
Star Movies Action English
FX General Entertainment SD+HD
Fox Crime Hindi, English Infotainment SD
Star CJ Alive Shopping
Star Sports 4 English, Tamil Sports SD+HD rebranded as Star Sports 1 Tamil
Star News Hindi News SD only rebranded as ABP News
Star Majha Marathi rebranded as ABP Majha
Star Ananda Bengali rebranded as ABP Ananda
Channel V Hindi Music SD rebranded as Star Sports 3
Nat Geo People English Lifestyle SD+HD
Nat Geo Music Music
UTV Bindass Hindi Entertainment SD


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.[46]

In January 2019, Star India Shut Down It’s Linear TV Services In South America, USA, North America & Canada and shifted all services to Hotstar USA.[47]

In April 2020, the service merged with Disney+ in India forming Disney+ Hotstar. Hotstar operates independently and coexists with Disney+ in Canada, Singapore, UK and US.

National Sports Network in India

The STAR sports group planned to build a national sports network in India. The plan included broadcasting in Indian languages. 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 would be predominantly a Hindi-only channel. STAR planned 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 were also planned to be launched by STAR. In football, Barclays Premier League is also considered for regional broadcasting by STAR.[48]


Kyunki Saas Bhi Kabhi Bahu Thi, Kahaani Ghar Ghar Ki, Kasautii Zindagii Kay, Kaun Banega Crorepati aired on Star Plus during 2000s, made the channel the market leader in India becoming the flagship channel of Star India.[49][50]

Disney+ Hotstar, a subsidiary of Star India, censored the Last Week Tonight with John Oliver's A commentators episode on Narendra Modi where John Oliver discusses Prime Minister Modi and his Hindu Nationalism as a growing threat to democracy in India.[51][52][53]

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