Fox Life
Fox life logo.svg
CountryUnited States
Headquarters1211 Avenue of the Americas, New York, New York
Programming
Language(s)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
  • 13 May 2004; 18 years ago (2004-05-13) (first broadcast in Italy)
  • 1 July 2005 (2005-07-01) (Latin America)
  • 4 November 2013 (2013-11-04) (United States)
  • 1 October 2017 (2017-10-01) (Southeast Asia & Hong Kong)
Closed
  • 31 December 2009; 12 years ago (2009-12-31) (France)
  • 30 September 2011; 10 years ago (2011-09-30) (Japan)
  • 16 January 2015; 7 years ago (2015-01-16) (Poland)
  • 22 September 2015; 6 years ago (2015-09-22) (Flanders)
  • 31 December 2016; 5 years ago (2016-12-31) (Netherlands)
  • 1 July 2020; 2 years ago (2020-07-01) (Italy)
  • 30 September 2020; 22 months ago (2020-09-30) (Africa)[1]
  • 1 January 2021; 19 months ago (2021-01-01) (South Korea and Turkey)
  • 22 February 2021; 17 months ago (2021-02-22) (Latin America as Fox Life)
  • 16 March 2021; 16 months ago (2021-03-16) (SD Feed, Malaysia)
  • 1 September 2021; 11 months ago (2021-09-01) (Now TV feed, Hong Kong)
  • 1 October 2021; 10 months ago (2021-10-01) (Southeast Asia and Hong Kong)[2]
  • 31 December 2021; 7 months ago (2021-12-31) (Spain)[3]
  • 31 March 2022; 4 months ago (2022-03-31) (United States) (Latin America as Star Life)
Replaced by
Former names
Links
Website

Fox Life is an international pay television network, launched by the Fox Networks Group in 2004. The network has been discontinued in several markets over time, except for the Middle East, Bulgaria, Portugal, the Balkans, India and Greece.

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 first launched in Italy on May 13, 2004, Portugal on May 19, 2005, and in 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, 2008.[4] Fox Life launched in the United States on November 4, 2013.[5]

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 by the Finnish version as well because it shared the Fox Life feed with the Belgium provider of satellite television, TV Vlaanderen Digitaal.[6]

Launch in Southeast Asia

On October 1, 2017, Hong Kong and Southeast Asian version of Star World was rebranded to Fox Life.[7][8][9]

Fox Life
Fox life logo.svg
CountryHong Kong
HeadquartersHong Kong
Taiwan
Programming
Language(s)English
Picture formatHDTV 1080i
SDTV 576i
Ownership
OwnerDisney Star
History
LaunchedOctober 1, 2017; 4 years ago (2017-10-01)
ClosedOctober 1, 2021; 10 months ago (2021-10-01)
Links
WebsiteFoxLife.it Defunct

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.[10]

Fox Networks Group Benelux announced that Fox Life would officially close in the Netherlands on December 31, 2016.[11]

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.[12] The networks closed on 31 March 2022 along with the American version.[13]

Closing in Southeast Asia

From 1 September 2021, FOX Life along with other 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) cease transmission on Now TV Hong Kong.[14]

After 11 years of broadcasting, FOX Life along with other 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[15]) end all operations from 1 October 2021 with the very final and last two (2) programs aired is The Good Doctor (Malaysia and Brunei Only) and The Unicorn (Rest of Southeast Asia and Hong Kong). Before showing a farewell video of Thank You From Fox Life, promo of In the Dark Season 3, and the message "This channel is no longer available, thank you for watching." after both programs. All these channels shows moved to Disney+ (in Singapore, Philippines, Hong Kong and Taiwan) and Disney+ Hotstar (in Southeast Asia outside Singapore and Philippines),[16] thus the channel space once occupied by the original incarnation of Star Plus 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.[17]

See also

References

  1. ^ "Going dark on DStv: Disney's FOX Life and Disney XD the next TV channels leaving MultiChoice's pay-TV service at the end of September 2020". TV with Thinus. 7 September 2020. Retrieved 16 March 2021.
  2. ^ Multiple sources:
  3. ^ Layton, Mark (5 January 2022). "Disney closes Spanish pay-tv channels Fox Life & Viajar". TBI Vision. Retrieved 5 January 2022.
  4. ^ "[Kabel] Fox Life Nederland start op 7 september". Sat4all – Alles over Satelliet TV, Ziggo en Telenet! (in Dutch). Retrieved 16 March 2021.
  5. ^ "Fox to launch Fox Life, a new channel for U.S Hispanics". Fox News Latino. 13 March 2015. Archived from the original on 13 March 2015. Retrieved 16 March 2021.
  6. ^ Jarco Kriek (12 November 2011). "CanalDigitaal-abonnees moeten The Simpsons op FOXlife missen" (in Dutch). Totaal TV.
  7. ^ "Turn on as Star World rebrands to FOX life - InqPOP!". InqPOP!. 2 October 2017.
  8. ^ "Star World X FOX Life: The 'Makeover' Begins!". YouTube. 28 August 2017. Retrieved 28 August 2017.
  9. ^ "NGC to launch 4 new channels; seeks licences for 4 Fox channels in India". Exchange4media.com. 27 November 2008. Archived from the original on 29 September 2011. Retrieved 7 July 2012.
  10. ^ Jarco Kriek (21 September 2015). "24Kitchen vervangt Foxlife Bij CanalDigitaal" (in Dutch). Totaal TV.
  11. ^ Jarco Kriek (2 November 2016). "FOXlife stopt" (in Dutch). Totaal TV.
  12. ^ "Disney Renaming Fox Channels In Latin America To Star". 27 November 2020. Retrieved 16 March 2021.
  13. ^ Cardozo, Alberto (10 January 2022). "Disney XD, Nat Geo Kids, Star Life, Nat Geo Wild y FXM cesarán, transmisiones en Latinoamérica en marzo". ANMTVLA (in Spanish). Retrieved 10 January 2022.
  14. ^ "Disney pulling plug on Asian sports channels in DTC pivot - SportsPro Media". www.sportspromedia.com. Retrieved 29 April 2021.
  15. ^ "Disney pulling plug on Asian sports channels in DTC pivot - SportsPro Media". www.sportspromedia.com. Retrieved 29 April 2021.
  16. ^ Middleton, Richard (28 April 2021). "Disney to close 18 channels in Asia as streaming focus expands". Digital TV Europe. Retrieved 29 April 2021.((cite web)): CS1 maint: url-status (link)
  17. ^ "Fox Life - Ceasing distribution effective March 31, 2022". National Cable Television Cooperative (U.S.). Disney Media & Distribution. 21 December 2021. Retrieved 9 January 2022.