జెమినీ టీవీ
Gemini TV
CountryIndia
Broadcast areaIndia, Singapore, Middle East, Malaysia and Thailand
NetworkSun TV Network[1]
HeadquartersHyderabad, Telangana, India
Programming
Language(s)Telugu
Picture format1080i HDTV
(downscaled to letterboxed 576i for the SDTV feed)
Ownership
OwnerSUN Group
Sister channelsSun TV Network (Channels)
History
Launched9 February 1995 (28 years ago) (1995-02-09)
Links
WebsiteGemini TV

Gemini TV is an Indian Telugu language general entertainment pay television channel owned by Sun TV Network. It was launched on 9 February 1995. [8] Gemini TV is the first satellite TV channel in Telugu.[3][4] The channel's programming consists of serials, films, film-based programs and game shows alongside some reality shows. Gemini TV HD was launched on 11 December 2011.[9]

History

Gemini TV was launched on 9 February 1995.[10][11][12] It is founded by Gemini Group of Hyderabad (run by A. Manohar Prasad, grandson of L. V. Prasad), in association with Sun TV Network.[18] In 1996-97, Sun TV Network acquired a controlling interest in the channel.[8] Gemini TV is the first satellite TV channel in Telugu.[3][4] Gemini TV began with only a four-hour service via a Rimsat satellite uplinked from Singapore.[3][15] Later it expanded its broadcast time to 12 hours a day.[2] By May 2000, Gemini was considered as a strong number two to the leader ETV.[19]

The Sun Group started working in the television business through three companies of which Gemini Television Private Limited broadcast Telugu language channels, while Sun Television Private Limited and Uday Television Private Limited broadcast Tamil and Kannada language channels respectively.[20] In November 2006, Kalanithi Maran merged Gemini TV Ltd with Sun TV Network Ltd along with Udaya TV Ltd for the IPO listing of Sun TV Network.[21][22][23]

Sun18

Network18 Group has 50% dealing distribution with Sun TV Network, which led them to make Sun18. In July 2010, with the creation of Sun18, Sun TV Network became responsible for the South Indian market, while Network18 was responsible for the North Indian market.[24][25]

Market

By May 2000, Gemini was considered as a strong number two to the leader ETV.[19] From early 2000s, Gemini remained the market leader until 2016. But in 2017-18, Gemini TV slipped to third or fourth positions, due to heavy competition from ETV, Zee Telugu and especially Star Maa. This situation further worsened during the years 2019, 2020 and 2021 and Gemini TV lost most of its market share. But sometimes it did regain its majority share, but it was not constant.

Sun TV Network, its parent company tried to regain its lost viewership by introducing some new reality shows. But it was only a partial success. As of September 2022, it still has not regained its lost viewership, with its situation worsening.

Sister Channels

Gemini Movies

Gemini Movies is an Indian Telugu language movies pay television channel owned by Sun TV Network. it was launched in May 2000 under the name Teja TV. In October 2010, Teja TV was renamed as Gemini Movies.

Gemini Music

Gemini Music is India's first Telugu language music pay television channel owned by the Sun TV Network. It was launched in 2005.

Kushi TV

Kushi TV is an Indian Telugu language kids pay television channel owned by Sun TV Network. It was launched on 9 April 2009 and broadcasts cartoons and kids programmes in Telugu.

Gemini Comedy

Gemini Comedy is India's first Telugu language comedy pay television channel owned by Sun TV Network. It was launched in 2009. Previously it was named as Navvulu TV.

Gemini Life

Gemini Life is an Indian Telugu language classic movie pay television channel which broadcasts classic movies. It was launched in 2013.

Defunct Channels

Gemini News

Gemini News is an Indian Telugu language news pay television channel owned by Sun TV Network. it was launched in May 2004 with much publicity and got good ratings on the first 7-10 years but after the entry of various players it ratings gradually decreased in the competative segment and mounted to losses as a result, it was closed on 1 February 2019 and was replaced by Bengali General Entertainment Channel, Sun Bangla.

Programming

Main article: List of programmes broadcast by Gemini TV

See also

References

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  2. ^ a b c Thomas, Amos Owen (15 September 2005). Imagi-Nations and Borderless Television: Media, Culture and Politics Across Asia. SAGE Publications India. p. 117. ISBN 978-81-321-0359-2.
  3. ^ a b c d Singh, Dr Paramveer (5 August 2021). Indian Silver Screen. K.K. Publications. p. 180.
  4. ^ a b c "History of Sun network and its channels mentioned by "Sun TV"". Televisionpoint.com. Archived from the original on 1 June 2007. Retrieved 19 October 2022.
  5. ^ Juluri, Vamsee (2004). Becoming A Global Audience. Orient Longman Private Limited. p. 31. ISBN 978-81-250-2741-6. .... Gemini TV, a Telugu satellite channel that was acquired by the Sun TV group in 1997.
  6. ^ Warrier, Shobha (4 November 1998). "Business Special: Sun rises in the west". Rediff.com. Retrieved 19 October 2022. Now, within 18 months after taking over Gemini, the channel is close to ETV.
  7. ^ Heitzman, James (2004). Network City: Planning the Information Society in Bangalore. Oxford University Press. p. 244. ISBN 978-0-19-566606-9. The Sun group also acquired a controlling interest in the Telugu language Gemini TV which competed against Eenadu TV .....
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  9. ^ "Gemini TV HD launched". BSE India. Retrieved 18 December 2019.
  10. ^ Bel, Bernard; Brouwer, Jan; Das, Biswajit; Parthasarathi, Vibodh; Poitevin, Guy (13 December 2005). Media and Mediation. SAGE Publications India. p. 331. ISBN 978-81-321-0269-4.
  11. ^ "We have turned one more year younger and completed 25 successful years!". Gemini TV. 9 February 2020. Retrieved 19 October 2022 – via Twitter.
  12. ^ a b Business World, Volume 16. Business World, ABP Group. 1996. pp. 114, 115. Gemini TV (started in February 1995 by A. Manohar Prasad, a film and TV software producer) ....
  13. ^ Interaction. Vol. 15–17. National Council of Developmental Communication. 1997. p. 82. Gemini TV Telugu channel launched by a grandson of legendary film producer, the late L. V. Prasad.
  14. ^ Chatterjee, Anshu Nagpal (2003). Global Communication and Television Development: Community Mediation in Multicultural India. University of California, Berkeley. pp. 70, 71. Gemini TV, also started to broadcast in 1995, is a venture between the Prasad family, a film producer, and Kalanidhi Maran of the very successful Sun TV in Tamil Nadu.
  15. ^ a b Agarwal, Amit (28 February 1995). "As TV revolution unfolds, global & Indian players vie with each other promising greater choices". India Today. Retrieved 19 October 2022. Two platforms where several new regional players are coming up are the Rimsat satellites, G1 and G2. Sun TV has launched two more channels on G1: Gemini TV, a Telugu channel in association with the Gemini group of Hyderabad (run by Ramesh Prasad, grandson of the legendary film personality L.V. Prasad), ...
  16. ^ Kumar, Shanti (1 October 2010). Gandhi Meets Primetime: Globalization and Nationalism in Indian Television. University of Illinois Press. pp. 10, 11. ISBN 978-0-252-09166-7.
  17. ^ Desai, Mira K. (21 November 2021). Regional Language Television in India: Profiles and Perspectives. Taylor & Francis. ISBN 978-1-000-47008-6. The private satellite channels in Hyderabad began transmission with the launch of Gemini TV in Telugu on February 9, 1994, by a film production family but could not sustain it and later sold it to the media group Sun TV Network.
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  20. ^ Singh, Dr Paramveer (5 August 2021). Indian Silver Screen. K.K. Publications. p. 172.
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  22. ^ "Sun TV Board approves Amalgamation & Merger". EquityBulls. 1 December 2006. Retrieved 18 December 2019.
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  24. ^ "Network18, Sun form distribution JV". Indiantelevision.com. 13 July 2010. Retrieved 19 October 2022.
  25. ^ "Sun Network ties up with Network18 to form Sun18". The Hindu. 13 July 2010. ISSN 0971-751X. Retrieved 19 October 2022.