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Star Channel
Star Channel Greece logo.svg
CountryGreece
Broadcast areaNational
Programming
Language(s)Greek
Picture format1080i HDTV
(downscaled to 16:9 576i for the SDTV feed)
Ownership
OwnerNew Television S.A. (Giannis Vardinogiannis)
Sister channelsOmega TV Cyprus
History
Launched4 December 1993
Former namesChannel 29 (1990-1993)
Links
WebsiteSTAR CHANNEL
Availability
Terrestrial
DigeaAll over Greece at local frequencies

Star Channel is a Greek free-to-air television channel that broadcasts a mix of foreign and Greek shows. It was launched in December 1993 and is owned by New Television S.A.

Star Channel is known in Greece mostly for its programming style, both in terms of live shows and news content, with an increased focus on lifestyle, showbiz, gossip, and fashion news, and on "comedic" presentation.[not verified in body]

In 2013, Star started combining information with entertainment, resulting in the channel's shift to a more serious tone. Star Channel generated 64 million in net profit in 2014 which represents a 32.2% increase from the previous year.[not verified in body]

History

Star Channel was launched on 4 December 1993 to compete with Mega, ANT1, Alpha TV and ERT Channels. It began broadcasting children's programs as well as foreign series. In 1994 – Star Channel began to exchange family/children's programs from Alpha, then known as Skai (Greek spelling of Sky) with Star's children's programming. Star Channel made its international debut in 2005, joining the UBI World TV platform, which made Star available to viewers in Australia as well as in Asia and Africa. UBI World TV launched in New Zealand in 2008 making Star International available there.

In March 2011, Star Channel began showing some of its programs in 16:9 – mostly television series and films – and as of April, it switched to 16:9 for all its programming, including its own shows and news broadcasts.

In March 2016, Star Channel started its pilot broadcast of STAR HD (1080i) through Digea in Attica and Central Macedonia on February 27, 2016.

Programming

Star Channel airs 24/7 news, shows and reality shows, foreign series and many movies with premieres. The network also airs a seven-hour weekend morning animation block called "Starland".

09:00 am – 12:00 pm Breakfast At Star
12:00 pm – 14:00 pm Alithies me ti Zina (Truths with Zina)
15:00 pm – 16:00 pm Star Afternoon News
16:00 pm – 17:40 pm Shopping Star
18:40 pm – 19:50 pm Wheel of Fortune Greece
19:50 pm – 21:00 pm Star Central News

Current programs

Game shows

Wheel of Fortune Greece

Shopping Star

Soap operas

Tria Milia (Three Miles)

Talk shows

Alithies me ti Zina (Truths with Zina)

Breakfast At Star

Former shows on Star Daytime

Soap operas

Game shows

Talk shows / Variety shows

Star International

Star International was launched in November 2005 and airs the "best of" Star Channel programming to Greeks in the Asia Pacific region, Africa and North America.

Star International is currently available to viewers in Australia, New Zealand, South Africa and Asia through TV Plus; it operates on a 24-hour schedule.

In October 2009, Star International officially launched in North America, available exclusively on RCN Cable in the United States but in June 2010, RCN Cable dropped the channel due to the low number of subscriptions.

In May 2011, Star International re-launched in the US and was made available via satellite on the Home2US platform. In late 2012, Home2US ceased operations. The channel is currently available in North America through IPTV provider Ellas TV.

On September 23, 2014, Star International launched in Canada via Bell Fibe TV.

On December 10, 2020, Star International launched on Bell Satellite TV, making the channel available across Canada.