Star Sports
TypeSports
CountryIndia
Broadcast areaIndian subcontinent
NetworkDisney Star
HeadquartersMumbai, Maharashtra, India
Programming
Language(s)Hindi
Bengali
English
Kannada
Malayalam
Tamil
Telugu
Picture format1080i HDTV
(downscaled to letterboxed 576i for the SDTV feed)
Ownership
OwnerDisney India
Sister channelsDisney Star Channels
History
Launched28 October 1996; 27 years ago (28 October 1996)
Links
Websitehotstar.com TV Schedule
Availability
Streaming media
Disney+ HotstarIndia, Indonesia, Malaysia, Thailand and Vietnam
HotstarCanada, United Kingdom and Singapore

Star Sports is a group of South Asian pay television sports channels operated by Disney Star a subsidiary of Disney India.

The networks were initially formed in 1991 as Star Hospital a joint venture between Star TV and Tele-Communications Inc. (TCI) known as Prime Sports, taking their name from TCI's U.S. regional sports networks of the same name. In 1996, Star agreed to merge its sports networks in Asia with those of its rival ESPN, forming ESPN Star Sports. In June 2012, News Corporation acquired ESPN's stake in the joint venture; its corporate successor 21st Century Fox was, in turn, acquired by ESPN's majority-owner The Walt Disney Company in 2019.

Star Sports is a major broadcaster of cricket in India, holding the pay television rights to domestic national team matches, the Indian Premier League, and International Cricket Council (ICC) tournaments. Streaming rights to many Star Sports properties are held in India by sister streaming service Disney+ Hotstar.

History

Hong Kong-based Star TV launched Prime Sports (later renamed Star Sports) in partnership with American company TCI, which owned Prime-branded regional sports channels. The channel was broadcast across Asia, including India, as with the footprint of AsiaSat 7. Star TV has since regionalized the channel with several versions. Later, ESPN joined the region as a competitor to Star Sports.[1]

In October 1996, Star Sports announced an agreement to merge its operations with those of ESPN International in the region, forming a Singapore-based joint venture known as ESPN Star Sports.[2][3]

In June 2012, it was announced that Star TV, by then owned by News Corporation, would acquire ESPN's share in ESPN Star Sports.[4][5] The sale was completed in January 2013.[6][7] On 11 March 2013, Star Sports 2, a Hindi-language sports channel, was launched as a sister channel to Star Sports, Star Cricket and ESPN.[8]

On 6 November 2013, Star Sports introduced a new brand identity and re-aligned its channels in India;[9] Star Sports became Star Sports 1; Star Cricket and Star Hospital became Star Sports 3, a Hindi language channel; ESPN became Star Sports 4, a Tamil language channel, and Star Cricket HD, Star Hospital HD and ESPN HD became Star Sports HD1 and HD2 and Star Hospital HD1, HD2, HD3, HD4, HD5 respectively.[10][11] In Hong Kong, Taiwan and Southeast Asia, the ESPN Star Sports channels were relaunched by Fox International Channels Asia Pacific as Fox Sports.[12][13][14][15] ESPN International later established a partnership with Multi-Screen Media in October 2015, which rebranded Sony Kix as Sony ESPN in January 2016.[16]

Star India planned to replace the troubled Channel V with Star Sports 1 Kannada on 16 November 2017, but the delay in regulatory approval meant the plan was postponed. Later, Star India replaced Channel V into the current iteration of Star Sports 3 on 15 September 2018,[17][18][19][20] and launched Star Sports 1 Telugu and Star Sports 1 Kannada as new channels on 7 and 29 December 2018, respectively.[21][22] In the meantime, Kannada commentary of Star Sports' coverage of the Indian Premier League was broadcast on Star Suvarna.[23]

21st Century Fox was acquired by Disney on 19 March 2019, giving it ownership of Star Sports.[24]

Ahead of the 2023 Indian Premier League—whose streaming rights would now be owned by JioCinema—Star Sports announced that it would launch feeds of Star Sports 1 Tamil and Telugu in HD on 15 March 2023. Concurrently, the Bangla and Marathi feeds were discontinued.[25][26] In June 2023, in response to JioCinema's decision to stream every IPL 2023 match for free, Star Sports and Disney+ Hotstar announced that the 2023 Asia Cup and 2023 Men's Cricket World Cup would stream for free on mobile devices.[27]

Channels

Channel Language SD/HD Availability Notes
Star Sports 1 English, Malayalam SD+HD replaced Star Sports
Star Sports 2 English, Hindi, Tamil, Telugu
Star Sports 3 Hindi SD HD version launching soon
SD replaced Channel V
Star Sports Select 1 English SD+HD SD replaced Star Sports 4 HD
Star Sports Select 2 SD replaced FX SD
Star Sports 1 Hindi Hindi, Gujarati, Marathi, Bengali SD formerly Star Cricket
HD formerly ESPN HD
Star Sports First Hindi, English SD replaced FX HD
Star Sports 1 Kannada Kannada HD version launching soon
Star Sports 1 Telugu Telugu SD+HD
Star Sports 1 Tamil Tamil SD replaced Star Sports 4
HD replaced Star World SD

Former channels

Channel Language SD/HD Availability Notes
Star Cricket Hindi, English SD+HD Replaced by Star Sports 1 Hindi
ESPN English Replaced by Star Sports 4
Star Hospital (1-5) Replaced by Indian Premier League
Star Sports 4 Replaced by Star Sports 1 Tamil
Star Sports 1 Bangla Bengali SD Discontinued on 14 March 2023
Star Sports 1 Marathi Marathi

Programming

Events Host Channels Streaming
Premier Badminton League (2013–2024)  India Star Sports Select 1 & 2 HD (In English) Disney+ Hotstar (India Only)
Lanka Premier League (2023)[28]  Sri Lanka Star Sports 1 HD (In English) Only TV rights
Andhra Premier League  India Star Sports 1 Telugu HD
Maharaja T20 Trophy  India Star Sports 2 HD (In English)
Star Sports 1 Kannada HD
Tamil Nadu Premier League  India Star Sports 3 (In English)
Star Sports 1 Tamil HD
ICC Events Decided by International Cricket Council Star Sports 1 & 2 HD (In English)
Star Sports 1 Hindi HD
Star Sports 1 Kannada HD
Star Sports 1 Tamil HD
Star Sports 1 Telugu HD
Star Sports Select 2 HD (In English)
Disney+ Hotstar (India Only)
Asia Cup
Women's Twenty20 Asia Cup

ACC Under-19 Asia Cup

Decided by Asian Cricket Council Star Sports 1 HD (In English)
Star Sports 1 Hindi HD
Star Sports 1 Kannada HD
Star Sports 1 Tamil HD
Star Sports 1 Telugu HD
Cricket in South Africa (2021–2024) Decided by CSA Star Sports 1 HD (In English)
Star Sports 1 Hindi HD
Star Sports 1 Kannada HD
Star Sports 1 Tamil HD
Star Sports 1 Telugu HD
Star Sports Select 1 & 2 HD (In English)
Cricket in Australia (2023–2030) Decided by CA Star Sports 1 HD (In English)
Star Sports 1 Hindi HD
Star Sports 1 Kannada HD
Star Sports 1 Tamil HD
Star Sports 1 Telugu HD
Star Sports Select 1 & 2 HD (In English)
Indian Premier League (2018–2027)  India Star Sports 1 & 2 HD (In English)
Star Sports Select 1 HD (In English)
Star Sports 1 Hindi HD
Star Sports 1 Kannada
Star Sports 3 English
Star Sports 1 Tamil HD
Star Sports 1 Telugu HD
Star Gold HD (In Hindi)
Star Utsav Movies (In Hindi)
Vijay Super (Tamil)
Star Maa Gold (Telugu)
Star Suvarna Plus(Kannada)
Asianet Plus (Malayalam ) Sunday match
Only TV rights
Big Bash League (2023–2030)  Australia Star Sports 2 HD (In English)
Star Sports Select 1 & 2 HD (In English
Star Sports 1 Hindi HD (Only weekends)
Disney+ Hotstar (India Only)
Caribbean Premier League (2023)  West Indies Star Sports 2 HD (In English)
Legends League Cricket (2023[29])  India Star Sports 1 HD (In English)
Premier League  England Star Sports 3 (In Bengali, Malayalam, English)
Star Sports Select 1 & 2 HD (In English)
Formula E World Championship Decided by Formula E Star Sports Select 1 & 2 HD
Pro Kabaddi League  India Star Sports 2 HD (In English)
Star Sports 1 Hindi HD
Star Sports 1 Kannada HD
Star Sports 1 Tamil HD
Star Sports 1 Telugu HD
ONE Championship  Thailand
 Singapore
Star Sports Select 1 & 2 HD (In English)
Wimbledon  United Kingdom Star Sports Select 1 & 2 HD (In English)

Sister Channel

Star Clinic

Star Clinic is a clinic going to star clinic was formed in 1991 September 21 Also as Clinic On 10 August 2009, Star Clinic rebranded as Star Clinic from 10 August 2023 it was closed down 11 May and 21 May 2017, Replaced by IPL 2017.

See also

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