Sun TV
The logo of Sun TV
Broadcast areaWorldwide
NetworkSun TV Network
HeadquartersChennai, Tamil Nadu, India
Picture format1080i HDTV
(downscaled to 576i for the SDTV feed)
OwnerSUN Group
Sister channelsSun TV Network (Channels)
Launched14 April 1993; 30 years ago (1993-04-14)[1]
11 December 2011 (2011-12-11) (HDTV)
WebsiteSun TV

Sun TV is an Indian Tamil-language general entertainment pay television channel owned by Sun TV Network. It was launched on 14 April 1993. It is the flagship channel of the Chennai-based media conglomerate Sun Group's Sun TV Network. It was founded and is owned by Kalanithi Maran.[2]

It was started airing on open network (Antenna) on 14 July 2002 at the time of "Majunu" Tamil movie premiering. Then it was removed from this open network on 2005. It was also removed from free on 9 November 2007. Sun TV launched its HD version on 11 December 2011.[3]

Since its inception, the channel consistently remains the top rated Tamil channel and one of the top rated Indian television channel.[4][5][6]


Sun TV is the flagship channel of Sun TV Network which started on the Tamil New Year, 14 April 1993.[7][8][9]

It started off with a four and a half hour programming per day on a time sharing agreement with ATN. However, in January 1997 it became 24 hours programming channel.

Sun TV was listed on the Bombay Stock Exchange on 24 April 2006 upon raising $133 million.[10] It is the most viewed Tamil television channel in the world with syndicated broadcasts in several countries such as the United States, United Arab Emirates, Singapore, Malaysia, Sri Lanka, Australia, Canada, South Africa, Qatar, Hong Kong, Europe (United Kingdom, France, Germany, Italy, Denmark, Austria, Switzerland, Netherlands and Ireland) and other countries.[11]


Main article: List of programs broadcast by Sun TV (India)


On 8 December 2013, the Little India Riot broke out at Singapore. On 9 December 2013, Sun TV made a false news report on the riot saying that the deceased was pushed out of the bus by the driver, as well as attacked by locals. Lim Thuan Kuan, Singapore's High Commissioner to India, protest against the false report. As a result, Sun TV issued a correction the following day and apologized for the error.[12]


Sun TV also hosts numerous film-industry–related events in Tamil Nadu and the Sun Kudumbam Awards ceremony biannually.[13]

Sister Channels


KTV is an Indian movie pay television channel owned by Sun TV Network broadcasting Tamil-language films. It was launched on 22 October 2001.[14]

Sun Music

Sun Music is India's first 24-hour music pay television channel led by the well-known Sun TV Network of India. It was launched on 5 September 2004. Its HD counterpart was launched on 11 December 2011.[15]

Chutti TV

Chutti TV is a 24-hour Tamil kids pay television channel from the Sun TV Network in India. The target audience are children aged between 3 and 17. It was launched on 29 April 2007, making it Sun TV Network's first ever television channel for kids.[16]

Adithya TV

Adithya TV is a 24-hour Tamil comedy pay television channel from the Sun TV Network in India.[17] It was launched on 8 February 2009.[18]

Sun News

Sun News is a 24-hour Tamil news satellite pay television channel headquartered at Chennai, Tamil Nadu. It was launched on 7 May 2000.[19]

Sun Life

Sun Life is a 24-hour Tamil classic satellite pay television channel which broadcasts classic songs and movies. It was launched in 2013.


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