Sun TV Tamil
Sun TV logo.svg
The logo of Sun TV
Broadcast areaWorld wide
NetworkSun TV Network
HeadquartersChennai, Tamil Nadu, India
Picture format1080i HDTV
(downscaled to 576i for the SDTV feed)
OwnerSun Network Pvt Ltd
Launched14 April 1993; 29 years ago (1993-04-14)[1]
31 December 1996 (1996-12-31) (HDTV)
WebsiteSun TV

SUN TV Tamil 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 July 14' 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 dd dth 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)


Sun TV also hosts numerous film-industry–related events in Tamil Nadu and the Sun Kudumbam Awards ceremony biannually.[12]


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  3. ^ "Sun TV HD launched". Retrieved 28 November 2015.
  4. ^ "The amazing rise of Sun TV". web)): CS1 maint: url-status (link)
  5. ^ Vijayakumar, Sanjay; Kandavel, Sangeetha (22 October 2018). "Sun group bets big on second channel to take on competition". The Hindu.((cite news)): CS1 maint: url-status (link)
  6. ^ "WEEK 44 - DATA: Week 44: Saturday, 30th October 2021 To Friday, 5th November 2021". Broadcast Audience Research Council. Archived from the original on 16 November 2021. Retrieved 16 November 2021.
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  8. ^ Karmali, Naazneen (30 November 2009). "Strong Signal". Forbes. Retrieved 8 August 2010.
  9. ^ "Rediff India Abroad, April 28, 2006 – Kalanithi Maran: A 'Sunshine' story, by Sanjiv Shankaran and S. Bridget Leena in New Delhi". Retrieved 24 January 2012.
  10. ^ Bharatan, Shilpa (27 March 2006). ", Monday, April 24, 2006, 6:36pm PT – Sun TV shines on Exchange". Variety. Retrieved 24 January 2012.
  11. ^ Ram, Arun (7 November 2005). "Karunanidhis pull out of Sun TV". Daily News and Analysis.
  12. ^ Sharma, Kishore (8 November 2005). "Karunanidhi pull out of Sun TV".

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