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Star Sports Network (previously known as ESPN STAR Sports or ESS) is a leading sports broadcasting network in India,owned by 21st Century Fox through its subsidiaries STAR TV and Fox Networks Group. It was formed as ESPN STAR Sports, a joint venture between ESPN Inc. (jointly owned by The Walt Disney Company and Hearst Corporation, and through ESPN International, which it directly owns,) and News Corporation in 1994. News Corporation acquired Disney's stake in the company in 2012 and Manu Sawhney was replaced by Peter Hutton as the CEO.[1]

It operates 25 STAR Sports branded Television networks and 3 broadband sports networks throughout Asia, transmitting in 5 languages (English, Cantonese, Hindi, Korean and Mandarin). It has also launched sports channels in Marathi, Bengali, Tamil, Telugu and Malayalam languages after getting license from Ministry of Information & Broadcasting, Government of India[2]The networks broadcast various local and international sporting events. STAR Sports launched STAR Sports Thailand on Monday 4 August 2008 exclusively for Thai viewers.

ESPN STAR Sports also has Asia's leading Events Management team that has been successfully staging large-scale sporting events across Asia. The event management team is a completely integrated events group that manages concept creation, sponsorship, marketing, PR, TV broadcast, operations, and logistics for clients. Events currently in their portfolio include the X Games Asia, 9 Ball Tour, KL World 5's Futsal, Cartier Polo, Formula Drift Singapore, Nations Cup Netball, Indian Hockey League and World Pool Championship. In 2012, ESPN STAR Sports was the official broadcaster of 2012 Summer Olympics and the 2016 Summer Olympics.

History

ESPN STAR is famed for their being Asia's largest broadcaster of the English FA Premier League with commentators like John Dykes and a host of former Premier league players as guests and pundits on the shows.[3]

ESPN STAR Sports (ESS) via its STAR Cricket channel was the official broadcaster of the 2011 Cricket World Cup Final experienced all-time high viewership (67.6 million only on Cable and satellite) and TRPs, and had raised ad rates for 10 second slots during the finals to 2 million (US$31,000), prior to the finals.[4][5][6]

List of channels

Screenshot from ESPN Asia with the new Station ID
Screenshot from ESPN Philippines with the new Station ID

Operating channels

Channel Replace Available in
Star Sports 1 Bangladesh, Bhutan, India, Maldives, Nepal and Sri Lanka. (HD feed: Bhutan, India, Maldives, Nepal and Sri Lanka.)
Star Sports 2 Bangladesh, India, Nepal and Sri Lanka. (HD feed: Bangladesh, Bhutan, India, Maldives, Nepal and Sri Lanka.)
Star Sports 1 Hindi India
Star Sports 1 Tamil India
Star Sports China China
Star Sports 2 China ESPN China
Star Sports First India
Star Cricket Star Sports 3 in Bangladesh, Bhutan, India, Maldives, Nepal. Papua New Guinea and Philippines.
Star Cricket HD Star Sports HD1 in India, Sri Lanka, Maldives. Singapore
Star Sports Select 1 India, Nepal and Sri Lanka
Star Sports Select 2 India, Nepal and Sri Lanka

Defunct channels

Channel Discontinued in Replaced by
ESPN Asia Southeast Asia Fox Sports
ESPN China Star Sports 2
ESPN Hong Kong Fox Sports
ESPN India Star Sports 4
ESPN Indonesia Fox Sports
ESPN Malaysia Fox Sports
ESPN Pakistan Star Sports 4
ESPN Philippines Fox Sports
ESPN Taiwan Fox Sports
ESPN HD Asia Hong Kong, Nepal, Bangladesh, Sri Lanka, Maldives, Philippines, Indonesia, Vietnam, Cambodia, Myanmar, Mongolia, Brunei, Macau, Thailand and Singapore. Fox Sports Plus HD in Hong Kong, Philippines, Indonesia, Vietnam, Cambodia, Myanmar, Mongolia, Brunei, Macau, Thailand and Singapore.
Star Sports HD2 in Nepal, Bangladesh, Sri Lanka and Maldives.
ESPN HD India Star Sports HD2
ESPN HD Malaysia Fox Sports Plus HD
ESPN HD Taiwan Fox Sports Plus HD
ESPNews Asia Fox Sports News
ESPNews India Fox Sports News India
MBC ESPN MBC Sports+
SBS ESPN SBS Sports
STAR Cricket Extra
Star Sports 3 Bangladesh, Bhutan, India, Maldives, Nepal.
Star Sports 4 Bangladesh, Bhutan, India, Maldives, Nepal and Sri Lanka.
Star Sports HD3 Bangladesh, Bhutan, India, Maldives, Nepal and Sri Lanka.
Star Sports HD4 Bangladesh, Bhutan, India, Maldives, Nepal and Sri Lanka.
Star Sports Hong Kong Fox Sports 2
Star Sports India Star Sports 1
Star Sports Indonesia Fox Sports 2
Star Sports Korea South Korea JTBC Fox Sports
Star Sports Malaysia Fox Sports 2
Star Sports Singapore & Indonesia-Other Fox Sports 2
Star Sports Southeast Asia Fox Sports 2
Star Sports Thailand & Vietnam Fox Sports 2
Star Sports Taiwan Fox Sports 2

Digital platforms

  • Hotstar (available in India, US and Canada)
  • ESPN Player (formerly available in Singapore, Hong Kong, Indonesia and Malaysia. Replaced by Fox Sports Play)
  • Mobile ESPN (replaced by Fox Sports Mobile)

Programs broadcast by STAR Sports

It is important to note that broadcast rights for various sports properties contain territorial limitations and in a lot of instances, the rights indicated below may not pertain to all territories in which STAR Sports operates.

Multi-sport event

  • X Games (X-Games, Winter X Games, X Games Asia, X Games Brazil and Winter X Games Europe)
  • Winter Olympic Games (except for Philippines)
  • 2012 Summer Olympics (also except for Philippines)

Cricket

Motorsports

Baseball

Basketball

Extreme sports

Association football

Tennis

Golf

Mixed martial arts

News

See also

References

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