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.
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 IndiaThe 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.
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.
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.
|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|
|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|
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.