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Star Movies

Star Movies
STAR Movies logo.svg
Launched 21 May 1996[citation needed]
Closed

31 December 2011 (except Pakistan, China, Vietnam, Middle East and Taiwan)

10 June 2017 (Philippines)
Owned by Fox Networks Group
Star India
(subsidiaries of 21st Century Fox)
Picture format 576i (SD)
1080i (HD)
Language English
Hindi
Mandarin Chinese (Taiwan)
Broadcast area India
Middle East and North Africa
China
Taiwan
Vietnam
Headquarters Mumbai
Replaced by Fox Movies Premium (Southeast Asia)
Fox Movies (Philippines)
Sister channel(s) Star World
Star Gold
Star Chinese Movies
Fox Movies (MENA)
Fox (Arabia)
Fox Action Movies
Fox Family Movies
Fox Movies
FX
Fox News
National Geographic Channel
Nat Geo People
Nat Geo Wild
National Geographic Abu Dhabi
Channel V
BabyTV
Website

MENA: starmovies.foxarabia.tv/default.aspx

Taiwan: www.fng.tw/smit/
Availability
Satellite
Tata Sky
(India)
Channel 341 (HD)
Channel 342 (SD)
Dish TV
(India)
Channel 549 (SD)
Channel 548 (HD)
CBTV
(China)
Channel 307
OSN (MENA) Channel 37 (HD)
Sun Direct TV
(India)
Channel 97 (SD)
Channel 968 (HD)
Reliance Digital TV
(India)
Channel 354 (SD)
Channel 366 (HD)
Airtel digital TV
(India)
Channel 243 (SD)
Channel 244 (HD)
VTC Digital
(Vietnam)
Channel 7 (HD), 44 (SD)
K+
(Vietnam)
Channel 8 (HD)
Videocon D2H
(India)
Channel 241 (SD)
Channel 943(HD)
beIN (MENA) Channel 65 (HD)
Cable
Taiwan CATV
(Taiwan)
Channel 69
VTVCab
(Vietnam)
Channel 70 (HD)
United Communication Service
(Bangladesh)
Channel 12
Southern Networks
(Pakistan)
Channel 46
HTVC
(Vietnam)
Channel 59
SCTV
(Vietnam)
Channel 54
DHA Teleman
(Pakistan)
Channel 27
Hathway
(India)
Channel 125
Asianet Digital
(India)
Channel 463 (SD)
Channel 830 (HD)
Island TV
(Addu City)
Channel 18
Digi Cable
(Hyderabad)
Channel 200
Sreedevi digital
(Visakhapatnam)
Channel 301
IPTV
PTCL Smart TV
(Pakistan)
Channel 72

Star Movies (Satellite Television Asia Region) is an Asian movie channel owned by Fox Networks Group and STAR TV, subsidiaries of 21st Century Fox. Star Movies now has been rebranded to Fox Movies Premium on 1 January 2012 and Fox Movies in the Philippines on 10 June 2017, therefore affecting its broadcast areas, except in India, China, Vietnam, Middle East, and Taiwan.[1]

History

Star Movies was launched on 21 May 1996[citation needed], replacing BBC World when it was removed from STAR TV because of political reasons. At that time, it screened both Hollywood and Chinese movies and catered to a pan-Asian audience split into two stations: Star Movies (an English movie channel) and Star Chinese Movies (a Hong Kong Cantonese and Mandarin (Taiwan & SE Asia) movie channel).

Star Movies launched a separate channel for viewers in the Persian Gulf region and India, followed by Star Movies International.

It was launched on 21 May 1996 for viewers in Southeast Asia, China, East Asia countries. Star Movies currently has five channels, Star Movies Asia (in Southeast Asia and China), Star Movies Taiwan in Taiwan, Star Movies India, Star Movies MENA and Star Movies Philippines.

Star Movies Philippines was launched on 1 January 2010, its viewers there had previously seen Star Movies International.

Star Movies HD Asia was launched on 1 May 2010.

Star Movies On Demand Asia was launched on 16 September 2010.[2]

On 1 January 2012, Star Movies was rebranded as Fox Movies Premium and available in Hong Kong and selected Southeast Asian countries. The Star Movies brand retained in India, China, Vietnam, Middle East, Taiwan and the Philippines.

Recent developments

On 10 June 2017, Star Movies in Philippines was rebranded as Fox Movies, while the Star Movies brand retained in India, China, Vietnam, and the Middle East.

Programming

Star Movies has first-run contracts for movies distributed by 20th Century Fox, Disney, Columbia Pictures, Pixar, Marvel Studios, Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer, and DreamWorks and sub-run contracts for movies from Paramount Pictures, Universal Pictures, and Warner Bros. for countries where Star Movies is available. It also features movies from other movie distributors including: Lions Gate Entertainment, Summit Entertainment and The Weinstein Company.

Operating channels

Star Movies Asia

Star Movies International was formerly transmitted in Southeast Asia and China. It used to be the only advertisement-free version of Star Movies. Also, unlike other versions of Star Movies, this version also spends minimal time promoting its own upcoming movies. The channel does not air promotions of movies classified as unsuitable for people aged under eighteen, until 8 p.m Hanoi / 9 p.m Beijing.

As of 1 January 2012, Star Movies International (now Star Movies Asia) is limited to subscribers in China and Vietnam due to the replacement of Fox Movies Premium in former countries. Since this time, and due to regulations of localization and editing the content before broadcasting in China and Vietnam, the channel is now deeply localized with local-language advertisements and introductions on the break.

In the Vietnamese feed, Star Movies also airs a program called "Thảm đỏ (Red Carpet)" to introduce the movies which are scheduled to broadcast on the channel, all in Vietnamese language and hosted by Vietnamese presenters.

Also after the rebranding of Star Movies to Fox Movies Premium, due to the high subscription charges in Nepal and Sri Lanka, STAR TV found it viable to officially replace the commercial-free Fox Movies Premium channel with the advert-supported Indian version of Star Movies in these regions. However, Star Movies India effective from 2016 decided to cease their service from Nepal and Sri Lanka limiting it to India and Bangladesh. Furthermore, Fox Movies Premium has decided to add Nepal and Sri Lanka to its territories in near future.

Star Movies India

Star Movies India is transmitted in India, Bhutan, Pakistan and Bangladesh . The channel has higher ratings in India than HBO South Asia, the only region where Star Movies enjoys a lead in the viewer ratings. The channel is available on all DTH platforms across India and as part of the Star India bouquet. The programme "Hollywood Premiere" of this channel premieres the latest Hollywood movies every weekend. This is the only SMV beam managed by STAR TV (not by Fox Networks Group).

Star Movies MENA

Star Movies has an Arabic subtitled movie channel for viewers in the Middle East and North Africa region (except for Israel). The channel is available on both OSN and beIN.

Star Movies Taiwan

An advert-supported version of Star Movies is targeted towards Taiwan specifically. It is the most localized version of Star Movies, since most voice-overs in promotions for up-coming movies are in Mandarin Chinese. The channel also comes with Chinese subtitles.

Star Movies Philippines

Star Movies International began broadcasting to the Philippines on 30 November 2009 with local advertisements during and after the featured movie. The channel was simulcast with the Southeast Asia and China feed until 31 December 2009; a Philippines exclusive channel was launched on 1 January 2010. Due to the rebranding of Fox Movies Premium on 1 January 2012 in selected Asian Countries, the Star Movies brand in the Philippines remained until 10 June 2017 when it was rebranded to Fox Movies Philippines. [3] It also has English subtitles daily. Unlike most feeds in Pan-Asian region, it has local commercials when the movie is taking a break. The channel typically broadcasts action, comedy, animation and horror/suspense films every day and drama films on early morning.

Star Movies HD

Star Movies International official launched their own HD (High Definition) channel in Asia on 1 May 2012. This channel is now available in AsiaSat 5. It now shares the same schedule via regular STAR Movies International, but is different in advertisement (including their logo, with the HD mark at the upper right side of the screen). This channel is currently available in Taiwan and India only. Star Movies India, launched their HD feed along with STAR TV India HD channels on 15 October 2013

On 15 July 2011, Star Movies HD Taiwan was officially launched separate from the Asian feed. However, the said channel features a different TV schedule from the regular STAR Movies Taiwan feed. Star Movies HD logo feature a 3D diamond star with the trademark swoosh in blue and the name of the channel in Gotham font, similar to the logo of sister channel, Star World.

On 1 January 2012, Star Movies HD was rebranded to Fox Movies Premium HD in selected Asian territories (but did not apply in Taiwan, Vietnam and China).

Star Movies HD used to be available in Sri Lanka through the Dialog TV Platform. This was launched officially on 17 June 2012. The channel pulled out 3 years later on 1 Feb 2015. Leaving Sri Lanka with no Fox/Star branded movie channel, the region used to get Star Movies Asia but was later replaced with the Indian version Star Movies HD since Star Movies Asia rebranded to Fox Movies Premium HD.

Star Movies Action

Star Movies Action formerly known as Fox Action Movies (not to be confused with its Southeast Asian counterpart) was temporarily closed on 11 May 2013 and relaunched on 2 June 2013 as Star Movies Action, the channel airs action and horror themed movies catering to the viewers of India. But in 2014, the channel shut down.[4][5]

See also

References

  1. ^ "SMV changed to FMP". NST. 3 January. Retrieved 1 January 2012.  Check date values in: |date= (help)
  2. ^ STAR Movies HD in Asiasat 5 retrieved via www.lyngsat.com 05-26-2010
  3. ^ Star Movies Philippines in Lyngsat retrieved via www.lyngsat.com 11-24-2009
  4. ^ Star Movies Action to replace Fox Action Movies retrieved via [www.bestmediainfo.com] 10-20-2013
  5. ^ Star India gears-up for more action; All set to launch Star Movies Action retrieved via http://www.adgully.com 10-22-2013

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