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Star World

Star World
Launched 15 December 1991
Closed 1 October 2017 (Southeast Asia, Hong Kong and Vietnam) (except Middle East, China, Taiwan, Pakistan, South Asia, Kazakhstan)
Owned by Fox Networks Group
Picture format 576i (16:9/4:3) (SDTV)
1080i (HDTV)
Country Hong Kong
Language English
Broadcast area Hong Kong (channel based in Asia Pacific, available in China, India, Macau, Nepal, Pakistan, Middle East, Vietnam, Taiwan, Sri Lanka, Maldives, Myanmar, Bangladesh and Kazakhstan)
Headquarters Hong Kong
Formerly called Star Plus
(15 December 1991 – 31 March 1996)
Replaced by

Fox Life

Sister channel(s)


Dish TV
Channel 457 (SD)
Channel 39 (HD)
Tata Sky
Channel 201 (HD)
Channel 202 (SD)
Reliance Digital TV
Channel 253
Sun Direct
Channel 931 (HD)
Channel 454 (SD)
Airtel digital TV
Channel 148 (SD)
Channel 149 (HD)
Videocon d2h
Channel 179 (SD)
Channel 180 (HD)
OSN (Middle East
& North Africa)
Channel 210 (HD)
beIN (MENA) Channel 163 (HD)
Channel 50 (SD)
Channel 377 (HD)
Taiwan CATV
Channel 32
WorldCall Cable TV
Channel 64
Southern Networks
(Pakistan & Kazakhstan)
Channel 47
Channel 85
Peo TV (Sri Lanka) Channel no 77

Star World is a 24-hour Asian English language cable and satellite television channel owned by STAR TV and Fox Networks Group, two subsidiaries of 21st Century Fox. It is the successor to Star Plus, which is now one of its sister channels. The channel mostly syndicates popular shows from the United States, the United Kingdom and sometimes Australia to appeal to English-speaking locals as well as the expatriate population of South Asia, the Middle East and North Africa, Hong Kong, Taiwan, and Southeast Asia.[1]


Star World It was first launched on 15 December 1991, and is a 24-hour English-language television channel showcasing international content from the United States, United Kingdom and Australia with Zee TV being the Hindi satellite television channel. Its India counterpart was Zee Telefilm and India was Zee TV. After STAR TV ended its partnership with Zee Telefilm, STAR Plus started telecasting the 1991 British comedy television programme series Mr. Bean (from ITV) with English dubbing and Chinese subtitles while STAR News showed the delayed telecasts of English news programmes.

Almost three years later, in 1991, STAR Plus officially 'split' its beam, in effect, providing two separate services for different regional audiences within the STAR TV Network footprint. This enables the channel to provide appropriate programming and viewing time for viewers from different regions in Asia.

Star World (31 March 1996-1 October 2017)

Star Plus stopped transmissions on 31 March 1996 at midnight. At the same time, STAR TV was rebranded as a 24-hour Hindi general entertainment satellite television channel, and was split into two channels:

  • Star Plus, a Hindi general entertainment television channel
  • Star World, an English general entertainment television channel

In 1997, STAR Plus' northern beam 24-hour English-language service was renamed STAR World to differentiate the channel from STAR Plus' southern service which carries a 50/50 mix of Indian-produced programming alongside international shows. STAR World is currently available in Taiwan, Hong Kong, the Philippines, Southeast Asia and the Middle East.

Star World is the highest rated female-oriented channel in the Philippines. Some of the shows originate from the United States, United Kingdom and Australia.

On 1 October 2017, Star World was rebranded to Fox Life. The Good Fight was the last program to air before re-brand (Bolt of Talent in Philippine feed).[2] Star World will continue to broadcast in the Middle East, China, Taiwan, India and South Asia.

Operating channels

Although the channel shows the same programming, they mostly differ when it comes to showtimes.

  • Star World Asia - broadcast times HKT/SIN and WIB/BKK; simulcast with the Middle East feed at 24:00 to 06:00 (HK/SIN)
  • Star World India - broadcast times IND; this has different content from the other feeds; this is the only feed managed by Star India (not by Fox Networks Group)
  • Star World HD Middle East & North Africa - broadcast times KSA, UAE; including Channel [V] programs
  • Star World Philippines - broadcast times PH; selected programs are not the same as Asia feed including local commercials and few of the local programs; a subsidiary of Fox Networks Group Philippines
  • Star World Taiwan - broadcast times NST; selected programs are not same as the Asia feed, including local commercials
  • Star World Vietnam - broadcast times VN; selected programs are not same as the Asia feed, including local commercials
  • Star World HD Asia - same as the Asia feed except for the logo and commercial feed; available in selected territories only
  • Star World HD India - same as the India feed except for the logo and commercial feed; launched on 15 April 2011; only available in India and Nepal
  • Star World HD Philippines - same as the Philippines feed except for the logo and commercial feed; launched on 1 March 2012; a subsidiary of Fox Networks Group Philippines
  • Star World HD Vietnam - same as the Vietnam feed except for the logo and commercial feed
  • Star World Premiere HD - a premium channel launched on 26 September 2013 in India offering the latest seasons of the biggest shows in American television



Star World is available on local cable and Dish TV.


Star World is carried by most nationwide cable operators.

Hong Kong

Star World is exclusively available on now TV, starting 26 January 2005.


Star World is available in India on Dish TV, Airtel digital TV, Tata Sky, other major satellite television providers, Hathway, You Scod18 and other Indian cable systems.


Star World is available on Aora TV, First Media, IndosatM2, Groovia TV, Indovision, Top TV, OkeVision, Orange TV Satelit, M2V Mobile TV, TelkomVision, Yes TV and Astro Nusantara (ceased operations).


Star World is available on Macau Cable TV.


Star World is available in Malaysia on Astro.

Middle East and North Africa

Star World is shown on OSN Network and displays in HD.


Star World is available everywhere in Myanmar via SKYNET DTH and 4TV DTH.


Star World is available on DWN, PTCL Smart TV, NayaTel, WorldCall CATV, Wateen, and all cable systems.

Papua New Guinea

Star World is available in Hitron Limited.


Star World Philippines is available on SkyCable, G Sat, Dream Satellite TV, Destiny Cable, Cablelink, Cignal Digital TV and other cable providers nationwide.


Star World is available on all cable networks, dth operators and IPTV providers in Nepal.


Star World is available via subscription with either StarHub TV or Singtel TV.

South Pacific

Star World is available throughout the South Pacific through Sky Pacific.

Sri Lanka

Star World is available on the pay TV platforms Dialog TV, LBN Cable TV, and PEO TV.


STAR World is currently available on most local cable. STAR World HD Asia is available in DishHD.


STAR World is available on all major pay-TV operators: VTVcab (HD), SCTV (SD & HD), K+ (SD & HD), HTVC (HD), MyTV (HD), FPT Television (SD & HD), and MobiTV (SD & HD)

Station IDs

  • From 1995 to 1998, as STAR Plus International and later STAR World Asia, the British-made channel identification for the channel with the voice-over says: "This is the STAR TV Network, and you're watching STAR Plus."
  • From 1998 to 30 June 2001, as STAR World Asia, the box-type logo is at the left and the words "STAR" and "WORLD" into "STAR WORLD" are in maroon colour. The hourly channel identification by the male voice-over says: "This is the STAR TV Network, across Asia and the Middle East, you're watching STAR World."
  • From 1 July 2001 to 30 April 2005, the station identification said: "This is STAR, and you're with STAR World... STAR World."
  • When the channel was re-launched for the third time in May 2005, the song that was played on their SIDs was "Let's Get It Started" by The Black Eyed Peas.
  • On 11 December 2006, the song was changed to "Come Rain Come Shine" by Tata Young.
  • On 15 June 2007, the song was changed to "Love Today" by Mika.
  • On 16 January 2008, the channel was re-launched with its new look. The song was changed to "Chase the Sun" by Planet Funk.
  • On October 2008, the STAR World Middle East feed was first to re-launch with its new look including the logo and station ID. However, on 3 November 2008, India, Southeast Asia and the Philippines feeds received the new logo and station ID which the Middle East feed was already using.[3]
  • Each station ID has four different feeds like Asia, India, Middle East and the Philippines.[4][5][6][7][8]
  • On 11 November 2010 the channel again on its new look with the Diamond Star (with the trademark swoosh in magenta) under the channel name, the graphics including the website, simultaneously launched both South East Asia (both SD and HD feeds) and the Philippine channel feeds receptively. The Middle East channel officially launched on 1 December 2010. Star World India still uses its older logo as of January 2015.
  • Some Channel V International (mostly airs V Tunes in different music genre) music program blocks previously aired in STAR World Philippines channel feed (except in Middle East which is currently on-air) have now been removed and all V Tunes music blocks have been moved to Channel V Philippines, while V Special is the only Channel V music block which remains on-air (renamed as Star World Music Specials), during special times only.
  • On August 2, 2013, Star World was once again given a new look. In the Philippines, the logo was adopted in November 2013.



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