Popular Television Channels Established in India

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India has a rich history of television broadcasting, with a plethora of channels catering to a diverse audience. From the early days of Doordarshan to the current era of digital streaming, television has been a constant companion for millions of Indians. With the advent of satellite television, the options for entertainment have increased exponentially, with channels spanning genres ranging from news and sports to music and movies. In this blog post, we will take a deep dive into some of the most popular television channels established in India, exploring their history, programming, and impact on Indian society. So, get ready to tune in and discover the fascinating world of Indian television.
popular TV Channels in India

1. Zee TV (1992):

  • Zee TV is one of India’s oldest and most popular Hindi-language television channels.
  • It was launched in 1992 and is owned by the Essel Group.
  • Zee TV offers a wide variety of programming, including dramas, comedies, reality shows, and music shows.

2. Sony TV (1995) :

  • Sony TV is a Hindi-language general entertainment television channel owned by Sony Pictures Networks India.
  • It was launched in 1995 and has since become one of India’s most popular television channels.
  • Sony TV offers a mix of programming, including dramas, comedies, reality shows, and game shows.

3. Discovery Channel (1995):

  • Discovery Channel is an American pay television network that features documentary and non-fiction programming, focused primarily on science, technology, history, and nature.
  • It was launched in India in 1995 and quickly became one of the most popular channels in the country.

4. Star World (1996):

  • Star World is an English-language television channel owned by Star India.
  • It was launched in India in 1996 and primarily features popular American and British television shows.
  • Star World is known for airing some of the most popular TV shows of all time, such as Friends, Game of Thrones, and The Big Bang Theory.
Popular Television Channels
SN Name of TV Channels Est. Year Founded by/Owned by
1. Doordarshan 1959 Prasar Bharati, Government of India
2. Star Sports 1991 Rupert Murdoch, owned by Star India (The Walt Disney Company)
3. Zee TV 1992 Subhash Chandra, owned by Zee Entertainment Enterprises.
4. Star Plus 1992 Rupert Murdoch, owned by Star India (The Walt Disney Company)
5. Sun TV 1993 Kalanithi Maran, owned by Sun Group
6. Sony Entertainment Television 1995 Sony Pictures Entertainment
7. Discovery Channel 1995 John Hendricks , owned by Discovery, Inc.
8. ETV Telugu 1995 owned by ETV Network
9. MTV India 1996 owned by Viacom International
10. Star World 1996 Rupert Murdoch, owned by Star India (The Walt Disney Company)
11. National Geographic Channel 1998 owned by Network18
12. CNBC TV18 1999 Raghav Bahl, owned by Network18
13. Colors TV 2000 owned by Viacom18
14. Aaj Tak 2000 Rajesh Sharma, owned by TV Today Network
15. HBO India 2000 Time Warner, owned by Warner Media International
16. NDTV 24×7 2003 Prannoy Roy and Radhika Roy

Related Questions

Q. Find the correct sequence of TV channels when they were established in India :

(a) Zee TV – Star World – Sony TV – Discovery Channel

(b) Zee TV – Sony TV – Discovery Channel – Star World

(c) Zee TV – Star World – Sony TV – Discovery Channel

(d) Sony TV – Zee TV – Star World – Discovery Channel

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