TOP 10 HINDI ENTERTAINMENT CHANNELS OF INDIA – NDTV IMAGINE
Imagine TV is a Hindi general entertainment channel, owned by Turner Broadcasting System based in Mumbai. The channel was established by NDTV Group under the stewardship of former STAR India CEO Sameer Nair. The channel, was launched in India on January 21, 2008 as NDTV Imagine. Imagine TV has tied up with Karan Johar, who is the creative consultant and ambassador of the Imagine TV brand.
In the UK and Ireland, NDTV Imagine is broadcasted on the Sky platform, where it is free-to-air. Due to copyright issues, the channel was unable to use ‘Imagine TV’ in the region, therefore it was rebranded as Imagine…Dil Se, from NDTV Imagine, on 1 November 2010.
NDTV Imagine announced on 24 February 2010 that it has received all the regulatory approvals and the transaction has been concluded on 23 February by transfer of shares, amounting to 85.68 % of NDTV Imagine Ltd, by NDTV Networks Plc to Turner Asia Pacific Ventures. The three channels will be under Turner General Entertainment Networks, a holding company that will infuse fresh capital to fund the network’s growth. The ‘NDTV’ brand will drop out and the channels will be labelled Imagine TV, Lumiere Movies and Imagine Showbiz.