TOP 10 HINDI ENTERTAINMENT CHANNELS OF INDIA
TOP 10 HINDI ENTERTAINMENT CHANNELS OF INDIA
The TV Industry in India, over the past few decades has immensely grown and attracted people to their Television sets. The coming up of more and more entertainment channels has primarily dominated the TVs and India has witnessed a transition of growth and success for the Entertainment Industry. Here is a list of the most popular Hindi Entertainment Channels of the country today. Whether it be the typical daily Saas-Bahu soaps or some Talent Hunt Show, these channels show it all.
STAR Plus is a Hindi language general entertainment television channel based in India. The channel is part of the STAR TV network’s bouquet of channels. Star Plus’ programming primarily consists of family dramas and telefilms. When it was first launched on 21 February 1992, Star Plus was an English language television channel showing international content from the U.S., U.K and Australia. While later, it was transformed into a Hindi language channel. Star Plus found success in 2000 with Balaji Telefilms soaps such as Kyunki Saas Bhi Kabhi Bahu Thi, Kahaani Ghar Ghar Ki, Kasautii Zindagii Kay, Kahiin to Hoga and also with BAG Films the TV Show Kumkum Ek Pyara Sa Bandhan.
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Sony Entertainment Television is a general entertainment channel, owned by Sony Pictures Television. In India it is owned by Multi Screen Media Private Limited. It is a subsidiary in India of Sony Pictures Television. At least 9 versions of this channel exist. Sony Entertainment Television, commonly known as Sony TV or SET, is one of India’s most popular urban Hindi-language based general entertainment channel. Based in Mumbai, Maharashtra, it is owned by Multi Screen Media Pvt. Ltd. (MSM, formerly SET India Private Limited), a subsidiary of Sony Pictures Entertainment since 1995. SET’s programming is targeted towards family audiences. The programming covers genres including drama, reality, comedy, thriller, horror, Bollywood, and live events. Some of its most successful programmes to date include Boogie Woogie, C.I.D., Entertainment Ke Liye Kuch Bhi Karega, Indian Idol, Jassi Jaissi Koi Nahin, Jhalak Dikhhla Jaa, 10 Ka Dum, Aahat and Big Boss.
Colors, is a Hindi language Indian general entertainment channel based in Mumbai, part of the Viacom 18 family, which was launched on July 21, 2008. The channel got a huge popularity just after its launch with Fear Factor: Khatron Ke Khiladi with a Bollywood actor Akshay Kumar and due to its successful ratings, it received a top position among other Hindi general entertainment channels. Currently, the channel is featuring a number of successful shows, such as Bigg Boss, Balika Vadhu, Uttaran, Na Aana Is Des Laado, and Laagi Tujhse Lagan. The channels’ most popular show, Balika Vadhu has been ranked in the TOP 5 shows of Indian television’s TRPs charts, within 3 months of its launch.
Zee TV is an India-based satellite television channel owned by Zee Entertainment Enterprises based in Mumbai, Maharashtra, which broadcasts various programmes in Hindi and other regional languages of India. Broadcasting is also present in various nations of South Asia, Europe, the Middle East, Africa, East Asia, Australasia and North America. It is a part of the Essel Group. Zee TV was founded by Subhash Chandra and was launched in India on 1 October 1992, becoming the first Hindi satellite channel. Zee formerly had a partnership with STAR TV. However, STAR TV ended their partnership with ZEE TV when Rupert Murdoch’s News Corporation acquired STAR TV.
SAB TV is an Indian general entertainment television channel that is owned by Multi Screen Media Pvt. Ltd and based in Mumbai, Maharashtra. It was launched on April 23, 2000 by Sri Adhikari Brothers as a general entertainment channel. In 2003, it was repositioned as a comedy-centric channel. In March 2005, SAB TV was acquired by Sony Entertainment Television and was transformed into a youth-centric channel. In June 2008, the channel announced that it would return to its roots by being repositioned as a comedy-centric channel once again. SAB is a part of the network of Television channels owned by Multi Screen Media in India. Taarak Mehta ka Ooltah Chashma is a very popular serial broadcasted on Sab TV.
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.
STAR One is an Indian television channel that primarily broadcasts Hindi entertainment based in Mumbai. Launched on November 1, 2004 with its show, Remix, the channel gained in popularity with television shows such as Remix, The Great Indian Laughter Challenge, Nach Baliye, Sarabhai vs Sarabhai, Instant Khichdi, Ssshhhh…Phir Koi Hai, Dill Mill Gayye, Miley Jab Hum Tum, Rang Badalti Odhani,Geet Hui Sabse Parayi and most recently Pyaar Kii Ye Ek Kahaani. STAR is a leading media and entertainment company in Asia. STAR broadcasts over 60 television services in 13 languages to more than 300 million viewers across 53 Asian countries. STAR and its joint venture channels cover all genres including general entertainment, news and current affairs.
Sahara One is an Indian Hindi general entertainment channel based in Mumbai. It is operated by Sahara India Pariwar, a company formed by Subrato Roy Sahara who is a managing worker and chairman of the Sahara India Pariwar. Sahara One was launched as Sahara TV on March 28, 2000, but in April 2003, Sahara TV was renamed as Sahara Manoranjan. As to compete with other channels and attract more audience, the channel once again changed its name to Sahara One on October 10, 2004. One of the very popular shows telecasted on Sahara One was Wo Rehne Wali Mehelon Ki.
9X is an Indian Hindi general entertainment channel based in Mumbai. It is owned by Zee Entertainment Enterprises. The channel was launched on November 12, 2007 in India. Launched as the flagship of the INX Network, 9X promises to provide world-class fiction and non-fiction programming and Bollywood films. On 10 August 2009, 9X ceased broadcasting in the UK on Freesat and Sky Digital where it had been a free-to-air channel. On 28 October 2010, 9x was officially discontinued from Tata Sky.
Bindass (also known as UTV Bindass) is a Hindi entertainment channel in India targeted at Indian youth. It was launched on 24 September 2007 under CEO Zarina Mehta. Bindass is defined by its brand values of being Fun, Frank, Fearless and Free. It is India’s first 360 degree brand with verticals across television, web, mobile, gaming, merchandising & nationwide ground events. In February 2010, Bindass launched a new campaign titled “What I Am” which aimed at speaking for the youth of India, and dispel popular misconceptions about their attitude towards responsibilities.