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Star gets licences to launch regional HD channels; MIB grants 12 new channel licences in March
MUMBAI: Star India has received licences from the Ministry of Information and Broadcasting (MIB) to launch high-definition (HD) channels in the regional space.
Star has got uplinking licences to launch the HD versions of its Telugu GEC Maa TV, Telugu movie channel Maa Movies, Bengali GEC Star Jalsha, Bengali movie channel Jalsha Movies and Marathi GEC Star Pravah. The broadcaster is also planning to launch the HD version of its Tamil GEC Star Vijay.
As reported by TelevisionPost.com, Star Jalsha HD and Jalsha Movies HD are slated to launch on 14 April. Star Pravah HD is most likely to launch on 2 May. The three channels are priced at Rs 30 each.
Vijay Television, a subsidiary of Star, has also got an uplinking licence in the name Vijay Super. In 2014, TelevisionPost.com had reported that the company is planning to launch a second Tamil GEC. Earlier, the company had received the uplinking licence for its Tamil GEC Star Vijay HD.
Star has received three more uplinking licences in the name of Star Movies Premiere, Star Movies Premiere HD and Fox Crime HD. The licences are for multiple languages including English. It is pertinent to note that Star had last year pulled the plug on Fox Crime.
Currently, the broadcaster has four English movie channels. These are Star Movies, Star Movies HD, Star Movies Select HD and Star Movies Action.
Sony Pictures Networks India has got two downlinking licences, Sony Wah and Sony Rox. The licences are for Hindi/English and other regional languages. It is believed that the two channels will be in music genre.
Viacom18 Media has got an uplinking licence under the name Stay Raw.
In total, the MIB has granted 12 new uplinking and downlinking licences in March.
As on 31 March, the MIB has granted permission to 1007 private TV channels of which 138 permissions have been cancelled so far. Effectively, 869 TV channels have been permitted to broadcast in India. This includes 475 non-news & current affairs channels and 394 news & current affairs channels.
The ministry has permitted 754 TV channels for uplink from India and also to downlink into India. Twenty TV channels have been permitted for uplink from India but not permitted to downlink in India. The MIB has permitted 95 TV channels to only downlink into India.