Star Sports 1 Kannada launches on Tata Sky, Sun Direct

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MUMBAI: Star Sports has launched Star Sports 1 Kannada, the country’s first dedicated Kannada sports channel. Star Sports aims to provide quality viewing experience in local languages for its fans across India.

The channel, which launched on 29 December, is available on Tata Sky and Sun Direct. It will soon be available on other cable and direct to home (DTH) platforms.

Earlier this year, Star Sports introduced India’s first Telugu sports channel Star Sports 1 Telugu paving the way for more regional sports channels after the successful launch of Star Sports 1 Tamil in 2017.

Celebrating the spirit of the Kannadiga culture is at the heart of the launch of Star Sports 1 Kannada. Karnataka as a region has shown very distinctive viewing habits and an affinity to differentiated language content. This has enabled Star Sports to create a unique, engaging and most importantly, viewer-centric offering for the southern state.

Star Sports 1 Kannada, with its rich line-up of sports properties, will help bring Kannadiga sports fans closer to their favourite sports. Now on-air, the broadcast calendar includes live events such as Bengaluru Bulls’ panga in the Pro Kabaddi Season 6 finals as they eye their first ever PKL trophy.

The fans can also enjoy Karnataka’s domestic cricket matches, Hero Indian Super League, Premier Badminton League, upcoming AFC Asian Cup UAE 2019, Khelo India Youth Games, VIVO IPL and a host of other sporting events being broadcast in Kannada throughout the year. Star Sports 1 Kannada aims to provide fans with region-specific quality sports content allowing them to connect with their heroes.

Commenting on the launch, Star India spokesperson said, “Sports is more engaging, enjoyable and thrilling when it is watched in a language one speaks. Our strong presence in Karnataka has helped us understand how Kannadiga sports fans like to consume sports content. Kannadigas possess an inherent sporting quality of resilience and an undying desire to always win. Star Sports 1 Kannada, with its extensive line-up of popular sports content, is a resolute step towards bringing these Kannadiga fans closer to their favourite games and heroes.”


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