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For the new Rishtey Cineplex, relaunched in June 2020, see Rishtey Cineplex.

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Rishtey Cineplex prelaunch Rishtey Cineplex Colors Cineplex
2016 (prelaunch) 2016–2019 2019–present

Colors Cineplex is Viacom18’s Hindi movie channel. Launched as Rishtey Cineplex in May 2016, it was renamed to Colors Cineplex in 2019 (but Rishtey Cineplex was relaunched on 5 June 2020). Besides India it is available in Europe and North America, like Colors Rishtey.

Colors Cineplex airs predominantly South Indian dubbed movies, far more than its competitors such as Sony Max, Zee Cinema and Star Gold, with a few Hindi movies.

Rishtey Cineplex

2016 (prelaunch)

Rishtey Cineplex prelaunch

The channel started testing in February 2016 with a pink logo.

2016–2019

Rishtey Cineplex

Rishtey Cineplex was launched on 8 May 2016 in India. It followed in September in the UK and Europe, and in October in the United States and Canada. As with Colors and Colors Rishtey, which also rebranded in 2016, the graphics were designed by Made With Love Studio.

Cineplex HD

2017–2019

Cineplex HD

An HD version, called Cineplex HD without the Rishtey name, was launched on 19 February 2017. This is because the Rishtey brand was targeted at rural audiences that used the free-of-cost DD Free Dish platform; as HD channels are perceived to be premium in India (and not free-to-air), the Rishtey name was not used for the HD version.

Colors Cineplex

2019–present

Colors Cineplex

Following the Telecom Regulatory Authority of India’s changes in TV channel packaging and pricing in December 2018 and January 2019, several channels from four Indian broadcasters (Star, Zee, Sony and Viacom18) that had been running free-to-air on DD Free Dish, the government-owned satellite TV platform, were converted to pay-TV channels in January 2019. and removed from DD Free Dish on 1 March 2019. Accordingly, Viacom18 renamed Rishtey to Colors Rishtey, and Rishtey Cineplex and Cineplex HD to Colors Cineplex and Colors Cineplex HD.

However, since most of these channels are scheduled to be readded on DD Free Dish in June 2020, Viacom18 relaunched Rishtey Cineplex on 5 June 2020, to be added on DD Free Dish.


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