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.
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 never free-to-air), the Rishtey name was not used for the HD version.
Following the Telecom Regulatory Authority of India’s drastic changes in TV channel packaging and pricing in December 2018 and January 2019, several channels from four big Indian broadcasters (Star, Zee, Sony and Viacom18) that had been running free-to-air on DD Free Dish, the government-owned free-of-cost satellite TV platform, were converted to pay-TV channels in January 2019. These channels were 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 (note that HD channels have never been available on DD Free Dish, so Rishtey and Rishtey Cineplex were the Viacom18 channels that were removed).
The channels from the other three broadcasters that were removed in a similar fashion are Hindi general entertainment channels Star Utsav, Zee Anmol and Sony Pal, and Hindi movie channels Star Utsav Movies, Zee Anmol Cinema and Sony Wah. All of these channels will continue to be available on pay-TV cable and satellite platforms.
| Parent: TV18 (Network18 Group) and Viacom
Indian television channels:
Regional languages: Kannada: Colors Kannada (HD), Colors Super and Colors Kannada Cinema | Bangla: Colors Bangla (HD) and Colors Bangla Cinema | Marathi: Colors Marathi (HD) | Tamil: Colors Tamil (HD) | Odia: Colors Odia | Gujarati: Colors Gujarati and Colors Gujarati Cinema