MTV is Viacom18’s youth entertainment channel. It was launched in 1991 as part of the pan-Asian Star TV bouquet that also consisted of Zee TV, Star Plus, Prime Sports and Star Movies. The joint venture between Viacom and Star expired on 1 May 1994; therefore, Star launched Channel V in India on 23 May. MTV got a dedicated Indian feed in October 1996, and both channels targeted the youth until Channel V closed down in September 2018.
Much like its American counterpart, MTV moved its focus away from Bollywood music in the late 2000s to concentrate on youth-oriented reality shows, most famously Roadies and Splitsvilla, as well as serialised fiction shows (much like the now-defunct Channel V, Star’s music-turned-youth channel). However, it does air some music programmes, such as MTV Unplugged. All programming is in Hindi.
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| Parent companies: TV18 (Reliance Industries Limited) and ViacomCBS
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
Defunct: TeenNick (programming block on Nick Jr.)
| Part of Disney India (The Walt Disney Company)
English: Entertainment: Star World HD and Star World Premiere HD | Movies: Star Movies HD and Star Movies Select HD (SD upcoming) | Lifestyle: Fox Life HD | Knowledge and infotainment: National Geographic HD and Wild HD | Kids’: BabyTV HD1
Regional languages: Tamil: Star Vijay HD, Vijay Music and Vijay Super | Telugu: Star Maa HD, Star Maa Movies HD, Star Maa Music and Star Maa Gold | Kannada: Star Suvarna HD and Star Suvarna Plus | Malayalam: Asianet HD, Asianet Plus and Asianet Movies | Bangla: Star Jalsha HD and Jalsha Movies HD | Marathi: Star Pravah HD
Former channels and properties:
Non-Indian companies using the Star brand:
Taiwan: Star Movies HD (Taiwan)
Disbanded channels and properties: