Star Bharat is a Hindi general entertainment channel in India that complements Star’s flagship channel, Star Plus, along with Star Utsav. It was launched in 2004 as Star One and rebranded in 2011 as Life OK, before adopting its current name in 2017. Much like Star Plus, it rivals Zee TV, Sony TV, Colors and Sony Sab.
Star One was launched on 1 November 2004, a few months after Star Utsav, and positioned as a youth-centric channel for urban audiences. The logo for the American feed did not have the STAR mark above the word ‘one’.
2011–2017 (India), 2012–2017 (US and UK)
The HD channel was launched in 2012.
Alternative logo without mascot.
Star One was renamed to Life OK on 18 December 2011. The new brand was created by Venturethree, who had already rebranded Star Plus in 2010. It was one of two channels to use Star's OK brand, created for urban-focused content aimed at a progressive Indian audience; the other was Movies OK, which was launched in 2012. In response, rival network Zee created the & brand in 2013, starting with &pictures, a Hindi movie channel like Movies OK.
Version used in the UK as Star Life OK.
Life OK was renamed to Star Bharat on 28 August 2017, thus leaving Movies OK to be the only Star channel using the OK brand until 1 February 2020, when it was renamed to Star Gold 2.
English text, used in the international feed.
Initially Star Bharat was available on the government-owned DD Free Dish, but after its removal from the platform on 1 March 2019 along with some other pay-TV channels, it has suffered from abysmally low ratings, especially compared to Star Plus, the most popular Hindi pay-TV channel (and the second-most popular overall after the free-to-air Dangal).
Notes: 1Withdrawn from India in March 2019 (SD feeds) and June 2019 (Nat Geo Music and People HD); BabyTV HD is still running in India. They were run by Fox Networks Group Asia; there was no dedicated Indian feed. 2Joint venture with Tata Group. 3Sold to ABP Group. 4Sold to CJ E&M. 5Joint venture between Star and Viacom. Dissolved in 1994 with the launch of Channel V.
Notes: 1Sold to China Media Capital. 2Rebranded from Star to Fox channels in 2017. Now owned by Fox Networks Group. 3Formerly a joint-venture with Viacom but ended in 1994. MTV Southeast Asia later relaunched in 1995. 4Sold to Visi Media Asia, which had owned 80% of the channel (Star formerly owned 20%). 5Relauched as Pinoy Box Office.