Top 10 Most Popular TV Channels In India

India has one of the most vibrant media industries in the world. The country’s broadcast media followership has a global base with several countries across the world gradually being influenced by Indian culture marketed through media products. The impact of Bollywood on audience in every part of the world is monumental. However, there are several very interesting television channels in India which offer captivating and informative programmes to local and international audience and are watched beyond the country through satellite television facilities. Here is a list of top 10 most popular television channels in India which also have a world-wide followership base.

10. Colors TV


Colors is among the most watched television channels in India. It is owned by Viacom 18 Media Pvt. Limited. The company was established in 2007 as a partial joint venture in India between Viacom as well as the Network 18 Group founded in Mumbai. Viacom 18 has many channels offered to viewers of India. In 2008, Colors was established and later in year 2010, Viacom 18 went global after launching Colors in America.

9. Star Plus
Star Plus is a Hindi language general entertainment TV channel. This channel is part of 21st Century Fox’s Star India network and most of its shows contain a combination of comedies, family dramas, youth-oriented, reality shows, shows oriented on crime and telefilms as well. This channel’s programmes are distributed globally by Fox International Channels, which is a subsidiary of 21st Century Fox. Initially, when it was started in year 1992, this TV channel was an English-language television channel offering global content from the UK, the U.S., and Australia. Today, this TV channel was repacked into a Hindi-language channel.

8. &TV


&TV; (i.e. And TV) is a Hindi language entertainment channel owned by Zee Entertainment Enterprises. It commenced operation in form of a General Entertainment Channel from ZEEL association from its “&” bunch it began to broadcast in year 2015. Programmes of &TV are aired on Zee TV Canada, USA, Africa/Mauritius. Such popular &TV; shows as Agent Raghav – Crime Branch, Gangaa, Bhagyalaxmi (TV Series), Santoshi Maa, and Yeh Kahan Aa Gaye Hum are among the dominant programmes aired on MBC 4 and MBC 2.

7. Zee TV


This is another popular Indian cable as well as satellite television channel. It is owned and run by Zee Entertainment Enterprises, a media and entertainment firm in Mumbai. It primarily broadcasts programmes in Hindi language. This television channels has large viewership in Europe, Southeast Asia, the Caribbean, Africa, the Middle East, Australasia and North America. Initially known as a portion of the Essel Group, it began to air in year 1992 as the leading Hindi-language TV channel in India. Zee TV programmes are are among the dominant programmes aired on several satellite TV channels.

6. India TV


India TV is another Hindi news channel founded in Noida, located in state-Uttar Pradesh of India. This TV channel was launched in 2004 by Rajat Sharma and his wife, Ritu Dhawan. Basically the channel is the leading facility of Independent News Service, which was jointly founded by Sharma and Dhawan in year 1997. India TV channel has digital connectivity. Its Broadcast Centre comprises an area of over 2.9 acres located in Noida, India.

5. Sony Entertainment
Sony Entertainment Television (SET) is a Hindi-language channel that provides general entertainment to viewers. It was founded in year 1995 and is owned by Sony Pictures Networks India Pvt. Ltd. Initially this Indian TV network conveyed C.I.D. and Kaun Banega Crorepati kind of shows.

4. Star Cricket
This is basically sports oriented Indian TV channel that displays the finest of live sports as well as sports-related programmes. This television channel is share of Star India – which is a subsidiary of 21st Century Fox. This television channel’s captivating sports programmes engages the audience and has done very well in changing viewers’ sports viewing habits india and neighbouring countries.

3. Sab TV


This is among the most watched Indian TV channels.
SAB TV (alternatively known as Sony SAB) is owned by Sony Pictures Networks India Pvt. Ltd. It is one of the most popular Indian Hindi based TV channels focused on entertainment, especially comedy and other forms of lighter mood drama shows. The TV channel recently rebranded, having a new outlook as well as new shows.

2. Zee Cinema


Zee Cinema is a Hindi based satellite film channel in India. It is based out of Mumbai. This channel is owned by the popular firm- Zee Entertainment Enterprises. Zee cinema in very popular among viewers in various countries across the globe. This TV channel was previously a share of the STAR TV channel authority. It was founded in year 1995 and it broadcast whole 24 hours a day, airing approximately six movies as day and other forms of interesting programmes.

1. Set Max


Set Max is a part of Sony Pictures Networks India Pvt. Ltd. It is essentially an Indian based company (before recognized as SET India Pvt. Ltd and later as Multi Screen Media Pvt. Ltd.). It works to manage Sony Pictures’ expanded benefits in India. Sony Entertainment Television as well as SAB TV are said to be the major brands of this TV channel though it possesses several other brands under the authority Sony brand.

(This article was first published on Trendrr)

The Author

Chinenye Nwabueze

He is a Senior Lecturer in the Department of Mass Communication, Chukwuemeka Odumegwu Ojukwu University, COOU, (formerly Anambra State University), Igbariam Campus.

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