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Showing posts with label Star Life. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Star Life. Show all posts

Thursday, 31 December 2020

Disney Is Renaming The Star Channels In Netherlands, What Does This Mean For StarPlus And The Other Star Channels In Africa?

When Disney purchased 20th Century Fox, it obtained Star India, a hugely successful broadcasting company based in India, which has a network of 60 channels in eight languages, that reaches approximately 790 million viewers a month across India and more than 100 countries.

With it’s streaming service, Hotstar being rebranded as Disney+ Hotstar in India in March.

Disney officially revealed details of how it was planning the branding of “Star” internationally at December’s Investor Day event, which will see Star added as a new sixth tier within Disney+ in February in many regions including Europe, Australia, Canada and in Asia. At the same time, Star+ is launching in Latin America as its own platform with live sports. With many Fox channels in Latin America will also be rebranded “Star”.

Disney Africa is likely to do the same as Europe with latching the best of Star on Disney+ since no one in this market can pay for a lot of streaming services.

According to Dutch television provider Ziggo, Disney will be rebranding its Hindi channels, Star Plus and Star Gold channels in the Netherlands to Utsav Plus and Utsav Gold. This rebranding will be taking effect from February 1st.

The name Utsav is likely based on Star Utsav which is one of Star India's linear channels which is currently being used for archived content. It was available in UK for 2 years before becoming a reruns channel.

Star India already operates channels in Africa such as StarPlus, Star Vijay and Star Life through StarTimes, Platco Digital's OpenView and MultiChoice's DStv. It wouldn't be shocking if the name was dropped in favour of Utsav. The one in India might do the same it's currently unknown at this point. Readers have been wondering how Star would replace FOX in Africa if the Star branding was already being used so there's your answer.

The rebranding is being done so Disney can use the “Star” brand as part of Disney+ in the Netherlands, which is coming on February 23rd.

There's still no news on when or if Disney+ will roll out in Africa so chances are will have to wait until at least 2022/3 I mean they could take longer since they're still rolling out in other parts of Europe and the fact that there's contracts they have with other distributors so they're waiting for some of them to expire to begin rolling out Disney+.

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Monday, 30 November 2020

Disney Latin America Renaming FOX Channels In Latin America To Star, Will FOX Follow In Africa Very Soon?

Earlier this year, Disney CEO Bob Chapek announced that the Walt Disney Company would be launching a new streaming service called “Star” internationally, rather than Hulu. With “Star” including general entertainment movies and shows from its brands such as ABC, FX, Freeform, Searchlight Pictures and 20th Century Studios. “Star” will also be fully integrated into the established Disney+ platform from both a marketing and a technology perspective, possibly similar to how Hotstar became Disney+ Hotstar in India.

Just ahead of the launch of Star, according to a statement that was provided to cable operators, Disney is going to be renaming it’s “FOX” channels to “Star” in Latin America from February 2021. With both the Fox channel and Fox Life, becoming Star Channel and Star Life.

-FOX Channel will be Star Channel.
-FOX Life will be Star Life.
-FOX Premium will be Star Premium.
-FOX App will be Star App

Fox Premium channels will also be rebranded, becoming: Star Premium Movies, Star Premium Series, Star Premium Action, Star Premium Comedy, Star Premium Fun, Star Premium Cinema and Star Premium Classics.

In Africa, Star operates Indian channels such as StarPlus, Star Vijay and Star Life. There's a chance that Star Life (currently seen on StarTimes, DStv and OpenView) will get a name change perhaps into Star India or something close to that in order to not cause confusion if they do end up rebranding FOX into Star in this region.

Now the issue here is their channels are operated under Star India and not Disney in general. So maybe this whole thing has no effect on us but there's a chance it could have some effect since Latin America is changing the channels and not India. Or perhaps the one here will be called Disney's Star or Star By Disney.

Wednesday, 28 October 2020

Star Life: The Fate Of My Identity And The Evil Eye Has Been Revealed

If anyone has been following the news circulating in the web. Star Life was suppose to air My Identity and The Evil Eye earlier in the year but due to lockdown regulations both these shows were delayed.

My Identity has been delayed for the second time in a now filling up its spot at the moment is A Perfect Lie but now that's being snatched for the long-awaited show, The Evil Eye.

The Evil Eye (Nazaar) follows the life of an evil Daayan, who worship the mother goddesses Kali and Durga. But as a devil, she was cursed by gods and captured into the human world. Jatinder Bhardwaj and Ankur Nayyar take up the lead role with Monalisa set to follow.

The series airs everyday at 22:00 CAT/21:00 WAT/23:00 EAT from 28 November

Star Life is available on DStv, Starsat (SA) & StarTimes (ROA) and OpenView

Monday, 21 September 2020

A Call For A Hero Coming Soon To Star Life

Star Life is set to introduce another telenovela in October called Call For A Hero which will also joins the long awaited series My Identity as they both launch in October.

Call For A Hero (Koi Laut Ke Aaya Hai) the action thriller follows Rishabh Shekhari, a blind heir to his Rajput family lives with his sister Geetanjali, stepmother Ratna and half sister Kavya. Geetanjali falls in love with military officer Abhimanyu Rathore. Rishabh refuses for this alliance. Geetanjali disobeys him and marries Abhimanyu. Outraged, Rishabh later accepts Abhimanyu who dies in a car crash.

The series made its debut back in 2017 on StarPlus with a total of 33 episodes in partnership with Sphere Origins and starred Surbhi Jyoti (Qubool Hai).

Call For A Hero airs weekends at 7pm CAT/6pm WAT/8pm EAT on Star Life which can be found on OpenView, DStv and Starsat/StarTimes.

Friday, 18 September 2020

My Identity Has A New Premiere Date On Star Life

Star Life was suppose to introduce My Identity and Evil Eye back in May that was until a lockdown was enforced in several countries forcing several channels along with Star Life to delay airing of almost all their shows and all of this was due to covid19.

My Identity (Naamkaran) is the story of an illegitimate 11 year old girl, Avni Ayesha, who tries to give herself a legitimate identity despite cruel obstacles by her own grandmother Dayawanti Mehta. Aditi Rathore and Zain Imam take up the lead role with Reema Lagoo set to follow.

Details on Evil Eye is still unknown at this point if there is a date I'll post it for now viewers have to wait on that one.

The series replaces Geet on 16 October at 22:00 CAT/21:00 WAT/23:00 EAT

You can find this channel on OpenView, DStv and Starsat/StarTimes

Friday, 10 July 2020

Brave And Beautiful Coming Soon To Star Life

Star Life, is set to introduce a new fantasy telenovela next month to join the existing lineup of shows. This will be the channel's first fantasy show.

Brave And Beautiful (Divya Drishti), separated at childhood, Divya and Drishti attain super powers - to not only see the future, but also manipulate it. However, their own future lies in the hands of an evil Pishachini. Sana Sayyad and Nyra Banerjee take up the titular character's roles.

The series consists of 106 episodes each consuming at least 45 minutes meaning that this will be the second drama series on the channel that doesn't consist of 30 minutes with the first being Crime Alert. It made its debut last year on StarPlus and ended earlier in the year on that channel.

Star Life was set to air two other telenovelas earlier in the year but due to the lockdown regulations implemented in Africa and India months back these shows were delayed indefinitely. The channel hasn't made a statement with regards to the shows but they are likely to air them at some point.

The series makes it debut at 18:00 WAT/19:00 CAT/20:00 EAT from August 18th

StarLife can be found on MultiChoice's DStv, eMedia Investments' OpenView (SA Only) and StarSat (South Africa) with StarTimes (ROA).

Wednesday, 27 May 2020

Star Life Will Bring In Two New Telenovelas: Nazar And Naamkarann

Covid-19 has affected tv channels as you already know Star Life was airing only repeats during the month of April due to the lockdown that occurred in South Africa and India with most of their plans put in jeopardy.

Since April, the channel has only been filled with repeats of Chasing My Heart, Forever Yours and The Crossroads. The channel recieved major backlash from fans and forced others to temporarily distance themselves from the channel.

Before the lockdown was implemented, Star Life was set to introduce two new Hindi telenovelas which were Nazaar and Naamkarann to the channel.

Nazaar (The Evil Eye) follows the life of an evil Daayan, who worship the mother goddesses Kali and Durga. But as a devil, she was cursed by gods and captured into the human world. Jatinder Bhardwaj and Ankur Nayyar take up the lead role with Monalisa set to follow.

Naamkaran (My Identity) is the story of an illegitimate 11 year old girl, Avni Ayesha, who tries to give herself a legitimate identity despite cruel obstacles by her own grandmother Dayawanti Mehta. Aditi Rathore and Zain Imam take up the lead role with Reema Lagoo set to follow.

Both these series were originally set to air weekdays from 21:00 CAT but now the release dates for these shows are up in the air. The only thing I can confirm is there's still plans to air the show on the channel.

Monday, 30 March 2020

Zee World And Star Life Affected By Covid-19

A few days ago, Zee World made an announcement that Ring of Fire and Jodka & Akbar would be taken off the screen due to covid-19 (and a 21 day lockdown in India) with Ganga and Twist of Fate set to take up their timeslot. The worst part about these two is one just ended weeks back and both of them start from season 1.

This news was since met with backlash by the fans of the channel which leaves viewers with only 2 current series Deception and One Perfect Place.

Jodka & Akbar is dubbed in Zulu which explains the pause since South Africa is currently on lockdown for 21 days while Ring of Fire case is sort of a mystery maybe they haven't got the rest of the episodes.

And Zee World isn't the only one removing shows Star Life is much worse instead of 2 shows leaving all the shows are getting scrapped from The Inseperables to Family Affairs to Let's Dance to Kulfi to Made for Each Other to Geet to A Perfect Lie.

This news was confirmed by GOtv in Zambia instead of Star Media and according to Star Life's schedule from the 1st April, The Crossroads, Forever Yours and Chasing My Heart take up their timeslots.

There's no confirmation on whether these shows will resume after the 21 day lockdown as yet and since then Covid-19 has affected their channels immensely.

Thursday, 18 April 2019


Star Life is a South African digital satellite
television channel which showcases family dramas, celebrity dance shows and movies from Star's library of Bollywood movies, adapted into English for African audiences.

DStv: Channel 167
Bouquet : Premium, Compact Plus, Compact,
Openview: Channel 110
GOtv: Channel 23

576i, 16:9 (SDTV) - outside South Africa
1080p, 16:9 (HDTV) - South Africa only

"It's a beautiful world"

Star Network - a fully-owned subsidiary of
21st Century Fox - launched the HD channel
Star Life in August 2018. It is a 24-hour English-language channel available on
Openview, GOtv and DStv, aimed as a crossover between Indian and African entertainment.

The channel showcases family dramas (daily soaps and telenovelas, short and long form), celebrity dance shows and movies from its library of A-List Bollywood movies.

The channel aims to bring to Africa
"extraordinary journeys of ordinary people,
progressive storylines, inspirational characters and compelling dramas – produced to the highest international production standards."

Friday, 17 August 2018

Experience A Beautiful World With Star Life This August On DStv, GOtv And Openview

Star Life, launching on DStv on 27 August, is an English language channel specially created with an African audience in mind.

With over two decades of award-winning and No 1 rated shows in its repertoire, Star Life will showcase only the very best family dramas (daily soaps, both short and long form), celebrity dance shows and blockbuster movies from its famed library of A-List Bollywood movies.

“Delighting our customers with exceptional content is key to our business. What makes Star Life a good addition is that the content is relatable, with shows that tell stories about human weaknesses, strengths, miracles and victories,” says Yolisa Phahle, General Entertainment CEO, MultiChoice.

A fully owned subsidiary of 21st Century Fox, Star is the undisputed global powerhouse in Indian programming and a market leader in most of the 100+ countries it operates in worldwide. Star Life brings to Africa extraordinary journeys of ordinary people, progressive storylines, inspirational characters and compelling dramas – produced to the highest international production standards.

Gaurav Jandwani, Senior Vice President & Business Head UK/Europe & South Africa, Star Network says “At Star, we believe in creating stories for the world, stimulating imagination and showcasing the limitless power of ordinary people. With Star Life, we are proud to bring to Africa, engaging programming, in English, which will leave our viewers inspired, rejuvenated, and moved. We are delighted to offer Star Life to DStv customers.”

Star Life will be to DStv Premium, Compact Plus, Compact and Family customers on DStv channel 167. It will also be available on GOtv channel 23 and Openview 110. The channel will be available in HD for viewers in south africa with the DStv and GOtv from the rest of Africa in SD.

Come celebrate a beautiful world with Star Life on DStv.