Sony Pictures Sports Network

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Sony Pictures Sports Network
Sony TEN logo new.png
TypeSports
CountryIndia
Broadcast areaIndian subcontinent
HeadquartersMumbai, India
Programming
Language(s)English
Bangla
Malayalam
Hindi
Tamil
Telugu
Picture format1080i HDTV
(downscaled to 576i 4:3 for SDTVs)
Ownership
OwnerSony
ParentCulver Max Entertainment
History
Launched
  • 1 April 2002; 20 years ago (2002-04-01) as (Ten Sports)
  • 7 April 2012; 10 years ago (2012-04-07) (as Sony SIX)
  • 18 July 2017; 5 years ago (2017-07-18) (as Sony Pictures Sports Network)
Links
WebsiteOfficial Website

Sony Pictures Sports Network is a group of Indian pay television sports channels owned by Culver Max Entertainment.

History

Sony Pictures Sports Network was launched after Sony Pictures Network India (SPNI) brought ZEE[1] networks-owned Ten Sports channels in 2016.[2][3] The acquisition was planned to be two-phased. With the completion of the first phase of the purchase, Sony Gained control of Ten Sports Indian Network.[4][5] which is completed by February 2017.[6] With the completion of second phase In September 2017[7] Sony gained access to other sports property's that owned by Zee Network.[8]

On 18 July 2017, the channels were rebranded under the Sony umbrella with the "Sony" brand attached as a prefix on the sports channels, Sony Launched additional 2 HD channels and expanded its Indian sports network to 9 channels, in addition with the launch of the HD simulcasts.[9]

These channels broadcasts cricket, football, golf, basketball, tennis, MMA, and wrestling events.

In 2019, Sony Pictures Sports Network handed over the control of its Pakistan channels to a company called Tower Sports Network.[10] Which is a Subsidiary of Sony Corporation.[11]

In June 2021, Sony launched their latest channel, Sony TEN 4, which broadcasts sports in Tamil and Telugu.[12]

Release timeline
2002Sony TEN 1
2003
2004
2005Sony TEN 2
2006
2007
2008
2009
2010Sony TEN 3
2011
2012Sony SIX
2013
2014
2015Sony KIX (Discontinued)
2016Sony ESPN (Discontinued)
2017
2018
2019
2020
2021Sony TEN 4

Current channels

Channel Original Language Audio Feed SD/HD Availability
Sony Ten 1 English SD+HD
Sony Ten 2 English
Sony Ten 3 Hindi
Sony Ten 4 Tamil, Telugu[13]
Sony Six English

Former names

Most of the channels are rebranded or relaunched many times in the last 2 decades, Based on the ownership change and branding. Since 18 July 2017 all of these channels are under the brand umbrella of Sony.

2021
Channel (Current Name) Former Name 1 Former Name 2 Former Name 3
Sony Ten 1 Ten Sports (2002-2016) Ten 1 (2016-2017) -
Sony Ten 2 Zee Sports (2005-2010) Ten Action (2010-2016) Ten 2 (2016-2017)
Sony Ten 3 Ten Cricket (2010-2016) Ten 3 (2016-2017) -
Sony Ten Golf HD (Discontinued) Ten Golf (2012-2015) Ten Golf HD (2015-2017)
Sony Six (Launched on 7 April 2012; 10 years ago (2012-04-07)) - - -
Sony Ten 4 (Launched on 1 June 2021) - - -

Former channels

Sony Ten Golf

Sony TEN Golf HD

It was an HD, golf-focused channel launched on 7 October 2015. It had the broadcasting rights to the European Tour, Asian Tour, Ryder Cup, LPGA Tour, Royal Trophy, US PGA Championship, Senior PGA Championship, Professional Golf Tour of India, and Ladies European Tour.[14] The channel was closed on 31 December 2018.

Sony KIX/Sony ESPN

Sony ESPN Logo

Launched as Sony KIX on 8 April 2015 (the day when 2015 Indian Premier League began) by what is now Sony Pictures Networks India, it was the second sports television channel launched by the company after Sony Six.[15] The channel was rebranded as Sony ESPN on 17 January 2016.[16][17] The partnership with ESPN was made official in October 2015.[18] Sony and ESPN would partner together on website and app efforts, with ESPN providing and producing content such as cricket, football, tennis, basketball, badminton, field hockey, golf, rugby union, motorsport along with other events. Sony Six and Sony ESPN, which were launched before Sony's purchase of Ten, effectively became part of the group when the acquisition was completed. Both SD and HD versions of Sony ESPN were shut down on 31 March 2020.[19]

See also

References

  1. ^ Menon, Bindu. "Sony Pictures acquires Ten Sports for $385 m". @businessline.
  2. ^ "Sony buys TEN Sports Network". Broadband TV News. 31 August 2016.
  3. ^ "Sony Pictures To Acquire Ten Sports From Zee | Sony Pictures Entertainment". www.sonypictures.com. Retrieved 16 July 2021.
  4. ^ PTI. "Zee Entertainment completes sale of TEN Sports to Sony". @businessline. Retrieved 16 July 2021.
  5. ^ "Zee completes 1st phase of sale of TEN sports to Sony Pictures". The Financial Express. 28 February 2017. Retrieved 16 July 2021.
  6. ^ "ZEE Entertainment Completes Sale Of TEN Sports To Sony". Moneycontrol. Retrieved 16 July 2021.
  7. ^ "Zee Entertainment Completes Sale Of Ten Sports To Sony". BloombergQuint. Retrieved 16 July 2021.
  8. ^ "ZEE Entertainment completes sale of TEN Sports to Sony". The Economic Times. Retrieved 16 July 2021.
  9. ^ Laghate, Gaurav. "Sony rebrands sports business; launches 2 new HD channels". The Economic Times. Retrieved 16 July 2021.
  10. ^ "Ten Sports is a brand name that only exists in Pakistan". Business Recorder. 15 July 2019.
  11. ^ "controlled by Sony Corporation Japan". Nation PK.
  12. ^ "SPNI to launch two new sports channels TEN 4 & TEN 4 HD". exchange4media.
  13. ^ Karhadkar, Amol. "Sony launches new sports channel in Tamil and Telugu". Sportstar.
  14. ^ "Sony Ten 1 HD TV Programmes, Popular Shows". The Times of India. Retrieved 22 August 2017.
  15. ^ "msm launchs new sports channel". indian television.
  16. ^ "Launch date set for Sony ESPN channels in Indian subcontinent". sports business. 11 January 2016.
  17. ^ Choudhary, Vidhi (7 October 2015). "ESPN returns to India in tie-up with Sony". mint.
  18. ^ January 2016, John Eggerton 11. "Sony Launches Two ESPN Channels in India". Broadcasting Cable.
  19. ^ "Sony Pictures Network India to shut down Sony MIX, Sony ESPN SD and HD from 30th March". DreamDTH. 14 March 2020.

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