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After years of suffering, Star World and Star World Premiere HD will be killed off. Meanwhile UTV-branded channels will be replaced by Star Gold-branded ones. An SD feed for Star Movies Select will also be launched.
A number of regional movie and sports channels are being launched, including the Marathi movie channel Pravah Picture. But the most noteworthy launch is perhaps Star Kirano, a new Odia GEC launching in January 2022.
Disney-Star’s new channels are largely in regional languages in the sports and movie genres, as well as a number of kids’ channels. On the other hand, a number of English channels and many of Disney’s channels before its acquisition of Star will go off air.
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An aggressive acquisition spree combined with proper scheduling and rotation of movies across its channels has given Disney-Star the lead in the Hindi movie genre. However, the impending Zee-Sony merger, Goldmines Telefilms’ Dhinchaak and a rapidly growing Viacom18 could pose a stiff challenge.