MUMBAI: In a significant development that is set to deeply impact the industry,
Network18 Group and Sun Network have formed a distribution joint venture company.
new entity, to be called Sun18, will start with the distribution of 33 channels
across all platforms including cable, DTH, IPTV, HITS and MMDS.
alliance marks the entry of Network18 Group into the Indian television distribution
space. It also ends Viacom18's deal with TheOneAlliance, the Sony-Discovery joint
venture which distributes channels.
the Network18 group channels (CNN-IBN, CNBC-TV18, CNBC-Awaaz, IBN-7 and IBN-Lokmat)
will move from the Star Den JV to Sun18. Only the Star channels, Times Now and
Zoom will remain with Star Den.
also gets to distribute the Viacom18 channels - Colors, MTV, Nick and Vh1. The
new JV will also handle the Disney channels - The Disney Channel, Disney XD and
Sun18 will have India's largest multilingual network comprising
Sun TV, KTV, Sun News, Sun Music, Chutti TV, Adithya, Gemini TV, Teja TV, Gemini
News, Gemini Music, Navvulu TV, Kushi TV, Surya TV, Kiran TV, Udaya TV, Udaya
Movies, U2, Udaya Varthegalu, Ushe TV and Chintu TV.