Star Channel (Japan)

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Star Channel
Star Channel-Japan.svg
LaunchedJuly 1, 1986 (1986-07-01)
Owned by
Broadcast areaNationwide
HeadquartersTokyo, Japan

Star Channel is a Japanese group of premium television channels operated by Star Channel, Inc. (Japanese: 株式会社スター・チャンネル). Star Channel mainly provides films and television series made outside Japan, on 3 high-definition channels, available on satellite, cable and IPTV platforms.


Star Channel was founded as a private company in 1986. Previously, each 25% of the company's stake were owned by Itochu, 21st Century Fox (previously as the original News Corporation), Sony Pictures and Tohokushinsha Film,[1] but as of 2018, 21st Century Fox sold its share in the company to Tohokushinsha.


  • Star Channel 1 (formerly Star Channel and Star Channel Hi-Vision): The main channel launched on 1 July 1986. Its HD simulcast channel was separately branded as Star Channel Hi-Vision, but the branding was removed with the 1 October 2011 rebrand of channels.
  • Star Channel 2 (formerly Star Channel Plus until 30 September 2011)
  • Star Channel 3 (formerly Star Channel Classic until 30 September 2011)


  1. ^ Mitsuhiro Yoshimoto, Eva Tsai, JungBong Choi Television, Japan, and Globalization 1929280599 - 2010- Page 20 "Just like Star TV, Star Channel specializes in the provision of foreign movies to Japanese audiences via the diverse broadcasting venues of digital CS, BS, and cable television. In fact, Japan's Star Channel was an outcome of a bizarre negotiation between Itochu and Star TV's owner, News Corporation. Itochu asked for the right to expropriate Star TV's trademark and content. News Corporation demanded in return a..."

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