Sony Liv

Sony Liv (marketed as SONY LIV and formerly as SonyLIV) is an Indian general entertainment, video on demand service that is owned by Sony Pictures Networks India Pvt. Ltd. based in Mumbai, Maharashtra, India.

Sony LIV website screenshot
Type of site
Video on demand
Available inEnglish
Area served
  • India
  • UAE
  • Kuwait
  • Saudi Arabia
  • Oman
  • Bahrain
OwnerSony Pictures Networks India
Key peopleUday Sodhi
ServicesOn-demand video streaming
Alexa rank 76 (October 2016)[2]
Launched22 January 2013 (2013-01-22)
Current statusActive


The service was launched on January 23, 2013.

Sony Liv is a part of the network of television channels owned by Sony Pictures Networks India Pvt. in India. The network's other channels include: Sony TV, Sony SAB, Sony Mix, Sony Max, Sony Max 2, Sony Six, Sony Pix, AXN and Sony Yay (formerly Animax Asia). It also offers original Web series like Lovebytes, Married Women Diaries, etc.

Anime is now part of Sony Liv with the inclusion of Animax as a live channel.[3]

Sony Pictures Networks bagged the Indian subcontinent telecast rights for the 2018 FIFA World Cup. The network will also have dedicating channels to broadcast in Russia, which includes Sony SIX, Sony TEN 1, Sony TEN 2, Sony TEN 3, Sony ESPN. Sony Liv is the official mobile and Internet broadcaster for streaming all 2018 FIFA World Cup live matches starting June 14.[4][5]



Sony Liv's Library consists of 18 years of content from the Sony Entertainment Network channels in India: Sony TV, SAB TV, Sony MIX, Sony Max, Sony MAX 2, SET PIX, AXN and Animax.

Along with a wide selection of English, Hindi and regional movies, Sony Liv also has Animax that broadcasts a wide range of anime (most in original Japanese audio with English subtitles).

Sony Liv consists of regional offerings like the first ever Gujarati web series titled Kacho Papad Pako Papad, an extremely popular multistarer on the platform.[6]

Sony Liv is the first Indian OTT platform to produce music content for a Hollywood feature film - producing music for the Hindi version of the blockbuster titled Passengers starring Chris Pratt and Jennifer Lawrence. The singers for the original soundtrack titled Aaadat included Jubin Nautiyal, Shirley Setia and Raftaar.

After shutting down a linear TV channel on April 18, 2017, Animax was made available exclusively as a digital streaming channel in India from July 7, 2017.

Live channels

Sony Liv streams most of Sony's TV channels as live channels including Animax HD, Sony BBC Earth, Food Food, etc.

Regularly updated


Sony Liv features programming in the following key genres: comedy, crime, drama, horror, action.


Sony Liv is available worldwide in five languages, and includes select programming in Hindi, English,Marathi, Tamil and Telugu.

Content partners

Sony Pictures Networks India signed a deal with Times Internet's BoxTV to make its video content available on BoxTV's website. The service will be available to BoxTV users worldwide and DD Free DTH.


Sony Liv has reached about 25 million views on a monthly basis on its website, app and YouTube channel.[7]


Hardware supported

List of Sony Liv-ready devices:

Software support

Supported web browsers by platform:

Windows 8.1 through web browser. Other software options:

Key features

  • Mood Wheel – Content Suggestions based on Mood
  • MY Q – Personalized Playlist
  • Liv Gurus – Liv's Frequent Flyer Program for Video.

Liv Sports

On June 1, 2014, Sony Pictures Networks India launched LIV Sports, a digital sports entertainment property.

Liv Sports was the official mobile and Internet broadcaster for the 2014 FIFA World Cup starting June 12. Liv Sports aired both live and video-on-demand match content with statistics and analysis.

It also broadcasts La Liga, Serie A, Ligue 1, UEFA Champions League, UEFA Europa League.

It broadcasts international cricket matches played by Pakistan, Australia, Sri Lanka, South Africa, West Indies and Zimbabwe, Grand Prix motorcycle racing, WWE RAW, Smackdown and other WWE pay-per-view events, UFC and NBA.

After Sony's acquisition of Ten Sports Network, all TEN Sports live programs also began broadcasting on Sony Liv.

See also


  1. "FAQ". SonyLIV. Retrieved 12 December 2019.
  2. " Site Info". Alexa Internet. Archived from the original on 5 March 2016. Retrieved 26 May 2014.
  3. "Sony to shift Animax channel to SonyLiv". Indian Television Dot Com. 13 April 2017. Retrieved 5 December 2019.
  4. "FIFA World Cup 2018 draw: When and where to watch, coverage on TV and live streaming". 1 December 2017. Retrieved 1 December 2017.
  5. "2018 FIFA World Cup Russia Live Online Streaming Available Through Sony LIV Application". 14 February 2018. Retrieved 14 February 2018.
  6. "2017: The year OTTs went regional in India". Indian Television Dot Com. 4 January 2018.
  7. "Sony to move its video streaming service SonyLIV to a fee-based model". 11 September 2015. Archived from the original on 3 September 2015. Retrieved 31 August 2015.
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