Sony Pictures Networks India

Sony Pictures Networks India is an Indian media company, a subsidiary of Sony Corporation.[1] Initially, the corporation was formed only to run its television broadcasting business but since then, it has been diversified. The group includes SPN Productions and SPN Distribution as subsidiaries.

Sony Pictures Networks India Pvt Ltd
Multi Screen Media
private company limited by shares 
FoundedOctober 1995 (October 1995)
HeadquartersMumbai, Maharashtra, India
Key people
N.P. Singh (CEO)
Rohit Gupta
Rajesh Kaul
Revenue64.5 billion (US$930 million) (2018)
Number of employees
WebsiteSony Pictures Networks India Website

The company is responsible of managing Sony's television channels division in India, such as SET, Sony Ten, AXN and its sister networks.


It was founded in India in October 1995 as Multi Screen Media.[2] In January 2013, it expanded to cover its video-on-demand division with the launch of OTT platform Sony LIV.[3]On 3 November 2015, Multi Screen Media was renamed as Sony Pictures Networks India after 21 years.[4]


Sony entered into the Indian sports TV market in 2002 after acquiring the licence rights for ICC matches from 2003 to 2007,[5] which were broadcast on SET and Sony Max.[6] In 2008, along with Singapore-based World Sport Group, it won the broadcast rights for IPL matches for 10 years for more than US$1 billion.[7] In April 2012, it launched it first sports channel Sony Six.[8] In October 2015, it partnered with ESPN to launch another sports channel, named Sony ESPN.[9] On 31 August 2016, it acquired the Ten Sports networks from Zee Entertainment Enterprises for a deal worth US$385 million[10]


Sports Event Period
Cricket International Cricket in Australia[11] 2017-2023
International Cricket in England[12] 2018-2023
International Cricket in South Africa[13] 2012-2020
International Cricket in Pakistan[14] 2015-2020
International Cricket in Sri Lanka[15] 2013-2020
International Cricket in West Indies[16] 2013-2020
International Cricket in Zimbabwe[17] 2012-2020
Big Bash League[11] 2017-2023
Football (Soccer) Champions League[18] 2015-2018
Europa League[18] 2015-2018
FIFA World Cup[19] 2014-2018
La Liga[20] 2015-2018
FA Cup[21] 2015-2018
Serie A[21] 2015- 2019
Tennis Australian Open[22] 2015-2018
ATP World Tour[23]
Basketball National Basketball Association[24] 2015-2020
Olympics Youth games, Olympics and Paralympics[25] 2018-2020

Owned channels

Channel Language Category SD/HD availability Notes
Sony Entertainment Television Hindi General Entertainment SD+HD
Sony SAB Hindi General Entertainment SD+HD
Sony Pal Hindi General Entertainment SD only
AXN English General Entertainment SD+HD
Sony Max Hindi Movies SD+HD
Sony Max 2 Hindi Movies SD only
Sony Wah Hindi Movies SD only
Sony Pix English Movies SD+HD
Sony Mix Hindi Music SD only
Sony BBC Earth English, Hindi Infotainment SD+HD
Sony Yay English, Hindi Kids SD only
Sony Aath Bengali General Entertainment SD only
Sony Marathi Marathi General Entertainment SD only
Sony Six English Sports SD+HD
Sony Ten 1 English Sports SD+HD
Sony Ten 2 English Sports SD+HD
Sony Ten 3 Hindi Sports SD+HD
Sony Ten 4 English Sports SD+HD launching soon[26]
Sony ESPN English Sports SD+HD

OTT platforms

Former channels

Channel Language Category SD/HD availability Notes
Animax English Kids SD only
Sony Kix English Sports SD only
Sony Rox Hindi Music HD only
Sony Le Plex English Movies HD only
Sony Ten Golf English Sports HD only

See also


  1. "Overview". Sony Pictures Networks India. Archived from the original on 18 June 2018. Retrieved 26 December 2018.
  2. "FactSheet" (PDF). Sony Pictures Networks India. Retrieved 16 April 2018.
  3. "Sony launches digital entertainment platform Sony LIV". Business Standard. 29 January 2013. Retrieved 16 April 2018.
  4. "Afaqs!" Multi Screen Media is now Sony Pictures Networks, Retrieved on January 21, 2016
  5. "Sony bags World Cup TV rights". Times of India. 15 February 2002. Retrieved 16 April 2018.
  6. "Sony to air ICC Champion's Trophy on MAX and SET, no plans for sports channel". exchange4media. 4 April 2002. Retrieved 16 April 2018.
  7. "Sony and World Sports Group bag IPL television rights". ESPNCricinfo. 14 January 2008. Retrieved 16 April 2018.
  8. "Coming from Sony: Sports channel named Six". Business Standard. 21 March 2012. Retrieved 16 April 2018.
  9. "ESPN returns to India in tie-up with Sony". LiveMint. 8 October 2015. Retrieved 16 April 2018.
  10. "Sony Pictures Networks India to Acquire Ten Sports for $385 Million". Hollywood Reporter. 31 August 2016. Retrieved 16 April 2018.
  11. "CA announce new Indian TV rights deal". Cricket Australia. 10 October 2017. Retrieved 16 April 2018.
  12. "Sony Pictures acquires media rights for cricket matches in England". LiveMint. 5 March 2018. Retrieved 16 April 2018.
  13. "Taj Television acquires TV rights for CSA". Indian Express. 10 September 2011. Retrieved 16 April 2018.
  14. "Pakistan Cricket Board renews deal with Ten Sports for next five years". Indian Television. 1 April 2015. Retrieved 16 April 2018.
  15. "Sri Lanka Cricket broadcast and production rights go to Ten Sports". Sports Keeda. 10 July 2013. Retrieved 16 April 2018.
  16. "WICB signs seven-year TV rights deal". ESPNCricinfo. 2 November 2012. Retrieved 16 April 2018.
  17. "Taj Television add to list of Cricket broadcast deals". Sports Pro. 14 November 2011. Retrieved 16 April 2018.
  18. "Ten Sports extend UEFA contract for Champions League and Europa League until 2018". Sports Keeda. 25 June 2014. Retrieved 16 April 2018.
  19. "Sony SIX wins broadcast rights for FIFA World Cup 2014 and 2018". LiveMint. 16 January 2014. Retrieved 16 April 2018.
  20. "Sony Kix acquires telecast rights for La Liga in India". Sports Keeda. 3 August 2015. Retrieved 16 April 2018.
  21. "Sony Kix aquires broadcast rights for The Emirates FA Cup and Serie A TIM". afaqs. 3 July 2015. Retrieved 16 April 2018.
  22. "Sony Six win rights to telecast Australian Open in India". Sports Keeda. 12 January 2015. Retrieved 16 April 2018.
  23. "DISTRIBUTION". ATP Media. Retrieved 16 April 2018.
  25. Sharma, Rajender (6 September 2018). "Sony grabs another Star property; bags Olympics rights for mere $12 mn". InsideSport. Retrieved 7 September 2018.
  26. Dhyani, Kunal (21 January 2019). "Sony to replace spiked pay-TV channels with new sports platform". InsideSport. Retrieved 16 July 2019.
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