Zee Café

Zee Café, formerly Zee English, is an Indian pay television channel owned by Zee Entertainment Enterprises, a subsidiary of the Essel Group. It was launched on 15 March 2000 as Zee English and is known as a general entertainment channel (GEC).[1] On 27 March 2005, it was renamed Zee Café.[2] The channel mainly syndicates popular American television shows to appeal to the English-speaking population of India.

Zee Café
Launched15 March 2000
Owned byZee Entertainment Enterprises
Parent: (Essel Group)
Picture format1080i HDTV
(downscaled to letterboxed 576i for the SDTV feed)
SloganAll eyes on new
Broadcast areaIndian Sub Continent
Sister channel(s)Zee Studio
Zee TV
Airtel digital TVChannel 168 (SD)
Channel 169 (HD)
Dish TVChannel 450 (SD)
Channel 35 (HD)
Reliance Digital TVChannel 254 (SD)
Sun DirectChannel 260 (SD)
Tata SkyChannel 220 (SD)
Channel 218 (HD)
Videocon d2hChannel 181(SD)
Channel 935 (HD)
Dish Home NepalChannel 406 (SD)
Channel 964 (HD)
Dialog TVChannel 90
Available on most cable systemsChannel slots vary on each provider
HathwayChannel 30
Space Time Network (Nepal)Channel 353
Asianet Digital TVChannel 473 (SD)
Channel 842 (HD)
Kerala VisionChannel 222

International distribution

Zee Café launched on Sky in the United Kingdom and Ireland on 15 July 2010.[3] The channel originally served as Zee's network hybrid channel, which used to broadcast shows from a number of its existing channels in India. On 11 September 2012, it was repositioned as a classics channel, airing re-runs of old Zee TV programming,[4] covering cookery, dramas, horror and mythology. At the same time the channel became free-to-air.[5] On 10 June 2013, the British version of Zee Café closed and was replaced by Zee Lamhe, another free-to-air classics channel from Zee.[6]

Current Programming

See also


  1. "Indiantelevision.com's television industry headlines". Us.indiantelevision.com. Retrieved 7 November 2011.
  2. "Indiantelevision.com > News Headlines > Dish TV goes mobile, Zee dons new look". Us.indiantelevision.com. 28 March 2005. Retrieved 7 November 2011.
  3. "ZEE Cafe launches on Sky Digital EPG". BizAsia. 15 July 2010. Archived from the original on 17 August 2010.
  4. "ZEE Cafe set to reposition as classics channel". BizAsia. 6 September 2012.
  5. "Change Log: Zee Café". KingOfSat. Retrieved 12 June 2013.
  6. "Lamhe replaces ZEE Cafe in UK". BizAsia. 10 June 2013.
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