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Sony Pictures Networks India Pvt. Ltd.
Founded October 1995; 22 years ago (October 1995)
Headquarters Mumbai, Maharashtra, India
Key people
N.P. Singh (CEO)
Rohit Gupta (President Network Sales & International Business)
Rajesh Kaul (President Sports & Distribution)
Revenue Increase1,000 crore (US$150 million) (2010)
Owner Sony Pictures Television
Number of employees
Parent Sony
Website Sony Pictures Networks India Website

Sony Pictures Networks India Pvt. Ltd. is an Indian media company (previously known as SET India Pvt. Ltd and then Multi Screen Media Pvt. Ltd.), subsidiary of Sony Corporation, which handles diversified interests in India. Initially, the corporation was formed only to run its television broadcasting business but since then has expanded with the time to overlook the other businesses of its parent which were established as separate units earlier. The company claims the reach of network to 700 million people in India and presence across 167 countries.[1]

The group includes SPN Productions, the film production arm and Sony Pictures Networks Distribution Pvt Ltd.(SPND), the television distribution network. Its subsidiaries include Sony Pictures Networks Distribution India Private Limited, MSM-Worldwide Factual Media Private Limited, MSM Discovery Private Limited, Taj Television (India) Private Limited, Aqua Holding Investments [Pvt.] Ltd.,and Bangla Entertainment Private Limited.[1]

Sony Pictures Networks India is home to Sony Entertainment Television, one of India's top Hindi General Entertainment Channels. The network also owns 30 other channels like Sony SAB, Sony Max, Sony PIX and AXN.[1] The company’s sports portfolio, consists of 11 channels.[1]


It was launched in India in October 1995.[2] In January 2013, Sony Pictures Networks India forayed into the digital video-on-demand segment with the launch of Sony LIV, the online Over-The-Top platform.[3]On 3 November 2015, MSM was renamed Sony Pictures Networks India Private Limited after 21 years.[4]


Sony entered into Indian sports in 2002 by buying rights for International Cricket Council events between 2003 to 2007.[5] Sony did not launch a separate sports channel but broadcast the events on its Hindi entertainment channel SET and MAX.[6] In 2008, along with Singapore-based World Sport Group it won rights for Indian Premier League for 10 years for more than 1 billion USD.[7] In April 2012, it launched it first sports channel Sony Six in India.[8] In October 2015, it partnered with ESPN to launch another sports channel Sony ESPN.[9] On August 31, 2016, it acquired the Ten Sports networks from Zee Entertainment Enterprises for a deal worth $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
Caribbean Premier League[18] 2014-2017
Football Champions League[19] 2015-2018
Europa League[19] 2015-2018
FIFA World Cup[20] 2014-2018
La Liga[21] 2015-2018
FA Cup[22] 2015-2018
Serie A[22] 2015-2018
Tennis Australian Open[23] 2015-2018
ATP World Tour[24]

SD channels

HD channels

Digital channel

Shutdown channels

See also


  1. ^ a b c d "Overview". Sony Pictures Networks India. Retrieved 16 April 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. ^ a b "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. ^ "SONY retains broadcasting rights for Caribbean Premier League". Inside Sports India. 7 June 2017. Retrieved 16 April 2018. 
  19. ^ a b "Ten Sports extend UEFA contract for Champions League and Europa League until 2018". Sports Keeda. 25 June 2014. Retrieved 16 April 2018. 
  20. ^ "Sony SIX wins broadcast rights for FIFA World Cup 2014 and 2018". LiveMint. 16 January 2014. Retrieved 16 April 2018. 
  21. ^ "Sony Kix acquires telecast rights for La Liga in India". Sports Keeda. 3 August 2015. Retrieved 16 April 2018. 
  22. ^ a b "Sony Kix aquires broadcast rights for The Emirates FA Cup and Serie A TIM". afaqs. 3 July 2015. Retrieved 16 April 2018. 
  23. ^ "Sony Six win rights to telecast Australian Open in India". Sports Keeda. 12 January 2015. Retrieved 16 April 2018. 
  24. ^ "DISTRIBUTION". ATP Media. Retrieved 16 April 2018. 
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