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India’s latest regional TV channel Colors Tamil will go live across 20 million Indian homes on 19 February, parent company Viacom18 has announced.

colors tamil media 12 Feb 2018The channel, operated by the TV18 and Viacom joint venture, will offer 22 hours of weekly original content at launch, with Tamil superstar Arya acting as brand champion.

As well as Hindi and English versions, Viacom18’s general entertainment channel Colors is already available in five regional languages: Kannada, Marathi, Gujarati, Bengali and Odia.

Colors Tamil will be available on cable from Tamil Nadu Arasu Corp, SCB, and TCCL, as well as direct-to-home (DTH) platforms Sun Direct, Tata Sky, Airtel, Dish TV and Videocon d2h. The channel’s content will also be available on Viacom18’s digital platform VOOT for on-demand viewing.

Programming will include Colors Tamil’s flagship show Enge Veetu Maapilai, a 40-episode reality show searching for the perfect partner for brand ambassador and Kollywood superstar Arya. Soap opera Velunachi features a strong woman protagonist, while Colors Super Kids is a talent show for children. Family drama, comedy and fantasy will also feature on the channel.

Ravish Kumar, head, regional entertainment – Viacom18, said that Tamil Nadu, India’s sixth most populous stake according to the 2011 census, has a per capita daily TV viewing figure of about three hours. By comparison, the Hindi speaking markets watch around 2.5 hours daily.

“With an estimated base of 1,150 advertisers, Tamil Nadu is one of the more lucrative broadcast entertainment markets in India,” Kumar said."Our biggest drive is to deliver new and never before seen content to the Tamil audience. We have invested big in conceptualising programs that are inspiring, innovative, experimental and technically sound,” he added.

“After spreading our wings across seven languages, India’s flagship general entertainment brand – Colors – is entering the lucrative, fast growing and discerning Tamil entertainment market – in line with our stated strategy to drive regional growth aggressively. Our proven ability to break the clutter and disrupt the status quo will help us tell endearing stories to over 20 million TV households in the state and a large global audience in the coming months and years,” added Sudhanshu Vats, group CEO – Viacom18.