Founded by Cem Uzan and Ahmet Özal in 1989 as Magic Box, Star TV is Turkey's first private TV channel. The channel started its test broadcasting on 5 May 1990. For a brief time in the early 1990s, it was called Star Magic Box because the name Star 1 was copyrighted by another media corporation. Its first logo was a blue S with a star on it before it turned to red in early 2000s.
Star TV aired many world-known series for the first time in Turkey. Among them were The A-Team, Magnum, P.I.Simon & Simon, MacGyver, Days of Our Lives, M*A*S*H, Lassie, Murphy Brown, Perfect Strangers, Dragnet, Charles in Charge, The Jeffersons, Twin Peaks, Married… with Children, The Bold and the Beautiful, General Hospital, All My Children, Santa Barbara, Another World, Dallas, 21 Jump Street, Miami Vice, The Equalizer, Star Trek: The Next Generation, Wiseguy, Leave It to Beaver, Hunter, Who's the Boss?, Gimme a Break!, Murder, She Wrote, Mission: Impossible, Time Trax, Out of This World and Airwolf.
The channel is also the first private Turkish channel to start digital broadcasting in 1999.
On February 2004, Star TV was put on the block by Turkish savings and deposit insurance funds (TMSF) along with other media assets, including seven radio stations, a newspaper and another TV station of the Uzan Group, to cover debts owed to the Treasury resulting from the takeover of İmar Bankası and Adabank. TMSF put Star TV up for auction, and its purchased by Isil Television Broadcasting Corp. of Dogan Media Group, which offered the highest bid of $306.5 m at the auction on September 2005.
- 2012-: Beni Affet
- 2014-: Paramparça
- 2015-: Kiralık Aşk
- 2015-: Kara Sevda
- 2015-: Muhteşem Yüzyıl: Kösem
- 2015-: Hanim Koylu
- 2016-: Yoksek Soysete
- 2012-: Tülin Şahin ile Moda
- 2013-: En Güzel Bölüm
- 2014-: Star Life
- 2014-: Süper Dadı
- 2014-: Dada Dandinista
- 2015-: Çarkıfelek
- 2015-: Eğlendirme Dairesi
- 2015-: Ezgi Sertel ile Lezzetin Haritası
- 2015-: Evleneceksen Gel
- 2015-: Big Brother Türkiye
- 2011-: Ece Belen'le Yaz Haberleri (Ece Belen)
- 2011-: Nazlı Öztarhan'la Star Haber (Nazlı Öztarhan)
- 2012-: Celal Pir'le Haftasonu Haberleri (Celal Pir)
Parliament Pazar Gecesi Sineması
It is also famous for its Parliament Pazar Gecesi Sineması (Parliament Sunday Movie Night) in 1992 until 1999, which showed high quality films without any commercial breaks, despite the sponsorship by the cigarette brand.
Star was forced to stop the Parliament Pazar Gecesi Sineması when the Turkish government passed a law that forbids cigarette commercials.
Star TV HD
The channel also broadcasts in Europe with the name Euro Star with the difference of not broadcasting Champions League matches live.