ESPN STAR Sports (or ESS and stylized as ESPN STAR Sports) was a joint venture between ESPN Inc. (through ESPN International, which it directly owns) and News Corporation (through STAR TV and Fox International Channels, which it directly owns). The venture has its base in Singapore and operates 25 ESPN and STAR Sports branded Television networks and 3 broadband sports networks throughout Asia, transmitting in 5 languages (English, Cantonese, Hindi, Korean and Mandarin). The networks broadcast various local and international sporting events, and also local editions of SportsCenter for China, Hong Kong, India, Taiwan, and Southeast Asia. ESPN Star Sports also operates a 24-hour Cricket channel, STAR Cricket. STAR Sports launched STAR Sports Thailand on Monday 4 August 2008 exclusively for Thai viewers.