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Indian and Asian TV channels

Fan of TV from the Indian subcontinent - including Bollywood blockbusters, Asian entertainment, and Pakistani primetime? You’ll want some specialised channels in your TV package.

Some providers, such as Sky (www.sky.com), have lots of Indian channels included as standard. But for others, like TalkTalk (www.talktalk.co.uk) and Virgin Media (www.virginmedia.com), you can get them included with an add-on or ‘Boost’.

What Indian TV do I want?

There are dozens of channels in the UK that just show Indian, Bangla, Pakistani, and British Asian telly, and all are available with different TV packages. But which ones do you want? It all depends on whether you’re looking for entertainment, movies, current events, or programmes in particular languages.

  • Entertainment - For general entertainment from India, you’ve got plenty of choice. There’s the Star TV suite of channels (including Star Plus and Star Life OK), Zee TV, SET Asia, Colors TV, and Rishtey, Colors’ rerun channel. For just comedy there’s also SAB TV, or for lifestyle there’s NDTV Good Times.
  • Movies - Looking for the best of Asian film and Bollywood? Try Star Gold, Sony Max, Zee Cinema, B4U Movies, and UMP Movies.
  • Music - The B4U Music channel is one of the best places to find Indipop, Bhangra, and Bollywood music, along with some celebrity gossip. There’s Zing too, which mixes music with comedy, animation, and lifestyle; and ARY Musik for the best tunes from Pakistan.
  • Bengali language - While most Indian channels in the UK are in Hindi, you’ll find a few that cater to other languages - such as Bengali. Star Jalsha has lots of entertainment; ATN Bangla broadcasts news, talk shows, and dramas straight from Bangladesh; and then there’s Bangla TV and Channel S, both run by Bangladeshi Brits in the UK.
  • Pakistani TV - There are plenty of ways to keep up with telly specifically from Pakistan as well. There’s PTV Prime, ARY News, and Geo Tez for news and current events; ARY Digital for dramas; Hum Europe for general entertainment; and TV-99 for an interesting mix of Pakistani cookery shows and British Asian music.

Indian TV on Sky

When it comes to Indian and Asian TV, there’s really nothing better than Sky TV. More than 30 channels are free-to-air and come with all its packages - including Colors, &TV, B4U Music, and PTV - and Sky have thrown in Star Life OK, Star Plus, Star Gold, and Star Jalsha too.

And if that’s not enough, you’ve also got the option to add the Asia Pack to any TV package. This’ll give you seven extra channels: ARY Digital, B4U Movies, SET Asia, Sony Max, Zee TV, Zee Cinema, and Zee Punjabi.

Star Plus is also available to watch anywhere with Sky Go, which is free to Sky TV customers but costs a small fee for everyone else.

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Indian TV on Virgin Media

Virgin Media has some of the best Indian channels included in its TV packages too. With Mix TV and above, you’ll get &TV, Al Jazeera Arabic, Al Jazeera English, ARY News UK, B4U Music, COLORS, France24 English, France24 French, Hum Europe, NDTV India, Nollywood Movies, Rishtey Europe, SONY SAB, UMP Movies, Worldbox, and Zing.

However, if you want more, you can add premium channels to any package. Available are bundles that include ARY Digital, B4U Movies, NDTV Good Times, NDTV Spice, SONY Max, SONY TV Asia, Star Gold, Star Life OK, Star Plus, Zee Cinema, Zee Punjabi, and Zee TV.

You’ll also be able to watch some of those channels live from any device, thanks to Virgin TV Anywhere. That includes Colors, Zing, ARY News, and UMP Movies.

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Indian TV on BT

Unfortunately, there aren’t any Indian TV channels with BT TV packages. You can, however, watch Bollywood on your telly through the Netflix app on your BT YouView box.

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Indian TV on TalkTalk

There are no Indian channels with either of TalkTalk’s basic TV options either… but you can add them with the Asian TV Boost - which gives you Zee TV and Sony TV Asia. TV Boosts are bundles of channels that you can subscribe to on a rolling monthly basis, so you can stop or start getting them at any point.

Read more about TalkTalk TV Boosts

Indian TV on Freeview and Freesat

You won’t find Indian TV on Freeview, but Freesat has SAB TV, Colors, Rishtey, and Zing.

See how Freesat, Freeview, and YouView compare in our guide.

FAQs

  1. What are the main TV services in the UK?

    Freeview is the most common TV service in the UK - set top boxes are affordable, and new TVs predominantly all come with Freeview tuners built-in. Once you have Freeview you can watch TV as much as you want with no additional cost. Other subscription-free TV options include YouView and satellite TV service Freesat.

    However, for the best choice of channels and on demand services, you’ll need to join a subscription-based TV service. The four big ones in the UK are from Sky, Virgin Media, BT, and TalkTalk.

  2. How do I switch to a new TV service?
    Switching TV services is a breeze if you use a comparison service like ours. Simply enter your postcode, and we’ll list all your different options side by side, so you can easily compare features and price. When you find a package you like, click the link and you’ll be taken straight to the provider’s site. Fast, simple and hassle-free.
  3. How do I get sports channels?

    There are multiple sports channels in the UK, with the biggest being Sky Sports and BT Sport.

    Sky Sports is available at an extra monthly cost on Sky TV, BT TV, TalkTalk TV, Virgin Media TV, and Now TV. Read our guide for more info.

    BT Sport, which also includes ESPN, is available on BT TV, and for an extra monthly cost on Sky TV and Virgin Media TV. Read our guide for more info.

  4. How do I get movie channels?

    Sky often has the first TV broadcast rights for big movies, so if you want to see the latest blockbusters first, you’ll need Sky Cinema - which you can get through Sky, Virgin Media, BT, and TalkTalk TV packages for an additional monthly charge.

    Most TV providers also offer new home entertainment releases to view on a pay-per-view basis. Bear in mind, you may need a broadband connection to access some of these services. See our guide for more info.

  5. Can I save money by bundling TV, phone and broadband?
    Yes you can. Providers like Sky and Virgin Media offer competitively priced bundles, comprising broadband, home phone and TV, and getting all three services from the same place often leads to significant savings. It also makes it easier to manage finances, as all services come on a single bill.