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.
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.
Indian TV on BT
Indian TV on TalkTalk
There are no Indian channels with either of TalkTalk’s basic TV options either… but you can add them with a ‘Boost.’ 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. The ones with Indian TV are:
- Star TV Boost, which gives you Star Gold, Star Life OK, and Star Jalsha
- Asian TV Boost, which gives you Zee TV
- Eros Now Boost, for Bollywood and Asian movies on demand. This one’s available as either a monthly subscription or pay-per-view.
Indian TV on Freeview and Freesat
You won’t find Indian TV on Freeview, but Freesat has SAB TV, Colors, Rishtey, and Zing.