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Indian and Asian channels in the UK – What’s the best TV package?

Tuesday, September 26th 2017

Indian television now attracts broad audiences and, with over 25 channels available, there are more Bollywood movies and Indian TV serials to keep us entertained than ever before. Now that’s something to make a song and dance about.

With more India-centric channels comes more Indian entertainment, from soap operas and musicals to movies and sports. We take a look at which provider offers the best package for spicy Indian entertainment.

Who has the most Indian and Asian channels?

Sky is the largest UK provider of Indian TV channels, thanks largely to the inclusion of Star Plus TV channels free with its TV bundles. Virgin Media and TalkTalk can’t compete with Sky’s variety and value for money.

How do we define Indian and Asian TV channels?

Around 45 television channels are devoted to Asian culture in the UK, offering a variety of entertainment, drama and sport. From popular soap operas to Bollywood movies, each channel gives you an insight into the colourful world of Indian culture and music.

However, only three TV providers broadcast Asian channels; some offer free-to-air Asian channels, while others charge for them on top of a standard TV bundle.

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Sky

Sky is known as the top gun for TV deals, attracting audiences from different cultures and backgrounds, and shows over 45 Asian channels. You can enjoy catchy Bollywood songs on B4U Music, tear-jerking dramas on Rishtey TV, and family feuds and love triangles happening in the Star Plus serials.

Since 1st August, Sky Asia channels are now included as standard

Sky Asia channels are now included in all Sky TV bundles for free. Existing Sky Asia customers will be pleased to find their monthly bill reduced.

The Sky Asia channel pack includes seven popular Indian channels including Sony Entertainment, Sony Max, B4U, Zee TV, Zee Cinema, Zee Punjabi and ARY Digital. There are also a number of religious and news channels available to keep you up-to-date.

  • Sky TV Original

    Sky
    • 35+ entertainment channels, 11 HD channels
    • 250+ free-to-air channels
    • Comes with Sky Q 1TB box as standard
    £20
    £20 set-up cost See Deal
  • Sky TV Variety

    Sky
    • 75+ entertainment channels, 11 HD channels
    • 250+ free-to-air channels, 1900+ kids' episodes
    • Comes with Sky Q 1TB box as standard
    £25
    £20 set-up cost See Deal
  • Sky Box Sets

    Sky
    • 75+ entertainment channels, 56 HD channels
    • 250+ free-to-air channels, on-demand shows
    • Sky Q 1TB box
    £31
    £20 set-up cost See Deal

Virgin Media

Virgin Media has jumped on the Indian TV bandwagon. If you’ve purchased a TV M+, TV L or TV XL pack, you’ll already have access to over a dozen free-to-air channels. Many of these are similar to the channels included with Sky’s packages, including Lamhe, for classic Zee TV serials; Colors TV, which is known for reality TV; and UMP Movies.

Extra bundles are on offer

If your Indian itch still isn’t satisfied you can add extra channels. The Star Bundle, Zee Bundle and Sony Entertainment Bundle can all be added from £4.95 per month. Alternatively, you can purchase the Asian Mela bundle. This consists of all three bundles mentioned previously along with three more channels, and starts at £12 per month.

  • Virgin Media The Player TV Bundle

    Virgin Media
    • Freeview channels
    • Pay nothing today
    • Weekend calls
    • Free 500GB TiVo Box & WiFi router
    £30
    £20 set-up cost includes line rental See Deal
  • Virgin Media The Full House TV Bundle

    Virgin Media
    • Freeview + premium + BT Sport
    • Pay nothing today
    • Weekend calls
    • Free TV V6 box & WiFi router
    Introductory offer & Netflix included for 6 months
    £56
    £20 set-up cost includes line rental See Deal

TalkTalk

There are no free Asian channels with any of the TalkTalk TV packages. However, you can add an Indian boost to your package. On offer is the Star TV Boost, which includes a variety of dramas, reality TV and movies. But if you want still more, go for the Asian Boost – a combination of Zee TV and Sony TV – which comes at an additional cost of £10 per month.

You can add movies on demand

If you’re a Bollywood fanatic you can watch as many movies as you like with the Eros Now Boost. From £5 per month, you’ll get unlimited access to the latest Bollywood films, on demand. Whether you want to watch an action-packed blockbuster or a Mumbai love story, there’s something to keep you happy.

  • TalkTalk Broadband + TV

    TalkTalk
    • Freeview channels
    • Pay nothing today
    • TV Box & Super Router
    £19 .95
    £25 set-up cost includes line rental See Deal
  • TalkTalk Broadband + TV Plus

    TalkTalk
    • Freeview + 30 extra channels
    • Pay nothing today
    • TV Plus Box & Super Router
    Offer ends 21st December, No broadband setup fee & Fixed price for the contract length
    £25 .95
    £25 set-up cost includes line rental See Deal

Indian sports are available for sport fans

Indian entertainment wouldn’t be complete without sports, especially cricket. The Indian Premier League (IPL), Twenty20 cricket tournament came on to the scene in 2008 and has attracted sports fans from all over the world. However, it is only available to watch on Sky Sports. Don't panic, you can add the Sky Sports pack to your TV bundle for an extra fee.

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