Television first came to India [named as ‘Doordarshan’ (DD) on Sept 15, 1959 as the National Television Network
of India. The first telecast started on Sept 15, 1959 in New Delhi.
After a gap of about 13 years, s second television station was
established in Mumbai (Maharashtra) in 1972 and by 1975 there were five
more television stations at Srinagar (Kashmir), Amritsar (Punjab),
Calcutta (West Bengal), Madras (Tamil Nadu) and Lucknow (Uttar
Pradesh). For many years the transmission was mainly in black &
the government liberated its markets, opening them up to cable
television. Five new channels belonging to the Hong Kong based STAR TV
gave Indians a fresh breath of life. MTV, STAR Plus, BBC, Prime Sports
and STAR Chinese Channel were the 5 channels. Zee TV was the first
private owned Indian channel to broadcast over cable. A few years later
CNN, Discovery Channel
, National Geographic Channel made its foray into India. Star expanded its bouquet introducing STAR World
, STAR Sports, ESPN and STAR Gold
And now India has about couple hundred channels. But I think the
mostly viewed channels are Zee, Sony, Star channels. Most of those who
live in India don't care whether they can watch the Indian Television
channels online or not but for those who live outside India really
strives to watch these Indian channels.
I have seen lot of
people searching for "free indian channels online" or how to watch
indian channels online or if I want to watch zee cinema online or zee tv online or Tamil TV watch online where to go?
So here I am trying to compile the list of sites where you can watch these channels online.
: The site called "Live from Bangladesh". The site has list of all the
famous Indian channels that you can watch online. Zee TV, Sony TV, Star
One, Star Plus, Zee Cinema etc. The site doesn't require you to
register. All you need is Windows Media Player 10, Real Player, VLC
Media Player installed on your machine. You must be aware of Windows
Media Player and Real Player. You can get VLC media player free, just
google it and you will find it. Once you go to the website, you will
see list of channels on the left. Click on the channel you want to see
and you would see the screen with username and password information.
The popup box will ask you to enter that information and you should be
all set. Watch Zee Cinema Online, Watch Zee TV online, Watch Sony TV
Online and enjoy.
Update on Live-From-bd.com - The site now requires you to register. So be prepared for that
- www.idesitv.com: This
site used to require registration but they have changed their layout
and now its just simple page with list of channels URLs. Click on the
channel and a popup window will open up. Same list of channels are
available here. Less than what you get from the previous site. Few
sites have voice issue. The voice and video moves in fast forward
motion makes it sound funny. For e.g. Sony TV & Star One.
I don't believe this site has online channels but you can watch videos
clippings from these Indian Channels. This site requires registration.
: This site has only 5-6 channels but the quality is good and doesn't
have annoying ads. It has Zee, Sony, Sony Max, Star Plus, Aaj Tak, IBN
Live, Star One. I would rank this site as 2nd after live-from-bd.com.
Watch Star Plus Online.
- www.onlinemedia.in: Beware of this website. It does provide all these channels but has lot of popup ads and could have spywares. I would go to this site as a last option.
Updates On more players
- www.cyberviewtv.com - This
site has Hum TV, Apna TV (Punjabi), AJJ TV, Geo TV, DOOM TV, Star
Utsav, Zee Punjabi, ETC Punjabi, Zee Marathi, Zee Gujarati and many
more Indian channels online for free. I think this site has the most
exclusive list of Indian channels online for free. It also doesn't have
too many popup ads but the UI is little bit cluttered. It also has TV
shows, Cartoon shows etc available for free.
- www.indiagalaxy.com -Just
got a comment from a user about this new website. IndiaGalaxy.com is
another website that streams Indian TV Channels. The site is pretty
neat and it has a list of channels listed on the left and the player is
on the right. You can watch Telugu channels, Zee Cinema, Zee TV, Sony,
SET Max, Star Plus, Star One, Zoom India, Filmy and many more indian tv
channels online for free.