London, Wednesday 12th October: From today until 25 October, Virgin Media is giving its TV customers access to 15 premium Asian TV channels – at no extra cost – so they can celebrate Diwali from the comfort of their own home.

Over the past two years Virgin Media has made a number of TV channels available to its customers at no extra cost, helping to keep households entertained during Covid-19 pandemic and providing extra value to customers during the cost of living crisis.

The TV channels included are part of Virgin Media’s Asian Mela bundle which normally costs £12 per month and offer customers hundreds of hours of content.

Fans of reality TV can sink their teeth into popular celebrity shows like Bigg Boss, the Indian version of Endemol Shine Group’s hit format show Big Brother, or the Indian version of Dancing with the Stars, Jhalak Dikhhla Jaa, both available on Colors. Customers can also tune into SONY TV HD to watch Indian Idol, celebrated for introducing the world to stars such as Neha Kakkar and Monali Thakur.

For customers who fancy some comedy, don’t miss the new season of The Kapil Sharma Show on SONY TV HD, where Kapil Sharma is joined by special celebrity guests each week. Or if big budget action is more up their street, customers can watch India’s third highest-grossing film ever, K.G.F: Chapter 2 on SONY MAX starring Yash, Sanjay Dutt and Raveen Tandon.

The offerings don’t stop there. The much-loved Indian drama, Anupama airs on Utsav Plus starring Rupali Ganguly as Anupama and follows the life of a devoted Gujrati housewife to explore her fight for self-respect, dignity and pride to set out to live life on her own terms.

David Bouchier, Chief TV & Entertainment Officer at Virgin Media O2, said: “Diwali is such an exciting festival to bring families and friends together, that’s why we’re making 15 premium Asian TV channels available at no extra cost. This includes all the best programming and movies from India in HD, with some shows completely exclusive to Virgin Media.”

Full list of Asian Mela TV channels available to all customers for no extra cost until 25 October:

  • 801: Utsav Gold HD
  • 802: Utsav Bharat
  • 803: Utsav Plus HD
  • 805: SONY TV HD
  • 806: SONY MAX HD
  • 807: SONY SAB
  • 808: SONY MAX2
  • 809: Zee TV HD
  • 810: Zee Cinema HD
  • 815: B4U Movies
  • 825: Colors Gujarati
  • 826: Colors HD
  • 827: Colors Rishtey
  • 828: Colors Cineplex
  • 829: NDTV Good Times

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Virgin Media O2 launched on 1 June 2021, combining the UK’s largest and most reliable mobile network with a broadband network offering the fastest widely available broadband speeds. It is a customer-first organisation that brings a range of connectivity services together in one place with a clear mission: to upgrade the nation. Virgin Media O2 is the corporate brand of the 50:50 joint venture between Liberty Global and Telefónica SA, and one of the UK’s largest businesses.

The company has 48 million UK connections across broadband, mobile, TV and home phone. Its own fixed network currently passes 15.6 million premises alongside a mobile network that covers 99% of the nation’s population with 4G, and more than 300 towns and cities with 5G services targeting 50% population coverage in 2023.

Virgin Media O2 completed its roll out of gigabit broadband speeds across its entire network footprint in 2021 and plans to upgrade its fixed network to full fibre to the premises with completion in 2028. In January 2022, it also announced that it would be the only major mobile network that isn’t bringing back roaming charges in Europe.

Virgin Media O2 is a major investor in the UK. It employs around 18,000 people, has more than 425 retail stores and has committed to invest at least £10 billion over the next five years.

Integration work is progresses at pace, with Virgin Media and O2 launching a joint product – Volt – less than 5 months from coming together.

Today, the business delivers award-winning broadband and WiFi connectivity to homes as well as providing a connected entertainment service. This brings together live TV, thousands of hours of on-demand programming and a wide-selection of apps to customers through a set-top box and on-the-go through tablets and smartphones.

It also provides 2G, 3G, 4G and 5G mobile services, and is the network of choice for mobile virtual network operators giffgaff, Sky Mobile and Lycamobile, as well as managing a 50:50 joint venture with Tesco for Tesco Mobile.

Virgin Media O2 Business plays a leading role in supporting the public sector and businesses of all sizes. This includes a variety of managed connectivity services and flexible working capabilities, security, data insight, 5G private networks and cloud solutions, as well as wholesale services to other operators and partners.

Awards for Virgin Media and O2’s telecommunications services include recognition by GWS for having the most reliable UK mobile network for three years in a row (2021, 2020, and 2019) and winning the publicly voted Uswitch awards in 2022 as both the Best Network for Roaming and Most Popular Mobile Network. Virgin Media was crowned Best Broadband Provider in the 2021 Trusted Reviews Awards and at the 2021 Mobile Industry Awards O2 claimed two wins – Network of the Year, and Best Online Retailer.

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