Colors and Rishtey, which have been on a ratings roll recently in the UK, have today left the Freeview platform.

The two channels, along with Colors HD, Rishtey Cineplex and News18 will now only be available with a subscription on Sky or Virgin Media. Colors, Rishtey and Rishtey Cineplex were the last of the big Asian TV channels from India to join the Sky basic pack. They will now compete directly with Star Plus, Star Gold, Life OK, Star Utsav, ZEE TV, ZEE Cinema, ZEE Punjabi, Zing, &TV, Sony Entertainment Television, Sony MAX, Sony SAB TV, Sony Mix, B4U Movies and B4U Music.

Since the recent Sky changes, viewers flocked to Colors, Rishtey and Rishtey Cineplex, which were available free-to-air up until now. Colors HD will join the Sky Box Sets pack, along with Star Plus HD, Sony TV HD, Sony MAX HD and &TV HD.

  • Isabella

    Soooo! disappointed that I can’t get Rishtey on Freeview anymore. I have discovered so many things about Indian culture – the rituals, the social order, the way that people relate to each other and the observation of religious custom to name a few. I have no desire to subscribe to Sky even if I could afford to, so I am afraid it’s the end of my watching days – goodbye Madhu and Utteran….

    • Aysha Khan

      very disappointed also and cannot afford either

  • Raza Tariq

    No more free Asian channels on freeview
    It is not fair very very disappointed
    Sky got too much power to control subscription packages
    I agree with Isabella

    • Kabir Chopra

      They Always wanted this and given the number of channels its was also important to distribute the channels with good content vs rubbish channels.

  • disqus_lRBpczFKij

    Just found out today that there is inno rishtey on free view. Extremely disappointed! Would have loved to continue to have this on freeview. Enjoyed all the programs! Bring it back!!

    • Arif Ali

      They won’t Sky paid them more money to be in the Original Bundle and get rid of it in freeview.

  • Amreen Azam

    So Angry that freeview for rishtey and colours has ended i dont see them ending freeview for bb1, 3, 5 and rest for family on normal wages this was a free channel to watch and enjoy don’t we have enough bills taxes to pay that u had to add on! I will no longer be a sky customer!

    • Abrar Khan

      Hey don’t be too upset, you can get the cheapest bundle for about £10 which gives you countless Asian channels. And if you don’t want a subscription I’m sure there are still free channels available.