July 27, 2018

Best Ways to Watch Telugu Channels in USA

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Telugu shows in the US can be difficult to find, but there are several providers to choose from. In this article, we list the TV providers that offer Telugu programs in the US and the packages they have. Read on to learn more about each TV provider.

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DISH TV is a major satellite TV provider in the US. Their primary packages are their English-based programs, but they also have plenty of Indian shows under their South Asian language packages.

They do offer Telugu language programming. There are four packages to choose from: Telugu: Mega Pack (14 channels), Telugu: Telugu Economy Pack (7 channels), Telugu: Maa TV (4 channels), and Telugu: Zee Telugu (1 channel).

They also offer other packages featuring Bangla, Bengali, Hindi, Kannada, Malayalam, Punjabi, Tamil, and Urdu. Each of these languages also has its own packages to choose from.

There is one downside to DISH - you'll have to subscribe to one of their core English packages first. Only then can you add the Telugu channels to your subscription. The core package and add-on come with their own monthly fees, so you'll be paying extra just to watch shows in Telugu.

If you only want Telugu programming, other providers offer more channels at a lower cost. DISH is better for those who want English programming with Telugu channels as a side.

DISH is also good for those who'd like the full TV experience and want to record their favorite shows with a DVR. They have the Hopper 3 DVR, which is one of the best in the market. It records up to 16 channels at the same time and stores up to 500 hours of HD recordings.

Sling TV

Sling TV is another popular TV provider. It's a streaming TV app with no contract. It's great for subscribers who don't want commitments. They also have a yearly subscription if you'd rather pay a one-off.

Since it's an app, there are also no installation fees or early termination fees. It's compatible with Amazon Fire, Smart TVs, smartphones, tablets, Roku, Xbox, and many other smart devices.

Those who want Telugu channels can just subscribe to their Telugu packages. You don't have to subscribe to their main "Blue" or "Orange" packages.

There are two packages to choose from: the "Telugu" pack, which has 45+ channels (like TV Asia Telugu, Zee Purvaya, and Prajaa TV) and their "Telugu Gold" pack, which has 70+ channels (including channels like Maa Movies, Zee Cinemalu, and Gemini Comedy).

They also offer packages in Hindi, Tamil, Malayalam, Kannada, Punjabi, Urdu, Bangla and Bengali.

What we like about Sling TV is that they also have a cloud DVR that can store 50 hours of recordings.


YuppTV is also a streaming TV service, like Sling TV. You'll need a subscription to access their content.

The great thing about YuppTV is that it specializes in Indian-language programming. It has packages for Hindi, Telugu, Tamil, Kannada, Punjabi, Malayalam, Marathi, Bengali and many others. Simply choose the language you'd like, and then choose a subscription package.

There are three Telugu packages: the Yupp Telugu Gemini Pack, the Yupp Telugu Premium, and the Yupp Telugu Hindi Combo.

Like Sling TV, YuppTV has no contract - you can pay for the packages monthly, half-yearly, or annually.

While they have no DVR feature, they do provide a "Catchup TV" feature, which allows you to catch up on your favorite shows or program for up to 10 days.

However, one downside of YuppTV is that it only allows for one stream at a time. You can "unlock" more streams on different devices, but you'll have to pay an additional monthly fee to do so.


MY INDIAN TV is an internet-based TV service, like YuppTV. They also specialize in Indian-language programming.

They have packages that feature Telugu, Malayalam, Tamil, Kannada, and Marathi. They also have premium packages, which involve a variety of shows in Hindi and Punjabi.

There's no contract. You can choose to subscribe to the packages monthly, every six months, or annually, depending on what they offer. For their Telugu package, you can subscribe for 30 days or 180 days.

MY INDIAN TV works with a set-top box to watch it on your TV (it supports the MAG Box). It also works with Android TV, Apple and Android phones and tablets, and Kodi.

They only allow one device per account. However, if you have a MAG Box, you can use that with a web/Android/Kodi session at the same time.

Like Sling TV and YuppTV, MY INDIAN TV has a 7-day playback feature for their shows and movies.

Hotstar (US)

Hotstar is a video streaming service that streams live sports, Indian TV shows, and movies. They have content in eight Indian languages: Hindi, Tamil, Telugu, Marathi, Bengali, Punjabi, Kannada, and Malayalam.

Unlike YuppTV, Hotstar doesn't have packages. You pay for a premium membership, which gives you access to all their content. You can find Telugu programming mixed in with other regional language programs.

The good news is, Hotstar allows you to download select movies and shows to your device. This means you can watch content on-the-go. You can also access Hotstar from a web browser on any PC or laptop.

Bottom Line

Only a few reliable providers offer Telugu programming. From our research, DISH is the only major TV provider that offers content in Telugu, but only as add-ons. You'll have to subscribe to their English core packages first.

The upside is that they've compiled all the Telugu channels into a package, so you won't have to pay for other regional Indian languages if you don't want to. Coupled with their DVR, this would be good for consumers looking for a traditional TV experience.

Cord-cutters will be happy to know that they have plenty of options. Most of the Telugu programming is being offered by streaming TV services. You can choose among Sling TV, YuppTV, MY INDIAN TV, and Hotstar US.

You won't need to worry about installation and early termination fees either, since they have no contract. However, you would need a fast internet connection.

These providers are better if you're looking for a standalone Telugu TV subscription. They have more content, and it's cheaper than subscribing to providers like DISH.

In the end, your choices would depend on your budget and preference. DISH is great for those looking for traditional TV. The streaming TV services would be better if you want something cheaper and without contract.

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