Since 1 May 1958, China Central Television (CCTV) has 17 channels plus additional 5 channels of different languages broadcasts from China and across the globe. Therefore, all CCTV Channels are planned to broadcasts across the world through satellite broadcast and on Internet Television. The CCTV channels are listed in sequential order with no discerning descriptions, e.g. CCTV-1, CCTV-2, etc., similar to those channels in Europe and in other places around the world.
All CCTV channels are broadcast independent. The following is list of the channels with their names:
- CCTV-1 General
- CCTV-2 Finance
- CCTV-3 Arts and Entertainment (literally Variety show)
- CCTV-4 International (in Mandarin Chinese)
- CCTV-5 Sports
- CCTV-5+ Sport Plus
- CCTV-6 Movie
- CCTV-7 Military and Agriculture
- CCTV-8 Television Series
- CCTV-9 Documentary (both in Mandarin of Local and English of International)
- CCTV-10 Science and Education
- CCTV-11 Chinese Opera
- CCTV-12 Society and Law
- CCTV-13 News (news in Mandarin)
- CCTV-14 Children
- CCTV-15 Music
- CCTV-News International (in English)
- CCTV-F International (in French)
- CCTV-E International (in Spanish)
- CCTV-العربية International (in Arabic)
- CCTV-Русский International (in Russian)
- China 3DTV Test Channel
All CCTV channels are also broadcast through the following:
It is possible to receive channels CCTV-4 (Mandarin channel targeted at an overseas Chinese audience), CCTV-News (targeting an English-speaking audience), CCTV-E in Spanish and CCTV-F in French outside China by using a Digital Video Broadcast signal (plus additional broadcast support together with Dolby Stereo, Dolby Surround, Dolby SR, Dolby Digital Advanced Sound Quality Definition and Improvement System Support, technologized & develop by Dolby Laboratories, Datasat, and the SDDS for digital audio system supportments). CCTV has just recently switched from analog to DVB primarily due to better signal quality and the ability to charge for reception (about 10 USD per year subscription). The overseas channels are widely available across many cable and satellite providers. The CCTV administration is also planning to start a CCTV Portuguese station by 2010 and CCTV English-News station by 2011.
- CCTV-4 Asia (中文國際頻道亞洲版) - Broadcasts to Asia & Australasia form Singapore at 00:00 SST.
- CCTV-4 Europe (中文國際頻道歐洲版) - Broadcasts to Europe form London at 00:00 GMT.
- CCTV-4 America (中文國際頻道美洲版) - Broadcasts to North America & Latin America form New York City at 00:00 EST.
On 25 July 2009, CCTV launched its Arabic-language international channel, stating that it aims to maintain stronger links with Arabic nations and that the new channel will "serve as an important bridge to strengthen communication and understanding between China and Arab countries". The new Arabic Channel will reach the Middle East, North Africa and Asia region. On 10 September 2009, CCTV launched a Russian-language channel CCTV-Pусский.