Television in Sri Lanka

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The first Television network of Sri Lanka was launched on 13 April 1979. The ITN channel, owned by the Independent Television Network Limited (ITN) became the first terrestrial television channel of Sri Lanka.[1] On June 5, 1979 ITN was converted to a government owned business[1] and was later brought under the Sri Lanka Rupavahini Act of 1982 along with the newly created Sri Lanka Rupavahini Corporation (SLRC).[2]

Significant changes occurred in 1992 as the government permitted the establishment of private television networks.[2] Subsequently, the Maharaja Television Network (MTV) was launched in collaboration with Singapore Telecommunications Limited (SingTel).

Since then many new television networks have come into existence within Sri Lanka. There are also a number of Satellite networks and pay per view television networks in Sri Lanka. The national telecommunications provider Sri Lanka Telecom also launched an IPTV service in 2008.

TV Derana had introduced Sri-Lanka's first 24-hour news channel,"Ada Derana 24X7" on the 20th of July 2014 as a thought to satisfy the thoughts of the public to analyse the ongoing global affairs.

The following is a complete list of television networks in Sri Lanka.

Analog Terrestrial Networks[edit]

Name Ownership Owner Language(s) Established & current status
1 Independent Television Network (ITN) State-owned Independent Television Network Sinhala April 13, 1979[1]
2 Vasantham TV State-owned Independent Television Network Tamil June 25, 2009[3]
3 Prime TV State-owned Independent Television Network English November 12, 2009[4]
4 Sri Lanka Rupavahini Corporation State-owned Sri Lanka Rupavahini Corporation Sinhala February 15, 1982 [5]
5 Nethra TV State-owned Sri Lanka Rupavahini Corporation Tamil January 1, 2008[6]
6 NTV State-owned Sri Lanka Rupavahini Corporation English November 18, 2009[7]
7 Channel Eye State-owned Sri Lanka Rupavahini Corporation English August 20, 2000
8 TNL Private Teleshan Network Limited Sinhala / English June 21, 1993 [2]
9 MTV Sports Private MTV / MBC Network English December 14, 1992 [8]
10 Sirasa TV Private MTV / MBC Network Sinhala June 10, 1998 [9]
11 Shakthi TV Private MTV / MBC Network Tamil October 20, 1998
12 ETV Private EAP Broadcasting Company Ltd English 1995 [10]
13 Swarnavahini Private EAP Broadcasting Company Ltd Sinhala March 16, 1997 [11][12]
14 ART Television (earlier called Dynavision) Private IWS Holdings (Private) Limited English July 21, 2003 [13]
15 YOU TV (earlier MAX TV) Private MGMR Network (Pvt) Ltd Sin / Eng / Ta January 17, 2007[14]
16 Siyatha TV Private Voice of Asia Network (Pvt) Ltd Sinhala September 17, 2009[15]
17 Varnam TV (earlier Vettri TV) Private Voice of Asia Network (Pvt) Ltd Tamil September 17, 2009[16]
18 DAN Tamil Oli / DAN Yarl Oli Private Dish Asia Network Tamil 2009[17]
19 CCTV News Private China Central Television (Pvt) Ltd English May 7, 2010[18]
20 CSN Private Carlton Sports Network Sinhala / English March 7, 2011[19]

Digital Terrestrial Networks[edit]

Name Ownership Owner Language(s) Established Transmission technology
1 Hiru TV Private Asia Broadcasting Corporation (ABC network) Sinhala May 23, 2012[20] DVB-T2 pictures and stereo sounds

Local TV Channels on Satellite or Cable Networks[edit]

Name Ownership Language Established
1 Young Asia Television [1] Private Sinhala/Tamil/English 1995[21]
2 Colombo television [2] Private Sinhala 2015
3 Sri TV [3] Private Sinhala 2006
4 Sindu tv [4] Private Sinhala 2015
5 Dhammavahini [5] Private Sinhala May, 2007[22]
6 The Buddhist [6] Private Sinhala June 29, 2007[23]
7 CiTi HiTz Private Sinhala December 10, 2007
8 Gospel Vision Private Sinhala/English 2007
9 Channel C Private Sinhala March 10, 2008[24]
10 Lakroo/Info TV State-owned Sinhala April 4, 2009[25]
11 Heritage TV [7] Private Sinhala May 8, 2009[26]
12 TV Neth [8] Private Sinhala 2009
13 One SriLanka [9] Private Sinhala 2009
14 Knowledge TV Private Sinhala 2010
15 TV Dream Music Private Sinhala 2010
16 Nenasa TV Private Sinhala 2010
17 One Six Channel Private Sinhala 2011
18 Swarga TV Private Sinhala/Tamil/English 2011
19 Ridee TV Private Sinhala 2012[27]
20 Shraddha TV Private Sinhala/English 2012[28]
21 Thinetha TV Private Sinhala July 18, 2014[29]
22 Ada Derana 24X7 Private Sinhala/English July 20, 2014[30]
23 Athavan TV Private Tamil 2014[31]
24 Nanban TV Private Tamil 2014

Pay Television Networks (Sri Lankan Owned)[edit]

Name Technology Established
1 Dialog TV Direct Broadcast Satellite 2005[32]
2 PEO TV (SLT VisionCom) IPTV September 2008"
3 Lanka Broadband Networks (LBN) Cable Television 2000
4 Dish TV Lanka Direct Broadcast Satellite 2015
5 Art Disk Satellite Very Soon

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c ITN Sri Lanka, About Us
  2. ^ a b c Press reference, SRI LANKA Press, Media, TV, Radio, Newspapers
  3. ^ Vasantham TV launch
  4. ^ Prime TV launch
  5. ^ Rupavahini, About Us
  6. ^ Launched as Rupavahini 2 and later renamed as Channel Eye
  7. ^ NTV launch
  8. ^ Launched in 1992 as MTV Newsvision, renamed as MTV in 1998 Press reference, SRI LANKA Press, Media, TV, Radio, Newspapers
  9. ^ Launched in 1992 as MTV, renamed as Sirasa TV in 1998 Press reference, SRI LANKA Press, Media, TV, Radio, Newspapers
  10. ^ Launched in 1995 as ETV 2, renamed as ETV in 1997 Press reference, SRI LANKA Press, Media, TV, Radio, Newspapers
  11. ^ Launched in 1994 as ETV, renamed as Swarnavahini on March 16, 1997 Press reference, SRI LANKA Press, Media, TV, Radio, Newspapers
  12. ^ Swarnavahini, About Us
  13. ^ Launched in 1996 as Dynavision, renamed as ARTv Press reference, SRI LANKA Press, Media, TV, Radio, Newspapers
  14. ^ TV and Radio Sri Lanka, Max TV launches today
  15. ^ Siyatha TV launch
  16. ^ Vettri TV launch
  17. ^ About Dan TV
  18. ^ CCTV News Sri Lanka launch
  19. ^ CSN TV launch
  20. ^ http://www.hirunews.lk/34819/hiru-tv-launches-tomorrow-widest-coverage-superior-technology
  21. ^ About YA TV
  22. ^ Dharmavahini Launched
  23. ^ The Buddhist TV Launched
  24. ^ Channel C Launched
  25. ^ Lakroo Launched
  26. ^ Heritage TV Launched
  27. ^ Ridee TV added to Dialog TV
  28. ^ Shraddha TV added to PEO TV
  29. ^ Thinetha TV Launch
  30. ^ Ada Derana 24x7 Launch
  31. ^ [10]
  32. ^ Established in 2005 as CBNSat, later renamed as Dialog Television when acquired by Dialog Axiata

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