List of television stations in Hong Kong
In recent years, both free-to-air television broadcasters were allocated new frequency bands and extra bandwidth in addition under digital broadcast to the simulcast frequency band (multi-frequency) used for the original four analogue free-to-air channels. Digital broadcasts began on 31 December 2007. Analogue broadcasts are slated to be shut off in 2015, postponed from 2012.
- Currently there are 2 television networks
- 1 television network on test launch
- Radio Television Hong Kong (RTHK; 香港電台)
- 2 approved television networks to be launched
- Fantastic Television Limited (FTV; 奇妙電視) - parent company i-Cable Communications
- Hong Kong Television Entertainment Limited (HKTVE; 香港電視娛樂) - parent company PCCW
|Ch №||Channel||Channel content||Transmission||Format||Launch Date||Licence|
|21 (A); 81 (D)||TVB Jade||TVB's main Chinese (Cantonese) channel.||Analog & Digital||HDTV||19 November 1967||TVB|
|23 (A); 11 (D)||ATV Home||ATV's main Chinese (Cantonese) channel.||Analog & Digital||SDTV||29 May 1957||ATV|
|25 (A); 84 (D)||TVB Pearl||TVB's main English channel.||Analog & Digital||HDTV||19 November 1967||TVB|
|27 (A); 16 (D)||ATV World||ATV's main English channel.||Analog & Digital||SDTV||29 May 1957||ATV|
|12 (D)||ATV Asia||A high definition channel broadcasting in Cantonese.||Digital||HDTV||31 December 2007||ATV|
|13 (D)||ATV Classic||A classic series channel broadcasting in Cantonese.||Digital||SDTV||31 December 2012||ATV|
|15 (D)||CCTV-1||Simulcast of CCTV-1. Licensed to China Central Television broadcasting in Mandarin.||Digital||SDTV||1 March 2011||ATV|
|17 (D)||SZTV||Simulcast of SZTV. Licensed to Shenzhen Media Group broadcasting in Cantonese & Mandarin.||Digital||SDTV||1 December 2010||ATV|
|31 (D)||RTHK TV 1||A general channel offering diversified programmes on current affairs, education, information, culture and arts, and dramas.
On air 5PM—1:30AM (Monday to Friday), and 12PM—1:30AM (Saturday and Sunday)
|Digital||HDTV||13 January 2014
|32 (D)||RTHK TV 2||A live feed of Legislative Council meetings every Wednesday and other important press conferences.||Digital||HDTV||13 January 2014
|33 (D)||RTHK TV 3||Simulcast of CCTV-9, a documentary channel broadcasting 24 hours a day in English & Mandarin.||Digital||HDTV||13 January 2014
|82 (D)||TVB J2||A youth-oriented channel broadcasting in Cantonese.||Digital||HDTV||28 January 2008||TVB|
|83 (D)||TVB iNews||A 24-hour news channel broadcasting in Cantonese.||Digital||HDTV||11 November 2008||TVB|
|85 (D)||TVB HD Jade||A high definition channel broadcasting in Cantonese.||Digital||HDTV||31 December 2007||TVB|
- Summit application for free-to-air television
- Hong Kong Television Network Limited (HKTV; 香港電視網絡) - second attempted
- Phoenix Satellite Television Holdings Limited (ifeng/PHTV; 鳳凰衛星電視) - parent company Phoenix Television
- Mei Ah Entertainment Group Company Limited (MATV; 美亞電視) - parent company Mei Ah Entertainment
All of the digital channels are free-to-air in Macau and Guangdong Province, and viewers can receive these channels in any way, but, in Hong Kong excepted the four simulcast analogue free-to-air channels and CCTV-1 a subsidiary of China Central Television (CCTV) the rest of the digital channels of ATV and TVB, totality 8 television channels, should be landed in within the following stipulated confines only, until newcomers, besides ATV and TVB, join the Hong Kong's free-to-air digital terrestrial television market: government offices and statutory bodies; consulates-general and officially recognised bodies; guest houses and hotels ranked with four stars or above that receive foreign guests; apartment buildings exclusively for office and residential use by persons from abroad; clubs exclusively for serve persons from abroad; residential use by the family which included the person(s) directly employed by or retired from the following stipulated confines, such as: departments and related organisations of the government of the HKSAR, office and branches of the Central People's Government in Hong Kong, consulates-general and officially recognised bodies, MTR Corporation; or: residential and apartment buildings allowed residents to receive Phoenix Satellite Television (broadcasting area transmitted based in Hong Kong, area services based in Kowloon Peninsula and transmitted services from the Macau Peninsula it was officially launched on 31 March 1996) and China Entertainment Television (CETV) it was officially launched on 11 March 1995 (at least one of two channels); residential that subscribed to PCCW's now TV (excepted TVB PAY VISION Special Pack and TVB PAY VISION Super Hit Pack) and/or Hong Kong Cable Television (excepted subscribers which subscribed to Cable No.1 Channel only); within other specially designated confines.
Defunct free-to-air services and channels
|Channel Name (Chinese)||Primary Language||Began Operation||Ended Operation||Channel № (Analog)||Channel № (Digital)||Status||Note|
|Commercial Television (佳藝電視)||Cantonese||7 September 1975||22 August 1978||29||Free-to-air||3rd free-to-air terrestrial television station.|
|Rediffusion Television (麗的電視)||Cantonese and English||27 May 1957||29 September 1963||Cable||RTV's main Chinese & English channel.
Changed station identity to [Rediffusion Television Chinese Channel (麗的電視中文台) a Chinese channel & Rediffusion Television English Channel (麗的電視英文台) an English channel on 30 September 1963.
|Rediffusion Television Chinese Channel (麗的電視中文台)||Cantonese||30 September 1963||31 October 1973||Cable||RTV's main Chinese channel.
Became free-to-air and changed station identity to RTV-1 (麗的第一台) on 1 December 1973.
|Rediffusion Television English Channel (麗的電視英文台)||English||30 September 1963||31 October 1973||Cable||RTV's main English channel.
Became free-to-air and changed station identity to RTV-2 (麗的第二台) on 1 December 1973.
|RTV-1 (麗的第一台)||Cantonese||1 December 1973||24 September 1982||23||Free-to-air||RTV's main Chinese channel.
Changed station identity to ATV Chinese (亞洲電視中文台) on 24 September 1982.
|RTV-2 (麗的第二台)||English||1 December 1973||24 September 1982||27||Free-to-air||RTV's main English channel.
Changed station identity to ATV English (亞洲電視英文台) on 24 September 1982.
|ATV Chinese (亞洲電視中文台)||Cantonese||24 September 1982||1 February 1987||23||Free-to-air||ATV's main Chinese channel.
Changed station identity to ATV Gold (黃金台) on 2 February 1987.
|ATV English (亞洲電視英文台)||English||24 September 1982||1 February 1987||27||Free-to-air||ATV's main English channel.
Changed station identity to ATV Diamond (鑽石台) on 2 February 1987.
|ATV Gold (黃金台)||Cantonese||2 February 1987||12 February 1989||23||Free-to-air||ATV's main Chinese channel.
Changed station identity to ATV Home (本港台) on 13 February 1989.
|ATV Diamond (鑽石台)||English||2 February 1987||12 February 1989||27||Free-to-air||ATV's main English channel.
Changed station identity to ATV World (國際台) on 13 February 1989.
|ATV News & Business (新聞財經頻道)||Cantonese||21 November 2007||1 April 2009||12||Digital||News channel.|
|ATV His (動感資訊頻道)||Cantonese||2 December 2007||1 April 2009||13||Male-oriented channel.|
|ATV Her (魅力資訊頻道)||Cantonese||2 December 2007||1 April 2009||14||Female-oriented channel.|
|ATV Plus (文化資訊頻道)||Cantonese||2 December 2007||1 April 2009||15||Documentary channel.|
|CCTV-4 (中國中央電視台中文國際頻道)||Standard Chinese||1 April 2009||1 March 2011||15||License to China Central Television.|
|CTi International (中天亞洲台)||Standard Chinese||1 April 2009||1 April 2011||14||License to Chung T'ien Television.|
|ATV HDTV (高清頻道)||Cantonese||31 December 2007||1 April 2009||19||High definition channel.|
|ATV HD (亞洲高清台)||Cantonese||1 April 2009||2 May 2011||19||High definition channel.|
|TVS-2 (南方電視台衛星頻道)||Cantonese||1 October 2009||1 October 2012||13||License to Southern Media Corporation.|
|Prime Sports (衛視體育台)||English & Standard Chinese||21 August 1991||21 August 1993||1||Satellite||English & Standard Chinese sports channel.
License to STAR TV & Prime Network.
Changed station identity to STAR TV Sports Channel on 21 August 1993.
|STAR TV Sports Channel (衛視體育台)||English & Standard Chinese||21 August 1993||31 March 1996||1||Satellite||English & Standard Chinese sports channel.
License to STAR TV.
Changed station identity to STAR Sports on 31 March 1996.
|Music Television (衛視音樂台)||English & Standard Chinese||15 September 1991||1 May 1994||2||Satellite||English & Standard Chinese music video channel.
License to STAR TV & MTV Networks Asia Pacific.
Changed station identity to STAR TV Music Channel on 1 May 1994.
|STAR TV Music Channel||English & Standard Chinese||1 May 1994||31 March 1996||2||Satellite||English & Standard Chinese music video channel.
License to STAR TV.
Changed station identity to Channel [V] International on 31 March 1996.
|STAR TV Chinese Channel (衛視中文台)||Standard Chinese||21 October 1991||31 March 1996||3||Satellite||STAR TV's main Chinese channel
License to STAR TV.
Changed station identity to Phoenix Chinese Channel (鳳凰衞視中文台) and broadcasts in Hong Kong & STAR Chinese Channel a broadcasts in Republic of China on 31 March 1996.
|STAR TV News Channel (衛視新聞台)||English & Standard Chinese||15 November 1991||31 March 1996||English: 4 (Dual 1A)
Chinese: 4 (Dual 1B)
|Satellite||English & Standard Chinese news channel.
License to STAR TV.
|BBC World Service Television (英語新聞台)||English||15 November 1991||1 May 1994||English: 4 (Dual 2)||Satellite||English news channel.
License to STAR TV & BBC News.
Changed station identity to STAR TV Movies Channel on 1 May 1994.
|STAR TV Movies Channel (衛視英語電影台)||English||1 May 1994||31 March 1996||English: 4 (Dual 2A)||Satellite||English movie channel.
License to STAR TV.
Changed station identity to STAR Movies (國際電影台) on 31 March 1996.
|STAR Movies (衛視國際電影台)||English||31 March 1996||31 December 2011||Satellite||English movie channel.
License to STAR TV].
Changed station identity to FOX Movies Premium (霍士電影精選台) on 31 December 2011.
|STAR TV Movies Channel (衛視華語電影台)||Standard Chinese||1 May 1994||31 March 1996||Standard Chinese: 4 (Dual 2B)||Satellite||Chinese movie channel.
License to STAR TV.
Changed station identity to STAR Chinese Movies (電影台) on 31 March 1996.
|STAR Plus||English||15 December 1991||31 March 1996||5||Satellite||STAR TV's main English & Hindi channel
License to STAR TV & Zee TV.
Changed station identity to STAR World (衛視合家歡台) on 31 March 1996.
- "Analogue television switch-off working target deferred to end 2015". Government of Hong Kong. Retrieved 2011-06-23.