List of television stations in Hong Kong

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In Hong Kong, there are two free-to-air television networks, TVB and ATV (three pending free-to-air television networks), in addition to cable/premium/subscription television services.

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.[1]

Free-to-air Television[edit]

Currently there are 3 television networks
1 television network on test launch
2 approved television networks to be launched
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
(trial transmission)
RTHK
32 (D) RTHK TV 2 A live feed of Legislative Council meetings every Wednesday and other important press conferences. Digital HDTV 13 January 2014
(trial transmission)
RTHK
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
(trial transmission)
RTHK
82 (D) TVB J2 A youth-oriented channel broadcasting in Cantonese. Digital HDTV 28 January 2008 TVB
83 (D); 522 (M) TVB iNews A 24-hour news channel broadcasting in Cantonese. Digital & Mobile HDTV 11 November 2008 TVB
85 (D) TVB HD Jade A high definition channel broadcasting in Cantonese. Digital HDTV 31 December 2007 TVB
521 (M) UOne A mobile channel broadcasting in Cantonese. Mobile SDTV 10 December 2012 HKTV-utv

Applicant Networks[edit]

Summit application for free-to-air television

Cable/Premium/Subscription Television[edit]

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[edit]

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.

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