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 Language(s) Established & current status
1 Independent Television Network (ITN) State-owned Sinhala April 13, 1979 [1]
2 Sri Lanka Rupavahini Corporation State-owned Sinhala February 15, 1982 [3]
3 TNL Private Sinhala / English June 21, 1993 [2]
4 MTV Sports Private English December 14, 1992 [4]
5 ETV Private English 1995 [5]
6 Swarnavahini Private Sinhala March 16, 1997 [6][7]
7 Sirasa TV Private Sinhala June 10, 1998 [8]
8 Shakthi TV Private Tamil October 20, 1998
9 Channel Eye State-owned English August 20, 2000
10 ART Television (earlier called Dynavision) Private English July 21, 2003 [9]
11 YOU TV (earlier MAX TV) Private Sinhala / English / Tamil January 17, 2007[10]
12 Nethra TV State-owned Tamil January 1, 2008[11]
13 Vasantham TV State-owned Tamil June 25, 2009[12]
14 Siyatha TV Private Sinhala September 17, 2009[13]
15 Varnam TV (earlier Vettri TV) Private Tamil September 17, 2009[14]
16 Prime TV State-owned English November 12, 2009[15]
17 NTV State-owned English November 18, 2009[16]
18 DAN Tamiloli Private Tamil 2009[17]
19 CCTV News Private English May 7, 2010[18]
20 CSN Private Sinhala / English March 07, 2011[19]
21 Hiru TV Private Sinhala May 23, 2012[20]

Digital Terrestrial Networks[edit]

Name Ownership Language(s) Established Transmission technology
1 Sri Lanka Rupavahini Corporation State-owned Sinhala February 15, 1982 [3] ISDB-T Test Transmission

Local TV Channels on Satellite or Cable Networks[edit]

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

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

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

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