8TV (Malaysia)

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Not to be confused with MediaCorp Channel 8, a Chinese-language television station owned by MediaCorp.
8TV my.svg
Launched 1 July 1995 (1995-07-01)
Relaunch: 8 January 2004 (2004-01-08)
Owned by Media Prima Berhad
Picture format 576i (4:3)
Audience share 6% (Sept 2013[1], )
Slogan We're different
Chinese: 我们是不同的
Country Malaysia
Broadcast area Nationwide
Sister channel(s) TV3
Website www.8tv.com.my
Analogue Channel 27/ Channel 58 (UHF) (Klang Valley) [2]
MYTV (Malaysia) Test transmission[3]
Astro (Malaysia) Channel 708 [3]
NJOI (Malaysia) Channel 708[4]
ABNXcess (Malaysia) Channel 108
HyppTV Channel 108[2]
Streaming media
Live Streaming (Malaysia only) www.tonton.com.my/liveList/

8TV (Chinese: 八度空间; pinyin: Bādù Kōngjiān; literal: 8th dimension) is a free-to-air private television station in Malaysia. The television channel targets urban youth and Chinese audiences with high quality foreign programmes and unique local content, mainly in the English and Chinese languages. 8TV's line up consists of dramas, sitcoms, and reality shows, which are produced in Malaysia or imported from other countries. 8TV broadcasts with the concept of "one station, two channels" in two languages shifts: in English being called 8TV and in Chinese being called 八度空间 (pinyin: Bādù Kōngjiān) or 8TV Chinese.

8TV is also available on Astro channel 708, and through channel 108 on ABNXcess and HyppTV.


8TV was launched on 1 July 1995 as MetroVision Channel 8. It was managed by City Television Sdn Bhd, part of the Melewar Group (controlled by the Negeri Sembilan royal family) and broadcasts from Shah Alam. It was first available only in Klang Valley, Seremban and parts of Malacca, but later expanded to Kedah and Johor, thus allowing Singaporean viewers to access it. Viewers were required to install fish-bone antennas to receive this channel.[5]

It was first broadcast in Malay language. The original transmission hours were from 9am to midnight.

Resulting from the Asian financial crisis and intense competition from other channels (especially ntv7 which launched in 1998), MetroVision quietly closed on 1 November 1999. The operator promised to re-open the channel in March 2000 after a supposed "signal upgrade" but it failed to materialise.[6]

Programmes broadcast[edit]

The following are programmes currently or previously broadcast on 8TV channel. All news broadcasts are in Chinese; there is no news in English or Malay although English, Malay, and Chinese are languages spoken in the channel. There was once a news broadcast in Malay, but it did not last long. A TV series which has been broadcast, may be repeated on the channel, a year or two later, with the exception of TVB TV series.


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