CGTN Documentary

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CGTN Documentary
CGTN Documentary logo.png
Launched1 January 2011
Owned byChina Central Television
Picture format576i (16:9 SDTV)
1080i (16:9 HDTV)
Broadcast areaWorldwide
Formerly calledCCTV-9 (until 31 December 2016)
WebsiteCGTN Documentary
Digital terrestrial television
Channel 74
Digital terrestrial television
(United States)
Washington DC:
Channel 30.6 (MHz Networks)
ChinaSat 6B[1]4116H, SID 407 VPID 1760 APID 1720[2]
Eutelsat W7TP EA17, SID 1312 VPID 261 APID 263[3]
Astra 1MTP 22, SID 6912 VPID 612 APID 632[4]
Cignal (Philippines)Channel 144 (SD)
Foxtel (Australia)Channel 654
Channel 129
Channel 549
Sky (New Zealand)Channel 309
Foxtel (Australia)Channel 654
SkyCable/Destiny Cable (Philippines)Channel 93
Unitymedia (Germany)Channel 266
Macau Cable Television (Macau)Channel 56
Cablelink (Philippines)Channel 83
Cable TV Hong Kong (Hong Kong)Channel 722 (HD)
Singtel TV (Singapore)Channel 211
IHR Telecom (Quebec)Channel 327
Streaming media
CNTV Ai BuguWatch online (restricted access outside China[5])

CGTN Documentary (formerly CCTV-9 until 31 December 2016) is a Chinese pay television channel operated by Chinese State broadcaster China Central Television (CCTV) as a part of CGTN group of international channels, broadcasting documentaries in the English language.

It used to share the "CCTV-9" name with its sister documentary channel in Mandarin Chinese. The channel has also been known to carry some Mandarin-language programmes with English subtitles; they broadcast new programming between 7:00pm and 11:00pm Beijing time, and repeat archival programming at other times.[citation needed]


In Macau, the digital terrestrial television operator TDM relays the channel on channel 74.

In Hong Kong, the digital terrestrial television provider RTHK used to relay the channel as RTHK TV 33 on channel 33, but on 29 May 2017, RTHK began relaying CCTV-1 in its place after a short filler.

CCTV Documentary English and is China’s first state-level English-language documentary channel to broadcast globally.

In Pakistan the channel is being aired on different cables especially PTCL ( Pakistan Tele Communication Landline ) the channel is being aired 24 hours .It covers a mixed range of programs .All the documentaries are dubbed in English. The channel covers a range of programs from glimpses on the history of China to the agricultural revolution China has gone through over last few years in a tremendous way. It is a great channel to witness the development that has taken place over last 50 years in particular in China, the mighty changes taken place across China from a traditional society to a modern day people type living styles.The channel should be aired internationally so that it has an access to the entire world and break the myth about Chinese people.

In Europe, Astra 19.2E satellite.


Lots of programs are being aired including:

  • China's Mega Structures
  • Blades of Grass
  • Rebuilding the Kakarkorum Highway
  • Aerial China
  • A History of China
  • A Dove Tree
  • Going the Distance
  • Animal Aid
  • Silk Road


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  5. ^ When connecting from a Virgin Media IP in Cambridgeshire, UK, the message "this video cannot be streamed in your region" is shown by the player, as of 2011-05-26. Works fine on a Plusnet UK connection, tested 2019-02-04.

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