List of countries by number of television broadcast stations

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This is a list of countries by number of television broadcast stations mostly based on The World Factbook [1] accessed in June 2008.

List[edit]

Rank Country/Region Number of television
broadcast stations
Note Date of
Information
1  Russia 7,306 1998
2  India 4,209 2013
3  China 3,240 of which 209 are operated by China Central Television, 31 are provincial TV stations, and nearly 3,000 are local city stations 1997
-  European Union 2,700 sum of individual country television broadcast stations excluding repeaters. 1995
4  United States 2,218 2006
5  United Kingdom 704 plus 7,902 repeaters 1995
6  Ukraine 647 2006
7  Turkey 635 plus 2,934 repeaters 1995
8  France 584 plus 9,676 repeaters 1995
9  Romania 575 plus 5,169 repeaters 2008
10  South Africa 556 plus 144 network repeaters 1997
11  Mongolia 456 including provincial and low-power repeaters 2006
12  Brazil 384 2009
13  Germany 373 plus 8,042 repeaters 1995
14  Italy 358 plus 4,728 repeaters 1995
15  Philippines 250 plus 1,501 CATV networks 2007
16  Mexico 236 plus repeaters 1997
17  Spain 224 plus 2,105 repeaters; includes 11 television broadcast stations and 88 repeaters in the Canary Islands 1995
18  Japan 211 plus 7,341 repeaters; in addition, US Forces are served by 3 TV stations and 2 TV cable services 1999
19  Sweden 252 2008
20  Denmark 172 2008
21  Czech Republic 150 plus 1,434 repeaters 2000
22  Canada 148 plus many repeaters 2007
23  Finland 120 plus 431 repeaters; on 1 September 2007, Finland became one of the first countries in the world to broadcast all television signals digitally 1999
24  Pakistan 117 7 state-run channels and 110 privately owned satellite channels 2008
25  Saudi Arabia 117 1997
26  Bangladesh 115 2013
27   Switzerland 115 plus 1,919 repeaters 1995
28  Thailand 111 2006
29  Peru 105 plus 493 repeaters 1999
30  Australia 104 1997
31  Egypt 98 1995
32  Malaysia 88 mainland Malaysia 51, Sabah 16, and Sarawak 21 2006
33  Slovakia 80 national broadcasting 6, regional 7, local 67 2004
34  Taiwan 76 46 digital and 30 analog 2007
35  Afghanistan 70 2 national 2010
36  Norway 68 plus 2,729 repeaters 2008
37  Iran 67 Consisting of 19 national, 12 international; 34 provincial and 2 Internet TV stations (plus 450 repeaters) (IRIB plans to launch more networks soon) 2014
38  Vietnam 67 includes 61 relay, provincial, and city TV stations 2006
39  Venezuela 66 plus 45 repeaters 1997
40  Albania 65 3 national, 62 local; 2 cable networks 2005
41  Chile 63 plus 121 repeaters 1997
42  Uruguay 62 2005
43  Portugal 62 plus 166 repeaters; includes Azores and Madeira Islands 1995
44  Colombia 60 1997
45  Cuba 58 1997
46  Korea, South 57 plus 103 cable operators and 119 relay cable operators 2008
47  Hong Kong 55 2 TV networks, each broadcasting on 2 channels 2007
48  Indonesia 54 54 local TV stations; 11 national TV networks; each with its group of local transmitters 2006
49  Macedonia 52 2007
50  Bolivia 48 1997
51  Belarus 47 plus 27 repeaters 1995
52  Algeria 46 plus 216 repeaters 1995
53  Syria 44 plus 17 repeaters 1995
54  Latvia 44 plus 31 repeaters 1995
55  Argentina 42 plus 444 repeaters 1997
56  New Zealand 41 plus about 700 repeaters 1997
57  Poland 200 2015
58  Moldova 40 2006
59  Bulgaria 39 plus 1,242 repeaters 2001
60  Panama 38 including repeaters 1998
61  Greece 36 plus 1,341 repeaters; also 2 stations in the US Armed Forces Radio and Television Service 1995
62  Croatia 36 plus 321 repeaters 1995
63  Morocco 35 plus 66 repeaters 1995
64  Hungary 35 plus 161 repeaters 1995
65  Bosnia and Herzegovina 152 Terrestrial: 46 channels; Cable: 106 channels 2016
66  Puerto Rico 32 2006
67  Slovenia 31 2006
68  West Bank 30 2008
69  Uzbekistan 28 includes 1 cable rebroadcaster in Tashkent and approximately 20 stations in regional capitals 2006
70  Lithuania 27 may have as many as 100 transmitters, including repeater stations 2001
71  Tunisia 26 plus 76 repeaters 1995
72  Guatemala 26 plus 27 repeaters 1997
73  Dominican Republic 25 2003
74  Belgium 25 plus 10 repeaters 1997
75  Jordan 22 2007
76  Netherlands 21 plus 26 repeaters 1995
77  Iraq 21 2004
78  Costa Rica 20 plus 43 repeaters 2002
79  Azerbaijan 19 2008
80  Israel 17 plus 36 repeaters 1995
81  Zimbabwe 16 1997
82  United Arab Emirates 15 2004
83  Lebanon 15 plus 5 repeaters 1995
84  Sri Lanka 14 2006
85  Iceland 14 plus 156 repeaters 1997
86  Côte d'Ivoire 14 1998
87  Oman 13 plus 25 repeaters 1999
88  Montenegro 13 2004
89  Kuwait 13 plus several satellite channels 1997
90  Swaziland 12 includes 7 relay stations 2004
91  Libya 12 plus 1 repeater 1999
92  Kazakhstan 12 plus 9 repeaters 1998
93  Georgia 12 plus repeaters 1998
94  Honduras 11 plus 17 repeaters 1997
95  Cyprus 10 area under government control: 8; area administered by Turkish Cypriots: 2, plus 4 relay 2004
96  Estonia 10 2001
97  Austria 10 plus more than 1,000 repeaters 2001
98  Zambia 9 2001
99  Cambodia 9 including 2 TV relay stations with French and Vietnamese broadcasts; excludes 18 regional relay stations 2006
100  Uganda 8 plus 1 repeater 2001
101  Kyrgyzstan 8 2 countrywide and 6 regional stations, state-owned; there are about 20 private TV stations, most of which rebroadcast other channels 2007
102  Kenya 8 2001
103  Laos 7 includes 1 station relaying Vietnam Television from Hanoi 2006
104  Jamaica 7 1997
105  Ghana 7 2007
106  French Polynesia 7 plus 17 repeaters 1997
107  Ecuador 7 plus 14 repeaters 2000
108  Trinidad and Tobago 6 2005
109  Tajikistan 6 2006
110  New Caledonia 6 plus 25 repeaters 1997
111  Guinea 6 2001
112  Benin 6 2007
113  Angola 6 2000
114  U.S. Virgin Islands 5 2006
115  Paraguay 5 2007
116  Niger 5 2007
117  Monaco 5 1998
118  Malta 8 2006
119  Luxembourg 5 1999
120  El Salvador 5 1997
121  Belize 5 2006
122  Turkmenistan 4 government-owned and programmed 2004
123  Somalia 4 2 in Mogadishu and 2 in Hargeisa 2001
124  Senegal 4 2007
125  Liberia 4 plus 4 repeaters 2007
126  Korea, North 4 includes Korean Central Television, Mansudae Television, Korean Educational and Cultural Network, and Kaesong Television targeting South Korea 2003
127  Ireland 4 many repeaters 2001
128  Gabon 4 plus 4 repeaters 2001
129  Fiji 4 Two Main Free-to-air stations being Fiji One and Mai TV 2008
130  Congo, Democratic Republic of the 4 2001
131  Cocos (Keeling) Islands 4 2007
132  Cayman Islands 4 with cable system 2004
133  Burma 4 2008
134  Brunei 4 includes 2 UHF stations broadcasting a subscription service 2006
135  Bahrain 4 1997
136  Yemen 3 including one Egypt-based station that broadcasts in Yemen; plus several repeaters 2007
137  Tonga 3 Tonga has no principal official television broadcasters 2004
138  Togo 3 plus 2 repeaters 1997
139  Tanzania 3 1999
140  Suriname 3 plus 7 repeaters 2000
141  Sudan 3 1997
142  Papua New Guinea 3 One TV station is a fully owned subsidiary of Fiji TV. All in the Port Moresby area; stations at Mt. Hagen, Goroka, Lae, and Rabaul are planned 2004
143  Nigeria 3 the government controls 2 of the broadcasting stations and 15 repeater stations 2001
144  Nicaragua 3 plus 7 repeaters 1997
145  Netherlands Antilles 3 there is also a cable service that supplies programs received from various US satellite networks and 4 Venezuelan channels 2003
146  Micronesia, Federated States of 3 cable TV also available 2004
147  Mayotte 3 2001
148  Guyana 3 1 public station; 2 private stations which relay US satellite services 1997
149  Guam 3 2006
150  Faroe Islands 3 plus 43 repeaters 1995
151  Burkina Faso 3 1 national, 2 private NA
152  Bermuda 3 2005
153  Wallis and Futuna 2 2000
154  Sierra Leone 2 1999
155  Seychelles 2 plus 9 repeaters 1997
156  Sao Tome and Principe 2 2001
157  Samoa 2 2002
158  Saint Lucia 2 1 commercial broadcast station and 1 community antenna television or CATV channel 2003
159  Rwanda 2 2004
160  Namibia 2 2007
161  Mauritius 2 plus several repeaters 1997
162  Marshall Islands 2 both are US military stations; Marshalls Broadcasting Service, a cable company, operates on Majuro 2005
163  Mali 2 plus repeaters 2007
164  Jersey 2 1997
165  Haiti 2 plus a cable TV service 1997
166  Grenada 2 1997
167  Falkland Islands 2 British Forces Broadcasting Service provides multi-channel satellite service to members of UK Forces as well as islanders; cable television is available in Stanley 2006
168  Eritrea 2 2006
169  Botswana 2 1 state-owned, 1 private NA
170  Bahamas 2 2006
171  Antigua and Barbuda 2 1997
172  Vanuatu 1 2004
173  Timor-Leste 1 Timor-Leste has one national public broadcaster NA
174  Singapore 1 broadcasting on six channels; additional reception of numerous UHF and VHF signals originating in Malaysia and Indonesia 2006
175  San Marino 1 San Marino residents also receive broadcasts from Italy 1997
176  Saint Vincent and the Grenadines 1 plus 3 repeaters 2004
177  Saint Kitts and Nevis 1 plus 3 repeaters 2003
178  Qatar 1 plus 3 repeaters 2001
179  Palau 1 cable 2005
180  Northern Mariana Islands 1 on Saipan; in addition, 2 cable services on Saipan provide varied programming from satellite networks 2006
181  Norfolk Island 1 local programming station plus 2 repeaters that air Australian programs by satellite 2005
182  Niue 1 1997
183    Nepal 1 plus 9 repeaters 1998
184  Nauru 1 1997
185  Mozambique 1 2000
186  Montserrat 1 1997
187  Mauritania 1 2002
188  Maldives 1 2006
189  Malawi 1 2001
190  Madagascar 1 plus 36 repeaters 2001
191  Macau 1 2006
192  Lesotho 1 2000
193  Kiribati 1 possibly inactive 2002
194   Vatican City 1 2005
195  Guernsey 1 1997
196  Greenland 1 plus some local low-power stations, and 3 Armed Forces Radio and Television Service stations 1997
197  Gibraltar 1 plus 3 repeaters 1997
198  Gaza Strip 1 2008
199  Gambia, The 1 government-owned 1997
200  Ethiopia 4 plus 24 repeaters 2001
201  Equatorial Guinea 1 2001
202  Dominica 1 2004
203  Djibouti 1 2001
204  Cook Islands 1 outer islands receive satellite broadcasts 2004
205  Congo, Republic of the 1 2001
206  Chad 1 2001
207  Central African Republic 1 2001
208  Cape Verde 1 plus 7 repeaters 2001
209  Cameroon 1 2001
210  Burundi 4 TV Nationale, Renaissance TV, Heritage TV,& Television Salama 2012
211  British Virgin Islands 1 plus 1 cable company 1997
212  British Indian Ocean Territory 1 1997
213  Bhutan 1 2007
214  Barbados 1 plus 2 cable channels 2004
215  Aruba 1 1997
216  Antarctica 1 cable system with 6 channels; American Forces Antarctic Network-McMurdo - information for US bases only 2002
217  Anguilla 1 1997
218  American Samoa 1 2006
219  Wake Island 0 2005
220  Tuvalu 0 2004
221  Turks and Caicos Islands 0 broadcasts received from The Bahamas; 2 cable television networks 2003
222  South Georgia and the South Sandwich Islands 0 2003
223  Saint Pierre and Miquelon 0 2 repeaters rebroadcast programs from France, Canada, and the US 1997
224  Saint Helena 0 3 television channels are received via satellite and distributed by UHF 2005
225  Isle of Man 0 receives broadcasts from the UK and satellite 1999
226 United Kingdom Akrotiri and Dhekelia 0 British Forces Broadcasting Service provides multi-channel satellite service to Akrotiri, Dhekelia, and Nicosia 2006
227  Christmas Island 0 TV broadcasts received via satellite from mainland Australia 2006
228  Andorra 1 rtva 1997
229  Comoros N/A N/A
230  Guinea-Bissau 1 2005
231  Liechtenstein 1 1fltv 1997
232  Svalbard N/A N/A
233  Western Sahara 1 there's a TV station in Tindouf, the Refugee Camps' capital NA