Television broadcasting in Malaysia is provided by Malaysian government and respective private broadcasting companies. Television channels are received through analogue or digital formats since most of Malaysians TV owners subscribe to pay TV service. Malaysian government is committed to provide digital television to every household in Malaysia by end-2016.
Television channels in Malaysia are available in
High-definition or HD standards through pay TV service providers. Local TV stations are able to provide HD standards feed once the digitalisation of television broadcast system is done. Some local TV channels already are broadcasting shows in HD for special occasions since 2008. The first trial broadcasts of digital TV started in 2006 by Radio Televisyen Malaysia (RTM).
List of free-to-air television stations in Malaysia [ edit ]
Broadcasting hours (
1 June 1984
Malay, Indonesian, Tagalog, English, Chinese and Hindi
7 April 1998
English, Malay, Chinese, Turkish and Korean
8 January 2004
Chinese, Thai and Korean
22 April 2006
Malay, English and Indonesian
Alhijrah Media Corporation [ edit ]
Broadcasting hours (
7 December 2010
Malay, Arabic and English
Broadcasting hours (
Bernama News Channel
28 February 2008
Malay and English
Online Dynamics (M) Sdn. Bhd. [ edit ]
Broadcasting hours (
3 January 2018
Malay and English
Pay television providers [ edit ]
Satellite television [ edit ]
Other television stations [ edit ]
Former or defunct channels and networks [ edit ]
Astro channels (by timeline).
Asia Business News, replaced with CNBC on 1 February 1998.
NBC Asia, replaced with National Geographic Channel on 20 July 1998.
Metro Goldwyn Mayer, replaced by Cinemax Asia on 24 August 1998.
STAR Mandarin Movies, ceased broadcasting on 9 August 2003.
TechTV, removed in 2006 with TV Pendidikan.
Discovery Real Time, replaced with Discovery Turbo due to its rebranding in October 2008. Later, Discovery Turbo, rebranded to DMAX on 7 July 2014. Astro News (carries program from
DWTV, Al-Jazeera & ABC Australia), ceased on 1 March 2009. Replaced with ABC Australia while DWTV programmes carried by Bernama TV.
Astro Kirana, ceased broadcasting on 18 May 2009. Its successor, Astro Citra began broadcasting on 1 June 2009 and will be Relaunch On Singtel TV Pay TV Customers in Singapore Channel 438 and to be announced by Singtel.
BBC Entertainment, replaced with The Biography Channel on 1 December 2009.
ETTV Asia, replaced with CTi TV on 1 January 2010.
Astro Aruna (in-house Indonesian content), ceased broadcasting on 1 February 2010 in Malaysia and Brunei and ceased broadcasting on Singapore using Mio TV and was replaced with Astro Prima on Mio TV on channel 602 with effect from 1 October 2012.
Channel (V), replaced with FOX TV on 16 June 2010.
TVB8, replaced with TVB Entertainment News Channel on 1 July 2010.
TLC was preceded by Discovery Travel & Adventure and Discovery Travel & Living, before it adopted its current name in September 2010.
Hallmark Channel is the name of Diva before 19 September 2010.
STAR Movies, rebranded to Fox Movies Premium on 1 January 2012. The change occurred in both SD and HD feed. WATV, ceased broadcasting on 1 March 2012. Programs broadcast by the channel is now carried by
B4U, replaced with Astro Bella on 5 March 2012.
AXN Beyond HD, renamed BeTV HD on 2 April 2012. The renamed channel would become the first channel that cease to be carried on Astro B.yond HD on 26 August 2013 at midnight. Astro@15, ceased broadcasting at midnight, 1 May 2012. Replaced by
Astro Mustika HD on 21 May 2012, while programs broadcast by the channel carried by other Astro's Malay channels.
ESPN Asia, replaced with FOX Sports Asia on 28 January 2013. ESPNews and ESPN HD was renamed FOX Sports News and FOX Sports Plus HD, respectively.
Bio. Channel, ceased broadcasting at midnight, 14 June 2013. Replaced by Lifetime.
Jia Yu Channel, ceased broadcasting at midnight on 1 April 2014. A temporary channel was broadcast for a month before being replaced by Kah Lai Toi on 1 May 2014.
Discovery Home & Health Asia, changed its name to Eve on 1 August 2014, this channel will cease to be carried on Astro on 31 October 2018 at midnight.
STAR Sports, was renamed Fox Sports 2 on 15 August 2014. On the same day, Fox Sports 3 replaces Fox Sports News, but the latter continues its broadcast through Astro On-The-Go until it ceased its broadcast on 29 April 2017.
Astro Zhi Zun HD changed its name to Astro Wah Lai Toi HD on 6 October 2014. When
Fox began broadcasting on HD through channel 724 on 16 November 2014, Astro chose to discontinue their SD version. When iView began broadcasting on
NJOI version through channel 302 on 20 January 2015, Astro chose to discontinue their Astro version on 12 January 2015.
Golf Channel ceased broadcasting their SD version on 26 February 2015, 10 days after the HD version of the channel began its broadcast.
Astro hitz ceased broadcasting at midnight, 16 May 2016.
Sundance Channel was terminated at midnight, 1 July 2016.
Zee Variasi ends its broadcast at midnight, 1 October 2016. Tara HD replaced it on 19 October.
ITV Choice ceased to be carried on 16 January 2017 at 12:15 a.m., due to low popularity of the channel.
Go Asean was a channel broadcast on Astro between 2 June 2015 and 12 June 2017. The broadcast of the channel ended at 2:00 a.m.
Kah Lai Toi ends its broadcast at midnight, 1 October 2017 and Life Inspired also ends its broadcasts at midnight, 7 October 2017 due to financial losses of the company.
Star World rebranded to Fox Life at 9:05 a.m.on 1 October 2017.
Astro Mustika HD changed its name to Astro Citra HD and renumbering from channel 134 to channel 126 on 1 October 2018. Astro Bella ceased broadcasting at midnight, 1 October 2018. Former
Unifi TV channels
Total Variety Network (tvN) HD, replaced with Channel M HD on 23 November 2012. As of June 2016, the channel reverted into its current name.
SS TV, replaced with Polimer Channel on 1 January 2013.
Nat Geo Music, replaced with Channel V International on 1 September 2013.
KidsCo, ceased broadcasting on 10 February 2014.
Nat Geo Adventure, replaced with Nat Geo People on 1 March 2014 as a part of the channel's rebranding.
EMAS ceased broadcasting on 1 August 2014 and was replaced by Hypp Sensasi HD that starts its broadcast three days later.
UTV Stars, ceased broadcasting on 30 September 2014. TRACE Sports HD, ceased broadcasting on 30 September 2014.
BBC Entertainment, ceased broadcasting on 30 September 2015 (although the channel continued being available until 30 November 2015), replaced by DreamWorks HD, eventually returned in the form of BBC First, a SVOD service. Discovery Kids, ceased broadcasting on 16 January 2016.
FashionTV HD, ceased broadcasting in May 2016. Hikmah, replaced by Salam HD on 5 June 2016.
Astro channels on HyppTV are Astro SuperSport HD, Astro SuperSport 2 HD, Astro Oasis, Astro Awani, Astro Vaanavil and one non-Astro channel are Makkal TV was terminated on 1 August 2016.
MNC Channel, replaced by Pesona HD, due to celebrating its 7th birthday on 1 April 2017. Two channels,
Bindass and Bindass Play ceased broadcasting on 1 April 2017.
Fox Sports News ceased its broadcast on 29 April 2017. Syfy HD, Universal Channel HD and HyppSports 4 HD ceased broadcasting on 1 July 2017. Other pay television providers
Mega TV, ceased transmission on 1 October 2001.
eTV, ceased transmission on 29 February 2016. ABNXcess, ceased transmission in 2016. TV channels
MetroVision Channel 8, ceased broadcasting on 1 November 1999. Replaced with 8TV on 8 January 2004.
Channel 9, ceased broadcasting on 1 February 2005. Replaced with TV9 on 22 April 2006.
TV5, originally launched in April 2017 to replace TVi. However, the channel suddenly ceased its operation in less than a month. TVi returned to its broadcast in the same month.
TV Pendidikan, removed in 2006. Later moved to TV9 and ceased its broadcast in 2008. Replaced by EDUWEBTV.
WBC, closed down since October 2012 due to financial problems.  Hao Xiang Shopping Channel ceased broadcasting on Unifi TV on 1 July 2017 for a rebranding of this channel.
 TVi ceased its broadcast and replaced by a new channel called TV Okey on 21 March 2018. 
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