Television in Trinidad and Tobago

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Television in Trinidad and Tobago was introduced in 1962 beginning with Trinidad & Tobago Television. TTT was the sole television station for 29 years being operated by the state until the first independently operated television station, the Caribbean Communications Network, CCN TV6 was launched in 1991 breaking the television monopoly market. In 1992, a second independently operated station, AVM Television was launched. The first independently operated cable station, The Trinity Network (TTN) now Trinity TV began operations in 1993 broadcasting on weekends only.

AVM Television was acquired by the state in 1997 and renamed The Information Channel (TIC) until it was leased by the National Carnival Commission in 2005 and re-branded NCC4. Once the lease ended in 2011, the state began controlling the station once more under the Government Information Services Limited (GISL TV4).

TTT was shut down by the state on 14th January 2005 due to financial difficulties. In its place a new state entity was created, the Caribbean News Media Group (CNMG), where C Television (CTV) began broadcasting in 2006. Since the closure of TTT, new independently operated stations were launched, the most notable being the Cable News Channel 3 or CNC3.

Broadcast networks in Trinidad and Tobago can be divided into three categories:

Table of broadcast networks[edit]

All of the networks listed below air on cable and satellite services.

Table of broadcast television networks


English-language networks[edit]

Television Network Founded Genre/Subject Terrestrial Cable (Flow Trinidad) IPTV (Blink TV) Digicel Play Satellite (Green Dot) Satellite (DirecTV)
ACTS25 15th August 2006 Christianity 25 9 112 10 Yes No
C TV 5th June 2006 Commercial 9, 13 & 20 6 102 7 Yes No
CCN TV6 31st August 1991 Commercial 6, 18 & 19 5 100 6 Yes 130
CNC3 26 September 2005 Commercial 12 &14 3 104 5 Yes 131
Darut Tarbiyah - The Islamic Network (T.I.N.) 2006 Islam No 96 115 18 10 No
Gayelle 16th February 2004 Community No 7 No No No No
GISL TV4 2011 Educational and Cultural 4 & 16 4 103 4 No No
ieTV Channel 1 2004 Indian Culture No 1 116 9 No No
Islamic Broadcast Network 28th October 2005. Islam No 8 114 18 Yes No
Jaagriti TV February 2015 Hinduism No 90 113 15 9 No
Sankhya TV 2010 Hinduism No No 117 17 13 No
Synergy TV March 2003 Music and Pop culture 33 15 108 16 Yes No
The Parliament Channel (Trinidad and Tobago) 18th August 2006 Public Affairs 11, 26 & 29 11 No 11 No No
Tobago Channel 5 2001 Community 5 (Tobago Only) No No No No No
Trinity TV 1993 Roman Catholic No 10 111 12 No No
WI Sports 1st April 2010 Sport No 14 No 13 No No

Over-The-Air Television Networks[1][edit]

Non-Commercial Television Networks[edit]

  • GISL TV4 - Formerly AVM/TIC/NCC - State owned community and cultural station.
  • The Parliament Channel - Broadcasts proceedings of the Parliament of Trinidad and Tobago.

Cable-Only Television Stations[edit]

Subscription Television Broadcasters[2][edit]

  • Blink TV (Telecommunications Services of Trinidad and Tobago Limited) – National
  • Digicel Play - National
  • DirecTV Limited – National
  • Flow Trinidad (Columbus Communications Limited) (Flow) – Trinidad only
  • Green Dot Limited – National
  • Massy Communications - National
  • Independent Cable Network of Trinidad and Tobago (ICNTT) – Major Territorial Network
  • TRICO Industries Limited – Minor Territorial (Tobago only)
  • Air Link Communications – Niche – Princes Town and Environs
  • Mayaro Cable Television (MCTV) – Niche – Mayaro and Guayaguayare
  • RVR International Limited – Niche – Princes Town and Rio Claro

Defunct Television Networks[edit]

  • TTT (Channels 2 & 13) - (1962-2005) - State owned television station.
  • TTT (Channels 9 & 14) - (1983-1990) - State owned television station.
  • AVM Television (Channels 4 & 16) - (1992-1996) - Privately owned television station.
  • Caribbean Video Network (CVN) - (1996-2002) - Privately owned cable television network based in Tobago.
  • SUN TV - (1996-1998) - Privately owned cable television network.
  • West Indian Network (WIN TV) - (2007-2016) - Privately owned cable and over-the-air television station.

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ TATT. "Telecommunications of Trinidad and Tobago". tatt.org.tt. Retrieved 2017-05-03. 
  2. ^ TATT. "Telecommunications of Trinidad and Tobago". tatt.org.tt. Retrieved 2017-05-03.