List of television stations in Hong Kong

In Hong Kong, as of April 2016, there are three active free-to-air terrestrial television networks: Television Broadcasts Limited (TVB), Radio Television Hong Kong (RTHK), and HK Television Entertainment (HKTVE).

Of the three networks, only TVB operates an English channel in its own right.

There are also a number of cable, premium, and subscription television services. Currently, there is one television license applicant that has been granted a provisional approval of its application, and two applicants whose application is under review.

Since 2007, both free-to-air television broadcasters in Hong Kong have been allocated extra frequency bands and bandwidth to provide additional digital broadcasts over and above that needed to provide simultaneous digital and analogue broadcasting of the four original multi frequency free-to-air channels. Digital broadcasts began on 31 December 2007. Analogue broadcasts were originally slated to end in 2012, but in 2011 was deferred to 2015,[1] and then in 2014 deferred again to 2020.[2]

Free-to-air television licensees

Currently in operation

License granted

License applicants

License expired

Free-to-air television channels

Channels currently on-air

Channels telecasted by license applicants
Ch № (Digital) Ch № (Analogue) Name (English) Name (Chinese) Channel content Primary language Format Launch Date (Analogue) Launch Date (Digital) Analogue Switchoff Date Licence
31 23 RTHK 31 (Digital)
RTHK 31A (Analog)
港台電視31 (Digital)
港台電視31A (Analog)
RTHK's main channel. Cantonese HDTV (Digital)
SDTV (Analog)
2 April 2016[3] 13 January 2014
(trial transmission)
[4] RTHK
33 27 RTHK 33 (Digital)
RTHK 33A (Analog)
港台電視33 (Digital)
港台電視33A (Analog)
Simulcast of CCTV-9 documentary channel English HDTV (Digital)
SDTV (Analog)
2 April 2016[3] 13 January 2014
(trial transmission)
81 21 TVB Jade 無線電視翡翠台 TVB's main general entertainment channel. Cantonese 19 November 1967 31 December 2007 TVB
82 [4] TVB J2 [5] A youth-oriented entertainment channel. HDTV [4] 28 January 2008 [4]
83 TVB iNews 無線電視互動新聞台 A 24-hour news channel. 11 November 2008
84 25 TVB Pearl 無線電視明珠台 A general entertainment channel broadcasting in English. English 19 November 1967 31 December 2007 [4]
85 [4] TVB J5 [6] A high definition channel focusing on financial news and documentaries. Cantonese [4] 22 February 2016[7] [4]
99 ViuTV [8] HKTVE's general entertainment channel. 2 April 2016 (Programming Preview)
6 April 2016 (Actual Launch Date)

Planned channels

Channels planned by license applicants
Name (English) Name (Chinese) Channel content Transmission Format Launch Date Licence
ViuTVsix HKTVE's main English channel[9] Digital To Be Announced 31 March 2017[10] HKTVE
To Be Announced Fantastic Television's main Chinese channel[11] Hybrid fibre-coaxial[11] By 31 May 2017[11] Fantastic Television
Fantastic Television's main English channel[11] By 31 May 2018[11]

Proposed channel

Channels proposed by license applicants
Name (English) Name (Chinese) Channel content Transmission Format Proposed Launch Date Applicant
To Be Announced Main Chinese channel for HKTV[12] Digital and Hybrid fibre-coaxial HDTV[12] Within 9 months after license approval[12] HKTV
Main English channel for HKTV[12] SDTV[12] Within 24 months after license approval[12]
HKTVnews 香港新聞台 News channel for HKTV[12]
New Asia Network[13] 新亞高清台[14] Chinese channel targeting a general audience[13] Digital[13] HDTV[13] Within 6 months after licence approval, if station manages to take over assets currently owned by Asia Television, or within 9 months after licence approval, by hiring another studio[13] Forever Top (Asia) Limited[13]
New Asia International[13] 新亞國際台[14] English channel targeting the non-Chinese speaking audience[13] SDTV[13]
New Asia Sports[13] 新亞體育台[14] Sports channel, to be broadcast in Chinese Within another 3 months after New Asia Network and New Asia International's start of broadcasting[13]
To Be Announced Chinese channel[15] Digital[15] HDTV[15] Within 12 months of a license being granted.[15] Phoenix Hong Kong Television[15]
English channel[15] Within 12 months of the Chinese channel's launch. [15]

Defunct channels

Channel № (Digital) Channel № (Analogue) Name (English) Name (Chinese) Channel content Primary language Began operation (Digital) Began operation (Analogue) Ceased operation Means of Transmission Licence Note
[16] 29 Commercial Television 佳藝電視 A general entertainment channel with prime time educational programming. It was the territory's 3rd free-to-air terrestrial television station. Cantonese [16] 7 September 1975 22 August 1978 Terrestrial, free-to-air Commercial Television
[17] Rediffusion Television (1957-1963)[18]
Rediffusion Television English Channel


麗的電視英文台 (1963-1973)[18]
RTV's main channel.
Later became Rediffusion's English channel.
Primary: English[18]
Secondary: Cantonese[18]
[16] 29 May 1957[18] 1973 Subscription-based Cable Rediffusion Television Converted to a free-to-air television station.[18]
Rediffusion Television Chinese Channel 麗的電視中文台 RTV's main Chinese channel Cantonese 30 September 1963 31 October 1973 Became free-to-air channel RTV-1
11 23 RTV-1 (1973-1982)
ATV Chinese (1982-1987)
ATV Gold (1987-1989)
ATV Home (1989-2016)
麗的第一台 (1973-1982)
亞洲電視中文台 (1982-1987)
亞洲電視黃金台 (1987-1989)
亞洲電視本港台 (1989-2016)
RTV, and later ATV's main Chinese channel. 31 December 2007 1 December 1973 2 April 2016 Terrestrial, free-to-air RTV (later ATV) Station changed identity multiple times since 1973.
16 27 RTV-2 (1973-1982)
ATV English (1982-1987)
ATV Diamond (1987-1989)
ATV World (1989-2016)
麗的第二台 (1973-1982)
亞洲電視英文台 (1982-1987)
亞洲電視鑽石台 (1987-1989)
亞洲電視國際台 (1989-2016)
RTV, and later ATV's main English channel. English
12 [4] ATV News & Business 亞洲電視新聞財經頻道 News channel. Cantonese [4] 1 April 2009 ATV
13 ATV His 亞洲電視動感資訊頻道 Male-oriented channel.
14 ATV Her 亞洲電視魅力資訊頻道 Female-oriented channel.
15 ATV Plus 亞洲電視文化資訊頻道 Documentary channel.
15 CCTV-4 中國中央電視台中文國際頻道 Simulcast of content by CCTV-4. Mandarin Chinese 1 April 2009 1 March 2011
14 CTi International 中天亞洲台 Simulcast of content by Chung T'ien Television. 1 April 2011
19 ATV HDTV 亞洲電視高清頻道 High definition general entertainment channel. Cantonese 31 December 2007 1 April 2009
19 ATV HD 亞洲高清台 1 April 2009 2 May 2011
15 CCTV-1 中國中央電視台綜合頻道 Simulcast of content by China Central Television. Mandarin Chinese 1 March 2011 2 April 2016
13 ATV Classic 歲月留聲 Replay of past ATV classics. Cantonese 31 December 2012
13 TVS-2 南方電視台衛星頻道 Simulcast of content by Southern Media Corporation. Mandarin Chinese 1 October 2009 1 October 2012
85 TVB HD Jade 高清翡翠台 High definition general entertainment channel. Cantonese 31 December 2007 21 February 2016 TVB Cease simulcast transmission with TVB Jade & replaced by TVB J5

Additional channels

Operative services

Hong Kong uses the same Digital Terrestrial Multimedia Broadcast (DMB-T/H) standard as Macau and Guangdong Province and, because of signal overspill, viewers in Hong Kong can receive and watch all free to air channels from these areas without much difficulty.

However, because of licensing and intellectual property reasons, except for the four local free-to-air channels and CCTV-1, a subsidiary of China Central Television (CCTV), viewers outside of certain confines [19] are not legally allowed to watch these channels.

Residential subscribers to cable premium and subscription services are free to use these services within certain confines, usually within their own homes, and under the terms and conditions of their service provider. Other contracts deal with the provision of services to non-domestic properties, e.g. premium sport content to bars.

On-demand stations

References and notes

  1. "Analogue television switch-off working target deferred to end 2015". Government of Hong Kong. Retrieved 2011-06-23.
  2. "Working target for analogue switch-off changed to 2020". Government of Hong Kong. 9 December 2014. Retrieved 3 April 2015.
  3. 1 2 RTHK took over Asia Television's two analog television channels, namely, the frequency that was formerly occupied by ATV Home and ATV World.
  4. 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 This channel has never launched an analogue television service
  5. J2 has no Chinese name. It is referred to as "J2", with the "2" pronounced "two", in both English and Chinese parlance.
  6. J5 has no Chinese name. It is referred to as "J5", with the "5" pronounced "five", in both English and Chinese parlance.
  7. Took over the frequency formerly occupied by HD Jade.
  8. viuTV has no Chinese name. It is referred to as "viuTV" in both English and Chinese parlance.
  10. "ViuTV英文頻道明年3月底啟播 (ViuTV's English Channel To Start Broadcast At The End Of March Next Year)". Sing Tao Daily. Retrieved 11 October 2016.
  11. 1 2 3 4 5
  12. 1 2 3 4 5 6 7
  13. 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11
  14. 1 2 3
  15. 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 (PDF) Retrieved 4 October 2016. Missing or empty |title= (help)
  16. 1 2 3 This channel ceased broadcasting before the advent of digital television.
  17. This channel was not broadcast on terrestrial television
  18. 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 "由麗的到亞視 一個電視台的終結 (From Rediffusion To ATV The End of a Television Station)". Standnews. Retrieved 5 April 2016.
  19. government offices and statutory bodies; consulates-general and officially recognised bodies; guest houses and hotels ranked with four stars or above that receive foreign guests; apartment buildings exclusively for office and residential use by persons from abroad; clubs exclusively serving persons from abroad; residential use by the family which included the person(s) directly employed by or retired from the following stipulated confines, such as: departments and related organisations of the government of the HKSAR, office and branches of the Central People's Government in Hong Kong, consulates-general and officially recognised bodies, MTR Corporation.
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