Star Chinese Channel

This article is about a TV channel. For STAR Chinese TV network, see STAR (Greater China).
STAR Chinese Channel

Current STAR Chinese Channel Logo
Launched October 21, 1991
Owned by Fox International Channels
Picture format SD version: 576i 4:3
HD version: 1080i 16:9
Country Hong Kong
Language Mandarin
Broadcast area Worldwide
Headquarters Hong Kong
Sister channel(s) STAR Chinese Movies
Phoenix Chinese Channel
Xing Kong
Website Official Site
Indovision (Indonesia) Channel 170
Dish Network (USA) Channel 9958
Cignal Digital TV (Philippines) Channel 85
Transvision (Indonesia) Channel 380
Astro (Malaysia) Channel 315
Rogers Cable (Canada) Channel 820
Shaw Cable (Canada) Channel 521
StarHub TV (Singapore) Channel 822 (HD)
CATV (Taiwan) Channel 31
SkyCable (Philippines) Channel 95 (Digital)
Destiny Cable (Philippines) Channel 95 (Digital)
Channel 115 (Analog)
Cablelink (Philippines) Channel 108
Cable TV Hong Kong (Hong Kong) Channel 93
Macau Cable TV (Macau) Channel 305
Bell Fibe TV (Canada) Channel 708
HyppTV (Malaysia) Channel 206 (HD)
Now TV (Hong Kong) Channel 160
Singtel TV (Singapore) Channel 507
TOT iptv (Thailand) Channel 206

Star Chinese Channel (simplified Chinese: 卫视中文台; traditional Chinese: 衛視中文台; pinyin: Wèishì Zhōngwén Tái) is the Mandarin general entertainment channel in Taiwan. Its programming features drama, variety, lifestyle, and talk shows in Mandarin. This channel is owned by STAR TV and Fox International Channels, subsidiary of 21st Century Fox.


Star Chinese Channel was launched on October 21, 1991, one of the five original channels of STAR TV. It is also the first private-owned channel in Taiwan.[1] This channel formerly reached the Chinese communities across Asia. Several reformats transform this channel from being analog to a digitally encrypted channel through subscription. Today the channel is limited to viewers in Taiwan, Hong Kong, Singapore, Malaysia, Indonesia, Vietnam and the Philippines. Today STAR Chinese Channel has five feeds namely STAR Chinese Channel Taiwan, STAR Chinese Channel Hong Kong, STAR Chinese Channel South East Asia, STAR Chinese Channel HD Taiwan, STAR Chinese Channel HD South East Asia, STAR Chinese Channel USA and STAR Chinese Channel International (For viewers outside Taiwan). Aside from this channel, There are two different content of STAR Chinese Channels. The first one is Phoenix Chinese Channel, a 24-hour Hong Kong Cantonese-Standard Mandarin general entertainment and news channel owned by Phoenix and STAR TV/Fox International Channels itself, and the other one is Xing Kong another STAR TV/Fox International Channels general Mandarin entertainment channel for viewers outside Taiwan. Now Available at Hong Kong; UTV Channel 526, TVB Network Vision Channel 40, Cable TV Hong Kong Channel 93 and now TV Channel 160 Shiau says that the original business for STAR TV was to broadcast popular American shows to Taiwanese audience with as less effort as possible. Shiau then argues that however the plan was unsuccessful and STAR TV had to invest on localized branches such as Chinese Channel and Channel V Taiwan and make local shows.[2]

Operating channels


  1. 衛視中文台 Chinese Wikipedia "衛視中文台"
  2. Shiau, Hong-chi. Animating the cute, the mean and the beautiful: the production and consumption of animation: Taiwan's struggles in the age of globalization. Saarbrucken [Germany]: VDM, Verlag Dr. Muller. 2008. ISBN 3639093976

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