Television in Taiwan

Television channels in the Republic of China, commonly known as Taiwan.

Analogue television

Analogue television of 3-free-to-air terrestrial television station and channels as:

On 11 June 1997, two new free-to-air television channels were officially launched:

Taiwan terminated over-the-air analogue broadcasting on 30 June 2012, and the remainder of the analogue system ended in 2014, when the analogue cable television broadcasts were terminated.

Digital television

Digital television launched terrestrially throughout Taiwan on 1 July 2004. Currently, there are simulcasts of analogue and digital television. Taiwan plans to replace analogue broadcasting with a digital system by 2014 after the analogue cable broadcast terminated.[1] The Republic of China Cabinet approved a measure mandating that all new televisions are to be equipped with a digital television tuner from 2006. The rule will apply to TVs measuring between 21 and 29 inches in 2007, and to sets of all sizes in 2008, the Cabinet said in a statement. To assist lower-income families with the switch to digital television, the government plans to provide NT$300 million in aid to purchase converters or for the purchase of new digital televisions.[2] In February 2009, the National Communications Commission proposed amendments to the Cable Television Act; they include mandating cable companies to provide free set-top boxes.[1]


High-definition television broadcast was introduced to Taiwanese audiences with the trial run of HiHD, provided by Public Television Service.[3]

Cable television

Cable television is prevalent in Taiwan, as a result of cheap subscription rates (typically around NT$550, or US$15 a month) and the paucity of free-to-air television, which comprises four channels. Programming is mostly in Mandarin and Taiwanese, with some English, Japanese and other foreign-language channels. Miniseries, called Taiwanese drama, are popular. There is a dedicated station for Taiwan's Hakka minority as well as the arrival in 2005 of an aboriginal channel. Almost all programs are in the original language with traditional Chinese subtitles.

The Republic of China government is pushing for a switch to digital television services in the near future - this will be provided through a set-top box and will increase the number of available channels.

List of channels


In Taiwan, there are five nationwide free-to-air television networks, as follows:

Name Free-to-air Channels Owner Channel № (Analog) Channel № (Digital) Launch Date Status Note
Taiwan Television (TTV)
台灣電視 (台視)
TTV Main Channel(TTV HD) Taiwan Television (TTV)
臺灣電視公司 (台視)
Channel 1 (VHF) Channel 32 (UHF) 10 October 1962 Free-to-air TTV's main channel.
China Television (CTV)
中國電視 (中視)
CTV Main Channel(CTV HD) China Television (CTV)
中國電視公司 (中視)
Channel 3 (VHF) Channel 24 (UHF) 31 October 1969 CTV's main channel.
Chinese Television System (CTS)
中華電視 (華視)
CTS Main Channel(CTS HD) Chinese Television System (CTS)
Channel 5 (VHF) Channel 34 (UHF) 31 October 1971 CTS's main channel.
Formosa Television (FTV)
民間全民電視/民視電視 (民視)
FTV Main Channel(FTV HD) Formosa Television (FTV)
Channel 28 (UHF) 11 June 1997 FTV's main channel.
Public Television Service (PTS)
公共電視 (公視)
PTS General (PTS HD) Taiwan Broadcasting System (TBS)
Channel 26 (UHF) 1 July 1998 PTS's main channel.

See also


  1. 1 2 Shan, Shelley (2009-02-11). "NCC resolves to promote transition to digital TV". Taipei Times. Retrieved 2009-03-20.
  2. "Cabinet launches move to digital TV". Retrieved 2007-11-30.
  3. "Taiwan trials HiHD channel". Asia-Pacific Broadcasting. 2008-06-05. Retrieved 2008-06-10.
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