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CCTV-1 (CCTV General Channel) is the primary channel in CCTV, the national flagship terrestrial television network of the People's Republic of China. It broadcasts a range of programs from CMG Headquarters at East 3rd Ring Road in Beijing and is available to both cable and terrestrial television viewers. The terrestrial signal of CCTV-1 is free-to-air across China. However, due to copyright restrictions, the satellite signal of CCTV-1 is encrypted, and smartcards are necessary for decryption.[3][4]

CCTV-1 综合
Launched2 September 1958; 61 years ago (1958-09-02)
Owned byChina Central Television
Picture format16:9/4:3 (576i, SDTV)
16:9 (1080i, HDTV)
Broadcast areaNational; also distributed in other Asia countries on cable and satellite
HeadquartersCMG Headquarters
East 3rd Ring Road
Chaoyang Metropolitan
Beijing, People's Republic of China
Formerly calledPeking Television (2 May 1958 – 30 May 1978)
China Central Television Program 1 (1 May 1978 – 29 November 1995)
China Central Television News and Comprehersion Channel (30 November 1995 – 7 May 2003)
Analog TV (PAL-D)Analog channel number varies by area.
Digital TV (DTMB)Digital channel number varies by area.
RTHK (Hong Kong)Channel 33 (HD)
Analogue channel number varies by area.
TDM (Macau)Channel 71 (SD)
SatelliteChannel 1 (encrypted)
Chinasat-6B3840 H 27500[2](encrypted)
CableUsually Channel 1 (SD)
Channel number varies by area (HD)
Cable TV Hong KongChannel 341 (HD)
Now TV (Hong Kong)Channel 541[1]
Streaming media


Peking Television (2 May 1958 – 30 April 1978)Edit

Initially branded as Peking Television (not to be confused with the present-day Beijing Television), CCTV-1 was launched on an experimental basis on 2 May 1958 and officially regular broadcasting for 4 hours 30 minutes each day starting on 2 September 1958. Peking Television was granted a free-to-air terrestrial television broadcasting license in the 1960s. It began broadcasting experimentally in colour in 1971, and later launched via satellite transmissions in 1972 for major events. The first colour programmes were PAL-D/K, and full-time colour broadcasting began in 1977.

China Central Television (1 May 1978 – present)Edit

On 1 May 1978, Peking Television was renamed China Central Television (CCTV) with the approval of the Central Committee of the Communist Party of China. CCTV began domestic satellite transmissions in 1984 using the Song Dang Hong 2 satellite. In 1988, it began stereo broadcasting on all television channels. In 1994, it moved satellite broadcasting from Chinasat-3 to Chinasat-4, a quality-level broadcaster. It turned on its digital signal in 2002. CCTV-1 began broadcasting 24 hours a day on 1 October 2004 and began high-definition broadcasting on 28 September 2009. On 1 March 2011, Hong Kong's Asia Television (ATV) started relaying CCTV-1 instead of CCTV-4, a Hong Kong-based free-to-air digital terrestrial station that is usually tuned to 15 on the UHF band. On 1 March 2011, Hong Kong's Asia Television (ATV) started relaying CCTV-1 instead of CCTV-4, a Hong Kong-based free-to-air digital terrestrial station that is usually tuned to 15 on the UHF band. On 29 May 2017, Hong Kong's RTHK started relaying CCTV-1 instead of CGTN Documentary, a Hong Kong-based free-to-air digital terrestrial station that is usually tuned to 33 on the high-definition television.

Transmission hoursEdit

  • 2 September 1958 – 30 April 1978: 19:00–22:30 Beijing Time
  • 1 May 1978 – 27 January 1987: 09:00–13:00 and 17:00–23:30 Beijing Time
  • 28 January 1987 – 30 April 1993: 08:25–23:50 Beijing Time
  • 1 May 1993 – 30 June 1997: 06:50–00:50 Beijing Time
  • 1 July 1997 – 7 July 2001: 05:55–01:10 Beijing Time
  • 8 July 2001 – 7 May 2003: 05:55–01:45 Beijing Time
  • 8 May 2003 – 1 October 2004: 05:55–02:05 Beijing Time
  • 1 October 2004 – present: 24 hours a day

Broadcasting lengthEdit


CCTV-1 HD is a simulcast network version of CCTV-1 in high-definition. All standard-definition content is upscaled to high-definition output. The rest of the programming hours consist of mainly upscaled resolution CCTV-1 simulcast. The horizontal resolution was increased to 1920 pixels. CCTV-1 HD was created specifically for the 2008 Summer Olympics and the 2008 Summer Paralympics at the Beijing National Stadium. For the duration of the 2012 Summer Olympics broadcasting was increased to 24 hours a day to provide extra coverage of the Summer Olympic Games events.

Hong Kong and Macau versionEdit

A re-compiled edition of CCTV-1 started broadcasting in Hong Kong and Macau on 1 March 2011, and relaunched digital terrestrial television on 29 May 2017.

Due to copyright and law restrictions, commercial advertisements, some television dramas and some entertainment shows are not aired on CCTV-1 Hong Kong and Macau versions.


  1. ^ "CCTV-1 中央電視台綜合頻道 - 頻道 - now TV" (in Chinese). Now TV. Retrieved 18 December 2015.
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  4. ^ According to LyngSat site, the encryption for CCTV-1 is VideoGuard.

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