Channel 3 (Thailand)

Channel 3 or Channel 3 HD (Thai: สถานีโทรทัศน์ไทยทีวีสีช่อง 3 (ช่อง 3 เอชดี ช่อง 33)) is a Thai free-to-air television network that was launched on 26 March 1970 as Thailand's first commercial television station. Channel 3 is operated by BEC Multimedia Company Limited (“BECM”), a subsidiary of publicly traded company BEC World Public Company Limited. The network is headquartered in the Maleenond Towers of Bangkok.[1]

Channel 3 HD
CountryThailand Thailand
Broadcast area Thailand
HeadquartersMaleenont Towers, Khlong Toei, Bangkok, Thailand
Picture format1080i 16:9 HDTV
OwnerBEC World
MCOT (1977-2020)
Launched26 March 1970; 51 years ago (1970-03-26)
Digital terrestrial televisionChannel 33 (HD) (TPBS MUX4)
TrueVisionsChannel 33 (HD)
Must-carryChannel 33 (HD)
TrueVisionsChannel 33 (HD)
GoodTVChannel 33 (HD)
Streaming media


Channel 3 was launched on 26 March 1970 at 10:00 Bangkok Time by Prime Minister Field Marshal Thanom Kittikachorn. This broadcast area was only limited to the Bangkok Metropolitan Area during its early years. On 1 January 1985, it launched its first teletext service known as Infonet. On 1 January 1987, started to air in stereo and, during the 1990s, its stereo broadcast was introduced into its VHF free-to-air station nationwide. TV3 was also experimenting with bilingual transmission using a second audio track in the 1990s.

During its early years, Channel 3's airtime lasted 6-hours, broadcasting from 16:00 to 22:00, and later expanded to the daytime hours. For a short period of time, it started broadcasting 24 hours a day in 1997, but was terminated due to the 1997 Asian financial crisis. The network resumed its 24-hour airtime again since 1 January 2005.

On 1 January 2001, Channel 3 was the first station in Thailand to broadcast a 3D film. The movie, Jaws 3-D, required a pair of 3D glasses that can either be bought from certain stores partnered with the network for the event or attained from elsewhere.

In September 2018, Channel 3 (owner by BEC and MCOT) was the very final and last broadcaster to broadcast analog television services in Thailand. The network made the move to digital television in late 2019 on VHF and officially analogue television ceased broadcast and transmission on 26 March 2020 at 00:00:00 ICT (UTC+7) because due to celebrated 50th years anniversary after the channel's launch. At the time, all variety, entertainment and television series drama programs was officially moved to Channel 7 because due to Channel 3 became all news, current affairs and information.

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