List of television stations in Malaysia

Television broadcasting in Malaysia is provided by the federal government and respective private broadcasting companies. The government is committed to provide digital television to every Malaysian's household by end-2015 under DTTV (Digital Terrestrial Television) Project which is a part of national agenda by Ministry of Communications and Multimedia (KKMM) and managed by Malaysian Communications and Multimedia Commission (MCMC).[1] The analogue transmissions were completely turned off on 31 October 2019 and switched to full myFreeview Digital TV broadcast using DVB-T2 technology.[2] The switchover was done in stages by territory which begun in all peninsular states starting from the central and southern on 30 September 2019, north and east on 14 October 2019 and Sabah and Sarawak on 31 October 2019.[3] The digital TV transmissions' Service Level Availability (SLA) currently stood at 99.9% coverage rate.[4]

The first trial broadcasts of digital TV started in 2006 by government-owned Radio Televisyen Malaysia (RTM). Some local TV channels already are broadcasting shows in HD for special occasions since 2008. Free-to-air and subscription-based television channels in Malaysia are available in HD standards through terrestrial, satellite and IP, as well as over OTT platform.

Fully government-owned television Free-to-air broadcast channelsEdit

Radio Televisyen MalaysiaEdit

DVB name LCN Launch date Broadcast hours (UTC+08:00) Programming language(s) Availability
TV1 101HD 28 December 1963 24 hours Malay and English Nationwide
TV2 102HD 17 November 1969 Malay, English, Chinese (Mandarin and Cantonese), Indian (Tamil and Hindi), Indonesian, Korean and Turkish
OKEY 110HD 21 March 2018 Malay, English, Chinese (Mandarin), Indian (Tamil), Indonesian, Iban (Bumiputera Sarawak), Kadazandusun (Bumiputera Sabah) and Bajau
Berita RTM 123HD 25 June 2020 Malay, English, Chinese (Mandarin), Indian (Tamil), Iban (Bumiputera Sarawak), Kadazandusun (Bumiputera Sabah) and Bajau
TV6 113HD 1 March 2021 07:00 - 00:00 Malay
Sukan RTM 111HD 1 April 2021 24 hours Malay and English

Private television Free-to-air broadcast channelsEdit

Media PrimaEdit

DVB name LCN Launch date Broadcast hours (UTC+08:00) Programming language(s) Availability
TV3 103HD 1 June 1984 24 hours Malay, English, Indian (Hindi), Indonesian, Korean, Tagalog and Thai Nationwide
NTV7 (DidikTV KPM) 107 7 April 1998 07:00 - 00:00 Malay, English and Chinese (Mandarin)
8TV 108HD 8 January 2004 24 hours Chinese (Mandarin, Cantonese, Hokkien) and Korean
TV9 109 22 April 2006 Malay, Indian (Hindi), Korean and Thai
wowshop 104(Malay) 1 April 2016 Malay and Chinese
106(Chinese)
Drama Sangat 105 27 October 2017

Astro Malaysia HoldingsEdit

DVB name LCN Launch date Broadcast hours (UTC+08:00) Programming language(s) Availability
Go Shop Baaru 120HD 1 September 2019 24 hours Malay Nationwide

Awesome Media Network Sdn BhdEdit

DVB name LCN Launch date Broadcast hours (UTC+08:00) Programming language(s) Availability
Awesome TV 112HD 3 August 2020 24 hours Malay, English, Indian (Hindi), Indonesian, Korean and Thai Nationwide

DNF Group Sdn BhdEdit

DVB name LCN Launch date Broadcast hours (UTC+08:00) Programming language(s) Availability
SUKE SHOP Coming Soon Coming Soon 24 hours Malay Nationwide
SUKE TV Coming Soon Coming Soon

Semi-government television Free-to-air broadcast channelsEdit

Alhijrah Media CorporationEdit

DVB name LCN Launch date Broadcast hours (UTC+08:00) Programming language(s) Availability
TV Alhijrah 114HD 7 December 2010 24 hours Malay, Arabic and English Nationwide

Pertubuhan Berita Nasional MalaysiaEdit

DVB name LCN Launch date Broadcast hours (UTC+08:00) Programming language(s) Availability
Bernama TV 121 28 February 2008 24 hours Malay, English, Chinese (Mandarin) and Indian (Tamil) Nationwide

Sarawak Media GroupEdit

DVB name LCN Launch date Broadcast hours (UTC+08:00) Programming language(s) Availability
TVS 122HD 10 October 2020 24 hours Malay, English, Iban, Chinese (Mandarin), Indonesian, Thai and Turkish Nationwide

Subscription-based providersEdit

Satellite televisionEdit

IPTVEdit

Internet Video Streaming / OTT PlatformEdit

Other television stationsEdit

Former or defunct channels and networksEdit

Former Astro channels (by timeline)Edit

  • 1998
  • 2000
  • 2006
  • 2008
  • 2009
  • 2010
  • 2011
  • 2012
    • Star Movies rebranded to Fox Movies Premium on New Year's Day (1 January) 2012 at midnight.
    • WaTV ceased broadcasting and transmission on 1 March 2012. Replaced by Celestial Movies HD and KIX HD while programs broadcast by the channel is now carried by Astro AEC.
    • B4U was replaced by Astro Bella on 5 March 2012.
    • Astro @15 ceased transmission and broadcasting on 1 May 2012 at midnight. Replaced by Astro Mustika HD on 21 May 2012 to while programs broadcast by the channel carried by other Astro's Malay channels.
    • Astro Lifestyle HD ceased broadcasting and ceased transmission on 1 October 2012 at midnight. At 6am, Food Network is now Channel 727 (now Channel 708) and Life Inspired (now TLC HD) is Channel 728 (now Channel 707). Both Channels are 24-hour dedicated channels.
  • 2013
    • Astro Stocklink ceased service on New Year's Day (1 January) 2013 at midnight.
    • ESPN Asia, ESPNews and ESPN HD rebranded to Fox Sports, Fox Sports News and Fox Sports Plus HD on 28 January 2013.
    • Radio Mosaic ceased service on 9 February 2013 due to same broadcast of radio channels.
    • Bio. Channel ceased broadcasting and transmission on 14 June 2013 at midnight. Replaced by Lifetime.
    • BeTV ceased broadcasting and transmission on 26 August 2013 at midnight. First HD channels to cease on Astro. Replaced by HITS TV on 16 November 2014 at the same channel number (Channel 720) then moved to Channel 706 on 1 April 2020.
    • CNBC ceased broadcasting and transmission on 7 October 2013 due to unable to fulfill these objects, but relaunch back in same month.
  • 2014
  • 2015
    • iView ceased broadcasting and transmission on 12 January 2015. Replaced by NJOI version to continue on 20 January 2015.
    • Golf Channel in SD ceased broadcasting and transmission on 26 February 2015.
  • 2016
    • Astro Hitz ceased broadcasting and transmission on 16 May 2016 at midnight due to low viewership and declining popularity.
    • Sundance Channel ceased broadcasting and transmission on 1 July 2016 at midnight due to low popularity. First International Movies channels second HD channels to be ceased on Astro
    • Zee Variasi ceased broadcasting and transmission on Astro on 1 October 2016 at midnight. Replaced by a new Hindi HD channel called Tara HD on 19 October 2016.
    • CCTV News rebranded to CGTN on New Year's Eve (31 December) 2016 at 12:00pm.
  • 2017
    • ITV Choice ceased broadcasting and transmission on Astro on 16 January 2017 at 12:15am due to low viewership.
    • TVi was replaced with TV5 on 1 April 2017 (rebranded back with TVi on 8 April 2017) due to its rebranding.
    • Fox Movies Premium rebranded to Fox Movies on 10 June 2017.
    • Go ASEAN ceased broadcasting and transmission on 12 June 2017 at 2:00am. Go ASEAN remains its programmes on Tonton and DimSum.
    • Fox Sports News broadcast on Astro Go ceased transmission and broadcasting on 29 April 2017.
    • Kah Lai Toi ceased broadcasting and transmission on 1 October 2017 at midnight due to low viewership.
    • Star World rebranded to Fox Life on 1 October 2017 at 9:00am.
    • Life Inspired (except Food Network Asia) officially ceased broadcasting and transmission due to financial losses by company on 7 October 2017 at midnight stroke.
  • 2018
  • 2019
    • Astro Maya HD ceased broadcasting and transmission on 14 January 2019 at midnight. The programs later carried by the upgraded Astro Prima and Astro Oasis channels which both are 24-hour dedicated channels and its available to all Astro customers. For NJOI customers who have the HD decoders, they can still enjoy these channels if they are purchasing the unit before 28 April 2021, but new customers buying the new decoder after 28 April 2021 will have to purchase the new NJOI subscription-based pack in order to access these said channels.
    • The SD version of Disney XD ceased broadcasting and transmission on 1 March 2019 until the HD version of this channel ceased its broadcast on 1 January 2021 due to a review of Disney's business in the region and replaced by TA-DAA on 15 March 2021.
    • Channel NewsAsia rebranded to CNA on 29 March 2019 as Channel NewsAsia celebrated its 20th anniversary.
    • Astro Xi Yue HD ceased broadcasting and transmission on 1 July 2019 at midnight because the Overseas event channel will be aired on Channel 338. The first Chinese HD channels to cease on Astro. Replaced by iQIYI HD starting 17 July 2019 on the same channel number (Channel 300).
    • A-List ceased broadcasting and transmission on 2 August 2019 at midnight because due to low viewership, but Astro OD (On Demand) service continued reserved.
    • Tara HD was discontinued and terminated on 1 October 2019. Replaced by Colors TV.
  • 2020
    • DIVA and E! Entertainment officially ceased transmission and broadcasting on New Year's Day (1 January) 2020 at midnight stroke as it ceased broadcasts across Asia because due to Astro OD (On Demand) service continued reserved and replaced by Comedy Central Asia on same date at 6:00 am until ceased broadcasting and transmission on 1 February 2021 due to officially ceased broadcasts across Asia because due to Astro OD (On Demand) service continued reserved. First historic channels to cease on Astro. Replaced by Comedy Central Asia, DIVA and E! Entertainment shows moved to Hello (Channel 702) (previously Channel 110) officially closing night on 30 September 2021.
    • Setanta Sports was replaced by Rugby Pass TV on 29 January 2020.
    • The SD version of Astro Wah Lai Toi officially ceased transmission and broadcasting on 1 April 2020, hence merged with TVB Jade HD. On 1 May 2020, Astro Wah Lai Toi HD was transition to VOD.
    • TVB Classic Movies and Asian Action Channel both ceased broadcasting and transmission on Astro on 5 April 2020 at 00:15 and 00:30 hours respectively under Jade pack.
    • Kompas TV and NET ceased broadcasting and ceased transmission as Bintang and Pelangi (offered under Indo Pek) on 1 June 2020 at midnight. In substitution, Astro introduced two new HD channels under Indo Pek offerings, SCTV and Indosiar launched as Astro Rania HD and Astro Aura HD on 23 May 2020 and also avalaible On-Demand and Astro Go app.
    • Jaya TV, Raj TV and Kalaignar TV ceased broadcasting and transmission on 1 June 2020. Replaced by Zee Tamil HD at 00:05 hours.
    • Astro Vaanavil was upgraded from SD to HD on 1 June 2020, and made available for all Astro customers. For NJOI customers who have the HD decoders, they can still enjoy the channel if they are purchasing the unit before 28 April 2021, but new customers buying the new HD decoder starting 28 April 2021 will have to purchase the new NJOI HD pack in order to access the said channel.
    • The SD version of Astro First ceased broadcasting and transmission on 1 July 2020.
    • Astro Vellithirai and Astro Vinmeen HD ceased broadcasting and transmission from Singtel TV on 1 July 2020. Replaced by KTV HD and Sun Music.
    • The SD version of Astro Best ceased broadcasting and transmission on 29 July 2020 while still retaining the HD version of the channel.
    • The SD version of Fox Sports channels and Eurosport ceased broadcasting and transmission on 16 November 2020 while still retaining the HD version of the channel until the HD version of Fox Sports channels ceased its broadcast on 1 October 2021.
    • The SD version of Astro SuperSport channels ceased broadcasting and transmission on 30 November 2020 while still retaining the HD version of the channel.
  • 2021
    • Disney Junior and Disney Channel officially ceased broadcasting and transmission on New Year's Day (1 January) 2021 at midnight stroke due to the television provider's refreshed Kids Pack on 14 December 2020 and officially launched of Disney+ Hotstar in Malaysia on 1 June 2021 and replaced by Nick Jr. HD and Boomerang HD which launched on the same date. Disney XD ceased broadcasting and transmission on New Year's Day (1 January) 2021 at midnight due to the review of Disney's business in this region and replaced by TA-DAA! on 15 March 2021. This are the second Kids channels and first HD Kids channels to cease on Astro.
    • Comedy Central Asia (717) ceased broadcasting on 1 February 2021 barely 13 month after launch due to ceased broadcast in Asia, but Astro OD (On Demand) and Astro Go app continued reserved and replaced by BBC Lifestyle on same channel number at 15 September of same year.
    • All SD channels in Astro officially ceased broadcasting and transmission because due to officially switched to all HD channels on 28 February 2021 at 11:59:59pm.
    • Astro Awani was upgraded from SD to HD on 29 March 2021, and made available for all Astro customers. For NJOI customers who have the HD decoders, they can still enjoy the channel if they are purchasing the unit before 28 April 2021, but new customers buying the new HD decoder starting 28 April 2021 will have to purchase the new NJOI HD subscription-based pack in order to access the said channel.
    • ANIPLUS on Astro Go ceased broadcasting and transmission on 1 April 2021 because due to low viewership but Astro OD (On Demand) continued reserved until 11 April 2021.
    • When Astro launched their new NJOI HD subscription-based package for NJOI customers on 28 April 2021, these 10 HD channels, Astro Prima, Astro Oasis, Astro Vaanavil, Astro Xiao Tai Yang, Astro AEC, CCTV4, Astro Awani, Hello, eGG and Astro Arena are no longer included as standard for new customers with NJOI HD decoders and thus requires them to purchase the said subscription package in order to view these channels. However, these said channels are still available for existing customers who purchase the HD decoders before 28 April 2021.
    • Astro TVIQ was upgraded from SD to HD on 25 May 2021, and made available for all Astro customers.
    • Astro Box Office Tayangan Hebat ceased broadcasting and transmission on 1 June 2021, but Astro OD (On Demand) and Astro Go app continued reserved.
    • TVB News Channel was discontinued and terminated on 1 July 2021 barely one year after launch due to copyright problems. TVB News programs on TVB Jade continued reserve at 7:00am, 6:30pm and 11:00pm until Astro has launched TVB Anywhere+ application in 13 September 2021.
    • All The Walt Disney Company, Fox Networks Group Asia Pacific (except Star Chinese Channel, National Geographic, Nat Geo Wild and BabyTV) was officially cease broadcasting and transmission on 30 September 2021 at 11:59pm and replaced by Astro SuperSport 5, Astro Arena 2 (Channel 802) and SPOTV because due to Disney+ Hotstar officially launched on 1 June 2021 in Malaysia. First Sports channels to be officially cease broadcasting and transmission on Astro.
    • Discovery Science and Hello channel we're officially cease broadcasting and transmission on 30 September 2021 at 11:59pm and replaced by BBC Earth and PRIMEtime which were officially opened and launched on 15 September 2021. First Learning channels to be ceased on Astro

Former Unifi TV channelsEdit

  • 2013
  • 2014
  • 2015
  • 2016
    • Discovery Kids ceased broadcasting and transmission on 16 January 2016.
    • FashionTV, ceased broadcasting and transmission on 1 May 2016.
    • Hikmah, replaced by Hypp Salam on 5 June 2016.
    • Astro SuperSport ceased broadcasting and transmission on 1 August 2016. Replaced by Fox Sports 3 on 26 August 2016.
    • Astro SuperSport 2 ceased broadcasting and transmission on 1 August 2016. Replaced by Fox Sports News on 26 August 2016.
    • Astro Vaanavil ceased broadcasting and transmission on 1 August 2016. Replaced by Zee Tamil on 1 April 2017. Later, Zee Tamil was replaced by Colors Tamil on 1 April 2019 respectively in HD only.
    • Makkal TV ceased broadcasting and transmission on 1 August 2016. Replaced by Zee TV on 1 April 2017. Later, Zee TV was replaced by Colors on 1 April 2019.
    • Astro Oasis and Astro Awani ceased broadcasting and transmission on 1 August 2016.
    • Dushh FM ceased broadcasting and transmission at 5 November 2016.
    • TV Direct Showcase ceased broadcasting and transmission on 1 December 2016.
  • 2017
  • 2018
    • Capital TV, replaced by Channel W on 3 January 2018.
    • Channel [V] Music, Channel [V] and FOX Crime ceased broadcasting and transmission at midnight, 1 June 2018 due to low rating. First Chinese Channel to cease on Unifi TV, hence replaced by CJ WOW SHOP and Dunia Sinema.
    • 1News Channel ceased broadcasting and transmission at midnight, 1 July 2018 due to low popularity.
    • HyppSports and HyppSports 2 ceased broadcasting and transmission at midnight, 1 August 2018 as ASN program suppliers ceased operations in Malaysia and Singapore, replaced by Sports Illustrated TV until broadcasts ceased on 1 May 2019.
    • TVB8 and Stingray iConcerts was discontinued and terminated at midnight, 1 September 2018. Second Chinese Channel to cease on Unifi TV.
  • 2019
    • Channel W, HyppSports 3 and Outdoor Channel ceased broadcasting and transmission at midnight, 1 January 2019 due to low popularity of Outdoor Channel.
    • Now Chinese Drama International Version ceased broadcasting and transmission at midnight, 1 March 2019.
    • Sony Channel and MUTV, ceased broadcasting and transmission at midnight, 1 June 2019 due to low popularity of MUTV HD.
    • Bloomberg Television and PlayBox channel were discontinued and terminated at midnight, 1 September 2019.
    • RED by HBO and BabyFirst were discontinued and terminated at midnight, 1 October 2019.
    • Now International was discontinued and terminated at midnight, 15 November 2019.
  • 2020
    • now Baogu transited to VOD service on 1 March 2020.
    • UTV Movies ceased broadcasting and transmission at midnight, 1 July 2020. Replaced by YuppThirai on 8 July 2020 and Animax ceased broadcasting and transmission at the same date due to low popularity of Animax.
  • 2021

Former HBO GO live TV channelsEdit

  • 2021
    • RED by HBO ceased broadcasting and transmission on 1 July 2021 due to lack advertisement.

Other pay television providersEdit

  • 2001
    • Mega TV ceased transmission on 1 October 2001.
  • 2016
    • eTV ceased transmission on 29 February 2016.
    • ABNXcess ceased transmission in 2016.

TV channelsEdit

  • 1999
    • MetroVision ceased broadcasting and transmission on 1 November 1999. Replaced with 8TV on 8 January 2004.
  • 2005
    • Channel 9 ceased broadcasting and transmission on 1 February 2005. Replaced by TV9 on 22 April 2006.
  • 2008
  • 2012
    • tvN, changed its name with Channel M on 23 November 2012, on 1 June 2016, the channel rebrands into current name.
    • WBC, closed down since October 2012 due to financial problems.[5]
  • 2017
    • Hao Xiang Shopping Channel ceased broadcasting and transmission on 1 July 2017 with a rebranding of this channel.[6]
  • 2018
    • TVi ceased its broadcasts, replaced by a new channel called TV Okey on 21 March 2018.[7]
  • 2019
    • CJ WOWSHOP ceased broadcasting and transmission on 1 January 2019. Later, CJ WOWSHOP broadcasts again from 15 April 2019 (excluding Unifi TV).
    • Channel W was discontinued on 1 April 2019. Replaced with TVS at myFreeview on 6 February 2021.

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ MCMC (8 November 2012). "MCMC Shortlists Three Companies for Round 2 in Bid for Digital TV Infrastructure Tender" (PDF). mcmc.gov.my.
  2. ^ DTVE Reporter (19 December 2019). "Malaysia completes DTT switchover, launches myFreeview". Digital TV Europe.
  3. ^ Sofia Digital. "Malaysia completes switch-over to digital TV powered by Sofia Digital's DVB head-end technology". sofiadigital.com.
  4. ^ KKMM (12 August 2020). "Bernama : 12 Aug 2020 : Parliament: MYTV monitors quality of digital TV broadcast". kkmm.gov.my.
  5. ^ Mohsin Abdullah (19 October 2012). "WBC employees seek HR ministry's help". Fz.com.
  6. ^ enjoytvmy. "enjoytvmy". Facebook.com.
  7. ^ Zam Yusa (21 March 2018). "Najib launches new TV channel for Sabah and Sarawak". Free Malaysia Today.

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