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CCTV-1 综合
Launched 2 September 1958 (1958-09-02)
Owned by China Central Television
Picture format 16:9 576i (SDTV)
16:9 1080i (HDTV)
Country China
Language Chinese
Broadcast area China
Hong Kong
Headquarters China Central Television Headquarters
East 3rd Ring Road
Chaoyang Metropolitan
Beijing, People's Republic of China
Formerly called Television China
Website CCTV-1
Digital Channel 1(free to air)
DVB-T Channel 1
ATV (Hong Kong) Channel 15
Satellite Channel 1(encrypted)
Chinasat-6B 3840MHz(encrypted)
Cable Channel 1
HKBN bbTV (Hong Kong) ATV-15
Now TV (Hong Kong) ATV-15
Streaming media

CCTV-1 (China Central Television) is the flagship terrestrial television channel of CCTV in the People's Republic of China. It broadcasts a range of programs and is available to both cable and terrestrial television viewers from China Central Television Headquarters at East 3rd Ring Road in Beijing.The terrestrial signal of CCTV-1 is free-to-air across China.However,due to some copyright restrictions(some sports event live such as Olympics,World Cup,Asian Games and foreign programmes),the satellite signal of CCTV-1 is encrypted.Satellite receivers in China need smart cards to get CCTV-1 satellite signal.


Peking Television (1958-1978)

CCTV-1 (formerly known as "Peking Television") was launched as China's first television station on 2 April 1958 and officially began broadcasting for 6 hours a 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. Full-time colour broadcasting began in 1977.

China Central Television (1978–present)

On 1 May 1978, Peking Television was renamed China Central Television (CCTV). 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 changed from analog to digital broadcasting in 2002. CCTV-1 began broadcasting 24 hours a day on 1 October 2004 and began high-definition broadcasting on 21 September 2009. On 1 March 2011, Hong Kong's Asia Television (ATV) started relaying CCTV-1 instead of CCTV-4 which is a free-to-air digital terrestrial television station in Hong Kong on UHF normally tuned to 15.

Transmission hours

CCTV-1 transmits 24 hours a day.

Broadcasting length

Live programming is used on special occasions such as the Chinese National Day, Handover of Hong Kong, Hong Kong International Airport, Taiwanese earthquake, 11 September 2001, Sichuan earthquake, Asian Games and Summer Olympic Games.



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