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CCTV-4 中文国际
Launched 1 October 1992 (1992-10-01)
Network CCTV
Owned by CCTV
Picture format 576i (16:9 SDTV)
1080i (16:9 HDTV)
Country People's Republic of China
Language Chinese
Broadcast area International
Headquarters Beijing, People's Republic of China (2009-present)
Website CCTV-4 China
CCTV-4 Asia
CCTV-4 Europe
CCTV-4 America
Freeview (UK) Channel 226 (Streamed)
Max3 (Indonesia) Channel 348
Jadeworld (Australia) Channel 8
TVB Pay Vision (Hong Kong) Channel 83
Skynindo (Indonesia) Channel 18
SKY Italia (Italy) Channel 580
Astro (Malaysia) Channel 334
DStv (South Africa) Channel 420
Skylife (South Korea) Channel 527
TrueVisions (Thailand) Channel 164
DirecTV (U.S.) Channel 454
Dish Network (U.S.) Channel 582
MyCATV Lucena (Philippines) Channel 59
OrangeTV (Indonesia) Channel 407
Kristal-Astro (Brunei) Channel 334
NJOI (Malaysia) Channel 334
Rogers Cable (Canada) Channel 804
Cable TV Hong Kong (Hong Kong) Channel 71
First Media (Indonesia) Channel 209
Cablelink (Philippines) Channel 253
Destiny Cable (Philippines) Channel 66 (Analog)
Channel 92 (Digital)
StarHub TV (Singapore) DTTV: Channel 30
Cable: Channel 801
Cablecom (Switzerland) Channel 450
Naxoo (Switzerland) Channel 313
Shaw Cable (Canada) Channel 524
TrueVisions (Thailand) Channel 164
Intercable (Venezuela) Channel 99
SkyCable (Philippines) Channel 92 (Digital)
Macau Cable Television (Macau) Channel 18
Parasat Cable TV (Philippines) Channel 307
ABNXcess (Malaysia) Channel 304
TPG (Australia) Chinese TV2
bbTV (Hong Kong) Channel 730
now TV (Hong Kong) Channel 542
HyppTV (Malaysia) Channel 216
Mio TV (Singapore) Channel 555
KylinTV (U.S.) Channel 12
FiOS TV (U.S.) Channel 1845
Streaming media
CNTV Ai Bugu CCTV-4 Asia/China
CCTV-4 Europe
CCTV-4 America

CCTV-4 中文国际 (Chinese: 中国中央电视台中文国际频道; pinyin: Zhōngguó zhōngyāng diànshìtái zhōngwén guójì píndào) is a 24-hour Chinese international channel. It is one of six China Central Television channels that broadcasts outside of the People's Republic of China.

This channel contains a variety of programs including documentaries, music, news, drama series, sports and children shows for the People's Republic of China, mainland China, Hong Kong, Macau and Republic of China.


CCTV-4 was officially launched by President Yang Shangkun at President Palace of the People's Republic of China in Beijing in 1992. It started as a six hour Chinese international channel.

The programming of CCTV-4 initially consisted of a mixture of English and Chinese programming. English broadcasting stopped with the introduction of the English language channel CCTV-9 in September 2000. Select CCTV-4 programs were also broadcast in Cantonese until 2007, since when the channel has been broadcast in Mandarin Chinese only.

In 1994 the channel expanded to twelve hours and in 1998 it expanded to eighteen hours.

Recently, the European feed and American feed have started to air certain shows with English subtitles.

In 2007 the channel was split into four different feeds serving different parts of world:

  • CCTV-4 China - Domestic feed in Mainland China.It usually broadcasts same programmes with Asia feed of this channel.But it has different commercials with CCTV-4 Asia Feed.
  • CCTV-4 Asia - Daily programs to Asia and Australasia.
  • CCTV-4 Europe - Daily programs to Europe.
  • CCTV-4 America - Daily programs to America (Continent).


RCTI and TV3 both provide news bulletin programmes that focus on Indonesia and Malaya to CCTV-4. Other locally produced segments of the daily programming focus on Singapore, Batam and Johor Bahru.

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