List of Countries By Number of Television Broadcast Stations

This is a list of countries by number of television broadcast stations mostly based on The World Factbook accessed in June 2008.

Rank Country/Region Number of television
broadcast stations
Note Date of
Information
1 Russia 7,306 1998
2 China 3,240 of which 209 are operated by China Central Television, 31 are provincial TV stations, and nearly 3,000 are local city stations 1997
- European Union 2,700 sum of individual country television broadcast stations excluding repeaters. 1995
3 United States 2,218 2006
4 India 1,400 2009
5 Ukraine 647 2006
6 Turkey 635 plus 2,934 repeaters 1995
7 France 584 plus 9,676 repeaters 1995
8 Romania 575 plus 5,169 repeaters 2008
9 South Africa 556 plus 144 network repeaters 1997
10 Mongolia 456 including provincial and low-power repeaters 2006
11 Brazil 384 2009
12 Germany 373 plus 8,042 repeaters 1995
13 Italy 358 plus 4,728 repeaters 1995
14 Philippines 250 plus 1,501 CATV networks 2007
15 Mexico 236 plus repeaters 1997
16 United Kingdom 228 plus 3,523 repeaters 1995
17 Spain 224 plus 2,105 repeaters; includes 11 television broadcast stations and 88 repeaters in the Canary Islands 1995
18 Japan 211 plus 7,341 repeaters; in addition, US Forces are served by 3 TV stations and 2 TV cable services 1999
19 Sweden 252 2008
20 Denmark 172 2008
21 Czech Republic 150 plus 1,434 repeaters 2000
22 Canada 148 plus many repeaters 2007
23 Finland 120 plus 431 repeaters; on 1 September 2007, Finland became one of the first countries in the world to broadcast all television signals digitally 1999
24 Pakistan 117 7 state-run channels and 110 privately owned satellite channels 2008
25 Saudi Arabia 117 1997
26 Switzerland 115 plus 1,919 repeaters 1995
27 Thailand 111 2006
28 Peru 105 plus 493 repeaters 1999
29 Australia 104 1997
30 Egypt 98 1995
31 Malaysia 88 mainland Malaysia 51, Sabah 16, and Sarawak 21 2006
32 Slovakia 80 national broadcasting 6, regional 7, local 67 2004
33 Taiwan 76 46 digital and 30 analog 2007
34 Afghanistan 70 2 national 2010
35 Norway 68 plus 2,729 repeaters 2008
36 Vietnam 67 includes 61 relay, provincial, and city TV stations 2006
37 Venezuela 66 plus 45 repeaters 1997
38 Albania 65 3 national, 62 local; 2 cable networks 2005
39 Chile 63 plus 121 repeaters 1997
40 Iran 62 plus 450 repeaters 2012
41 Uruguay 62 2005
42 Portugal 62 plus 166 repeaters; includes Azores and Madeira Islands 1995
43 Colombia 60 1997
44 Cuba 58 1997
55 Korea, South 57 plus 103 cable operators and 119 relay cable operators 2008
46 Hong Kong 55 2 TV networks, each broadcasting on 2 channels 2007
47 Indonesia 54 54 local TV stations; 11 national TV networks; each with its group of local transmitters 2006
48 Macedonia 52 2007
49 Bolivia 48 1997
50 Belarus 47 plus 27 repeaters 1995
51 Algeria 46 plus 216 repeaters 1995
52 Syria 44 plus 17 repeaters 1995
53 Latvia 44 plus 31 repeaters 1995
54 Argentina 42 plus 444 repeaters 1997
55 New Zealand 41 plus about 700 repeaters 1997
56 Poland 40 2006
57 Moldova 40 2006
58 Bulgaria 39 plus 1,242 repeaters 2001
59 Panama 38 including repeaters 1998
60 Greece 36 plus 1,341 repeaters; also 2 stations in the US Armed Forces Radio and Television Service 1995
61 Croatia 36 plus 321 repeaters 1995
62 Morocco 35 plus 66 repeaters 1995
63 Hungary 35 plus 161 repeaters 1995
64 Bosnia and Herzegovina 33 plus 277 repeaters 1995
65 Puerto Rico 32 2006
66 Slovenia 31 2006
67 West Bank 30 2008
68 Uzbekistan 28 includes 1 cable rebroadcaster in Tashkent and approximately 20 stations in regional capitals 2006
69 Lithuania 27 may have as many as 100 transmitters, including repeater stations 2001
70 Tunisia 26 plus 76 repeaters 1995
71 Guatemala 26 plus 27 repeaters 1997
72 Dominican Republic 25 2003
73 Belgium 25 plus 10 repeaters 1997
74 Jordan 22 2007
75 Netherlands 21 plus 26 repeaters 1995
76 Iraq 21 2004
77 Costa Rica 20 plus 43 repeaters 2002
78 Azerbaijan 19 2008
79 Israel 17 plus 36 repeaters 1995
80 Zimbabwe 16 1997
81 United Arab Emirates 15 2004
82 Lebanon 15 plus 5 repeaters 1995
83 Bangladesh 15 1999
84 Sri Lanka 14 2006
85 Iceland 14 plus 156 repeaters 1997
86 Côte d'Ivoire 14 1998
87 Oman 13 plus 25 repeaters 1999
88 Montenegro 13 2004
89 Kuwait 13 plus several satellite channels 1997
90 Swaziland 12 includes 7 relay stations 2004
91 Libya 12 plus 1 repeater 1999
92 Kazakhstan 12 plus 9 repeaters 1998
93 Georgia 12 plus repeaters 1998
94 Honduras 11 plus 17 repeaters 1997
95 Cyprus 10 area under government control: 8; area administered by Turkish Cypriots: 2, plus 4 relay 2004
96 Estonia 10 2001
97 Austria 10 plus more than 1,000 repeaters 2001
98 Zambia 9 2001
99 Cambodia 9 including 2 TV relay stations with French and Vietnamese broadcasts; excludes 18 regional relay stations 2006
100 Uganda 8 plus 1 repeater 2001
101 Kyrgyzstan 8 2 countrywide and 6 regional stations, state-owned; there are about 20 private TV stations, most of which rebroadcast other channels 2007
102 Kenya 8 2001
103 Laos 7 includes 1 station relaying Vietnam Television from Hanoi 2006
104 Jamaica 7 1997
105 Ghana 7 2007
106 French Polynesia 7 plus 17 repeaters 1997
107 Ecuador 7 plus 14 repeaters 2000
108 Trinidad and Tobago 6 2005
109 Tajikistan 6 2006
110 New Caledonia 6 plus 25 repeaters 1997
111 Guinea 6 2001
112 Benin 6 2007
113 Angola 6 2000
114 U.S. Virgin Islands 5 2006
115 Paraguay 5 2007
116 Niger 5 2007
117 Monaco 5 1998
118 Malta 8 2006
119 Luxembourg 5 1999
120 El Salvador 5 1997
121 Belize 5 2006
122 Turkmenistan 4 government-owned and programmed 2004
123 Somalia 4 2 in Mogadishu and 2 in Hargeisa 2001
124 Senegal 4 2007
125 Liberia 4 plus 4 repeaters 2007
126 Korea, North 4 includes Korean Central Television, Mansudae Television, Korean Educational and Cultural Network, and Kaesong Television targeting South Korea 2003
127 Ireland 4 many repeaters 2001
128 Gabon 4 plus 4 repeaters 2001
230 Fiji 4 Two Main Free-to-air stations being Fiji One and Mai TV 2008
129 Congo, Democratic Republic of the 4 2001
130 Cocos (Keeling) Islands 4 2007
131 Cayman Islands 4 with cable system 2004
132 Burma 4 2008
133 Brunei 4 includes 2 UHF stations broadcasting a subscription service 2006
134 Bahrain 4 1997
135 Yemen 3 including one Egypt-based station that broadcasts in Yemen; plus several repeaters 2007
136 Tonga 3 2004
137 Togo 3 plus 2 repeaters 1997
138 Tanzania 3 1999
139 Suriname 3 plus 7 repeaters 2000
140 Sudan 3 1997
141 Papua New Guinea 3 One TV station is a fully owned subsidiary of Fiji TV. All in the Port Moresby area; stations at Mt. Hagen, Goroka, Lae, and Rabaul are planned 2004
142 Nigeria 3 the government controls 2 of the broadcasting stations and 15 repeater stations 2001
143 Nicaragua 3 plus 7 repeaters 1997
144 Netherlands Antilles 3 there is also a cable service that supplies programs received from various US satellite networks and 4 Venezuelan channels 2003
145 Micronesia, Federated States of 3 cable TV also available 2004
146 Mayotte 3 2001
147 Guyana 3 1 public station; 2 private stations which relay US satellite services 1997
148 Guam 3 2006
149 Faroe Islands 3 plus 43 repeaters 1995
150 Burkina Faso 3 1 national, 2 pr ivate
151 Bermuda 3 2005
152 Wallis and Futuna 2 2000
153 Sierra Leone 2 1999
154 Seychelles 2 plus 9 repeaters 1997
155 Sao Tome and Principe 2 2001
156 Samoa 2 2002
157 Saint Lucia 2 1 commercial broadcast station and 1 community antenna television or CATV channel 2003
158 Rwanda 2 2004
159 Namibia 2 2007
160 Mauritius 2 plus several repeaters 1997
161 Marshall Islands 2 both are US military stations; Marshalls Broadcasting Service, a cable company, operates on Majuro 2005
162 Mali 2 plus repeaters 2007
163 Jersey 2 1997
164 Haiti 2 plus a cable TV service 1997
165 Grenada 2 1997
166 Falkland Islands 2 British Forces Broadcasting Service provides multi-channel satellite service to members of UK Forces as well as islanders; cable television is available in Stanley 2006
167 Eritrea 2 2006
168 Botswana 2 1 state-owned, 1 pr ivate
169 Bahamas, The 2 2006
171 Antigua and Barbuda 2 1997
172 Vanuatu 1 2004
173 Timor-Leste 1 Timor-Leste has one national public broadcaster NA
174 Singapore 1 broadcasting on six channels; additional reception of numerous UHF and VHF signals originating in Malaysia and Indonesia 2006
175 San Marino 1 San Marino residents also receive broadcasts from Italy 1997
176 Saint Vincent and the Grenadines 1 plus 3 repeaters 2004
177 Saint Kitts and Nevis 1 plus 3 repeaters 2003
178 Qatar 1 plus 3 repeaters 2001
179 Palau 1 cable 2005
180 Northern Mariana Islands 1 on Saipan; in addition, 2 cable services on Saipan provide varied programming from satellite networks 2006
181 Norfolk Island 1 local programming station plus 2 repeaters that air Australian programs by satellite 2005
182 Niue 1 1997
183 Nepal 1 plus 9 repeaters 1998
184 Nauru 1 1997
185 Mozambique 1 2000
186 Montserrat 1 1997
187 Mauritania 1 2002
188 Maldives 1 2006
189 Malawi 1 2001
190 Madagascar 1 plus 36 repeaters 2001
191 Macau 1 2006
192 Lesotho 1 2000
193 Kiribati 1 possibly inactive 2002
194 Vatican City 1 2005
195 Guernsey 1 1997
196 Greenland 1 plus some local low-power stations, and 3 Armed Forces Radio and Television Service stations 1997
197 Gibraltar 1 plus 3 repeaters 1997
198 Gaza Strip 1 2008
199 Gambia, The 1 government-owned 1997
200 Ethiopia 4 plus 24 repeaters 2001
201 Equatorial Guinea 1 2001
202 Dominica 1 2004
203 Djibouti 1 2001
204 Cook Islands 1 outer islands receive satellite broadcasts 2004
205 Congo, Republic of the 1 2001
206 Chad 1 2001
207 Central African Republic 1 2001
208 Cape Verde 1 plus 7 repeaters 2001
209 Cameroon 1 2001
210 Burundi 4 TV Nationale, Renaissance TV, Heritage TV,& Television Salama 2012
211 British Virgin Islands 1 plus 1 cable company 1997
212 British Indian Ocean Territory 1 1997
213 Bhutan 1 2007
214 Barbados 1 plus 2 cable channels 2004
215 Aruba 1 1997
216 Antarctica 1 cable system with 6 channels; American Forces Antarctic Network-McMurdo - information for US bases only 2002
217 Anguilla 1 1997
218 American Samoa 1 2006
219 Wake Island 0 2005
220 Tuvalu 0 2004
221 Turks and Caicos Islands 0 broadcasts received from The Bahamas; 2 cable television networks 2003
222 South Georgia and the South Sandwich Islands 0 2003
223 Saint Pierre and Miquelon 0 2 repeaters rebroadcast programs from France, Canada, and the US 1997
224 Saint Helena 0 3 television channels are received via satellite and distributed by UHF 2005
225 Isle of Man 0 receives broadcasts from the UK and satellite 1999
226 Akrotiri and Dhekelia 0 British Forces Broadcasting Service provides multi-channel satellite service to Akrotiri, Dhekelia, and Nicosia 2006
227 Christmas Island 0 TV broadcasts received via satellite from mainland Australia 2006
228 Andorra 0 1997
229 Comoros NA NA
231 Guinea-Bissau NA 2005
226 Liechtenstein NA linked to Swiss networks 1997
227 Svalbard NA NA
228 Western Sahara 1 there's a TV station in Tindouf, the Refugee Camps' capital NA
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