Today in this article we will discuss about the television status in Nepal. First of all let us have a brief introduction about television and its origin. According to Wikipedia a television is a machine with a screen. Televisions receive broadcasting signals and turn them into pictures and sound. Television was invented in 1920s but was expensive and the picture quality was poor. By 1950s these problems were fixed and Television became widespread. However in Nepal the TV broadcasting was started from 1985 A.D (2041 B.S). Nepal Television(NTV) was the first Television Channel in Nepal, which was initiated by the then King Birendra Bir Bikram Shah, with the budget of 1 million under the leadership of Nir Shah.
The history of Television in Nepal started after the establishment of Nepal Television(NTV) in 2041 B.S(1985 A.D). The Test Transmission of NTV started on 2042 Shrawan 29 and the regular transmission was started from 2042 Mangshir. In the early time the broadcast was limited to kathmandu valley in a limited time and the program in the early days includes documentation about king birendra, royal visit to australia, Gangajamuna, Hijo ajako kura, moomin, Ramayan, Mahabharan e.t.c. Today Nepal Television which is the official television of Nepal is operating 24/7 and has various branch Televisions i.e. NTV National, NTV Plus, NTV Kohalpur and NTV News. Moving on let us have a look at a popular Television Broadcast Channel in Nepal.
List Of Popular Television Broadcast Channels In Nepal
1) Nepal Television
Nepal Television is the first Television Broadcast Channel In Nepal. It was started in 1985 with few hours of Transmission. As per Nepal Television official website, Nepal Television serves over 72 percent of the population with terrestrial reach over 50 Percent of the landmass in Nepal. It has 19 transmission relay stations across the country and is only channel that can be watched with simple antennas with free of cost. Similarly all of the NTV associated channels , i.e. NTV, NTV Plus, NTV News, and NTV kohalpur can be watched across the world through satellite, and online through www.ntc.org.np. It is located at Singhdurbar, Kathmandu, Nepal. for more information please visit : http://ntv.org.np/
2) Kantipur Television
Kantipur Television is another most popular television broadcast channel in Nepal. Kantipur Television was established in July 2002. It can be said that Kantipur television was successful in breaking the monopoly of government-owned Nepal Television. Kantipur Media Group is located at Central Business Park, Thapathali, Kathmandu, Nepal. The chairperson and managing director is Kailash Sirohiya. Although Kantipur Television have run next sister channel called Kantipur Gold from February 2015 , this channel was stopped from December 2016.The picture format of Kantipur Television is 16:9(720p, HDTV) and can be watched live from http://ktv.ekantipur.com/live . for more information please visit http://kmg.com.np/kantipur-television/ .
3) AP1 Television
AP1 Television is another most popular television broadcast channel in Nepal.According to wikipedia, It is owned by Annapurna Broadcast Media Pvt. Ltd. sister organization of Annapurna Media Network or 3NI. It was launched in March 31 2017. The chairman is Captain Rameshwor Thapa. AP1 Television gained popularity very quickly because of its program quality and first ever international franchise show Nepal Idol. Besides, It is Nepal first Satellite HD Television. AP1 TV has already hosted some popular international Franchise which are: Nepal Idol, Boogie Woogie, Ko Banchha Corepati and Nepals got Talent.
4) Himalaya Television
Himalaya Television is another most popular television broadcast channel in Nepal. According to wikipedia, it was founded in 2010, and is a priate owned television company of Nepal. It has the state-of-art digital broadcasting equipment for production, post-production and broadcasting. From july 2018, Himalaya television has been officially acquired by OnlineKhabar which is the most popular online news portal in Nepal. To know about the list of popular online news portal in nepal, please follow the following link: Link . The chairperson of Himalaya Television is Mr. DharmaRaj Bhusal and Mr. Shyam Kadel is the executive director of Himalaya Television.
5) News 24 Television
News 24 Television is another most popular television broadcast channel in Nepal. As the name suggests News 24 Television continuously broadcast news. It is owned by Nepal Broadcasting Channel Private Limited (NBC) . It has its coorporate office at Panipokhari, Kathmandu.
Beside these there are various other broadcasting channels offering continuous service to the citizens of nepal. Thank you for reading this article. Please do comment what you think about the status of television broadcast channels in Nepal.