Kodi: Chinese Language Mandarin Broadcast Status: 2017 July 06
CNTV Live / CCTV, China
- National | no channels working
- Digital: 新科动漫 Animation | working 2017Jul15, the rest are not
- Provincial: few working
山东教育台： 2017Jul15, works
厦门卫视： 2017Jul15, works
香港卫视: HKS, 2017Jul06, works
- City-based: few working
北京： BTV文艺， BTV科教， BTV影视， BTV财经， BTV生活， BTV青少 2017Jul06
福建， 厦门： 2017Jul15 works
内蒙古， 蒙语频道： 2017Jul06 works
四川， 成都新闻集合， 成都公共： 2017Jul15, works
天津， 滨海新闻集合， 滨海综艺频道: 2017Jul15, works
SG!TV > Live, Singapore: All working, Ch5, Ch8 is Mandarin
CCVT Replay: All not working
亚洲电视 Asia TVs
- CCTV: works for 10 secs, then freezes, not enough buffer
- HK / Taiwan > 臺电视新闻 Tai dianshi xinwen, Taiwan news | works
- 本港台1 | HK, usually works
- 香港卫视 | HK HKS Satellite, works
- 香港WOWOW | HK， has Japanese broadcasts, other, but works
- 香港LStime: HK, old, low res Chinese movies, mandarin, Chinese and English subtitles
CCTV Web site: Chinese Language Mandarin Broadcast Status: 2017 July 01
Ch 1， 10, 11, 12社会与法， 13, 15: Geoblocked
Ch 2财经, 3综艺, 4亚洲, 6电影, 7 军事农业， 8电视剧， 9 纪录， 14少儿 | working
My favourite stations are CNTV Live, which has CCTV, which is live broadcast. Some of the National Channels are great. They broadcast in Mandarin.
2017 June 21: CNTV on Kodi has not come through for he last couple of days. I don’t know why. From this 2015 threadI found this IP address 126.96.36.199 used for broadcasts, but it is dead.
Alternates to Kodi: CNTV web site
From this thread I found a direct link to CNTV. It wants you to add a plugin (CNTV Live2 Chrome Live) to Chrome, and then after I reloaded a couple of times was able to watch old versions of CNTV. I could not, however, get it to work realtime. Newer show times resulted in a black screen. Maybe I need more time watching to get used to it. I can receive ch 1, ch 3, the army channel and the kids channel.
Choose the channel on the right side (result is a blank screen), then click one of the huikan 回看. It looks like I can only watch the huikan 回看 (rebroadcast) but not the zhibo 直播 (currently broadcasting). I guess that is Ok. This only works on Chrome with their special CNTV Live2 Chrome Live plugin. There is no equivalent for Firefox and the broadcasts will not play.
As I was watching CNTV on Chrome the prerecorded show video ended, which is Ok, but then Chrome locked up my Ubuntu system! I now do not let the video end, preferring to end it early. I had to hard reboot. Twice. It looks like the CNTV plugin is not stable.
I note that just before one rebroadcast has ended, if you refresh the screen the next video is ready to go. Still, there are gaps in the entertainment broadcast but not in the commercials. The commercials seem to load very quickly and can be fast forwarded and not viewed.
There also seems to be some issues with going full screen and then having the plugin freeze up my Ubuntu system. Going full screen and back has frozen up my PC many times.
Note that at times there is a lot of Chinese propaganda, some subtle and some blatant. Programming can include many songs in a row about beautiful China, which then segways into songs about the Silk Road, China’s new economic plan to reinvigorate trade through to the Middle East. It is best to watch other programs at this time.