TV Systems, Stations and Cable TV in Turkey

Find out what domestic and cable TV channels are available in Turkey, as well as television and radio licence regulations...

The television transmission standard in Turkey is PAL. In order for foreign television sets to work in the country, they should be compatible with this standard. There are three main television/video standards in use throughout the world.

  • NTSC: used in the USA, Canada, Japan and some other countries
  • PAL: used in most of Western Europe, Australasia and South Africa
  • SECAM: used in France, Africa and Eastern Europe

The three systems are not compatible with each other. It is not possible to watch television on an NTSC or SECAM appliance, or to use DVD or video players which are configured for these systems. Multi-standard televisions are compatible with PAL (or NTSC) video recorders, DVD players, games consoles and other video equipment.

Television and Radio in Turkey

Türkiye Radyo ve Televizyon Kurumu (TRT) is the only public broadcasting company in Turkey. It is based in Ankara, the capital. 
As well as Turkish language programmes, it sometimes provides English-language TV and radio channels.

Most of the news on TRT is in Turkish and may be followed by English, German and French. Some Turkish television and radio programmes, including interviews, documentaries, cultural and business programmes, have English or German subtitles. TRT offers a wide range of programmes for children, adolescents and adults.

TRT have a number of radio channels; TRT FM, Radyo 1-3-4, TSR, TRTNa?me, TRT Türkü (traditional music). Even small towns in rural areas can access TRT channels.

Main TV Channels in Turkey

There are dozens of channels for different tastes in Turkey. These channels can also be watched online on their websites. Most of them publish their live-broadcast on their websites or in big daily newspapers. Most of them have radio channels, too.

  • TRT
    Customer Service, Tel: 0312 463 23 30 
    Fax: 0312 463 23 35
  • ATV
    Customer Service, Tel: 0216 474 20 20
  • CNNTURK
    Customer Service, Tel: 0212 413 56 00
  • HaberTurk
    Customer Service, Tel: 0212 313 60 00

It is possible to follow live-radio broadcasts on the Internet.

The Radio and Television Supreme Council (Radyo Televizyon Üst Kurulu - RTÜK) is the regulatory body for broadcasting in Turkey and has the right to ban or censor broadcasts if there is inappropriate or irresponsible content.

  • For further information about the law: Click here

Satellite and Cable TV

The main satellite and cable providers in Turkey are Digiturk and D-Smart.

Both providers have a wide number of channels available including films, series, sport, kids' programmes, news, documentary, entertainment and programmes in HD and 3D. Many channels are available in English, including news, sports and movie channels.

  • For information on the different Digiturk packages and channels available: Click here (in Turkish)
  • For information on the channels available from D-Smart: Click here (in Turkish)

To subscribe to Digiturk, contact the customer centre, Tel: 0212 473 73 73. Alternatively customers can begin the subscription process online. Customers can choose between a number of Digiturk packages each with a monthly fee which can be paid by direct debit, online or at customer service centres.

There is no monthly subscription fee for D-Smart. Customers purchase the set top box and then pay annual renewal fees.

Television Licence

There is no television licence fee in Turkey.