CCTV-5 Broadcast Schedule

Update, April 25, 2007: Yes, I know you’re looking for the NBA playoff schedule. :)

The one piece of good news is that the CCTV-5 schedule doesn’t translate “NBA” into Chinese, so if you’re not a Chinese speaker, you can still kind-of figure out when basketball games will be broadcast. The URL for all of this is – so if you just tweak the “20070428″ to be whatever date you’re looking for (remembering that China time is twelve hours ahead of the U.S. east coast during U.S. daylight savings time) and look for the magic letters “NBA,” you’ll get there. Eventually. Sigh.


Update, January 2007: As you can see from the schedule below, it was all World Cup, all the time last June and July. (I still can’t get over the flatscreen TV’s in every McDonald’s I saw on the mainland, always playing the action from CCTV-5′s coverage so you didn’t have to miss a single kick to get your burger.) For ongoing CCTV schedules, the website is, but of course it’s all in Chinese. I’ve just switched from using a PC to a Mac and I’m working on getting the Chinese script on the website to talk to my computer so that it doesn’t look like this: $%^%^&*(&())(*_)(_* – and as soon as I can figure out whether somebody out there in Internet land has had the wherewithal to translate CCTV’s schedule into English, I’ll post it here.


CCTV’s dedicated World Cup website can be found here. The game schedule for the round robin portion of the tournament on the CCTV site can be found here. CCTV’s broadcast schedule for the World Cup can be found here. The schedule is surprisingly easy to follow for non-Chinese readers: 月 (“yue”) means “month” and æ—¥ (“ri”) means “date.” If you’ve got that much Chinese, and you know your favorite team’s country flag, the CCTV schedule is entirely intelligible. Have fun!


More NBA on CCTV-5: Wednesday, May 31 at 9 a.m. (Dallas-Phoenix Game 4). No other NBA games are scheduled to be broadcast on CCTV-5 for the remainder of the week (June 1-4) according to CCTV-5′s online schedule, but of course that schedule is always subject to change.


NBA games will be broadcast on CCTV-5 on Sunday, May 28 (listed time: 9:00 a.m. China standard time), and Monday, May 29 (Suns-Mavericks, 8:30 a.m. according to an announcement during their 5/27 broadcast).


NBA games scheduled for broadcast the week of May 22-28 will be posted as soon as the CCTV-5 website is updated. As of 11 a.m. on Monday, May 22, we’re still waiting…

NBA Games scheduled for broadcast on CCTV-5 (translated from the CCTV-5 programming Web page). All times listed in China Standard Time (12 hours ahead of Eastern U.S. daylight savings time):

Sunday, May 14 – 9:00 a.m.

Tuesday, May 16 – 9:00 a.m. (During the Sunday broadcast they announced a start time of 9:30 a.m.; however, the published schedule says 9:00 a.m.)

Wednesday, May 17 – 9:00 a.m.

Saturday, May 20 – 9:00 a.m.

Sunday, May 21 – 9:00 a.m.


With apologies for the lack of aesthetics on this page, we’ll be posting upcoming broadcast schedules for CCTV-5, especially the NBA playoff schedule. Students in my Introduction to Sports Journalism course at Shantou University took time today to translate the schedule for today, May 12, 2006. More schedules to follow. ~ Nicole

Friday, May 12

05:00 Mystery All-Stars

06:00 Morning Dance

06:30 Good Morning China

07:00 Sports News

07:30 Good Morning China (repeat)

08:00 Sports News

08:30 Sports On Earth: Buddhist Monks Play Football

08:55 Football Night

10:55 Taped Coverage: 2006 World Cup of Polo Finals (Malaysia)

12:00 Sports Journal

12:30 World Cup Palace: Italy vs. Germany (1982)

14:05 Sports On Earth: Buddhist Monks Play Football

14:30 Taped Coverage: 2006 Vinda National Bowling Club Tournament (Shanghai)

16:00 Live Coverage: 2006 Bubugao National Women’s Volleyball Championships – Zhejiang vs. South

18:00 Sports News

18:55 March Towards Germany (World Cup)

19:25 Basketball Park

21:30 Sports World

22:05 Auto Racing Times

23:00 “San Wei Liao Zhai”

23:30 Sports Report (Part 1)

23:52 Sports Report (Part 2)

00:05 Featured Event (Live Broadcast): 2006 ATP Men’s Tennis Masters Series (Rome) – Quarterfinals