antv was launched on 1 March 1993 as a local television station in Lampung province. In the same month it was awarded a government license for nationwide broadcasting, and moved its studio to Jakarta. The first programming it produced itself was live buletin actual segment main news report journal services information coverage of the general session of the People's Consultative Assembly on 1 March 1993.

On 30 April 2006, Rupert Murdoch's Asian broadcaster News Corporation bought a 20% stake in antv (split from TV7). Indonesia law, foreign companies can only have a 20% stake in local media companies and antv has 24 relay stations covering 155 cities across Indonesia. It reaches 130 million people.