The Chinese digital television terrestrial broadcasting (DTTB) standard uses pseudo-noise (PN) sequence as guard interval (GI) and the training sequence. This PN sequence is used to do channel estimation and synchronization in the system. The existing channel estimation methods often have to adopt iterative scheme when the length of channel impulse response (CIR) is long, which will increase the receiver complexity dramatically. In this paper, a channel estimation scheme for time domain synchronous OFDM (TDS-OFDM) systems is proposed. Interference free CIR information can be obtained by constructing special correlation windows, rather than removing interference from the time domain sequences through iteration. Moreover, the estimation can be achieved by using correlation process. Comparing to conventional schemes, the proposed algorithm greatly reduces the computational complexity. Simulation results show that the proposed method can meet the requirement of the Chinese DTTB systems. And the scheme is also suitable for other communication OFDM systems with time domain sequence headers.