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KBS World
KBS World.svg
Launched July 1, 2003
Owned by KBS
Slogan More than you imagine
Country  South Korea
Indovision Indonesia Channel 353, Subscription Package-Basic (Venus)
Astro (Malaysian satellite television) Malaysia Channel 303, Subscription Package-Basic (Family package)
Cyfra+ Poland Channel 143, Subscription Package-Free-to-air (FTA)
UPC Romania Channel 712 (digital with DVR)
Channel 197 (digital, Subscription Package-Medium, Large)
First Media
Channel 262
Channel 75, Subscription Package-Basic (SelectPlus Prepaid)
StarHub TV
Channel 173, Subscription Package-Basic (Complimentary Channels)
Cable TV Hong Kong
(Hong kong)
Channel 36, Subscription Package-Basic
mio TV
Channel 38

KBS World is an international broadcasting service provided by Korean Broadcasting System. It consists of KBS World Television and KBS World Radio. The broadcasting service is for both Koreans living around the world and local viewers. Its international subsidiaries include KBS Japan and KBS America.

Number of households : Approx. 44.2 million (as of December 2009)[1]



- 2009 -

April 15: KBS America launched its VOD service in the US (

- 2008 -

May 5: DVB System Adopted, Chinese Subtitle Service Started

April 28: KBS World DTH Service Expanded Globally

April 21: KBS World New Website Launched

February 28: KBS World Launched in Indian Market on DD Direct+, the DTH operated by the National Broadcaster Doordarshan

January 4: Spanish Subtitle Service for Latin America Started

- 2007 -

December 3: Indonesian Subtitle Service by OKTN Started

December 1: KBS World Newly Distributed in the South California, U.S.A via Time Warner Cable

May 30: KBS World Advanced into the Chinese Market

January 20: KBS World Newly Distributed in South America via IS-9

- 2006 -

October 1: KBS JAPAN made its entry into the basic cable package of the J:COM (Jupiter Telecommunications Co., Ltd.), the biggest cable provider in Japan

September 7: KBS World began its service in public channels of the Echostar

June 26: KBS World Launched its Free Satellite Service in the Middle East

April 1: KBS Japan started the transmission of KBS World through Sky Perfec TV, the largest pay-TV platform provider in Japan

- 2005 -

December 19: Began to broadcast English News titled <KBS World News Today>

October 19: KBS Japan Established

October 6: KBS World began its service in the nationwide package of the Echostar

- 2004 -

July 15: KBS America Launched

March 1: Increased its viewership to include Southeast Asia

- 2003 -

July 1: KBS World Launched


Content for KBS World comes from KBS' 2 local terrestrial channel, KBS1 and KBS2. Just about all genres of programming can be seen in KBS World television service including News, Dramas, Documentaries, Sports, Children's programming. For most programming, audio is in Korean while around 60% of broadcasting hour is provided with English subtitles. Localized versions such as KBS Japan and KBS America have different programming schedules with KBS Japan also putting Japanese subtitles on programming for almost 90% of broadcasting hour.

Local Partners

As of February 2008, KBS World is accessible to around 40 million viewers around the world in 54 countries. Local cable or DTH satellite service providers carry KBS World as a 24 hour service as part of their channel package. Some of the local partners include:



Dish Network, Time Warner Cable and several local terrestrial networks

  • As of November 1, 2009 KBS World was removed from terrestrial networks in New York and New Jeresy [leaving many viewers unhappy]. KBS World is currently available through terrestrial signal in Los Angeles and San Francisco only. Although a current local advertisement in the San Francisco area mentions that the amount of viewers of KBS World is at "1.5 million" and "still counting", the future of KBS World transmission in California remains uncertain.


KBS World Canada, owned and operated by All TV Inc.; available on Rogers Cable

Hong Kong

Hong Kong Cable TV


Reliance BigTV (DTH satellite)

(KBS World broadcast in India has stopped as of 24 March 2009 due to a contractual issue between KBS and Prasar Bharati)


Indovision, TelkomVision (a Telkom Indonesia subsidiary), First Media


SkyperfecTV, J:Com and several other cable operators


Macau Cable TV


Astro is available on Channel 303


SkyCable (an ABS-CBN subsidiary) and several other cable operators


StarHub TV and mio TV


Kabel BW, NetCologne and several other cable operators




UPC Romania


Türksat (DTH satellite)

Latin America

Cable Operators from 11 countries, which are Costa Rica, Guatemala, Dominican Republic, Honduras, Argentina, Chile, Ecuador, El Salvador, Paraguay, Peru & Bolivia

Middle East

Orbit (DTH satellite)

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