Arirang (TV network)

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Arirang
Arirang.svg
Launched 1996[1]
Network Korea International Broadcasting Foundation
Owned by N/A (not deemed w/ interconnecetion of MBC)
Slogan Korea's Global TV
Korea's Multilingual TV
Your Everything Solutions
Growing Green
Asia's Heartbeat
Country South Korea
Broadcast area Worldwide
Headquarters Seoul, South Korea
Website Official Site
Availability
Satellite
Astra 19.2 (FTA) 11.509Ghz Vertical
Hot Bird (FTA) 11.623Ghz Vertical
Intelsat 19 (FTA) 3.815Ghz Vertical and 12.557GHz Horitzontal
Intelsat 20 (FTA) 4.054Ghz Vertical
Intelsat 21 (FTA) 3.88Ghz Vertical
SkyLife (South Korea) Channel 153
SamaCom (Middle East) Channel 153
Dish Network (US) Channel 705
Indovision (Indonesia) Channel 351
ClaroTv (Perú) Channel 154
Cignal Digital TV (Philippines) Channel 82
Dream Satellite TV (Philippines) Coming Soon
DirecTV (US) Channel 2095
Cable
Royal Cable (Philippines) Channel 53
Cable Star Iloilo (Philippines) Channel 53
SkyCable (Philippines) Channel 147 (Digital)
Cablelink (Philippines) Channel 68
StarHub TV (Singapore) Channel 146
First Media (Indonesia) Channel 253
HTVC (Vietnam) Channel 58
TelkomVision (Indonesia) Channel ??
Cable TV Hong Kong (Hong Kong) Channel 149
Gigacable Aguascalientes (México) Channel 27
Parasat Cable TV (Philippines) Channel 108
Destiny Cable (Philippines) Channel 73
TBC (Taiwan) Channel 222
newTV (Taiwan) Channel 404
Cablevision (Argentina) Channel 563
Comcast (US) Channel 667
Verizon FiOs (US) Channel 229
IPTV
True IPTV (Thailand) Channel 17
CHT MOD (Taiwan) Channel 112
Large, gray, glass-fronted building
Arirang Tower in Seocho-gu, Seoul, South Korea

Arirang TV (Korean: 아리랑 TV; Arirang tibui) is an international English-language network based in Seoul, South Korea operated by the Korea International Broadcasting Foundation. The channel presents programs (including cultural features, documentaries and language programs) designed to give viewers a contemporary, accurate look at Korea, Asia and the world. The network's name, "Arirang", is derived from the traditional Korean folk song of the same name.[2]

Overview[edit]

Founded in 1996, the network airs news, cultural programs, educational shows and documentaries.[3]

Among the network's longest-running shows is Arirang News, Showbiz Korea, Pops in Seoul and Heart to Heart. Arirang News is a current-affairs show providing coverage of domestic and international news. From Diplomacy Lounge and the talk show Heart to Heart seeing the country through the eyes of foreign diplomats and visiting international newsmakers. Although government-affiliated, Arirang retains independent-programming rights. The network airs programming about other countries, for culturally-diverse content; this includes culinary shows about global cuisines and public-service announcements in conjunction with UNICEF to combat world hunger.[4]

Operated by the Korea International Broadcasting Foundation, Arirang broadcasts three channels: Arirang World, Arirang Korea and Arirang Arab. The network offers subtitles in a number of languages, including Arabic, Chinese and Spanish. On March 3, 2008, Arirang TV added three more languages: Russian, Vietnamese and Indonesian. The network is free-to-air in much of Europe (except Finland),[5] North America, Asia (except Korea), Australia and the Pacific region via Astra 1E, Hotbird 3, Intelsat (PAS) 2, 8, 9 and 10 and Arabic feed in Asiasat 3s and Badr4. Arirang Korea feed is now available in Koreasat 3 via the SkyLife DTH service.

Milestones[edit]

  • 10 April 1996: Korea International Broadcasting Foundation founded
  • 3 February 1997: Arirang TV domestic broadcasting launched
  • 22 October 1998: Arirang TV is designated the main operating body for overseas broadcasting by the Ministry of Culture, Sports and Tourism
  • 16 December 1998: Media Exporting Center established
  • 12 August 1999: Arirang TV begins broadcasting in Asia-Pacific region
  • 10 January 2000: Translation and Interpretation Center established
  • 26 September 2000: Arirang TV begins broadcasting to Europe, Africa and the Americas
  • 2 March 2001: Arirang TV Media founded
  • 17 October 2001: Dish Network begins retransmitting Arirang TV in the US
  • 2 March 2002: Skylife begins transmitting Arirang TV in Korea
  • 1 September 2003: FM Radio launched in Jeju Province
  • 1 August 2004: Arirang TV available on every continent
  • 20 August 2004: Arabic service launched in the Arab region
  • 1 December 2004: TPS begins retransmitting Arirang TV in France
  • 27 June 2005: Arirang TV adopts new logo
  • 1 September 2005: Satellite digital multimedia broadcasting begun
  • 1 December 2005: Terrestrial digital multimedia broadcasting begun
  • 1 April 2006: Astra begins retransmitting Arirang TV in western Europe
  • 1 September 2006: "Arirang Cast" internet broadcasting service begins
  • 1 June 2009: Launched digital terrestrial TV in New York and Atlanta
  • 1 October 2009: Arirang TV launches IPTV service in Korea
  • 19 February 2014: DirecTV begins retransmitting Arirang TV in the US

Arirang Radio[edit]

Arirang Radio was founded by the Korea International Broadcasting Foundation in 1996.

Milestones[edit]

  • 10 April 1996: Korea Broadcasting Foundation founded
  • 3 February 1997: Arirang TV domestic broadcasting launched
  • 13 December 2002: Arirang FM broadcast clearance issued
  • 1 September 2003: Arirang FM broadcasting launched
  • 10 October 2003: Broadcast day expanded to 22 hours
  • 1 September 2005: SDMB (satellite digital multimedia broadcasting) launched; broadcast day extended to 24 hours
  • 1 December 2005: Terrestrial digital multimedia broadcasting launched[6][7]

Criticism[edit]

Arirang TV is seen as "biased and unrealistic" in its coverage of South Korea (many programs alleged propaganda similar to China's CCTV-9), and has been known to censor negative views of South Korea.[8][9]

References[edit]

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