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KT SkyLife
Type Public
Industry Telecommunication Media
Founded 2001
Headquarters 918-1 Mok-dong, Yangcheon-gu, Seoul, South Korea
Key people Mongryong Lee CEO
Products Direct broadcast satellite
Pay TV services & Programming
Employees 283 (as of 31 December 2010)
Parent KT Corporation
Website www.skylife.co.kr

KT Skylife (Korean: KT스카이라이프) is a satellite broadcasting provider in South Korea. It is a subsidiary of KT Corporation.

Brief history[edit]

  • December 19, 2000 - The South Korean government decided to create an official satellite television provider (KT-lead KDB Consortium).
  • March 30, 2001 - The company was founded.
  • March 1, 2002 - Officially began to provide satellite broadcasting service.
  • December 24, 2002 - Total number of subscribers exceeded 500,000.
  • May 21, 2003 - Interactive television and Dolby 5.1 surround sound capabilities provided for the first time in South Korean television.
  • September 29, 2003 - HDTV services and the SkyHD channel launched.
  • October 28, 2003 - TV SMS services launched.
  • November 1, 2003 - T-Commerce service launched.
  • November 3, 2003 - Total number of subscribers exceeded 1 million.
  • March 24, 2004 - Interactive election broadcasting service provided for the first time in Korea.
  • April 11, 2005 - TV ordering service launched for the first time in Korea.
  • May 3, 2005 - TV Banking service launched for the first time in Korea.
  • January 25, 2006 - BBC World News launched.
  • June 14, 2006 - FIFA World Cup Germany 2006 rebroadcast in North Korea.
  • November 20, 2006 - SkyPVR personal video recording service launched for the first time in Korea.
  • December 31, 2006 - Number of subscribers amounted to 1.96 million, resulting in yearly profit of 3.6 billion won.
  • February 24, 2007 - Number of subscribers reached 2 million.
  • May 23, 2007 - SkyEnglishWorld English language channels only package released.
  • April 1, 2008 - H.264 HD service launched
  • January 1, 2009 - SkyEn, exclusive channel for men entertainment, was launched.
  • March 5, 2009 - Discovery HD World launched.
  • July 1, 2009 - Qook TV Skylife, joint service with Saterlite broadcast and IPTV's VOD, launched.
  • January 1, 2010 - Sky3D, first 3D channel service in Korea, was launched.
  • March 25, 2011 - Number of subscribers reached 3 million.
  • March 29, 2011 - The company renamed from Korea Digital Satellite Broadcasting to KT Skylife because KT became the largest shareholder and took control of the company.
  • May 30, 2011 - The KTSkylife New Channel This-colaunched 2011.
  • July 31, 2011 - HDChannel 101Channels,New launched 2011(Channel One|Entertainment,SBS-CNBC|News)
  • December 31, 2011 - Entertainment Channel New 2011 Skyrainbow High-def launched
  • January 1, 2012 - Channel IT, Data Channel For Korean, launched.
  • July 1, 2012 - Ch.N,The M Relaunched

Channels[edit]

Total 200 channels as of April 2008 (92 Video Channels/41 Audio Channels/20 Interactive Channels)

(full 'list of channels' on Skylife will upload soon. These channels are the sneak preview of it)International Network(Asia Package)

For full channel number listing and click here

Source: SkyLife Official Homepage

Investments[edit]

Based on the data of March 31, 2011.[1]

  • KT 52.93%
  • KT Network 0.12%
  • KBS 7.17%
  • MBC 4.30%
  • Others 35.47%

References[edit]

  1. ^ List of shareholders of SkyLife(Korean), taken from their official homepage.

External links[edit]