KBS World (TV channel)

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KBS World
KBS World (2009).svg
Launched July 1, 2003
Owned by Korean Broadcasting System
Picture format 480i (SDTV 16:9)
1080i (HDTV)
Slogan More Than You Imagine
Country South Korea
Language Korean
English (for subtitling formal English news television channel branding and the KBS World News television programme)
Broadcast area International
Sister channel(s) KBS 1TV
Website kbsworld.kbs.co.kr
Astro (Malaysia) Channel 391 (SD)
Channel 392 (HD)
Kristal-Astro (Brunei) Channel 391 (SD)
Channel 392 (HD)
NJOI (Malaysia and Brunei) Channel 391 (SD)
TrueVisions (Thailand) Channel 232 (HD)
Channel 245 (SD)
Cignal Digital TV (Philippines) Channel 170 (SD)
StarHub TV (Singapore) Channel 815
Sky Cable (Philippines) Channel 75 (Digital)
Cablelink (Philippines) Channel 71 (Digital)
Destiny Cable (Philippines) Channel 75 (Digital)
Channel 118 (Analog)
Surigao Cable TV (Philippines) Channel 67
NetCologne (Germany) Channel 551 (HD)
South Luzon CATV (Philippines) Channel TBA
Astro B.yond (Malaysia) Channel 392 (HD On Demand)
Mio TV (Singapore) Channel 376 (HD) (English)
Channel 523 (HD) (Chinese)
Channel 606 (HD) (Malay)
now TV (Hong Kong) Channel 156
Etisalat eLife (United Arab Emirates) Channel 1066 (HD)

KBS World is a South Korean television channel operated by Korean Broadcasting System aimed at international audiences outside South Korea. It was launched on July 1, 2003 and mainly broadcast in Korean, but subtitles in English, Chinese and Malay are also provided. The HD version of the channel started broadcasting on September 3, 2012 for the regions of Asia,Western Europe, Africa and Oceania. The SD version will still be available for the regions that are not affected by the change.[1]

Apart from the signals from Seoul, there are three separate services operated by KBS's subsidiaries for specific market: the Japanese version of KBS World, operated by KBS Japan, targets Japanese audiences, the Indonesian version of KBS World, operated by OKTN, targets Indonesian audiences, while the American version of KBS World, operated by KBS America, targets Koreans in North and South America.


Programs on KBS World are sourced from KBS's two domestic television services; KBS1 and KBS2. Just about all genres of programming can be seen in KBS World television service including news, dramas, documentaries and children's programming. Broadcasts mostly in Korean, it also shows an English language news bulletin, KBS World News Today, on weekdays, and other original productions like The Three Colors of Korea.

Sister channels[edit]

KBS World operates two sister channels:

  • KBS World 24 airs news and documentaries without English subtitles.
  • KBS World Latino, set up by KBS America, airs entertainment content subtitled or dubbed into Latin Spanish.

Local Partners[edit]

As of December 2009, KBS World is accessible to around 40 million viewers around the world in 71 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:

Broadcasting country Type Platform Channel name Ch # Packages Category Subscribers(households) Coverage Notes
United States Satellite DIRECTV KBS America 2082 Public 14.1 million homes(or 40 million viewers)- as of March 1, 2010 [1] Nationwide(USA) AMERICA'S TOP 120 package has only 2 Asian channels.(KBS,CCTV)
United States Satellite DIRECTV KBS America 2082 Public Nationwide(USA)
USA Cable Time Warner Cable KBS America 159 Choice Tier [2] Southern California 216 cities(Los Angeles, Orange County,[3] Hollywood[4], Beverly Hills[5] ...etc.)USA
USA Cable Cox Cable KBS America 473 Free TV Pak [6] Palos Verdes, CA (USA)
USA Cable Cox Cable KBS America 473 Free TV Pak [7] Orange County, CA (USA)
USA Cable Comcast KO-AM TV [8] 257 Seattle, WA(USA)
USA Cable Cox Cable WKTV-KBS [9] 450 International Tier [10] Fairfax County, VA(USA)
USA Cable Comcast WKTVX-KBS 668 [11] Montgomery County, Baltimore County,[12] MD(USA)
USA Cable Time Warner Cable MKTV(Media Korea)[13] 532(TWC) DTValue (TWC Package)[14] New York City/New Jersey (USA)
USA Cable Cablevision MKTV(Media Korea)[15] 261(CV)[16] New York City/New Jersey (USA)
USA Cable Charter Communications KTN [17] 101, 102 Ch. 101(LaGrange

, Athens- Digital Basic), Ch. 102(Gwinnett County , Smyrna-Digital Basic)[18]

Metro Atlanta, GA (USA)
USA Terrestrial television(over-the-air television) WKTB-LD KTN, KBS (480i) 47.2 Free, a digital converter set top box and antenna may be necessary Metro Atlanta-KTN Channel 47(W47DN), a 10KW digital channel is an over the air channel which has a coverage area reaching from Gwinnett to Fulton and from Cobb to Dekalb.[19], GA (USA)
USA Terrestrial television(over-the-air television) KICU KBS World 36.2; Comcast cable channel 197 Free, a digital converter set top box and antenna may be necessary; Free on Comcast San Francisco, CA(USA)
USA Cable Time Warner Cable KBS America 80 Standard Service (Digital)/Included w/All Digital Svcs-Basic [20] Hawaii(USA) Has an ad sales partnership with KBFD-DT/Honolulu
Japan Satellite SKY PerfecTV KBS World 656-HD, 791-SD Valuable Pack(Basic)-¥4,700/mo [21] FOREIGN DRAMA & VARIETY 2.56 million [22] Nationwide(Japan) Sky Perfect TV is the largest satellite provider in Japan [23] Valuable Pack's only one ASIAN-origins of foreign-Channels(KBS World)
Japan Cable J:COM KBS World 756 (Basic)[24] Entertainment and Culture 3.27 million [25] Nationwide 40 cities [26](Japan) Jupiter Telecommunications (J:COM), Japan's Largest Cable Operator [27]
Japan Cable JCN(Japan CableNet), a majority-owned unit of KDDI Corp KBS World 313 デジ ックス(Digital max)¥4,800/mo [28] Entertainment 900,000 subscribers(as of the end of September 2009)[29] 20 cities [30] Tokyo,Osaka...etc.(Japan) Japan Cablenet, is the second-biggest cable provider in Japan [31]
Japan Broadband ひかりTV(Hikari TV)-NTT's Hikari-TV network [32] KBS World 552-HD, 883-SD ベーシックチャンネル(Basic channel)[33] Entertainment 700,000 subscribers(27.05.09)[34] Nationwide(Japan) Nippon Telegraph and Telephone Corporation (日本電信電話株式会社), commonly known as NTT, is a telephone company that dominates the telecommunication market in Japan. NTT is the largest telecommunications company in Asia, and the second-largest in the world in terms of revenue.[2]
Japan Broadband BBTV- Yahoo Japan Broadband [35] KBS World 210 [36] Entertainment Nationwide(Japan)
Japan Cable MCN-Miyazaki(宮 崎)Cable TV KBS World 51 [37] (Basic)¥3,990/mo [38] Entertainment Miyazaki(Japan)
Japan Cable STARCAT CABLE NETWORK KBS World 311 [39] Nagoya(Japan)
Japan Cable Komadori cable KBS World 301 digital plan ¥4,200/mo [40] Nara(奈 良縣)(Japan)
Japan Cable KCN Kyoto KBS World 301 [41] digital plus ¥4,095/mo [42] Kyoto(京都)(Japan)
Japan Cable Baycom TV KBS World HD 547 [43] Baycom TV HDTV(Basic) ¥3,045/mo [44] Osaka(大阪)[45](Japan)
Japan Cable Itscom KBS World 301 Mini pak(option), Max pak(Basic)[46] Tokyo, Kanagawa (Japan)
Japan Cable Honjo TV KBS World 276 (Basic)[47] Entertainment Honjō, Saitama (Japan)
Japan Cable Cable TV Adachi KBS World 791 (Basic)[48] 海外ドラマ・バラエティ・韓流 ¥4,400/mo [49] Adachi, Tokyo(Japan)
Japan Cable JCTV KBS World 791 (Basic)[50] Drama ¥3,990/[51] Tokushima德島(Japan)
Japan Cable Lucky-town TV KBS World 14 (Basic) ¥4,200/mo [52] Foreign Language Kuwana, Mie桑名市 [53](Japan)
Japan Cable K-CAT KBS World 791 (Basic)[54] Foreign Language ¥4,515/mo [55] Osaka, Hyogo, Kyoto, Siga, Nara, Wakayama[56](Japan)
Japan Cable eonet KBS World HD C890 CS digital(Basic)[57] Osaka(Japan)
China Satellite SINOSAT KBS World Nationwide(China) China curbs all foreign TV channels [58] KBS only in Hotels and other designated areas [59]
Hong kong IPTV Now TV KBS World 156 Foreign Language Nationwide(Hong Kong)
Macau Cable Macau Cable TV KBS World 180 Basic Service [60] International Macau
Malaysia Satellite Astro KBS World 391(SD)
All sub [61](FREE channels with any subscription) Preview Channels – available to all subscribers for a certain time period 68.875 million [62] Nationwide(Malaysia) Astro, Malaysia's largest pay-television operator(represents 88.91% of Malaysian TV homes)[63]
Brunei Satellite Kristal-Astro KBS World 391(SD)
All sub [64](FREE channels with any subscription) Preview Channels – available to all subscribers for a certain time period Nationwide(Brunei)
Singapore Cable StarHub TV KBS World 173→115(30 April 2010)StarHub TV All sub(Complimentary International Channels)[65] FREE channels with any StarHub TV subscription 524,000 [66] Nationwide(Singapore) StarHub is Singapore's largest pay TV operator(90 per cent market share)[67]
Singapore IPTV mio TV KBS World 523 Nationwide(Singapore) mio TV is a 24-hours pay-TV service, introduced by SingTel
Singapore Mobile TV-(Cell phone) SingTel-(Singapore Telecommunications Limited) KBS World - Free viewing of four channels from MobileTV’s Entertainment Pack, including MediaCorp Channel 8 Prime Time and KBS World [68] Nationwide(Singapore)
Thailand Cable TCTA KBS World ? Basic Service [69] 2.5 million(households) or 12 million viewers [70] Nationwide(Thailand) TCTA(Thailand Cable TV Association) is an association of more than 250 local operators [71]
Sri Lanka Cable PEO TV KBS World 87
Indonesia Satellite Indovision KBS World 353 Venus(Basic)- Rp. 149.000/mo [72] Nationwide(Indonesia)
Indonesia Cable First Media KBS World 262 HomeCable family(Basic)- Rp. 60/mo [73] Jabotabek,(the Jakarta metropolitan area) and Surabaya(Indonesia) PT First Media Tbk (First Media), the largest state-of-the-art broadband network provider in Indonesia [74]
Philippines Cable Sky Cable KBS World 75 Silver(Basic)[75] Foreign Language Channels Nationwide(Philippines) Sky Cable is the largest cable TV company in the Philippines
Philippines Satellite Cignal KBS World 170 Prepaid Plan 1000 and Postpaid Plan 990 and up Foreign Language Channels Nationwide(Philippines)
Vietnam Cable Hanoicab KBS World Tin tức tổng hợp quốc tế(General International)[76] Hanoi(Vietnam)
Vietnam Cable SCTV KBS World 64 Bảng kênh Truyền hình Analog(Analog television channels)[77] Giải trí Tổng hợp - Hàn Quốc(General Entertainment - South Korea) Ho Chi Minh City(Vietnam)
Cambodia Cable CCTV KBS World 58 (Basic)[78] Phnom Penh(Cambodia)
India Satellite Reliance BIG TV KBS World 255 Bronze Plus Pack-Rs 165/mo(incl tax)[79] Nationwide(India) Bronze Pack is available till 31 March 2010.
Russia Cable АКАДО-Столица(Akado Comcor TV) KBS World 94 [80] Микс(Basic pakage) RUB290/mo [81] Микс Package offers 96 channels [82] 1 million [83] Moscow, Zelenograd and Lubertsy(Russia) AKADO, Moscow's second largest cable services provider with an audience upward of 800,000 people in Moscow and the Moscow region.(20% market share)[84], currently(as of 2010) 980,000 subscribers [85]
Kazakhstan Cable Alma TV KBS World ? СТАНДАРТ(Standard)[86] National Almaty(Kazakhstan)
Kyrgyzstan Cable Ala TV KBS World 46 Digital(Standard)[87] International Bishkek (Kyrgyzstan)
Romania Cable UPC Romania KBS World 197 Subscription Package: Medium, Large (List of channels on UPC Romania (Standard Digital)) Nationwide-UPC Romania operates in nine of the 12 largest cities in the country, including Bucharest.


UPC Romania is the 2nd largest cable television operator in Romania
Slovakia IPTV Slovak Telekom(T-Com) KBS World Additional TV channel packages(Medium packages)[88] Nationwide(Slovakia)
Poland Satellite Cyfra+ KBS World 143 Free-to-air (FTA) General 1 million Nationwide(Poland) Platform's only ASIAN Channels (Cyfra+)
Bulgaria Cable Cabletel KBS World Digital package(Pack 16)[89] 1 million [90] Nationwide(Bulgaria) CableTEL is the largest cable television operator in Bulgaria [91]
Germany Cable Martens TV KBS World Digital Basis(Digital Basic)[92] Sprachen Paket6(Languages Package6) Hamburg(Germany)
Germany Cable NetCologne KBS World Vision Basis [93] Vollprogramm(General) Wirtschaftsraum Köln/Bonn, d.h. die Stadt Köln und umliegende Gemeinden (Städte Hürth, Brühl, Frechen, Bergisch Gladbach), Rhein-Erft-Kreis, Leverkusen, Rhein-Sieg-Kreis, Bonn, Lohmar, Rösrath, Overath, teilweise Bensberg; Euskirchen.[94]


France IPTV Free (ISP) KBS World 609 Nationwide(France) Free is by far the largest IPTV carrier in the World [95]
Greece IPTV ON tv KBS World 57 Channels for the whole family(Ελεύθερα κανάλια- free channels)[96] EURO 15.25/mo [97] Nationwide(Greece) All above TV channels, as well as all the main Greek ones, including digital terrestrial (CINE+, SPOR+, PRISMA+, RΙΚ), are provided free of charge.[98]
Turkey Cable Türksat(Tele dünya) KBS World 84 TELEDÜNYA TEMEL PAKET(BASIC PACKAGE)[99] (Ayda Sadece 9,5 TL- Turkish lira- 9.5/mo)[100] FOREIGN MISCELLANEOUS Nationwide(Turkey)
Bolivia Cable Cotas Cable KBS World 362 Basic [101] International Santa Cruz, Warnes, Cotoca, La Guardia, El Torno [102](Bolivia)
United Arab Emirates IPTV Etisalat eLife KBS World HD 1066 All packages Asian Nationwide (UAE)


As of 2015 KBS World TV provides a live stream, 24 hours a day- 7 days a week, on its official YouTube channel, KBS World TV. Additionally it maintains a library of past programmes to watch on demand. On March 12, 2018, KBS World TV YouTube channel stopped broadcasting in North America and some other countries.

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