Sky Link TV
|Sky Link TV|
|Owned by||Guangzhou Media American Co, Ltd.|
|Picture format||720 x 480 (SDTV)/1280 x 720 (HDTV)|
|Slogan||Leading with Passion|
|Broadcast area||North America|
500 Montelbello Blvd.
Rosemead, CA 91770
|UHF 44.3 (KXLA, Los Angeles)|
|UHF 44.4 (KXLA, Los Angeles)|
|UHF 4.2 (KRON, San Francisco)|
|Dish Network 9956|
|Dish Network 9957|
|Time Warner 1415|
|Charter Spectrum 353|
|Xfinity 193 (SF Bay Area)|
Sky Link TV (Chinese:天下衛視; pinyin:Tiān Xià Wèi Shì; Cantonese Yale: Tin1 Ha6 Wai6 Si6) is the first 24/7 Chinese satellite TV station in the United States. Sky Link TV currently has three channels airing Mandarin and Cantonese programs individually. These programs include headline news, dramas, variety and entertainment shows, sports shows, auto shows, music shows, cooking shows, educational features and documentaries.
- 1 History
- 2 Channels
- 3 Programming
- 4 References
- 5 External links
In 1989, a Taiwanese American financial group founded North America Television (NATV) in Los Angeles. California. It was the first 24 hours Chinese television company headquartered in the United States.
In December 2001, North America Television changed its name to Global Communication Group, Inc. It started doing business as Sky Link TV. Sky Link TV provided the Chinese community with family oriented Asian programming from China, Hong Kong, Taiwan, and Korea in the languages of Cantonese and Mandarin. It became one of the most popular Chinese television stations in Southern California.
On November 5, 2012, Sky Link TV launched its second channel: an over-the-air Cantonese TV Channel (UHF 44.4), thus became the first TV Station broadcasting in both Mandarin and Cantonese in the United States 24/7.
On May 15, 2014, Sky Link TV launched its third channel: UHF 44.3 which provide programs in Mandarin.
In 2015, Sky Link TV expanded its coverage to Northern California by launching a new over-the-air station in San Francisco: KRON 4.2. It serves Chinese speaking viewers in the Bay Area. 4.2 has the widest coverage in the Bay Area, covering all major cities in the San Francisco-Oakland-San Jose television market. 4.2 launched on September 29, 2015.
Timeline of events
- December 1, 1989 - North America Television (NATV) was founded in Los Angeles, California.
- 1990 - North America Television entered Charter Cable.
- December, 1992 - North America Television started branch company in New York City. It entered Time Warner Cable in New York City.
- 1999, North America Television closed New York branch company.
- December, 2001 - North America Television changed its name to Global Communication Group, Inc. started doing business as Sky Link TV.
- January 1, 2004 - Sky Link TV began live broadcast Rose Parade at every New Year's Day in Mandarin.
- August 10, 2006 - Sky Link TV joined Dish Network channel.
- November 9, 2007 - Sky Link TV joined Kylin internet TV channel.
- July 27, 2009 - Sky Link TV was sold to Tian Xing Media Company from China.
- December, 2009 - Sky Link TV launched its first free-to-air channel KVMD, UHF 31.5 for 24/7 Mandarin programs.
- September 17, 2012 - Sky Link TV was sold to Guangzhou Media American Co, Ltd.
- November 2, 2012 - Sky Link TV launched its second free-to-air channel: a brand new Cantonese TV Channel (KXLA UHF 44.4), thus became the first TV Station broadcast in both Mandarin and Cantonese in the United States 24/7.
- November 4, 2012 - Sky Link TV hosted Dayo Wong stand-up comedy show at Pasadena Civic Auditorium in Los Angeles.
- January 1, 2013 - Sky Link TV began to live broadcast Rose Parade in Cantonese and Mandarin language.
- May 15, 2014 - Sky Link TV launched its third channel (KXLA UHF 44.3) in Mandarin. Meanwhile, Sky Link TV ends it's affilaiation with KVMD 31.5.
- November 16, 2014 - Sky Link TV hosted another Dayo Wong stand-up comedy show in New York City, San Francisco, and Los Angeles.
- May 2015 - Sky Link TV ended Kylin TV internet TV streaming.
- September 18, 2015 - Sky Link TV signs an agreement with KRON-TV.
- September 29, 2015 - Sky Link TV SF goes on the air via KRON 4.2 and Xfinity channel 193.
Sky Link TV Channel 1
Sky Link TV Channel 2
Sky Link TV Channel 3
Sky Link TV Channel 4 (Bay Area)
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The Rose Parade (also known as the Tournament of Roses) is part of the "America's New Year Celebration" held in Pasadena, California each year. Sky Link TV is the only Chinese TV station that broadcasts the Rose Parade in Mandarin and Cantonese live (since 2014).
|2015||Charlene Shen, Gigi Lam|
|2014||Shannon Lo, Alan Mok|
|2013||Maggie Lee, Esther Xu|
|2012||Shannon Lo, Maggie Lee|
|Name||Language||Air Channel||Air Time|
|Sky News||Mandarin||Channel 1, Channel 3, Channel 4||Mon-Fri 7-8pm|
|Sky News||Cantonese||Channel 2||Mon-Fri 7:30-8pm|
Current on-air anchors
- Charlene Shen
- Shannon Lo
- Maggie Lee
- Gigi Lam
- Sue Yang
|Begin Date||End Date||Program Name||Host||Length||Air Time||Description|
|Feb 2013||on air||Sky Talk||Charlene Shen (2014-2015)
Tyson Chang (2013)
|30 mins||Channel 1: Saturdays at 8pm
Channel 2: Saturdays at 7:15pm
Channel 3: Saturdays at 9pm
|A talk show inviting guests included a variety of entertainment, political and sports figures.|
|June 29, 2013||November, 2013||LA 380||Gigi Lam||60 mins||Saturdays at 7:15pm||Gigi Lam explores Los Angeles.|
|May 4, 2014||May 25, 2014||Hot Mom||Sterling Zhang||60 mins||Sundays at 9pm||A special program for Mothers Day 2014 (4 episodes).|