Sky Link TV

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Sky Link TV
Skylinklogo1.png
Owned by Guangzhou Media American Co, Ltd.
Picture format 720 x 480 (SDTV)/1280 x 720 (HDTV)
Slogan Leading with Passion
Country United States
Language Mandarin, Cantonese
Broadcast area North America
Headquarters Rosemead, California
500 Montelbello Blvd.
Rosemead, CA 91770
Website http://www.skylinktv.us
Availability
Terrestrial
UHF 44.3 (KXLA, Los Angeles)
UHF 44.4 (KXLA, Los Angeles)
UHF 4.2 (KRON, San Francisco)
Satellite
Dish Network 9956
Dish Network 9957
Cable
Time Warner 1415
Charter Spectrum 353
Xfinity 193 (SF Bay Area)
Former logo used from 2001-2009.

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.

Sky Link TV has the widest coverage and is the only station that offers 24 hours of Chinese programs in the basic package with Time Warner, Charter and Champion Broadband in Southern California.

History[edit]

In 1989, a Taiwanese American financial group founded North America Television (NATV) in Los Angeles. California.[1] 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[edit]

  • 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.[2]
  • July 27, 2009 - Sky Link TV was sold to Tian Xing Media Company from China.[3]
  • 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.

Channels[edit]

Sky Link TV Channel 1[edit]

Mandarin Channel Program Schedule

Sky Link TV Channel 2[edit]

Cantonese Channel Program Schedule

Sky Link TV Channel 3[edit]

Mandarin Channel Program Schedule

Sky Link TV Channel 4 (Bay Area)[edit]

San Francisco Channel Program Schedule

Programming[edit]

Live programs[edit]

Rose Parade[edit]

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).

Parade hosts[edit]
Year Host
2015 Charlene Shen, Gigi Lam[4]
2014 Shannon Lo, Alan Mok
2013 Maggie Lee, Esther Xu
2012 Shannon Lo, Maggie Lee
2011 ?
2010 ?
2009 ?
2008 ?
2007 ?
2006 ?
2005 ?
2004 ?

News[edit]

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[edit]

  • Charlene Shen
  • Shannon Lo
  • Maggie Lee
  • Gigi Lam
  • Sue Yang

Entertainment programs[edit]

On July 24, 2015, Sky Link TV began airing Where Are We Going, Dad? (simultaneously with Hunan Television) on Fridays at 7pm.

Mandarin programs[edit]

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).

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