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About KBS World

KBS World :: Always yours

KBS World is a 24-hour family entertainment channel provided by KBS, the flagship public service broadcaster in Korea. KBS programs broadcast on KBS World a mere 1 day to 7 days after their first-run in Korean terrestrial channel. With 100% original programming by KBS, the channel broadcasts in Korean language along with multilingual subtitles.

Currently available for 54 million households within 117 countries and for over 1700 hotels in 46 countries, KBS World is the definite source to feel, enjoy, and learn Asian culture.

KBS World promises to do its best to bring pleasant and informative programs to the viewers. Always enjoyable TV, it is KBS World!

Channel Profile
date,distributed,number,language,subtittle table.
Launch Date July 1, 2003
Countries distributed KBS World is available 117 countries including USA, China, Japan, major Asian countries, Europe, CIS, Middle East, Latin America, and Africa, and even in Antarctica
Number of households Approx. 50.6 million (as of February 2015)
Language Korean
Subtitle English (95%), Chinese (27%), Malay (10%)
* Japanese Subtitle, Spanish Subtitle, Vietnamese Subtitle,
Indonesian Subtitle also in service
Channel Highlights
Drama: Key Driver of Korean Wave
KBS World dramas distinguish themselves through various themes, dynamic storylines and the presence of renowned celebrities. Highly appreciated among Asian audiences, KBS dramas bring heartwarming stories of life, love, and family.
Entertainment: Recharge Yourself with Wholesome Laughter
Korea’s most loved entertainment programs have gathered! KBS World offers enjoyable entertainment programs including K-Pop music shows, comedy skits, and infotainment programs. Viewers will meet the most up-to-the-minute trends in Korea through KBS World’s total entertainment programs.
Documentary: New Paradigm of Documentaries
Diverse, useful and enjoyable! KBS World provides the latest and highly informative documentary programs. KBS documentaries bring in-depth information on health, environment, social and cultural topics. Find vivid nature and experience passionate lives on KBS World documentaries..
History
2003~ 2015 history table.
2014 December 1 KBS World available via Nordelink Bulgaria (CATV),
Telenet Bulgaria (CATV/IPTV) in Bulgaria
October 1 KBS World available via Matrix TV (DTH) in Indonesia
September 1 KBS World available via MNBC (DTT) in Mongolia
May1 KBS World available via Starnet (CATV/IPTV) in Moldova and Trolan (IPTV/ OTT) in Ukraine
March 1 KBS World available via Elion (IPTV), Telset (DTH) in Estonia
January 1 KBS World available via IMTV (DTH) in Indonesia
2013 February 1 KBS World available via MediaCorp(OTT) in Singapore
KBS World available via MEO(Cable,IPTV,DTH), ZON(IPTV) in Portugal
January 1 KBS World available via My TV in seven African countries
KBS World available via Bis TV(DTH) in Monaco, Andorra
2012 December 1 KBS World available in Nepal, Bhutan, Sri Lanka, Maldives.
November 1 KBS World available via STV in Estonia
October 1 KBS China launches
September 3 KBS World HD conversion (Asia/Africa Region)
2011 April 1 KBS World available via CityTelecom (IPTV) in Hong Kong
January 1 World available via Indonesia Skynindo (DTH)
2010 May 1 KBS World available via new French IPTV (SFR TV)
January 1 KBS World available via SkyCable in Philippines
2009 May 1 KBS World available as Standard Basic channel in J:COM in Japan
March 24 KBS World available via French IPTV Free TV
January 1 KBS World available via WMBC, the New York digital TV
January 1 KBS World available via Cable Union in Columbia
2008 December 23 KBS World available via PNCC Cable in Palau
December 8 KBS World available via Cox Cable in Orange County, SC, U.S.A
November 1 KBS World available in Greece (On TV) & Turkey (Turksat)
September 1 KBS World entered VTC (DTT platform) in Vietnam
May 5 Chinese subtitle service started. DVB System Adopted
May 1 KBS World newly available in Angola & Mozambique
April 28 KBS World expanded DTH Service zone
April 21 KBS World opened new website
February 28 KBS World launched in Indian Market on DD Direct+, the DTH operated by the National Broadcaster Doordarshan
January 4 Spanish Subtitle Service for Latin America Started
2007 December 1 KBS World newly distributed in the South California, U.S.A via Time Warner Cable
May 30 KBS World advanced into the Chinese market
January20 KBS World newly distributed in South America via IS-9
2006 October 1 KBS Japan made its entry into the basic cable package of the J:COM, the biggest cable provider in Japan
June 26 KBS World launched its free satellite service in the Middle East
April 1 KBS Japan started the transmission of KBS World through Sky Perfec TV, Japan’s largest pay-TV platform provider
April 1 KBS Japan established
2005 December 19 Began to broadcast English News titled <KBS World News Today>
October 6 KBS World began its service in the nationwide package of the Echostar
2004 September 6 KBS America launches
2003 July 1 KBS World Launched
Channel Identity
kbswolrd The meaning of the Logo
Square means the stability and perfection implying that KBS World is a reliable channel. The empty area in the square means stable change expressing that the channel is energetic and flexible. KBS World staffs are going to complete the channel by filling up the empty area with various information, sensations, entertainments and relaxation.
kbswolrd Application of WordMark
We protected the word mark by securing equal space around the letters so that the symbol wouldn’t be invaded by other graphic icons and located in the center Let’s say the height of word mark is 2A. Then the room neighboring the word mark has to be A.
kbswolrd KBS World Color
Blue symbolizes Korea which is almost surrounded by ocean. Blue is associated with the color of the cast house, coral blue, meaning serenity and cleanness. We colored half of the empty space of logo blue and this draws viewers’ attention to the logo in the flood of various colors on TV screen.
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