KBS WORLD TV:: Always yours

KBS WORLD TV is a 24-hour family entertainment channel provided by KBS, the flagship public service broadcaster in Korea. KBS programs are broadcast on KBS WORLD TV only 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 140 million households within 142 countries, KBS WORLD TV is the definite source to feel, enjoy, and learn Asian culture. KBS WORLD TV promises to do its best to bring pleasant and informative programs to the viewers. Always enjoyable TV, it is KBS WORLD TV!
Channel Profile
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Launch Date July 1, 2003
Countries distributed KBS WORLD TV is available in 142 countries including USA, China, Japan, major Asian countries, Europe, CIS, Middle East, Latin America, and Africa, and even in Antarctica
Number of households Approx. 140.5 million (as of January 2021)
Language Korean
Subtitles English (95%), Chinese (27%), Malay (10%)
* Japanese Subtitles, Vietnamese Subtitles,
Indonesian Subtitles, Thai Subtitles also in service
Drama: Key Driver of Korean Wave
KBS WORLD TV 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 TV 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 TV's total entertainment programs.
Documentary: New Paradigm of Documentaries
Diverse, useful and enjoyable! KBS WORLD TV 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.
  • 2014
    December 1
    KBS WORLD TV available via Nordelink Bulgaria (CATV), Telenet Bulgaria (CATV/IPTV) in Bulgaria
    October 1
    KBS WORLD TV available via Matrix TV (DTH) in Indonesia
    September 1
    KBS WORLD TV available via MNBC (DTT) in Mongolia
    May 1
    KBS WORLD TV available via Starnet (CATV/IPTV) in Moldova and Trolan (IPTV/ OTT) in Ukraine
    March 1
    KBS WORLD TV available via Elion (IPTV), Telset (DTH) in Estonia
    January 1
    KBS WORLD TV available via IMTV (DTH) in Indonesia
  • 2013
    February 1
    KBS WORLD TV available via MEO(Cable,IPTV,DTH), ZON(IPTV) in Portugal
    January 1
    KBS WORLD TV available via My TV in seven African countries KBS WORLD TV available via Bis TV(DTH) in Monaco, Andorra
  • 2012
    December 1
    KBS WORLD TV available in Nepal, Bhutan, Sri Lanka, Maldives.
    November 1
    KBS WORLD TV available via STV in Estonia
    October 1
    KBS China launched
    September 3
    KBS WORLD TV HD conversion (Asia/Africa Region)
  • 2011
    April 1
    KBS WORLD available via CityTelecom (IPTV) in Hong Kong
    January 1
    KBS WORLD TV available via Indonesia Skynindo (DTH)
  • 2010
    May 1
    KBS WORLD TV available via new French IPTV (SFR TV)
    January 1
    KBS WORLD TV available via SkyCable in Philippines
  • 2009
    May 1
    KBS WORLD TV available as Standard Basic channel in J:COM in Japan
    March 1
    KBS WORLD TV available via French IPTV Free TV
    January 1
    KBS WORLD TV available via WMBC, the New York digital TV KBS WORLD TV available via Cable Union in Columbia
  • 2008
    December 23
    KBS WORLD TV available via PNCC Cable in Palau
    December 8
    KBS WORLD TV available via Cox Cable in Orange County, SC, U.S.A
    November 1
    KBS WORLD TV available in Greece (On TV) & Turkey (Turksat)
    September 1
    KBS WORLD TV entered VTC (DTT platform) in Vietnam
    May 5
    Chinese subtitles service started. DVB System Adopted
    May 1
    KBS WORLD TV newly available in Angola & Mozambique
    April 28
    KBS WORLD TV expanded DTH Service zone
    April 21
    KBS WORLD TV opened new website
    February 28
    KBS WORLD TV launched in Indian Market on DD Direct+, the DTH operated by the National Broadcaster Doordarshan
    January 4
    Spanish Subtitles Service for Latin America Started
  • 2007
    December 1
    KBS WORLD TV newly distributed in the Southern California, U.S.A via Time Warner Cable
    May 1
    KBS WORLD TV advanced into the Chinese market
    January 20
    KBS WORLD TV 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 TV launched its free satellite service in the Middle East
    April 1
    KBS Japan started the transmission of KBS WORLD TV through Sky Perfec TV, Japan's largest pay-TV platform provider KBS Japan established
  • 2005
    December 19
    Began to broadcast English News titled <KBS WORLD TV News Today>
    October 6
    KBS WORLD TV began its service in the nationwide package of the Echostar
  • 2004
    September 6
    KBS America launched
  • 2003
    July 1
    KBS WORLD TV Launched
Channel Identity
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.
Application of Word Mark
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.
Blue symbolizes Korea which is mostly 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 the logo blue and this draws viewer's attention to the logo in the flood of various colors on TV screen.