Owned by the Korean Broadcasting System – South Korea’s public service broadcaster – KBS World is a general entertainment channel available free via satellite. As the international arm of the country’s television network, it stands as a bridge between South Koreans and the people of the world. To this end, it transmits a range of live or tape delayed TV programmes from the main state television stations (KBS 1, 2 KBS, KBS News) in the Korean language, with subtitles in English. In addition, depending on their location, viewers can receive broadcasts with subtitles in Malay, Chinese, Japanese, Indonesian and Spanish.
Since its launch in July 2003, KBS World has built its schedules around a roster of shows designed to explore the realities of South Korea, including its culture, social life and breakthroughs in new technological fields. With these guiding principles in mind, it makes available to an international audience the best programs shown nationwide by its sister channels. Viewers have the opportunity to watch news bulletins, but also to see documentaries on various themes relevant to the history and everyday life of South Koreans. KBS World also broadcasts a series of entertainment programs reflecting the country’s vibrant culture. At certain times of the day, the channel celebrates the diversity of Korean music by playing selections of tracks drawing on a variety of different genres (pop and traditional pieces). Likewise, the channel regularly airs feature films made in Korea by Koreans.