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Link TV History

In December 1999, Link Media launched Link TV, the first nationwide television network dedicated to providing Americans with global perspectives on news, events and culture. Link was awarded a coveted FCC "set-aside" non-commercial license on DIRECTV and was added to EchoStar's DISH Network a few weeks later.

Every day Link broadcasts a 24-hour mix of uncompromising documentaries, international news analysis programs and diverse cultural programs to 33.7 million US homes. Link's original programs are distributed to more than 220 cable stations, reaching an additional 22 million households. Audience research indicates that there are more than 6.7 million regular satellite viewers of Link TV, who watch an average of 2.5 hours each week. In addition, 57% of these regular viewers report they have taken action as a result of something they have experienced on Link TV.

Much of Link's programming is also available on the Internet. has become a valuable destination for streaming videos. Currently we serve over 5,000 video segments or full programs, available for high-quality streaming, and have expanded availability of these videos on on-line distribution platforms such as YouTube, iTunes, Hulu, and The Huffington Post. Link videos have been viewed online more than 3.4 million times in 2011. One-third of Link's web users are from countries outside of the US.

In December 2012, a merger between the Los Angeles-based public television station KCET and Link Media formed the national independent public transmedia organization KCETLink. A viewer-supported 501c(3) organization, its content is distributed nationally via satellite on DIRECTV channel 375 and DISH Network channel 9410, in Southern and Central California via broadcast, as well as via various digital delivery systems. KCET and Link TV are services of KCETLink.

For additional information about KCETLink productions, web-exclusive content, programming schedules, and community events, please visit or

Read more about Link's story, in this Huffington Post article: TV Worth Watching - Link TV Expands Your World View One Program at a Time.

Public Media Group of Southern California

The Public Media Group of Southern California (PMGSC) tells stories that matter through original programs that reflect the diversity of the region, and the full schedule of trusted PBS programs. Our content channels – PBS SoCal, KCET and Link TV – are available for free on internet-connected screens, seven local broadcast channels, and one national satellite channel.

A donor-supported community institution, PMGSC sparks the sharing of ideas at in-person cultural events and community conversations, and delivers social impact through services that prepare our most vulnerable children for school.