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Link TV History

Link TV was created 20 years ago as the first U.S. television network dedicated to providing Americans with global perspectives on news, events and culture. After a nationwide competition, in December 1999 the San-Francisco-based non-profit organization was awarded a coveted FCC "set-aside" non-commercial license on the satellite provider DIRECTV and was added to EchoStar's DISH Network a few weeks later.

Since October 2018, Link TV has been part of Public Media Group of Southern California, which also operates the Los Angeles public TV channels KCET and PBS Socal. Public Media Group of Southern California is a viewer-supported 501c(3) non-profit organization based in Burbank, California.

Each day Link TV broadcasts a 24-hour mix of programming to 31 million U.S. homes via DIRECTV channel 375 and DISH Network channel 9410. Featured are independent documentaries, global news programs, international films and diverse cultural programs. Audience research indicates that more than 4 million Americans watch Link TV regularly. In addition, 57% of these viewers report they have taken an action as a result of something they have experienced on Link TV.

Many of Link's programs are also available on the Internet. This website has become a valuable destination for international perspectives, serving over 2,000 streaming videos. Many of these videos are also available on YouTube, Apple TV and Roku channels. For additional information about Link TV programming, web-exclusive content and the broadcast schedule, please visit

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.