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Nearly two million viewers watch KCETLink's primary channel, KCET in the average month. Broadcasting more than 8,000 hours of programming each year, KCET is the most-watched public television station in Southern California and the second most-watched public television station in the nation. In addition to its far-reaching broadcast signal, KCET is carried on satellite systems and on nearly 150 cable systems in 11 counties.

KCET's signal is currently unavailable over the air in parts of Bakersfield.  We are aware of the issue and trying to fix the problem. We apologize for the inconvenience and thank you for your patience. Select KCET content is also available at, as well as through Hulu, Apple TV and Roku.



Over the air, KCET is available on channel 28.1. Cable and satellite subscribers can use the channel finder to see where KCET is available, searching by zip code.

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KCET distributes four channels of programming:


On January 1, 2011, KCET officially became the largest independent television station in the country. Serving Southern and Central California for nearly 50 years, KCET believes that public broadcasting has the potential to inspire and motivate in fresh, creative ways that give voice to the talented and diverse voices in its region.

KCET's goal to provide viewers with a choice - exciting programs in genres they already love, hard-hitting reports on issues facing their region, international programs that celebrate a variety of cultures, and local programming that showcases the best the Southern California region has to offer.

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KCETLINK MEDIA GROUP is the national independent public media organization formed by the merger between KCET and Link Media. A viewer-supported 501c(3) organization, its content is distributed nationally via satellite on DIRECTV (ch. 375) and DISH Network (ch. 9410), in Southern and Central California via broadcast and cable, as well as through various digital delivery systems.