South Korea set for IPTV service

January 3, 2008

A bill has been passed in South Korea allowing for the launch of IPTV. The legislation creates a regulatory framework for the new technology, which is projected to change the face of Korea’s broadcasting sector.

The passing of the latest bill will enable live broadcasting and streaming Internet plus interactive services like e-commerce, multimedia messaging, video conferencing and more.

It is speculated that KT Corp, Hanaro Telecom and LG Dacom have offered pre-IPTV services centred around video on demand via their Mega TV, Hana TV and My LG TV services, respectively.

These services currently offer TV programmes for a number of hours or days once the global broadcasters have aired them.

The deployment of IPTV in South Korea has been delayed by a slow approval process as authorities struggled to co-ordinate between media and phone regulations.

TV stations are concerned that IPTV could spoil their monopoly over content, sales and advertising.


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