Tuesday, March 20, 2007

INSIDE JoongAng Daily

INSIDE JoongAng Daily: "Net providers compete for TV couch potatoes (March 15, 2007)

Korean law doesn’t yet allow real Internet TV, but when it does, Net providers will be ready to fight for the new market.

Internet service providers are trying to get their hands on exclusive content such as television dramas, sports events, and concerts in order to attract customers to their services. Though there is no Internet protocol TV, or IPTV, officially in service in Korea due to government indecision on whether to regulate online television as a broadcasting service or an Internet service, telecom firms are preparing for the age of IPTV.

KT, currently the country’s largest fixed-line and broadband operator, will begin video on demand services of American major league baseball next month. The baseball games can be watched on a computer or on Megapass TV, a service that connects the high-speed Internet to a TV set.

The content travels to the TV through an Internet connection, but the video on demand service is not considered Internet TV because it does not stream video in real time."

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