KBS To Start Mobile TV In Korea

The Korean State Broadcaster — KBS — will launch mobile TV services on December 1 using terrestrial DMB technology. It’s touted as “the world’s first terrestrial mobile service” … the current mobile broadcast TV effort in Korea is satellite based.
A big part of this story is that it’s not a telco launching the service, it is a broadcaster going straight to the mobile handsets. This possibility has been raised in the past — if the handsets have the ability to pick up the signals and anyone can deploy the towers to broadcast the signal who needs telcos?
Of course, the telcos are important when it comes to things like interactivity and other efforts which require an uplink, which is what will give mobile TV the added value that will make people want to watch.
The new Korean service will be called “U-KBS” and will be available for free. It will have four channels: U KBS Star and U KBS Heart will be mostly reruns of major programs from KBS’s two channels, U KBS Music will be an audio channel with CD-quality music and U KBS Clover is a data channel offering real-time news, weather, job information, stocks information and transportation.
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