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Korean Game-Maker Gamevil Files For IPO

Korean mobile-game maker Gamevil will start trading on the Korean stock exchange, KOSDAQ, starting July 30. The initial public offering is n…

Korean Watchdog Looks At Mobile Content

The Korea Communications Commission has stepped in to regulate the countries mobile content industry in a bid to give it a boost. “The KCC s…

South Korea Offers A Peek At Mobile Future

What would the mobile future look like? The Nytimes.com takes a look at the widespread appeal of all things mobile in South Korea, where the…

YouTube’s South Korea Problem

Is Google (NSDQ: GOOG) once again bending its “Don’t be evil” mantra to retain its access to a major Asian market? That’s the suggestion in…

Mobile TV’s Modest Numbers in Korea

We have reported on this before, but some new numbers on mobile TV’s non-pickup in Korea…more specifically, the TV broadcasting using digi…

Korea Passes IPTV Law; Can Launch Finally

Korea’s National Assembly has finally passed a law allowing telecom companies to offer real-time broadcasting over their broadband networks.…

Nine Million Mobile TV Subscribers In Korea

Korea had 9 million mobile TV subscribers across both its T-DMB and S-DMB networks at the end of October, reports Telecoms Korea behind a su…

Asian Mobile TV Take-Up Good, Profits Small

Analyst company Screen Digest claims there are more than 15 million mobile TV subscribers in Asia but the revenues from the industry are “mi…

The Problem With DMB — Business Models

It’s been known for a while now that although the Korean mobile TV companies have the largest numbers of users by far, getting a monetary re…

Majority of Koreans Use Mobile Internet

A survey of 100,752 South Korean mobile phone users showed that 53.5 percent of respondents use the mobile internet at least once a month. T…

YouTube Gets Embedded on LG Handsets

YouTube’s mobile strategy is finally coming along: it started with opening access beyond its exclusive deal with Verizon Wireless. The iPhon…

KTF To Trial Pay-Buy System Before World Launch

This October KTF will trial the mobile payment system Pay-Buy Mobile in Seoul along with all the players in the value chain (banks, credit c…

Earnings: KTF Profits Fall 39 Percent

KTF has released its first quarter earnings for the three months ending March 31st. KTF, South Korea’s second largest mobile operator with 3…

Industry Salivating Over Mobile TV

Execs at MIPTV in Cannes were looking at the mobile TV industry in South Korea, trying to work out where the European market is going, repor…

Prada Phone Sells Well, Adds T-DMB

LG’s Prada phone (most famous for its accidental similarity to Apple’s incipient iPhone) shot to the top of the UK mobile phone sales chart…

T-DMB Device Sales Top Four Million

This is behind a subscription wall at Telecoms Korea so details aren’t available, but the site claims that there have been 4 million T-DMB d…

T-DMB Service Expands Across Sth Korea

The South Korean government has issued national lisences for T-DMB services, which were previously restricted to Seoul and its surrounding p…

User-Gen Content Advances In Asia

The Chosun Ilbo (English news service) recounts an interesting list of services and gadgets that may be a boon to user-gen content creation…

It’s Not All DVB-H vs MediaFLO…

BetaNews has a good article outlining some of the competition to broadcast mobile TV, focusing on a new start-up in Seoul called Ubicode, wh…

SK Telecom Profit Plummets 38 Percent

SK Telecom (NYSE: SKM) has reported lower profits due to increased marketing expenses and lower operating margins, reports Bloomberg. Net in…

Sth Korean S-DMB Service Tops 1 Million

TU Media’s S-DMB mobile TV service in Sth Korea crept past the 1 million mark on the day before Christmas. However, the company had targeted…

SK Telecom Wants Larger Slice Of TU Media

SK Telecom is reportedly keen to increase its stake in S-DMB broadcaster TU Media. SK Telecom currently has a 29.6 percent share of TU Media…

BBC Gets On Sth Korean S-DMB Service

TU Media has signed a deal with the BBC to put content on its S-DMB service. “BBC shows including Asia Business Report, World Business Repor…

Sth Korea Wants To Curb Teenage Phone Use

South Korea will introduce legislation to try and curb the use of mobile phones amongst teenagers — or at least, reduce their bills by reco…

Sth Korean S-DMB Service Nears 1M

TU Media’s S-DMB service in Sth Korea has signed up 950,000 paying customers who watch an average of 62 minutes per day, according to Presid…

Mobile TV Is Critical — Disney

Disney Media Networks Co-Chairman Anne Sweeney has described the ability to watch television on mobile devices as a “critical” area of growt…

The Future Is Mobile

BusinessWeek has a look at South Korea to find out what is coming in the mobile market, and how the “thumb generation” will use their handse…

Bharti Airtel Launches Songcatcher Service

Indian telco Bharti Airtel has launched an “instant mobile music” program in partnership with SKC&C, South Korea’s second largest business g…

UI Magic Buys Korean Mobile Game Developer

Mobile Industry: San Diego-based UI Magic has bought Korean mobile game developer and publisher Moai Technology. “This acquisition will enab…

South Korea Pushes Mobile Envelope

The BBC has a highlight on South Korea and what it’s doing with mobile technology…from WiBro to high-end handsets to DMB. It’s reasonably…

DMB Handsets In Korea — 14%

This article points out that South Korea and Japan lead the way in mobile TV, digital imaging and so on, which isn’t news. But there’s an in…

KT Acquires Korean Media Contents Group

(reg required) This is behind a subscription wall on Telecoms Korea, but KT (which owns a majority share in Korean mobile operator KTF)has “…

Samsung Demonstrates 4G Technology

Samsung has claimed to have demonstrated 4G technology… “The new technology enables data transmission at speeds up to 50 times faster than…

Gamevil Moves To USA

Gamevil has opened a US subsidiary in Los Angeles. These are the guys who developed Skipping Stone, which is published by iPlay and has won…

LG Telecom Loses 3G License

The South Korean government has cancelled the 3G licence of LG Telecom because the company didn’t plan to use it, and is also seeking the re…

SK Telecom Closes Adult Content Services

So says this Telecoms Korea story (behind a subscription wall, so I coudl only see the brief on it, not the full story)…SK Telecom, Korea’…

Mobile Games Growing Fast In South Korea

Mobile games are one of the fastest growing segments of the South Korean games market, and are forecast to exceed $275 million next year (ou…

CNN Streams Live to Korean Mobiles

For SK Telecom’s subscribers: CNN International has become the first foreign channel to stream live to Korean mobile users, through SKT..the…

World Cup Sparks Korean Mobile TV Boom

Well, the FIFA World Cup is being credited with a boom in the sales of T-DMB capable handsets in Korea. “According to three mobile service o…

Korea’s SK Telecom Plans Asia Push

Korea’s SK Telecom, a telco that has some 500 content partners, is looking at expanding to other Asian countries. รข

Mobile Games In Korea — Too Successful?

Mobile games are doing very well in Korea — “KTF launched the first phone-based online role-playing game Imo: The World of Magic on June 8.…

SK Telecom Buys $1B Worth Of China Unicom

SK Telecom will “buy as much as $1 billion of bonds convertible into a 6.7 percent stake in China Unicom…The three-year bonds will be conv…

Sales Of T-DMB Devices Top One-Million Mark

There were one million T-DMB enabled devices sold by June 15, since it’s launch in December last year. By contrast, the S-DMB service by TU…

BlogTV — User Generated Mobile TV

BlogTV has won the “New Trend Leader” category in the global mobile content awards (GMCA) of Seoul Digital Forum 2006. BlogTV (which also wo…

Vodafone Talks Up Mobile TV, Seeks Korean Apps

Graeme Ferguson, director of global content development at Vodafone, has said at the Seoul Digital Forum 2006 that Vodafone “saw a 55% subsc…

Korea Launches WiBro-DMB Service

Korea Telecom and TV station KBS have launched “a beta service utilizing WiBro and terrestrial digital multimedia broadcasting (DMB)”. The i…

Korean Telcos In Trouble For Adult Text

Korea’s mobile operators are in trouble with the National Police Agency’s Cyber Crime Unit, who accuse them of “millions by marketing erotic…

S-DMB, Hope Turns Into Despair After A Year

TU Media — the satellite DMB mobile TV provider in South Korea — reached 540,000 users at the end of April, which is a full year since it…

MLB-Branded Mobile Games In Korea

MLB Advanced Media, the interactive arm Major League Baseball will sell MLB-branded mobile games in Korea. ..it has tied up with Reakosys, a…

Phone As Video Projector

This, when it happens, will be a very useful business tool, and perhaps some implications for the mobile content industry as well: A South K…

Is Mobile TV Making Money in Korea?

Well, this is the only country where we have a full-scale rollout, so better to look at the early results there closely: some of the optimis…

Korean Rumors: Yahoo Selling; Google Buying

Two rumors coming out of Korea, coincidentaly two of the biggest portals around: Yahoo and Google.
— Yahoo: Yahoo is denying a rumor in a l…

MediaFlo and T-DMB Should Be Combined?

So says the head of Qualcomm Korea, about the competing mobile TV standards/technologies…he says the a combination of T-DMB, which is back…

One-Button Success

At GDC Gamevil (that’s Gameville, as in town, not game-evil) promoted the concept of one-button mobile games. The most well known is Skippin…

DMB To Be Test Launched In Germany

Korea is showcasing its DMB mobile TV technology at CeBIT, running three channels and covering all of Hanover’s districts and the conference…

OhMyNews Gets $11 Million From Softbank

In what has to be the most money plonked down in a citizen journalism venture, Softbank is investing $11 million in the Korean cit-journali…

Audio Interview: WiderThan CEO & Senior VP

Earlier this month at the Media Summit in NYC, I met the CEO and Senior VP of WiderThan, a pioneering company in mobile music. WiderThan is…

Our Coverage From TV Korea Showcase

We told you…we’re omnipresent…Our sister site ContentSutra has some coverage from the TV Korea Showcase conference held in Mumbai yester…

Korean Online Music Stores To Merge

Reigncom, the company behind iRiver music players, and SM Entertainment, one of South Korea’s largest music labels, plan to merge their resp…

Korea.com Portal For Sale

South Korea’s struggling portal Korea.com is for sale, after being in bankruptcy protection since 2003…the portal was once a unit of the n…

Yahoo Korea Set To Reclaim No. 1

The Korean portal competition between Yahoo Korea, Daum, Naver and Nate is heating up now…
Yahoo Korea currently ranks fourth among Korean…

Ztango Bought By Korean Ringback Vendor

So the trend about Asian (Japanese and Korean) companies buying smaller U.S. mobile content vendors is continuing (For-Side.com bought out V…

Yahoo Korea Test Bed For Global Strategies

Yahoo Korea is proving to be the test bed for rolling out broadband and wirless gaming related strategies for the portal giant…Since last…

Korean Market Next For U.S. Content Players?

Google is planning to create a branch office in Korea. The firm is also looking for partners in domestic portal companies. Mobile gaming com…

The Rise Of Korean Games: PDF Report

Korea emerged as the world second largest mobile game market worth $122 million in 2003 after Japan, $211 million. According to a white pap…

OhmyNews Profitable

The much-written about collaborative Korean news site OhmyNews gets written about in Newsweek, this time by Christopher Schroeder, the forme…

Daum Files Antitrust Suit Against MS

South Korea’s largest Internet portal, Daum Communications, has launched a 10 billion won ($9 million) antitrust lawsuit against Microsoft…

MP3 Phone Disputes Show Sign of Settlement

The Korean mobile music controversy, that is…Samsung Electronics accepted the government’s second mediation of allowing people to download…

The Little People

(sub. req.): Personal avatars are big business in Korea. Can they make it big in other countries? Industry watchers say avatar services have…

MP3 Phone Patent Dispute Deepens

(via Ringtonia) In South Korea, that is…LG Electronics last week started selling its LP3000 model in Korea, an MP3 phone that can save 16…

Broadband: What’s The Holdup?

Macroeconomic factors affecting broadband takeup in U.S…
What sorts of services will be available once 20-meg speeds appear? Broadband pro…

Korea’s Digital Content Nurturing Plan

; South Korea’s Ministry of Information and Communication said it will set aside 80.8 billion won this year to help local digital content pr…

Audible Launches Korean Download Site

Audible, the provider of digitally delivered spoken word audio, has tied up with Yes24, South Korea’s largest online book, music, video/DVD…

Microsoft Rolls Out Xbox Live in Wired Korea

Microsoft has rolled out its Xbox Live online gaming service in South Korea, hoping to make inroads into a strategic market that has the wor…

South Korea Sees Demand for Mobile VOD

(By Peter Krasilovsky): South Koreans are the first to be able to view video on demand on their cell phones, although rates are high at $60…

Will Broadband Give Us TV on Tap?

(sub. req.): Or is it just a fat pipe dream? FT writers look at the experience of the Asian market, where usage is growing fast. “The eviden…

OhmyNews Makes Every Citizen a Reporter

The 20th “OhMyGod!” story on OhMyNews…The pioneering South Korean news site posts hundreds of stories every day — most are written by hou…

Discontent With Broadband

(Subscription required) George Gilder rears his head again…”At the moment, struggling with RealPlayer and RealOne, I conclude that streami…

Online Game Craze Sweeps South Korea

Through a mix of cultural and technological forces, Lineage and other “massively multiplayer” online games–MMOGs for short–have gripped th…

Korea Adopts Java for Wireless Standard

A milestone for the wireless content industry: South Korea has adopted Sun Microsystem’s Java platform for a new wireless Internet standard.…