Korea Set to Adopt ATSC 3.0

Korea’s Yonhap News reports that the country’s Ministry of Science, ICT and Future Planning has chosen the ATSC 3.0 standard for UltraHD TV broadcasts, over DVB-T2. UHD transmissions are expected to begin in February 2017. So far, most UHD TVs manufactured in Korea have been DVB-T2 sets; these will require a separate STB to receive ATSC signals. A ministry official said that ATSC 3.0 was chosen as “the technology provides better transmission quality for viewers.” Korean broadcast industry experts attended a demonstration of ATSC 3.0 in Las Vegas earlier this year.

Analyst Comment

I suspect that the adoption of ATSC 3.0 means that the Korean TV and component makers will have a domestic market in which they can develop products that are also saleable in the US market. (BR)