The ‘technical regulation’ applied to general cable broadcasting companies has been partially relaxed and IPTV is allowed.
On the 5th, the Ministry of Science, ICT and Future Planning decided to establish a ‘basic plan for the examination of licenses for Internet multimedia broadcasting services (IPTV) of small and medium-sized cable broadcasting operators’ to promote the introduction of pay-TV technology neutrality in earnest, and to proceed with the licensing examination procedure. said. ‘Technology neutrality’ refers to the principle that companies can select and use technology according to their needs.
In the meantime, IP method was not allowed for general cable broadcasting, so to subscribers who wanted IPTV service, the signal transmitted in the wired frequency (RF) method was changed to IP in the middle and provided. However, it was pointed out that the RF method has a limit in the number of channels and transmission capacity per channel, so there is a limit to service expansion compared to the IP method using the Internet network.
Accordingly, the Ministry of Science and ICT decided to promote IPTV license so that cable broadcasting operators can provide services through IP transmission. If IPTV is permitted, IP-based interactive services will be possible for general cable broadcasters as well, and the government explained that it is possible to revitalize the industry due to the increase in demand for IP set-top boxes. The Ministry of Science, ICT and Future Planning said, “It will be possible to provide various services quickly through new technology or convergence technology, which will contribute to improving the welfare of users.”
To this end, the Ministry of Science and ICT amended the related notice so that broadcasting companies can simplify the application documents and relax the screening standards when applying for IPTV licenses. The application for permission will be announced in July, and the IPTV license will be finalized by forming and operating a review committee by October or November after receiving applications by September.
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