Amazon working on first Korean original

Amazon Prime Video is working on its first South Korea-produced original series. The SVOD service, which operates in Japan among other territories, is working on a live-action drama series based on the Bandai Namco Entertainment-produced Idolm@ster game series. The show, Idolm@ster.kr, will be set in the Korean entertainment scene, and follows a group of girls who […]

Netflix to order Korean originals

Netflix has said it will make original programming out of Korea. Visiting the country for the first time in his capacity as Netflix cofounder and CEO, Reed Hastings told local press that the Korean market is well-suited to Netflix. “Korea is an optimal market for Netflix as the nation has a high level of consumption, […]

Teleste and Samsung team up to target hospitality market

Finland-based cable and telco equipment provider Teleste has struck a deal with Samsung to target the hospitality market. The oint Telest-Samsung offering will use Teleste’s DOCSIS Access Hub, the DAH100, and Samsung’s DOCSIS HE694 HTV televisions to bring high-speed, broadband-level Internet access to guest rooms over existing coaxial cabling, according to Teleste. The solution provides […]

SES unveils flat Sat>IP antenna from Korea’s I DO IT

Satellite operator SES has publicly unveiled what it describes as the first commercially manufactured Ku-band flat antenna with an integrated IP LNB compatible with the SES-promoted Sat>IP protocol at its Industry Days event in Luxembourg. The Selfsat>IP from Korea’s I DO IT is a 566x300mm flat antenna that can enable the distribution of live HD […]

Samsung launches first Tizen-powered ultra HD TVs

Samsung has launched its first Tizen-powered ultra HD TVs in its home market of Korea.  Samsung is selling four models of TV with the Tizen operating system it originally developed as a rival to Android in the mobile phone world, with screen sizes ranging from 55-inches to 88-inches. The smallest model currently costs KRW5.49 million […]

BBC Worldwide to simulcast Top Gear around the globe

The BBC’s commercial arm is set to launch the latest season of auto show Top Gear with a simulcast of the UK show to air around the world – a first for the corporation. The opening episode of series 22 of Top Gear is due to broadcast simultaneously in more than 50 countries across Australia, […]

TV setback hits Samsung CE division

Samsung said that its consumer electronics division fell short of expectations in the third quarter, due to a decline in the average selling price of TVs. Announcing its Q3 results, Samsung said the division’s setback in profitability was compounded by “stronger panel price and weak demand for large screen TVs.” TV shipments slowed down following […]

Turner feels Oh!K about Asian channel launch

Turner Broadcasting System Asia Pacific’s upcoming channel, Oh!K, has scored a volume deal with Korean broadcaster MBC ahead of its debut. The general entertainment-themed network will have first pick on MBC premium content, including exclusives and first-runs, soon after their launch on MBC. Some shows will launch within aweek of their Korean premiere. MBC’s current […]

Samsung issues low profit guidance after taking TV and mobile hit

Samsung predicted a 60% year-on-year decline in Q3 profits, thanks in part to weak seasonal demand for its consumer electronics business – including TVs. The firm said it expected a “substantial” quarter-over-quarter decrease for its Q3 earnings, also citing declines in the mobile business “due to intensified smartphone competition,” issuing the warning just weeks after […]

Arirang TV joins audience research organisation

Korean English-language channel Arirang TV has joined the Conference of International Broadcaster’s Audience Research Services (CIBAR) as a full member. CIBAR currently has 31 full, associated and individual members, including the BBC, DW, NHK and Voice of America. The organisation brings together professional researchers from public service international broadcasting organizations to promote the use of […]