Korea


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 […]

ArirangTV launches VOD app on Samsung Smart TV

Korean international channel ArirangTV has launched a video-on-demand application on Samsung’s Smart TV platform – the first such service to be launched by the broadcaster. The Arirang app will offer a range of entertainment, culture and current affairs programming on-demand, with subtitling provided in up to six languages for K-Pop programmes. The app is available […]

Playcast claims World first first for cable cloud gaming

Korean cable operator CJ Hellovision has teamed up with gaming specialist Playcast to launch what the latter describes as the World’s first cloud gaming service to cable set-top boxes. The service will allow CJ Hellovision subscribers to play video games from major publsihsers through their set-top boxes, without the need for a games console. Games […]

Carriage and programming deals for Sundance


The international Sundance channel has inked new carriage deals for its services in Asia and programming agreements for its Asian and European offerings.
Sundance has picked up UK drama series The Hour. The newsroom and espionage drama, which is set London in the 1960s, is distributed by Shine.
 The channel operator has also picked up international […]

Connected TV manufacturers face broadband crunch in Korea

Connected TV leaders Samsung and LG are facing a new challenge in their home market of Korea. In a move that that could be a sign of things to come elsewhere, KT, the country’s leading broadband provider, has said it plans to limit access to some TV applications that are slowing down the speed of […]