South Korea


Netflix subs up almost 200% in South Korea

Subscriptions to Netflix in South Korea have risen by 192% year-over-year. According to smartphone app service market research company Wiseapp, subscriber numbers in the country have nearly tripled to reach 1.84 million. This is a significant increase when compared with June 2018’s subscriber count of 630,000. The majority (38%) of South Korean Netflix subscribers are […]

Netflix now available on LG U+ set-top boxes in South Korea

Netflix is set to launch on IPTV set-top boxes in South Korea for the first time after the SVOD giant stuck a deal with local telecoms operator LG U+. The deal will give viewers access to Netflix on the U+tv set-top box from November 16, with LG U+ customers able to access the service through […]

ATSC completes 3.0 standards and launches at CES

The US Advanced Television Systems Committee (ATSC) has approved the final elements that complete the ATSC 3.0 suite of next-generation TV standards. The ATSC announced the release of ATSC 3.0 at CES in Las Vegas. According to the body, the new standards provide broadcasters with ew market opportunities through enhanced transmission and reception functionality and […]

A+E Networks eyes ‘meaningful presence’ in South Korea

A+E Networks is looking to grow its presence in South Korea, launching History and Lifetime in the region as well as setting out further production and distribution goals. A+E execs announced that the launch of A+E channels History and Lifetime in South Korea today and described intentions to invest further in the region through local […]

Korean networks launch US on-demand service

South Korean three largest networks – KBS, MBC and SBS – have jointly launched a subscription on-demand platform in the US. The trio has formed KCP Global, a venture that houses the new SVOD service, Kocowa. This will offer subscribers streamed South Korean entertainment programming and K-pop shows. Shows will be made available subtitled into […]

Scripps expands HGTV to South Korea

Scripps Networks Interactive is further expanding its global home and lifestyle channel HGTV with a new launch in South Korea. HGTV will be immediately available in the region, on TV channel KT olleh, as what’s being billed as the first-ever regional channel dedicated exclusively to the home and lifestyle category in Korea. Over the past […]

Netflix orders first Korean original

Global SVOD service Netflix has commissioned its first original from South Korea, a twelve-part series based on a popular local comic strip. Love Alarm is based on graphic novelist Kye Young Chon’s romantic comic book tales, and has new production company Hidden Sequence attached to produce. A Korean original has been a Netflix priority for […]

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, […]

Netflix launches in 130 new countries

Netflix has launched in 130 new countries including India, Nigeria, Singapore and Turkey, company CEO Reed Hastings announced at CES. In a keynote presentation at the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas, Hastings said: “I am delighted to announce that while we have been here on stage at CES, we switched Netflix on in Azerbaijan, […]