he Korea Communications Commission (KCC), which governs South Korea’s broadcasting and telecommunications regulations, kicks off its drive for 3D television and will be issuing licenses beginning January 2010 for land-based 3D broadcasting in full HD quality, compared to 3D satellitebroadcasts in Japan and United Kingdom.  A KCC official stated that they expect trial services to start on February next year.

So far, a handful of companies have expressed interest to present their programming in 3D.  CJ HelloVision cable subscribers will be required to have set-top boxes installed to experience 3D viewing on television, which will mostly consists of cartoons for starters.  A representative from CJ HelloVision said that they will be providing 3D TV free-of-charge at first before deciding on the right consumer charges for the service.

As part of its trial service, CJ HelloVision will pick 300 households in Seoul and Busan that will receive 3D video-on-demand broadcast this year before expanding their 3D coverage to 1,000 households by 2012.

Meanwhile, TU Media-the mobile TV arm of SK Telecom-is planning to introduce a mobile phone that will support both its own satellite pay-TV service and free, terrestrial mobile TV broadcasts.  This handset will also be providing 3D video to be established on a separate satellite channel, which will be displayed for about an hour everyday.  Sky Life, a satellite TV operator, plans on starting their trial period for 3D broadcasting in January 2010.

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