260 households in Seoul region to be connected to service

SEOUL — South Korea moved a stop closer to its long-delayed rollout of internet protocol television (IPTV) with the start of trial services by a KT Corp.-led consortium.

A total of 260 households in the Seoul region will be connected to the service, which provides standard and HD broadcasting, video on demand, streaming Internet, multimedia messaging, video conferencing and other applications through a broadband Internet connection.

Korea’s Ministry of Information and Communication and the Korea Broadcasting Commission will then evaluate the service in January before giving approval for a full-scale launch.

Meanwhile, rival service Daum Consortium will start a separate trial service with 100 households beginning on Nov. 27.

Disagreements between the ministry and the KBC have held up the launch of IPTV for over three years, with each side claiming the right to oversee the new technology.

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