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IPTV subscribers in Korea UPDATE - May 1, 2014
June 04, 2014 | By Netmanias (tech@netmanias.com)
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The number of IPTV subscribers is increasing fast. It exceeded 9M in March 2014, and reached 9.2M a month later. This was an increase of 150,000 a month on average. With this growth rate, it is expected to exceed 10M this year. As the competition among IPTV, cable and satellite operators was getting tougher, they began UHD service in an effort to prevent subscriber churn and attract new subscribers. The service was launched by the cable operators and SK Broadband, in April. And KT and LG U+ are scheduled to begin the service by the end of this year.

Growth in Korea’s IPTV market has been mostly driven by KT. As of April 2014, the company has 5.2M IPTV subscribers, which is 56.4% Of the country’s total. IPTV operators in the market are in fierce competition with each other as well as with cable operators.

IPTV subscribers in Korea © 2014 Netmanias • www.netmanias.com n IPTV subscribers trace by telco n Pay TV subscribers trace Cable 14.8M (52.4%) 9.2M (32.7%) 4.2M (14.9%) IPTV Satellite 28.3M Pay TV subscribers in Korea (April 2014) 0 1 2 3 4 5 6 Q1 Q2 Q3 Q4 Q1 Q2 Q3 Q4 Q1 Q2 Q3 Q4 Q1 Q2 Q3 Q4 Q1 Q2 Q3 Q4 Q1 Q2 Q3 Q4 Q1 Q2 Q3 Q4 Q1 Q2 Q3 Q4 Q1 2006 2007 2008 2009 2010 2011 2012 2013 2014 KT SK (SK Broadband) LG U+ Million 0 2 4 6 8 10 12 14 16 18 2006 2007 2008 2009 2010 2011 2012 2013 Million Cable IPTV Satellite SK (SK Broadband) KT LG U+ 5.2M (56.4%) 2.3M (25.0%) 1.7M (18.6%) 9.2M IPTV subscribers in Korea (April 2014)

UHD TV services Cable TV (CJ Hellovision, C&M, t-broad) IPTV (SK Broadband) Satellite TV (KT Skylife) Frame rate 60 fps 30 fps 30 fps (60 fps planned) Resolution 4K (3840x2160) 4K (3840x2160) 4K (3840x2160) Encoding rate 32Mbps 15Mbps 30Mbps Codec HEVC (H.265) HEVC (H.265) HEVC (H.265) Launch 2014.04 2014.04 2014.06 IPTV Subscribers in Korea UPDATE May 1, 2014NETMANIAS ONE-SHOT
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