The South Korean government has selected ATSC 3.0, the next-generation TV standard developed by the Advanced Television Systems Committee, as the nation’s standard for OTA UltraHD TV broadcasting, according to a Seoul-datelined report from the Yonhap News Agency.
The report, which quotes a South Korean science ministry official, said the nation “preferred the ATSC 3.0 standard for UHD TV broadcasting” over DVB-T2, citing the standard’s better transmission quality and the fact that it delivers IP packets, which can be used to provide next-generation TV and broadband services.
While it has been publicly stated that South Korea would likely adopt ATSC 3.0 at least since the 2016 NAB Show in April, the Yonhap report definitively states the government has selected the standard.
ATSC 3.0 UHD TV broadcasting is set to begin on the peninsula in February 2017, the report said.
The launch will support over-the-air testing of ATSC 3.0 with an eye towards broadcasting the 2018 Winter Olympics from Pyeongchang, South Korea, in UltraHD 4K, industry sources said.