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South Korea picks ATSC 3.0 for UHD

South Korea has selected the ATSC 3.0 standard for the country’s ultra-high-definition television broadcasting set to launch in February 2017.

The Ministry of Science, ICT and Future Planning said it preferred ATSC 3.0, developed by standards body the Advanced Television Systems Committee, for UHD TV broadcasting over the Europe-based DVB-T2 standard.

UHD TVs manufactured by local TV makers have so far been based on DVB-T2 and will require a separate set-top box starting next year, the Ministry said.

“The North American standard is better than the European one as the technology provides better transmission quality for viewers,” said the Ministry, which noted that IP-based ATSC 3.0 combines broadcasting and broadband.

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