Panelists invited by the KCTA exchange views about latest issues regarding cable TVs at the Digital Cable TV Show on Jeju Island, Thursday. / Courtesy of KCTA
By Kim Yoo-chul
"Beyond Cable, Smart and More" is the main theme for this year's "Digital Cable TV Show," which kicked off at the Haevichi Resort on the nation's southern resort island of Jeju, Thursday.
The conference is the 11th such held annually. The event, organized by the Korea Cable Television and Telecommunications Association (KCTA), will continue through Friday.
The KCTA presented smart cable, ultra high-definition (UHD) and Giga Internet as the three keywords for future cable televisions..
"Cable TVs will evolve thanks to the rising popularity of smartphones as cable TVs will adopt smart set-top boxes from the latter half of this year. The cable TV platform will grow and integration with other industries will be propelled by various contents for broadcasting," KCTA Chairman Yang Hui-hoo told reporters at a press conference, Thursday.
Major cable channels are teaming up to develop app stores based on the HTML5 system in a bid to vitalize related services. The KCTA invited app developers and asked them to develop customized applications to be used for cable TVs.
LG Electronics President Kwon Hee-won, who is also handling its television business, will deliver his keynote speech, Friday, on the importance of user-interfaces for smart devices, the UHD market and ways to improve ties between the television and cable industries.
John Holobinko, an executive vice president at ARRIS, a telecommunications equipment manufacturer, will talk about strategies for better cable services," the KCTA said in a statement.
Jonathan Doran, a senior researcher at telecom adviser OVUM, and Mikey Kim, a Google executive, will join Samsung Electronics Executive Lee Kwang-ki as panelists to discuss the global trend of smart media, the statement read.
The local cable TV industry is seeing a turnaround as TV producers including Samsung and LG migrate into UHD technology, while the demand for Web-connected content remains healthy.
Leading local carriers are investing in "Giga Internet," which is considered the next-generation technology for the transmission of high quality viewing images, helped by the Ministry of Science, ICT and Future Planning.
Amid the industry's convergence moves and connectivity between devices, TV users can enjoy a 10 times faster speed than the conventional 100 Mbps connection.