Other info on the Korean HDTV rollout.http://www.dtg.org.uk/reference/dtt_world/dtt_korea.htm
"Korea was one of the first nations outside America to decide on the ATSC standard for digital terrestrial broadcasting, adopting it for HDTV transmission in 1997. Transmission and encoding equipment has been developed between Korean broadcasting System (KBS), LG and Hyundai and trial transmissions were begun in the spring of 1999 from Kwanak Mountain near Seoul, using a 1kW transmitter in Band III.
Initial field test results suggest that the transmission is less robust to geographic conditions than analogue, requiring a 30 - 50% increase in transmitted power. Further tests and improvements took place during the remainder of 1999 and 2000 and results presented at Broadcast Asia in June 2000. KBS claimed to show equivalent reception to NTSC but DVB supporters in the audience commented on the large number of receive sites for which reception of AYSC was not possible.
In February 2001, the Korean Broadcast Engineers and Technicians Association, KOBETA, hosted a well-attended seminar on DVB-T. KOBETA plans comparative tests of DVB-T and ATSC systems following indications that the regulatory body KBC (Korean Broadcasting Commission) might be prepared to recommend a change of standard to the government if the trial results were convincingly to favour DVB-T.
Broadcasters generally favour DVB-T although so far the consumer industry remains solidly pro-ATSC.
Tests are scheduled within six months, and the final decision on the system to be adopted has now been postponed until the end of this year. Original plans to launch services this year are now on hold. KOBETA are seeking technical support for the DVB-T trial, including the provision of suitable 6 MHz receivers. DTT has been envisaged as high definition along the US model, but there is a growing appreciation, particularly amongst the broadcasters, that DVB-T's flexible ability to offer multicasting as well as HDTV, together with portable and mobile reception, and the opportunities provided by DVB-MHP for datacasting."
Graves fails to allay Korean fears 19 September 2000 - Korea> ATSC chairman, Robert Graves' visit to South Korea has failed to allay the doubts of Korean broadcasters' association KOBETA, regarding viability of the
Graves, who met members of KOBETA (Korean Broadcasting Engineers and Technicians Association) and officials of the Ministry of Information and Communication (MIC) September 14, highlighted the improvements being developed to the transmission standard.
However, a source said, Graves did not address Korea's poor ATSC field test results, which recorded only 52% of success rate for reception in urban areas.
"Graves talked about improvements which would be seen in the future, but he didn't provide any immediate solutions", said the source.
Graves also met with executives of Korea Broadcasting System, the public broadcaster, which carried out the field tests. The ATSC standard had been under fire for its poor performance in indoor and mobile reception.
KOBETA member, Seok Won Hyuk said the association was disappointed with Graves' "unsubstantial presentation".
He added, "KOBETA now plans to push the government to adopt DVB-T after the results we got and what we saw in countries which adopted the European standard".
Seok said a meeting with MIC will be set later.