Originally posted by Dee-ehn
Is HDTV in Korea yet available? Here in Europe I’ve never seen it before (well I’ve seen it, but not at ppl’s home)…
It’s awkward for me to realize (again and again) why HDTV is so rare in Europe when average South Koreans earn less than half of what average Europeans earn and the same consumer electronics products cost 20-50% or even 200-1000% more here than China, Japan, and the US. The first Sony Hi-Vision HDTV was displayed more than 10 years ago in Tokyo.
HDTV cards are popular here though hardware-based PCI cards usually cost 50% more than 1.8GHz Pentium 4 Northwood processors (but still cheaper than DVD writers and 29-inch SD analogue TV set.) I don’t know how many households in South Korea can watch HDTV-broadcasted programs right now or how many people have a HDTV set at their home. The South Korean government has strongly supported HDTV, nation-wide home Internet (DSL and fiber), and other Hi-Tech projects for more than ten years.
Enough number of forum users in South Korea are already using both VDSL and HDTV so they can upload HDTV-captured music and news video on forums (not yet prohibited in any way as far as I know) to let us believe anything less than VDSL and HDTV are outdated by now (one forum I founded in January 1999 had 100GB server HDD space plus 100GB more for backup by mid-1999 thanks to the first South Korean broadband company Thrunet’s support for communities.)
I have no serious interest in buying a US$10,000 HDTV yet (I’ll probably buy one if I make US$50,000 a year) when I can have a P4 2GHz PC with a HDTV card, 4x DVD writer, 21-inch CRT monitor, 8Mbps ADSL, etc. for less than $1,000.