Asia is leading the global 3D broadcasting industry, stepping ahead of the US and Europe, reports The Chosun Ilbo. Japan successfully broadcast 3D HDTV via satellite more than a decade ago during the 1998 Winter Olympics in Nagano, and since 2007 Japan’s BS11 cable channel has been airing 3D sports and travel programs four times a day. Meanwhile in Korea, satellite broadcaster SkyLife launched its 24-hour Sky 3D channel on January 1. According to the report, SkyLife aims to be the nation’s top digital satellite 3D broadcaster and will invest W30 billion over the next three years to obtain and create 3D content, the company’s CEO Lee Mong-ryong said. Meanwhile, the Korea Communications Commission launched a task force at the end of last year to test run 3D super-HD TV broadcasting on terrestrial channels. Additionally, there is heated competition among Asian companies and the UK’s satellite channel BSkyB in Europe and ESPN in the US for 3D broadcasting. Asia has emerged as a leader in the field because the region is home to top TV and audio electronics manufacturers such as Samsung Electronics, LG Electronics, Sony, and Panasonic.
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