Tuesday, October 25, 2005

Football video clips a target for Korean Net portals

South Korea's internet portal sites are looking to use sport and games clips to grow into web-based television stations. "We are currently talking with terrestrial and cable television broadcasters to air their programs on the Net," Lee Sang-hoon, spokesperson of NHN which operates South Korea's largest portal site naver.com, told The Korea Times. "We can't name the broadcasters at this moment, but we are seeking ways to broadcast programs that can draw the attention of the young generation, such as StarCraft video games, for example."

Whe launched in December, NHN's projected Web television service will offer a 'scene searching service'. "You may not want to watch a full 90-minute football game if you just want to see how Park Ji-sung scores for Manchester United. Our site will provide only the highlight scenes in such games, making it more comfortable and time-saving for watchers," Lee said. The two portal giants NHN and Daum Communications are reportedly trailing the other three top ROK portals, Yahoo Korea, Dreamwiz and Empas in implementing their services.

See also: Asia leading the market for premium internet video (20 Oct)

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