The Internet MPEG Media Transport (MMT) tech, which was jointly developed by Samsung Electronics, a local research institute, and universities, was adopted as a standard for next-generation digital broadcasting in North America and Japan.
Samsung led the efforts to develop the Internet protocol-based multimedia transmission technique with the participation of the Electronics and Telecommunications Research Institute (ETRI), Kyung Hee University, the University of Seoul, and Yonsei University.
According to sources at Samsung on June 1, NHK set up a booth for MMT at an open house event from May 28 to 31. The Japanese broadcasting company demonstrated a function that switches from broadcast networks to Internet networks without interruption, using MMT's function as Japan's next-generation digital broadcasting standard.
At the event, NHK announced that it is planning to start pilot UHD broadcasts for Super High Vision from next year, an 8K digital broadcasting service using the MMT method, and to provide actual broadcasting services starting in 2018.
The MMT technique was also selected as a core transmission tech standard for next-generation digital broadcasting services in North America early this year. Shanghai Jiao Tong University is currently considering whether or not to introduce the method as well, as it is working on a project entitled Next Generation Broadcast – Wireless (NGB-W), to develop a standard for China's next-generation digital broadcasting services.
The MMT tech is considered to be a favored tech standard in local UHD broadcasting, which has already begun, with the goal to be completed within this year.
As the MMT method is receiving a lot of attention as a core tech standard for next-generation digital broadcasting services around the world, Samsung and other participants that developed the technology anticipate that they will be able to receive a significant amount of royalties through their intellectual property rights.
As a result, the industry expects that the adoption of the standard will generate trillions of won in the nation over the next 20 years through royalties and the export and import substitution of local broadcast receiver and transmission equipment manufacturers.