Korea's Hanaro Telecom to Launch Web Theater
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Hanaro Telecom, Korea's new local phone service carrier, is to launch the Internet movie theater of first-run films through high-speed Internet access.
So far, some local service providers featured previews or second-run films through the Internet. But, it will be the first time in Korea that a newly released film is to be screened on the Internet.
The new movie service will be offered to subscribers of Hanaro Telecom's high-speed Internet access service at a speed of 24 frames per second, in full-screen to owners of a 15-inch monitor, according to the officials.
Hanaro plans to offer the online first-run movie service at 2,500 won (US$2.10), nearly half the admission fee of local movie theaters for such newly released films. The company will charge the fee on customers' phone bills.
The officials said that Hanaro is scheduled to show Austin Powers on the Internet every Saturday and Sunday from July 24 through August 15.
Only Hanaro Telecom's 15,000 ADSL subscribers will be able to enjoy this Internet movie service. Thus, it will take some time until the Internet theater gain greater popularity in Korea, according to the officials.