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Korean terrestrial and cable operators reach agreement on transmission fees

KBS 2TV programming has returned to the homes of millions of South Koreans after a 28-hour standoff ended between cable providers and TV networks over screening fees. Cable system operators resumed relaying KBS 2TV programs after multi-system operator CJ Hello Vision and TV networks reached an agreement on fees to screen their programs.

Despite resuming the broadcast signal, cable TV system operators are expected to face fines or other sanctions from the Korean Communications Commission since the severing of the KBS 2TV signal was illegal. The cable providers also did not follow the commission’s orders to resume the broadcast by 8 p.m. local time on Thursday.

The 15-million households that were unable to watch KBS 2TV programs for two days have been issuing complaints. Messages denouncing the operators’ action were posted on social network services