LG Uplus brings Google TV to South Korea

South Korean telco combines its IPTV service with the Web giant's Google TV offering, and the partnership represents Google's first collaboration with a carrier.

South Korea's LG Uplus announced Tuesday it is partnering Google to combine both their TV services into one, which would give users in the country access to more TV and Web content with one set-top box.

According to a report by Yonhap News Agency Tuesday, both LG Uplus and Google unveiled its "u+tv G" program, which will combine the carrier's existing Internet Protocol TV (IPTV) with the search giant's Android-based Google TV service. The set-top box for the integrated TV service was jointly developed by LG Uplus and LG Electronics, it added.

Subscribers can access 119 channels and Google's Web services such as the Chrome browser, YouTube, and Google Play, for a monthly fee of 9,900 won (US$9), the report noted.

"The new service will provide differentiated functions and services compared with existing IPTV services. The launch of u+tv G means TVs are evolving into a smart wall," said LG Uplus executive Choi Joo-sik in the report.

In a separate blog post Monday, Google stated the collaboration with LG Uplus meant Google TV is now available in 10 countries. It had previously inked partnerships with manufacturers such as Samsung Electronics and Sony , but the tie-up with LG Uplus is its first with a carrier, Yonhap pointed out.

LG Uplus officials added the company's role will focus on services rather than as a manufacturer, but it may develop TV applications if necessary after consulting Google.