USB Socket, A Must-Have TV Accessory in North Korea

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Fascinating (and sobering) article on watching television in North Korea from New Focus International:

The second feature is miniaturization. Ms Kim said that in order not to be caught by surveillance officers, people prefer small, portable TVs that are easy to hide. She said that the latest must-have item is a miniature TV with a USB socket.

Kim Yoon-suk, who escaped North Korea six months ago, said, “Recently, people have begun trading USBs loaded with episodes of South Korean TV dramas. That’s because USB sticks are easier to hide than CDs. When I watch dramas on a miniature TV with an attached USB stick, I feel more relaxed. Even if the security officer makes a surprise visit, I can just take out the USB and say that I have not been watching anything illegal.”

…puts the issues around the geo-locking of iPlayer in context.

Ewan Spence
Ewan Spence is a blogger, author and writer based out of Edinburgh, Scotland. In addition to his own blog, he has contributed and contributes to BBC News, BBC Magazine (online), The Stage (UK Arts and Entertainment Newspaper), Computing (VNU), iProng Magazine, IT Pro, O’Reilly’s Make Magazine, Palmtop Magazine, Podcast User Magazine, UK Tech and UK Mobile Blognation, PDA Essentials, Mobile Messaging 2.0 and All About Symbian.

He wrote the book Rapid Mobile Enterprise Development for Symbian OS and has audio program commissions for BBC Radio 5 Live – Through the Night and Pods and Blogs, Computer Outlook Talk Radio Show and Talk 107. He also regularly speaks at and moderates panels at high profile technology conferences around the world.

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