Dave Matthews Band is my most favorite band, but the DMB in the title doesn’t stand for the band’s initial. DMB or digital multimedia broadcasting has been in Korea for more than three years now. It’s the mobile TV standard in South Korea.
I bought the DMB player above for my husband. It was my Christmas present for him. He usually spends almost two hours a day commuting to and from work. There are “handphones” (Korean term for mobile phone) equipped with a DMB player but my husband wouldn’t buy a new phone since the one he’s using is still in great condition. He’s not so crazy about trends.
Last Saturday I used the DMB player since my parents-in-law (who were visiting) were watching TV while my husband used our PC and our son was watching “Ratatouille” (for the nth time!) I chanced upon a special documentary on poverty on MBC’s DMB channel. They focused on a less fortunate family in the Philippines, a relatively young mother of six was having a difficult time budgeting her husband’s 300 peso-a-day salary. A few shoppers at the Commonwealth market were also interviewed about the prices of food in the Philippines.
Being an expat in a country where there is no TFC, I am always excited to see my country/men on TV. I am also amused at how the Philippines is portrayed on Korean TV like the special KBS series last year.
Back to DMB, the reception is so clear and the sound always crisp. It’s accessbile even from the subways or basements. There are only a handful of channels but even just myYTN is enough for my husband.


  1. It’s nice to know that you’re always excited when you get to see news about our kababayans..nakakamiss talaga ang Pinas!

    1. @sollee >> oo naman, lalo na father-in-law ko pag nakakita ng pinoy sa TV eh tatawag sa bahay kahit alas-5 ng umaga!

    1. @arvinsign >> true… a DMB is a boredom killer and every bored ajumma in the subway should get one so they won’t have to spend their time staring at a foreigner (who, if she happens to be me, could engage in a staring contest with one eyebrow raised)

    1. i bought the Insmobile Me online
      the Oracom A9 is also nice as it has a korean-english-korean dictionary but the screen is a little small at 2.4″
      the TG Pholic has a navigation… it’s also nice
      before deciding on the Insmobile Me online, i spent a total of 14 hours in Yongsan and Technomart trying all the different brands/kinds of mini PMP/DMB players… ang dami kong nairitang seller 😀
      the iRiver Clix was on sale at Homever last October for 75,000 won but it doesn’t have a card slot and the screen is only 2.2″

  2. cher have a look at the iriver clix. It fits well for a woman since they have this model with an oozing pink color..and its affordable

  3. do they have these phones with DMB in the states?? sheesh i think america is behind on cell tech. lols. I can’t really afford buying another cell anyways– i still have my old phone and it works just fine. I saw a korean drama where a girl was using her cell and when she was talking to this person, you can see their faces. I thought that was kinda cool– It must be expensive in the states, since I find it rare people using this kind of feature in their cells.

  4. @betchay
    hehe thats true. 🙂 Maybe someday, the govt will allocate DMBs for them as part of their retirement insurance and pay package. hehe

  5. I also saw this sbs (? i think) documentary via my 공짜 phone that came with DMB capability.
    It is about Filipinas who got married with Koreans (then got divorced? not quite so sure). They work in Korea, and they are even Korean citizens because their 주민등록증 were shown (names blurred, of course), but their children are left behind in the care of relatives in the Philippines. Have you seen this? It was aired something like 2 or 3 days ago.

  6. Hi Tita, I have long awaited for an update on your site. Parang #2 source ko na po ito about what’s over there in Korea. (#1 is the website of The Korea Times that I access through the nice new Naver homepage)…
    May bagong movie na po pala ang 2 year old ninyo… Well my 6 year old younger bro is still into the Cars… out na nga po ‘yun dito eh. Wall-E naman po…
    DMB is very interesting! Sana po meron n’yan dito sa Canada!!! We have TFC here, dito sa Canada po I mean, but my parents won’t spend bucks on those luxuries.
    Optional Value-Added-Channel po ang TV dito and available lang po through a single cable provider… sayang lang po na ‘yun ang pinakamahal.
    Aarons last blog post..미국 키즈사이트

    1. hi Aaron! oo sa ‘kin din luxury ang cable… we pay 2,500 won a month (barely $2) for our 65-something channels… marami naman packages dito eh… yung internet/phone/digital tv package ay halos $35 lang a month at ang bilis pa ng internet… mga pinoy tv shows naman marami sa internet… dun na lang ako
      like na like ng son ko Ratatouille kasi minsan naglalakad kami may nakita kaming dalawang albino rats at nakipaglaro kami! since then eh tuwang tuwa na siya sa daga… LOL

  7. Korea has had DMB capability since 2004 although the trials were started much earlier. Most Korean mobile phones today have capabilities unlike other countries like face to face conversation, and built-in electronic credit card chip features.

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