One of the benefits to a KOCOWA subscription…

On those evenings when I know it’s too late to start watching something in progress (because I have little restraint and will stay up too late watching more episodes than is good for me), I’ve taken advantage of my subscription to sample some of their older titles on offer. I try and find episodes that I particularly loved in shows that I loved, like Damo (2003).

Swoon… Lee Seo-jin (who will ever be “Sawesome” to me) as the Commander Hwang-bo, the protector and love of Ha Ji-won’s police ‘damo’ Chae-ok, and their myriad looks of longing…

Here’s the DramaWiki synopsis for those of you who’ve never had the pleasure of watching this (spoiler warning: tragic) romance:

“This series took place in the Chosun Dynasty. Chae Ok was separated from her brother when her father, a nobleman, was accused of treason. She managed to make her way and becomes a Damo, a low ranked woman detective. Skilled in swordplay, she must not only fight crime but face inequality because of her status in society. Her brother grew up to be a rebel leader fighting against social injustice and both brother and sister faced off against each other on opposite sides of the law.”

#damo, #ha-ji-won, #kim-min-joon, #kocowa, #lee-seo-jin

First Take: Feel Good to Die

Now that I’ve plunked down money for #KOCOWA, I’ve been sucked into watching on-air dramas, like Matrimonial Chaos (thumbs way up so far), and what better way to scratch my Kang Ji-hwan itch than to check out Feel Good to Die. I was a little hesitant because I’d seen on SMS that he looked ridiculous and I was not having any of that nonsense, but I’d seen a preview in which he’s roaring at his direct report, played by Baek Jin-hee (who I also like as a female lead) and not only did he look FINE, but he was hilarious, especially the way he used his voice to exaggerate his tone. There was this particular “trill” that had me LMAO.

The premise revolves around the workplace shenanigans of a mid-size chaebol business, where Kang Ji-hwan is a righteous prig of a manager (the marketing department) and he annoys the Hades out of his staff with his correctness and nitpicky ways. Baek Jin-hee is one of his team and she’s trying to stay under the radar and just survive daily, but he manages to push her anger levels too high by insulting a heavily pregnant teammate that she wishes he’d just die. And he does, spectacularly, again and again. She’s caught in a time loop, of sorts, and until she can get him to do things better it’s “shampoo, rinse, repeat.”

Based on the article referenced earlier on workplace conditions, the things he says to the pregnant worker is probably one of the least egregious examples of poor management, but it IS one of the lessons he’s got to learn (I think).

Four hours in and I’m enjoying it. He may be playing a prig, but he’s a fine-looking one at that (how can he be 41?) and he’s having fun with the comedic aspects of his role. I think that there will be a change in his demeanor in the episodes to come that will be even more gratifying – or at least I hope so!

Is this drama also a romance? I don’t know if Baek Jin-hee will find true love with him or not, but they’ve introduced Gong Myung (who was so charming in Drinking Solo) as the grandson of the CEO who finds her fascinating. He’s already stated his interest so he’s probably doomed to SLS already, or should I say, once again. He’s cute, but he’s no Kang Ji-hwan!

#baek-jin-hee, #feel-good-to-die, #gong-myung, #kang-ji-hwan

KOCOWA beta testing a Roku App

They still have some work to do; it’s not as robust as the Viki app for Roku, but it’s a start. I picked up a Chromecast dongle last week, of course, and now it looks like it won’t be needed — unless the KOCOWA app isn’t ready for prime time.

I’m still up in the air trying to figure out what I’ll do with regards to subscriptions. I’ll see how much I use one over the other through the balance of the year and who gets which shows, and make my decision based on usage.

#kocowa, #roku

Korean Broadcasters Launch U.S. Streaming Service, Taking on Warner Bros.’ DramaFever

Did y’all see this, by Todd Spangler 3 days ago in Variety?

“American fans of Korean dramas and K-pop are getting a new streaming-video option: Kocowa, a service launching in the U.S. from the three biggest broadcasters in Korea.

Kocowa offers U.S. audiences access to a lineup of Korean TV programs from all three broadcasters — KBS, MBC and SBS — as soon as six hours after they’re broadcast in Korea. The service will compete primarily with DramaFever, the Korean-entertainment streaming service owned by Warner Bros.

Launching Monday, Kocowa (on the web at kocowa.com) is available for 99 cents per day, $6.99 monthly or $69.99 per year; in addition, there’s a free option with ads that enables access to content within 24 hours of release. The service is launching from KCP Global, an L.A.-based joint venture formed in November 2016 by the trio of broadcasters.

Shows on Kocowa include popular TV dramas such as “School 2017” (pictured above), “Into the World Again,” “The King in Love,” “Dear Fair Lady Kong Shim,” “My Father Is Strange,” and “The King 2 Hearts.” The service also offers 2016’s two most popular Korean variety shows, “Running Man” and “2 Days 1 Night.”

“We are thrilled to bring the best of Korean TV to U.S. audiences with Kocowa,” KCP Global CEO Jungsik Kim said in a statement. “We not only offer the best of Korean TV, we also offer it very fast, with very high-quality translations.”

Over the 2017 Thanksgiving holiday, Kocowa subscribers also will have exclusive video access to the 2017 World Tour of top K-pop artist G-Dragon, titled “Act III, M.O.T.T.E” (“Moment of Truth: The End”), in North and South America.

To provide Korean programs nearly simultaneously in the U.S. after they air, the company is working with a certified translation team that immediately translates the programs into English when the programs run in Korea.

KCP using service providers for infrastructure management, billing and customer services, include Kaltura for the streaming video and Stripe for billing, along with others including Viki and On Demand Korea.

KCP estimates that there are an estimated 35 million fans of Korean entertainment and pop culture globally, with 8 million “K-wave” aficionados in the U.S. Kocowa is currently available in North and South America.

Kocowa, which stands for “Korean Content Wave,” is available on multiple platforms including PC, mobile and tablet. Later this year, the service also will be available to stream on connected TVs.”

 

#dramafever, #kocowa, #viki