Viki News

I use a Roku stick to watch Viki content (now that the app on my Smart TV is one of many that is no longer so very “smart”) and it works a treat, but I got the following email from Viki of some changes to be aware of in the coming weeks. Just a little heads up…

Dear Vikian,

Happy Tuesday! (Or Wednesday, for those of you across the globe!)

We noticed that you have a Viki Pass subscription and have watched some shows using our app on Roku, so we wanted to let you know about some important changes coming your way.

Your Viki Pass plan includes early or limited access to Kocowa TV, which has switched over to using DRM-enabled video streams. DRM, or Digital Rights Management, is a technology used by content providers to protect their content. However, our app on Roku wasn’t originally designed to play these streams.

This means that, starting May 1st, when you land on a Kocowa TV title, the video playback will end up failing. But not for long! Our team is working hard to revamp our app so that ALL videos on Viki can be played on Roku for a far better experience. Look out for a new release at the end of May 2018!

In the meantime, check out how you can watch Viki Pass Plus shows using our other available apps and devices here.

We hope to have our new Roku app available soon so you can continue watching without any interruptions!

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact our Community Experience team via support.viki.com.

Thank you for your support!

Love,
Team Viki

#viki

Broke down and watched first 3 eps of First Life

The pull of Lee Minki was too strong! Plus, I keep seeing small references to the plot on my Tlist so I thought I’d watch it in progress so I’m not constantly avoiding spoilers. After what I’ve seen so far, without providing spoiler details myself, I’ll encourage you to do so too, even if we suffer the wait times for new episodes.

I have no idea when they actually finished filming the second episode of this drama but all I have to say is that it is extremely topical! They’ve managed to make me feel all the feels essential to a good drama in just these few first hours — I feel outraged for the heroine, I applaud her actions and love the support she gets from her friends, just as I have a good feeling for his quirks and behaviors and without knowing exactly why he is the way he is, I feel that he’s got solid reasons and I am drawn to him too. Yes, I hate the center part hairstyle, but there are a few moments where we’re treated to full face reaction shots and if they don’t trigger an immediate ‘Awww!’ from you I will be very surprised!

They’ve also built a solid support system for her character and they too have their topical stories, Esom in particular is also equally topical to Jo Sung-min’s issue in episode 2. The guy who was the crack detective/TV host in Queen of Mystery is also in this as the CEO of the company that Lee Minki works for; they’ve developed a successful Tinder-like app, so again, more up-to-the-moment feels for this story.

If it stays on track this could be one of the year’s best — fingers crossed!

#because-this-is-my-first-life, #first-life, #jo-sung-min, #lee-min-ki, #viki

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