Thanks to my thirst for this, I’m loving my Roku streaming player more and more each day. The Roku has channels that give a sneak peek into various cultures and performing talents from around the world.
dramas. Korean Drama — referred to as K-drama to be exact — is what I’m watching via the DramaFever channel.
I added the DramaFever channel the day I got my Roku. However, I only had watched a few random first episodes of the many dramas offered. The DramaFever channel only allows you to view the first episode of a saga for free.
The first time I ventured into the DramaFever channel, I watched an episode of “I Need Romance.” By the end of the episode, I wanted more but somehow resisted my initial urges and didn’t immediately subscribe to a premium subscription plan.
Fast-forward to a couple weekends ago, when I decided to check out another random episode to watch on DramaFever. This time, I watched “Boys Over Flowers.”
From that moment on, I’ve been hooked.
The first episode of was so engaging that I quickly headed over to the DramaFever website and subscribed. I finished watching the entire 25-episode drama in five days. I loved it and highly recommend it.
At the time I subscribed to the channel, I didn’t know other Roku channels also offered Asian dramas. I later found Asian drama offered on Hulu Plus and Netflix as well. DramaFever provides the K-dramas on Hulu.
However, it is much harder to find Asian drama on the Hulu Plus and Netflix Roku channels compared to DramaFever. Adding the dramas to a queue on a computer first might help in that situation. Also, Hulu Plus and Netflix offer a very limited amount of Asian drama.
If you have a Roku, I highly recommend the DramaFever channel. Or if you currently subscribed to Hulu Plus or Netflix, take a look at some Asian dramas.
If you don’t have a Roku, you can still catch the dramas on YouTube or on many web- sites. Most of the sites are just portals with links to the online content.
Here are a few great sites to start with when looking for Asian dramas:
- DramaFever at www.dramafever.com. It is officially licensed to provide the drama content, which is subtitled in English. The premium subscription offers commercial-free episodes and faster access to new episodes.
- Korean-Drama-Guide at www.korean-drama-guide.com. It’s an “informative guide of Korean drama, music, news and movie database.” It features summaries for all the dramas in its database, links to official websites and all other information about the dramas.
- Hulu’s offerings for Korean drama at www.hulu.com/search/search_tag?query=korean+drama. Most of Hulu’s K-drama offerings can only been seen on a computer.
- Netflix has some K-drama offerings on instant play and more streaming from their website.
Microsoft has released the Windows 8 preview for anyone interested. The download is from 2.8-4.8GB in size. Get a free copy at http://msdn.microsoft.com/en-us/windows/apps/br229516.
KDrama by Crunchyroll Inc. at http://itunes.apple.com/us/app/kdrama-watch-korean-dramas/id450544443?mt=8 lets you view Korean dramas on the go. It requires iOS 4.0 or later.
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