Korean TV Premieres

KCP Global, a joint venture of Korea’s three largest broadcasters – KBS, MBC and SBS – has launched Kocowa, a streaming service for fans of K-drama (Korean films and TV series) and K-pop (Korean pop music and idol groups).

The joint venture offers programs from all three broadcasters, including TV series, variety shows and music videos. Programs will be made available in the US, with English translation, up to six hours after their Korean broadcast.

“Korean pop stars, such as PSY and BTS, have captured global audiences, forging interest in discovering more Korean stars and TV programs,” said Junsik Kim, CEO of KCP. “Kocowa offers a single destination to discover the best of all types of Korean TV programs, from drama to variety.”

Kocowa’s lineup includes the dramas School 2017 (pictured left) Into the World Again and The King in Love, as well as variety shows Running Man and 2 Days 1 Night. This Thanksgiving, subscribers will have “exclusive video access” to the 2017 world tour of popular K-pop artist G-Dragon, titled Act III, M.O.T.T.E (Moment of Truth: The End). G-Dragon’s 2017 tour is the largest concert tour ever conducted by a Korean solo artist, according to Billboard.

Kocowa offers several subscription options. There’s an unusual 99-cent daily plan, which allows viewers full access to ad-free content for one day. A $6.99 monthly plan enables unlimited access to all content, ad-free. A $69.99 annual membership includes a discount for two months and “surprise gifts.” Both the monthly and annual plans include a month-long free trial.

Finally, there’s a free option, allowing viewers who sign up as members, or anonymously, to access a limited amount of content, with ads and subtitles, by clicking on “Taste24.” Upon joining for free, however, The Savvy Screener found that, as of yet, no free content is available.

You can stream the service now, as a subscriber, at Kocowa. KCP also plans to make Kocowa available to stream on smart TVs and via downloadable apps.

According to KCP, there are an estimated 35 million K-wave fans globally, with 8 million in the US.

For more, visit Kocowa.

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