Those were the days where k-drama fans have to religiously check through various websites to see if “subs are out”.
Note: subs is short for subtitles. If one says “subs”, you bet that’s a k-drama fan alright.
Things changed when apps come in to offer consistent release of subtitled k-drama and variety shows.
The player to join the market, Viu, has seen huge success since debut.
And here’s why:
1.What is Viu?
Viu is a streaming service that started out in 2015 and gained rising popularity in 2016.
It was launched in Singapore on 11 January 2016. Most Singaporeans would know it about it due to Descendants of the Sun, as it was the only legit source to watch the crazily popular K-drama.
You can download the app from Google’s Play Store and also the App Store. Alternatively, you can also use their website.
2.What kind of content do they offer?
Viu provides dramas, variety shows, movies and more.
While the bulk of the content is from Korea, Viu is expanding their content sources to other countries such as Hong Kong and Thailand as well.
For those of you TVB fans, here’s your calling!
3.Where is Viu from?
Viu is operated by Hong Kong firm PCCW Media and was launched on 26 October 2015. In 2016, Viu also launched Viu Malaysia and Viu India on 4 March.
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Two months later, Viu Indonesia was launched on 26 May and Viu Philippines was the last to launch on 17 November 2016.
Each one caters to the specific preferences of the country by providing special content.
4.Largest content deal in Asia
Just in January this year, Viu signed a deal to gain access to over 80% of Korean cable TV firm JTBC.
This is the largest regional content volume that JTBC has signed in Asia, according to Rapid TV News.
Viu currently also has access to major Korean broadcasters KBS, MBC, SBS, and CJ E&M.
Viu supposedly offers the largest amount of K-dramas and K-variety in the whole of Southeast Asia.
At $5.98/month, Viu offers a membership called Viu Premium (VP).
Alternatively, you can also choose to use Free Viu (FV) if you’re not intending to make the full use of your membership.
With FV, users can only catch the new releases 72 hours (3 days) after they air in Korea. VP allows members to have priority viewing in just 8 hours after release.
FV limits users’ access to only dramas and variety while VP gives members the all-access pass to their content.
For those who hate being disturbed by ads, you can also choose to go for VP as it has ‘limited ads’ (so it means still got ads lah).
Lastly, VP also gives members the Full HD resolution (1080p) and you can also connect to the TV via Chromecast or AirPlay. On the other hand, FV users can only watch at 480p without the seamless experience.
Currently, Viu is available in Hong Kong, Malaysia, Singapore, India, Indonesia, Philippines, Thailand, United Arab Emirates, Saudi Arabia, Qatar, Kuwait, Oman, Bahrain, Egypt and Jordan.
Yeah, it’s that crazy.
According to the country you’re from, Viu will offer the languages spoken.
For example, Hong Kong users will have Traditional Chinese subtitles and those in the Philippines will have English and Tagalog subtitles. Interestingly, for the Singapore market, they have four languages for you to choose from, with the option of even Simple or Traditional Chinese subs.
8. K1 Headlines & Trailers
Under K1 Headlines, Viu has K1 Features, K1 Entertainment News and K1 Breaking News.
They literally feature K-stars and cover entertainment news and breaking news.
If you’ve ever seen your favourite K-drama star(s) greeting you and asking you to catch them on Viu, now you know how they got those exclusive content.
Trailers come in handy when you chance upon a show where you don’t know any of the leads. You can watch all the trailers of the upcoming shows here at Viu as well!
Free Viu users can only download one video at a time. Which means that you can only download a new video after you deleted the previous one.
This is where Viu Premium comes in and offer unlimited downloads for those who often ‘run’ in K-drama marathons non-stop.
This is something most users don’t know about.
There’s a section dedicated to lifestyle videos that are mostly content produced by YouTubers (but not the local ones lah).
But I also saw DBS Sparks series under the section so…erm, it’s just really diverse and really lifestylish lah.
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