Crunchyroll has long been a premiere destination for video streaming anime, now the company has announced the beta launch of a new streaming service dedicated to super-serving fans of Korean dramas and other Korean programs. The new service, called “KDrama”, is available immediately to all current Crunchyroll subscribers and will be launched to the public in the coming weeks.
The content lineup includes simulcasts of primetime Korean drama shows from Korea’s leading broadcast networks KBS, MBC, SBS and CJ E&M and features exclusive content offerings, along with thousands of hours of new and catalog titles. Leveraging its expertise and leadership in simulcast and global video streaming, KDrama will deliver simulcast episodes the same day as their TV broadcasts in Korea, with professional English language subtitles. KDrama viewers can watch via www.kdrama.com, Android, and iOS, with additional platforms to be announced. The service, launching first in North America, will offer both advertising-supported content free to all viewers, as well as a premium subscription service. During the limited beta period, existing Crunchyroll subscribers can access the premium KDrama subscription at no additional charge.
“We are focused on serving new and avid fans by bringing them the best and most complete content offerings. Our KDrama offering provides fans with the best Korean dramas in a clean and simple user experience” said Founder and CEO, Kun Gao. “We are excited to provide exclusive beta access of KDrama to our existing Crunchyroll subscribers at no charge, and we are always looking for more opportunities to bring additional value to our most loyal members.”
The launch of Kdrama comes on the heels of recent Crunchyroll announcements. In January, Crunchyroll announced a groundbreaking winter season line-up of more than 50 anime simulcasts – the broadest offering of fresh, subtitled anime content available on any platform globally. Approximately 90% of all non-kids anime titles on-air in Japan currently stream for their global premieres on the Crunchyroll service within minutes of their Japanese TV broadcasts. In addition to streaming content to viewers and subscribers from more than 200 countries and territories in multiple languages, Crunchyroll continues to super-serve the anime audience beyond video. In January, Crunchyroll expanded its digital manga (comic book) distribution platform to include 20 translated titles that become available to subscribers globally as soon as they hit newsstands in Japan. Crunchyroll Manga features titles from leading publishers such as Kodansha, Shonen Gohasha and Futabasha.
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