DramaFever is the latest niche video service snapped up by a major corporation. So why is everyone suddenly interested in Korean dramas?
Viki wants to expand to around 40 content genres from around the world, and it’s starting with Bollywood movies.
DramaFever hopes that a Korean penguin is going to be the next big hit for kids TV in the U.S. The site, better known for Korean soap operas, just opened a kids section.
Viki, the international streaming video service that recently got acquired by Japan’s Rakuten, just took a big step into the Chinese market: Viki is supplying Baidu with movies and TV shows from a variety of countries including South Korea, Japan, the U.K. and the U.S., which will be available with ads on Baidu’s site as well as through the company’s mobile apps. U.S. fare will come from the Cartoon Network and other Turner channels. Viki CEO and co-founder Razmig Hovaghimian told me recently that global expansion is a big part of his plans for 2014.
Chromecast now plays local and cloud content, thanks to support for Plex, Avia and Realplayer Cloud. The streaming stick also added Revision3, Vevo, Viki and others.
It’s true: The Chernin Group has acquired a majority stake in Crunchyroll, an online video service specialized in Anime.
After getting itself acquired by Japan’s Rakuten, Viki is now looking to brand and eventually personalize content discovery.
Content arbitrage is hot: Viki, which opens up foreign markets for TV shows around the globe, just got snapped up for $200 million.
Viki secured a bunch of new content for its global TV platform, including Japanese TV shows that have never been available in other countries.
Global TV platform Viki banks on content arbitrage – and now syndicates some of its content to Amazon’s Prime Instant subscribers.