[article] Warner Bros. kills Asian streaming haven DramaFever. (10/17)

Cloud cover by Stephe, Managing Editor ^@@^

** Edited to add 11/18: I’m just now realizing I was so enraged at Warner and distracted that I forgot to publish this post after I wrote it a month ago! LOL! Well, there’s someone somewhere who still doesn’t know the news, and it needs to be on the blog for future reference anyway, soooo better late than never. LOL ^@@^


If Rain’s pics could talk: “And just how are my global fans supposed to watch my stuff now? Answer me!”

It’s the end of an era, folks.

Yesterday, Warner Media shut 9-year-old streaming giant DramaFever totally and completely down, with NO WARNING at all, while many subscribers were literally watching their shows.

DramaFever was a godsend and a trailblazer for legal Asian and Hispanic entertainment streaming. We met so many new friends there that we otherwise wouldn’t have. I loved the years we partnered with them while I wrote news articles there. I don’t know any other On Demand source of a near-complete HD collection of Rain’s shows English-subbed. There is a way to do things, Big Corporation, and this was not it! Your 4 million+ subscribers deserved better. 😠

Anyone have recommendations for drama-watching going forward? Viki? Hulu? Soompi TV? Netflix? (Although, we already know no site out there will be like DramaFever was.) ^@@^


C|NET 10/17/2018 – by Zoey Chong

Warner Bros. kills Asian streaming haven DramaFever

It’s a sad day for Korean drama fans.

Warner Bros has axed its streaming service DramaFever with immediate effect, it announced on its website Tuesday. The service was best known for making Kdramas accessible to its subscribers, though Chinese and Japanese content were also available on the site.

The company confirmed the closure to CNET in an email: “Today, Warner Bros. Digital Networks will be closing its DramaFever OTT service due to business reasons and in light of the rapidly changing marketplace for K-drama content, a staple of the service’s programming. Warner Bros. Digital Labs, which encompasses more than two-thirds of the DramaFever workforce, will continue operating, serving as the tech engine behind many of WBDN’s operations,” said a spokesperson. (con’t)

» You can READ this article in its entirety on C|NET HERE.

~ by Cloud USA on November 18, 2018.

5 Responses to “[article] Warner Bros. kills Asian streaming haven DramaFever. (10/17)”

  1. Not cool Warner Bros….not cool! These corporate entities don’t give a damn about anything except profits. They don’t care what they disrupt. Honestly, I hadn’t been watching Dramafever long before the infamous shutdown. I had a technical issue with my account that I couldn’t seem to get resolved, so I stopped watching.

    As of late, I’ve been watching dramas on random free sites. The ones that break up the episodes into 3 or 4 parts. This can be annoying…But you still have access to current dramas. So, this is how I’m watching mine for now. Who knows how long even that will last.

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  2. Hi, there! I’m still heartbroken over DF. I have tried a few services but, only KOCOWA seems to offer the majority of what I need, along with a few other variety shows that weren’t available on DF. Currently they have Full House, A Love to Kill and My Lovely Girl. Maybe they’ll get others stuff at some point. They aren’t perfect but they may be worth a look. Good luck!

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  3. I was shocked when Dramafever shut down! How dare the “WB” close the best entertainment of Asian Artist there is!!! WHY is this the case and what can we do to get it back? Was this administration involved??? How about using the My Drama List site as an alternative? It has everything EXCEPT Streaming!! We Clouds in NC love RAIN forever 🙂 (Also, thanks Stephie for sending us the official notice, much appreciated) BTW, can we still watch Asian Dramas and Movies on Netflix?? Please respond, thanks

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    • Hi, Ruth. 🙂 Nice to meet you. There were petitions going around after the closing, with lots of signatures, but unfortunately there is nothing anyone can do to make Warner bring DramaFever back. They intend to open a new entertainment streaming service next year, but I see nothing about Asian dramas at all. I want nothing to do with whatever the heck they’re going to be selling.

      I’ve never been to My Drama List… I’ll have to check it out!

      As far as I know, Asian dramas and movies are still on Netflix.

      Stephe ^@@^

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