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DramaFever adds more K-drama

US-based video streaming service DramaFever, which is reportedly up for sale, has signed a multi-year licensing deal with Korean distributor CJ E&M.

DramaFever president Suk Park

DramaFever president Suk Park

The company, which Warner Bros is rumoured to be interested in buying a majority stake in, claims to be the largest online video platform for Asian content in North and South America.

Its new agreement with CJ E&M will bring Korean television series and feature films to its OTT digital video network, including eight exclusive K-dramas, at least 10 exclusive new feature films, as well as more than 350 hours of other drama and variety programmes.

DramaFever, currently owned by Japanese telecoms firm SoftBank, will have distribution rights throughout the US and Canada, with some titles extending into Latin America, along with rights to redistribute through Hulu and iTunes.

“The growth of the Korean entertainment movement has been astonishing, as can be seen by the influence and popularity of K-Dramas and K-Pop music beyond Korea, throughout Asia, and into North and South America,” said president and co-founder of DramaFever, Suk Park.

DramaFever’s catalogue holds more than 15,000 hours of licensed content from 70 partners in more than 15 countries, including South Korea, Japan, China and Taiwan. It also recently branched out into offering content from the UK.

Many series on DramaFever are available to watch for free alongside advertising, while others are behind a paywall, with subscription offers beginning at US$1.99 per month.

For more analysis of DramaFever, see C21’s recent Digital Buyers Report on the company.

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