The other day, I met my friend Azi at the coffee shop halfway between my house and hers (actually, since I take a bus and a train to get there it is way closer to her house, the cheater). This coffee shop happens to be the Korean coffee chain, Cafe Bene. When Azi was at the counter (she bought my coffee, so I guess she gets a pass on the cheating) she picked up this card and gave it to me because it ‘looked Korean’.
Turns out it’s for an (I’m thinking legal) drama watching site called On Demand Korea.
Now, I’m not sure if this is a new thing or if I’ve just been oblivious to its existence, but the site has new stuff, apparently exclusive stuff, old stuff, and the hard to find variety show. Looking through their titles they have variety shows I’ve been looking to check out and some I never even knew existed.
Like this one with Kim Jong Kook.
I didn’t even know he was on another show! I immediately informed the McFeeley’s of this and got something to the tune of ‘eh, is it like Running Man? No? Then stuff your new KJK!’ Since I’m currently in a one-sided fight with the guy, that was fine by me.
Now, the one thing I have noticed about this site is the fact that not everything is subbed. Some things are subbed in other languages some are not subbed at all. However, they do have a handy guide to inform you whether the selection is subbed and in which language.
The whole thing does make me wonder about the inner workings of the company and their plans going forward. Do they plan on becoming a competitor in the subbing race? Is it an aggregate site? Or is it tossed up as a bit of an afterthought, kind of a “if we have it we might as well put it out there.” —I’m leaning aggregate site.
I like the idea of more legal sites popping up out there as—isn’t this solid that proof Korean dramas are getting bigger here? Which means yay, we aren’t the weird ones anymore! (Riggght?? Sigh. Probably not.) I also like the idea of more sites as, like here, we’re going to be able to get our hands on content which was not easily available to us before.
Looks like they work like other sites out there, with commercials and the option of a premium monthly service. This is where the card comes in. Apparently, this Cafe Bene (could be all of them) is doing a promotion with On Demand Korea and by using this promo code, ODKBENE you can try out the premium service free for a month. Thought I would pass it along.
Good luck and happy watching!