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GOM Player, using default skin
|Initial release||January 7, 2003|
|Stable release||126.96.36.19969 (August 29, 2013[±])|
|Preview release||none (none) [±]|
|Operating system||Windows ME and later|
|Available in||English, Russian, Korean, Japanese, Chinese (Traditional and Simplified)|
|License||Freeware – Ad-supported|
It is the primary client player for South Korean GOM-TV, and is the most popular media player in South Korea.[not verified in body] Its main features include the ability to play some broken media files and find missing codecs using a codec finder service.
The word gom (곰) means "bear" in Korean, and as such GOM Player uses a bear's paw as its symbol.
GOM Player can play following multimedia formats:
- ASF/MP3/AVI/Ogg files on an HTTP Streaming connection
- Via DirectShow: AVI, WMV, ASF, MP3, MP4, Matroska, 3GP, Google Video, Flash Video, VOB, Ogg, OGM, MPEG-1, MPEG-2, MPEG-4 Part 2, MS MPEG4 V1/2/3, MJPEG, H.263, H.264/MPEG-4 AVC, Vorbis, AMR, QCELP, EVRC, MSVIDC
- Via RealPlayer or Real Alternative: RealMedia
- Via QuickTime or QuickTime Alternative: QuickTime File Format
- Audio CD (requires Windows 2000 or Windows XP)
- DVD, Video CD, SVCD and XCD
The player can play incomplete, broken or damaged AVI files by skipping bad frames and rebuilding the file's index when necessary. GOM Player also supports peer-to-peer video streaming through an official add-on called GOMTV Streamer.
The latest version of GOM Player supports the following subtitle formats:
- Unicode Text Subtitles
- SAMI (smi)
- SubRipText (srt), MicroDVD (sub), SMIL/RealText
- SubStation Alpha (ssa), Advanced SubStation Alpha (ass)
- VOBsub (sub/idx)
- Embedded subtitles of ASF, MKV, OGM
Another significant feature of GOM Player is that where it can't play the audio or video of a media file natively, it will try to find an appropriate external codec which will play that file format, using the format's GUID, a unique identifier for the required codec. On finding a match, it will direct the user to a webpage where the codec can be downloaded and installed.
GOM TV is a popular streaming service in South Korea, and is responsible for GOM Player's popularity in South Korea. The GOM TV service offers users various video contents ranging from National Geographic documentaries and television dramas to major motion pictures and adult videos.
While the functions are very similar in the English and Korean versions of GOM Player, the option to watch GOM TV is absent in the English version.
The GOM Player (up to v2.1.9) allowed users world wide to view the GOM TV StarLeague (a channel of South Korea's GOM TV), more commonly known as the GSL. Users can watch the latest matches in South Korea's leading StarCraft 2 leagues (GOMTV Global Starcraft II League and GOMTV Global Starcraft II Team League). Despite this, the GOM television service is still not included in the English release (so that foreign viewers who wish to watch StarCraft matches must use GOMTV.net to connect to the streaming service).
Popularity in South Korea
GOM Player is South Korea's most popular media player. As of July 2007, it had 21.3 million users, compared to 5.4 million users of Microsoft's Windows Media Player.
A survey of usage over a single week by Metrix, an internet survey company, found that 69.8% of users watched pornography, 43.2% watched cinematic movies, 29.6% watched television dramas, 21.8% watched variety shows, 11% watched cartoons, and 7% watched music videos. This is in line with South Korea being allegedly the greatest spender per capita on pornography, even though local production of pornography is illegal. Gretech disputes the credibility of this report.
Metrix obtained the survey data from 12,000 internet users who agreed to voluntarily install a monitoring tool. Only file names were used to categorize the media files included in the survey.
Gretech points out that media files played by GOM Player are not monitored, and that only the explicit installation of the Metrix survey software enabled that monitoring to be done.
Other software by Gretech Corporation
The following is a list of the software which were released by the company other than GOM Player.
- Audio that is encoded in AAC is supported when saved as .M4A
GOM Audio supports multiple playlists which are available in tabs in the lower part of the default application window. Each tab can be renamed and their contents can be copied to a different location. It features internet radio streaming, power control options, running in mini player mode, DSP options.
GOM Video Converter
It is a free and all purpose video conversion software which supports a wide variety of input and output formats. Almost any video that is playable with GOM Media Player can be converted with GOM Video Converter. It Supports input formats like MKV, AVI, MP4, FLV, WMV, OGM, 3GP, MP3 and more. It also includes an array of advanced features that enables to segment, rotate, and re-size the videos, as well as exporting audio tracks like MP3s, downloading embedded videos from the internet and send converted videos directly to devices.
- GOM Audio
- Comparison of video codecs
- Comparison of audio player software
- Comparison of video player software
- List of multimedia (audio/video) codecs
- "Gom Player". Softpedia. SoftNews. 3 April 2013. Retrieved 28 June 2013.
- What is GOMTV Streamer?
- "Two in Three GOM Player Users Watch Porn". The Chosun Ilbo. 2007-07-20. Archived from the original on 2007-08-22. Retrieved 2007-07-20.
- "Internet Pornography Statistics". Top Ten Reviews. 2007-07-20. Retrieved 2010-05-02.
- "GOM Player doesn't monitor played files!". inews24. 2007-07-22. Retrieved 2007-10-31.
- Official website
- Official GOM News & Announcements
- Official GomTV Site (Korean)
- Official Gom Software site
- Official GomTV Site (English)
- Software Review by Softpedia
- Software Review by Techtree