Kocowa

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Kocowa TV
Joint venture
IndustryEntertainment
FoundedNovember 2016
Headquarters,
United States
Products
Services
OwnerKorea Content Platform
DivisionsOnline Video Streaming Service
Websitekocowa.com

Kocowa is an online video streaming website headquartered in Los Angeles as a joint venture between the three major Korean broadcast networks: Korean Broadcasting System, Munhwa Broadcasting Corporation and Seoul Broadcasting System to provide Korean TV programs outside South Korea.

A subsidiary of KCP (Korea Content Platform) the name Kocowa stands for Korean Content Wave.[1] Launched in July 2017[2], it became the centralized content broker for existing Korean program platforms Viki, OnDemandKorea, and DramaFever.[3]

History[edit]

Three major Korean broadcast networks, Korean Broadcasting System, Munhwa Broadcasting Corporation and Seoul Broadcasting System, consolidated their efforts to distribute content globally due to the rising demand for Korean content across the globe. In July 2017, Kocowa launched its streaming services, making them accessible via PC, mobile and tablet with plans to expand its streaming services to Smart TVs.

Services[edit]

Kocowa streams a variety of Korean programs ranging from TV series such as School 2017 and The King in Love, variety shows Running Man and Infinite Challenge, and K-pop music programs including Inkigayo and Music Bank World Tour up to six hours after being broadcast in Korea.

To differ from its platform partners Kocowa plans to provide perks and access to exclusive content including the 2017 World Tour of popular K-pop artist G-Dragon. Unlike Viki's subtitling technology that crowd-sources subtitle translations under a Creative Commons license,[4] Kocowa's content is translated and subtitled by a certified translation team. Content will be translated initially in English and exclusively consumed in the U.S. market with plans to expand to Spanish and French speaking countries.

Business[edit]

Kocowa is a subscription based service offering a variety of plans from $0.99 per day, $6.99 per month or $69.99 annually that provides full access to its programing without ads within six hours after being broadcast in Korea. Those who opt for the advertising-based plan can access new content after 24 hours of its release. In August 2017, Viki announced the partnership with Kocowa which allows its Viki Pass Plus subscribers to have additional access to Kocowa contents without separate subscription on Kocowa[5]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Spangler, Todd (2017-07-24). "Korean Broadcasters Launch U.S. Streaming Service, Taking on Warner Bros.' DramaFever". Variety. Retrieved 2017-10-04.
  2. ^ Kocowa. "Streaming media platform Kocowa launches in the United States, offering access to Korean TV Programs". www.prnewswire.com. Retrieved 2017-10-04.
  3. ^ "kcpglob". kcpglob. Retrieved 2017-10-05.
  4. ^ "Community - Rakuten Viki". www.viki.com. Retrieved 2017-10-05.
  5. ^ "Viki Partners With KOCOWA to Offer New Subscription Option Called Viki Pass Plus". Kdrama Kisses. 2017-08-15. Retrieved 2017-10-05.

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