Korean broadcasters launch US streaming service

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Three Korean broadcasters – KBS, MBC and SBS – are joining forces to launch a new streaming service for Korean content in North and South America.

The new service, Kocowa (short for Korean Content Wave), will stream Korean dramas around six hours after their broadcast in South Korea.

Shows to stream on the service include The King In Love (pictured), School 2017, Into The World Again, Dear Fair Lady Kong Shim, My Father Is Strange and The King 2 Hearts.

It will also offer popular Korean variety shows Running Man and 2 Days 1 Night. Over the 2017 Thanksgiving holiday, it will also stream the 2017 world tour of K-pop artist G-Dragon.

The service is being launched by KCP Global, an LA-based joint venture between the three broadcasters formed in November 2016.

Kocowa is priced at 99 cents per day, $6.99 per month or $69.99 per year. It also has a free option that enables access to content within 24 hours of broadcast.

KCP Global CEO Junsik Kim said: “We are thrilled to bring the best of Korean TV to US audiences with Kocowa. We not only offer the best of Korean TV, we also offer it very fast, with very high-quality translations.”

KCP estimates that there are around 35 million fans of Korean content and K-pop culture globally, including 8 million in the US.