I’ve mentioned this before, as one of my Charmer Awards feature, but I wanted to talk a little more about it because if you’re like me, and you love Asian dramas, you’re going to love Viki. Now, there are a few variations to its name, like “Rakuten Viki”, or whatever, but because I have the app, I just call it Viki.
Anyway, I’m talking about it today, because I feel like I need to talk to all my fellow Asian Drama fans out there! If you know who you are, I suggest you check out my blog post in the Fandom Life section, you’ll know it because of the flame on the cover photos, or just click the link below.
Don’t worry, it’s not a standalone post. I’m determined to make a series out of it, because there’s so much to talk about, regarding that drama, and I just didn’t want to make an essay of it. So, keep an eye out on my Fandom Section, if you want to see the theories that I come up with.
Back to this review, however, let’s talk about the streaming website/app. If you want to check it out before we do, click the link below!
Ok, have you checked it out? Then let’s go!
What Is Viki?
As I’ve mentioned before, it’s a streaming service, dedicated to Asian dramas. So, you can watch those Korean, Japanese, Chinese, or Taiwanese dramas both with subtitles and without subtitles. And there is a wide range of them, so you’re spoilt for choice.
The only thing they’ll is that you log in, so you can watch your favourite shows unhindered. However, if your account is a free one, you might not be able to watch some of the exclusive shows that have been made particularly for Viki, or some of their higher profiled shows. But don’t worry, the prices aren’t too bad, with their “Standard Pass”, which is the highest pass there is, priced at £3.99 a month, or if you want, you can pay an annual fee of £39.99, saving you more than £7 a year.
You can find titles like Mr Queen or Goblin: The Lonely And Shining God, and even Hwarang: The Poet Warrior Youth (featuring BTS’ V!). There are even some variety shows available, you just need to search them up, or go through their extensive library.
What’s So Good About Viki?
Well, if you’re not into watching Asian dramas, then nothing at all. But if you’re an Asian drama fan, like I am, it’s a godsend! Why? Because the quality of the videos they stream are beautifully high. You can even cast it onto your TV, and it’ll still retain the details you’d find on your phone!
Moreover, you don’t get the annoying pop-ups that you’ll find on those…um…dodgy websites…You’ll know what I’m talking about, all those unwanted adverts that lead to either very explicit content or stuff about how miracle drugs helped people lose weight (They’re scams!).
Anyway, for those of you who are on a free Viki account, yes, you still get the adverts, but when you try to click away from them, or when you’re clicking the “full screen” option, you won’t get those annoying pop-ups that lead you to another website altogether. It’s even better when you subscribe. You get rid of all those adverts altogether, and you can watch the drama completely uninterrupted!
I would highly recommend you try to purchase the premium accounts. It’ll make watching those dramas a little more easily, and you can watch the exclusive content Viki provides, like the behind the scenes, the extra interviews, and the latest episodes of those that are on TV right now. I mean, I was able to watch Mr Queen, in December last year, and January this year, because it was a Viki exclusive, and believe me when I say this, I am going to start a blog series for that drama too. Just you wait.
Back to the review! Yes, Viki is a beautiful streaming platform, for all of us who love Asian dramas. Just be warned, if you’re interested, and you do start watching, you will get addicted, and that is a hole you can’t get out of. Ever.
Surely There Are Downsides To Viki?
Of course, like every service and product out there, there are a few issues and downsides to Viki, but for me, they don’t really matter, and thankfully, the pros outweigh the cons. Regardless, here are a few downsides to Viki, which I’ve found while exploring the app.
First off, territory licencing and availability. This issue is a very corporate aspect of the service. What I mean is I’ve wanted to watch some dramas that aren’t available for the country I’m living in. For example, I’ve heard of the drama Memories Of The Alhambra, which features one of my favourite Korean actresses, Park Shin Hye, but it’s nowhere to be found on the service. Actually, before 2021, there used to be a listing for it, but because it wasn’t available in the UK, I couldn’t watch it, and now in 2021, the listing has completely disappeared.
So, yes, there are a few shows and films that you might not get, because of the territorial rights that aren’t sometimes available, and will eventually take time to get, for platforms like Viki.
Another thing that I don’t like about the service is the subtitle service…sometimes. It depends on the show I’m watching, and how old it is. What I mean is, if I’m watching the latest episode of a show that’s exclusive on Viki, sometimes there aren’t readily available subtitles. So, I have to wait another day, to get the rough translations, or I end up going back to those dodgy websites, just so I can understand what I’m watching.
Of course, it really isn’t Viki’s fault, I’m sure that once they get the episode themselves, they’re working tirelessly to ensure there are subtitles up for their viewers, but wouldn’t it be more prudent to add subtitles to the shows, before uploading them to the website? It’s just a thought.
Get Viki if you’re obsessed with Asian dramas. It’ll save your computer from any unexpected viruses from all those pop-ups. And if you sign up for their premium service, you can watch your shows completely uninterrupted.
Not only that, you can even cast them on your TV, so you can watch them with all your family and friends…if they also love Asian dramas. Anyway, I’m off to watch another episode of Tale Of The Nine-Tailed Fox, which is another Viki exclusive, and it stars Lee Dong Wook…THE GRIM REAPER FROM GOBLIN! So far, it’s amazing and thrilling, but that review will come later! Keep an eye out for it later!
Well, that’s it from me today, I’ll see you guys next time. For now, don’t forget to like, subscribe and follow for more updates and the latest posts here on Feather’s Charm and on my social media accounts. Oh, and share these posts with family and friends, those who you’d think might enjoy these topics and tips! I’ll see you later!