Streaming Service DramaFever Expands Into Korean Children's Programs

9:15 AM PST 01/27/2014 by Natalie Jarvey

The service will add 12 kid-friendly titles from South Korea to its slate of 600 shows from Asia, Europe and South America.

DramaFever, an online video service that streams international television shows, announced Monday that it is expanding into children’s content with the launch of 12 titles from South Korea.

The shows will stream under the DramaFever Kids banner on the company’s website. Among them are Tayo the Little Bus, which follows a mischievous blue bus, and Pororo, a series about a penguin and his friends.

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In addition to the Korean shows, DramaFever plans to add Chinese and Spanish shows to its children’s programming slate.

DramaFever CEO Suk Park said customers requested that kid-friendly content be added to the site.

“There are a whole bunch of folks who want to encourage their children to think with a more global perspective,” he told The Hollywood Reporter. “It widens the horizons for their children.”

Park co-founded DramaFever in 2009 to bring Korean dramas to U.S. viewers. Since then, the site has expanded into shows from Asia, Europe and South America.

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The service has a catalog of about 600 titles and 14,000 episodes. Many of the episodes air in the original language with an option for English or Spanish subtitles.

DramaFever, which has more than 15 million monthly users, follows a similar model to Hulu. People can watch ad-supported shows for free or subscribe to watch shows without the ads. It also provides content to Hulu through a licensing deal. Park says DramaFever is now the largest provider of Asian content on Hulu.

The company is backed by AMC Networks, Bertelsmann, YouTube co-founder Steve Chen and others.

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