[Opinion] Kocowa: The New DramaFever

Months have flown by since the devastating shut down of DramaFever, and K-drama fans have been searching high and low for the quintessential replacement.  Thankfully, the perfect package arrived in the form of Kocowa. The rookie South Korean streaming website boasts a growing library of soap operas, variety programming and music shows. To top it all off, this online entertainment destination has added an impressive editorial section for those who miss the good old days of special feature articles on DramaFever.

In 2017, the national broadcast networks, KBS, MBC and SBS, joined forces to bring their premium programming to North American audiences with superb English subtitles. In a short amount of time, the collaboration has been a success through the Kocowa website. Shows like “Descendants of The Sun,” “I Am Not A Robot,” “Love Temperature” and “Suspicious Partner” that were once fan favorites on DramaFever are still available to watch any time of day.  Addictive variety shows “The King of Mask Singer,” “Running Man,” “Weekly Idol” and “Under Nineteen” keep audiences hooked for not only months but years. Korean dramas are easy to binge watch in a short amount of time after they complete their 3-month broadcast, but variety programs are released one episode a week on an ongoing basis. These programs are so popular they are often renewed for new seasons on consistent basis. Fox’s “The Masked Singer,” which is inspired by “The King of Mask Singer,” is a perfect example of America’s new love of South Korean programming. Additional music shows KBS’s “Music Bank K-Chart,” MBC’s “Show! Music Core” and “SBS Inkigayo” are longtime K-Pop staples. They are instrumental in presenting today’s popular stars to the global audience.

DramaFever may have introduced North America to a plethora of South Korean shows and an unprecedented editorial section, but nothing can compare to Kocowa’s own brand and growing blog. As a former DramaFever writer, I admit that our articles were unique, fresh and fun. We had a voice no one can ever replicate. Of course, DramaFever news will forever be missed, however, an ingenious change is always welcomed. Kocowa’s new blog, which launched in January, is an explosion of drama editorials everyone is sure to love. The site’s staff is already publishing exceptional photos from Korean drama press conferences, behind the scenes of holiday specials, award shows and they share programming highlights on a weekly basis. Since the blog is still in its early stages, there only seem to be three writers contributing on a regular basis in addition to the Kocowa staff members.

Kocowa guarantees Korean drama fans will have endless fun between their large selection of videos to personally communicating with fans through the blog and social media channels. Whether your drama preference is romantic comedy, melodrama, action, thriller or historical, there is a television series with your name on it. Even the variety selection offers different genres within itself. If viewers are in the mood for music shows, interviews, behind the scenes footage and more, everything is available in abundance. Kocowa.com is waiting for you.

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