The saga continues! In a move that some saw coming, but I didn’t, Kocowa has partnered with Viki to offer their new content at a higher monthly price. Which kind of makes me wonder why Kocowa was created in the first place. Come join me as I chat about the new plan and what that means for viewers.
You might recall that this last month a new streaming site emerged called Kocowa. Pretty much it was all three of the main tv stations in Korea gathering together and cutting out the middle man to bring us drama content. Just a month in and that has all changed. Enter the new Viki & Kocowa agreement. Pretty much it is Viki, but now with a larger price tag if you want to access all the Kocowa content.
According to Viki’s blog post, the new content that was going to be available only through Kocowa will now be available with the Viki Pass Plus, which will be $9.99/month or $99.99 for the entire year. Viki Pass Standard will remain $4.99/month. Viki Pass Plus is restricted to North, Central, and South America, whereas Viki Pass Standard will still be available worldwide. It looks like the Taste24 feature has migrated over as well.
Which makes me wonder why this even happened in the first place. It makes sense from Viki’s standpoint since they will want to stay relevant and have a trusted name in the international drama viewing community. But I still don’t understand why they could not have just made a straight over deal with Viki and had to put us through the stress of having to spell the name KOCOWA?
So what does that mean to the regular drama addict? Pretty much, you will still be required to pay more to get all your drama content. But on an up note, it is slightly cheaper than having to get subscriptions to both Kocowa and Viki. I also suspect that they will use some of Viki’s subbers which is always a plus in my book.
The biggest negative is that it truly sucks that they are limiting it to only the Americas. I know a ton of our readers rely on Viki to provide them with a legal way of watching dramas and this kind of screws them over.
So that’s the scoop, drama fans. You want your variety shows and new content from KBS, SBS, and MBC, Viki’s got your platform. What do you think? Will the Pass Plus be worth it?