The shutdown of DramaFever in late 2018, though somewhat inevitable, came as a dagger to the hearts of ardent K-drama fans. One of the most popular video streaming websites for Korean television dramas and Latin Telenovelas as well as shows from around Asia, DramaFever pulled the plug on its service in October, 2018.
Given how licensing fees had steadily increased for many productions on the site, the closure had certainly been coming for some time. Today, all that is left on the once-mighty website is a thank you note from the team explaining the reasons for DramaFever shutting down.
Thankfully for K-drama lovers, they can now mitigate the loss of their beloved streaming service through other mediums. There are a number of adequate alternatives to DramaFever available on the web and fans can easily utilize them to enjoy their favorite Korean TV productions.
In this piece, we have put together a list of the finest DramaFever replacement options. They will be perfect for anyone wanting to spend their free time binging on K-dramas, Latin Telenovelas, or other top-quality television productions from around Asia.
One small catch is that a few of these services may not be available in specific parts of the world. But, there’s nothing to worry about. Most of the time, these geo-restricted alternatives can be easily accessed with a VPN (Virtual Private Network). Even if a couple of them can’t be accessed for any reason, there is always another option on this extensive list. So, without further ado, let’s take a look at the best websites like DramaFever for watching Korean TV.
The name Viki is a combination of the words “video” and “wiki.” It is one of the most popular DramaFever alternatives out there and fans have taken to it like ducks to water. This global television website attracts millions of visitors every month. Movies and prime time shows can be enjoyed on the platform in more than 200 different languages.
Apart from a user friendly web interface, Viki also has an efficient mobile app which enables users to enjoy their favorite shows on the go. Most of the K-dramas are available in HD (High Definition or “HiDef”) quality and with accompanying subtitles.
While the majority of the productions can be enjoyed by users residing in any part of the world, this is not true for all of them. Licensing problems lead to some shows being geo-restricted in specific countries. For instance, the popular drama Heirs can only be enjoyed in European countries while the play Medalist Lawyer Heir is available outside of Europe.
To enjoy all the goodies that Viki has to offer, we suggest you get a good VPN. One of the best is “ExpressVPN” with servers in over 90 countries across the globe. It is great at unblocking content and the high-speed servers are ideal for streaming content.
Viu is another excellent DramaFever alternative. Anyone wanting a user-friendly streaming service should look no further. Viu is a fast-loading media player with a clean interface. It is often seen as an “over the top” streaming website that provides a variety of Asian dramas along with entertainment gossip, Korean TV industry news, and anime content.
The downside is that Viu is strictly restricted to Hong Kong, Singapore, Philippines, Thailand, UAE, Egypt, Bahrain, Iraq, India, Indonesia, Malaysia, Kuwait, Jordan, Qatar, Oman, Saudi Arabia, South Africa, and Myanmar at the moment. For people outside of these countries, using ExpressVPN with a Hong Kong server might be the way to go.
If you are looking for the latest and most hip shows from the world of Asian entertainment, then AsianCrush should be your first port of call. This popular alternative to DramaFever is available on iOS, Android, Roku, Apple TV, etc.
Users can enjoy a large variety of Asian horror movies, Korean dramas, martial arts films, action thrillers, anime content, and much more. Just like Viu, AsianCrush has a simple and clean user interface (UI) with clearly defined categories for all video content. HD quality videos come with accompanying subtitles.
This premium video streaming service is very popular among fans of Korean television programs living outside the country. Be it K-dramas, variety shows, entertainment news and gossip, or the latest from the glitzy world of K-pop, Kocowa has it all for you. The app is available on iPhones, iPads, Android phones/tablets, and Chromecast.
Users in America can easily access the Kocowa streaming service to enjoy their favorite shows. Most K-pop productions and variety shows are available in HD quality with accompanying English subtitles within six hours of airing on Korean TV. For people outside the United States, it might be a good idea to use ExpressVPN because certain productions are geo-restricted.
This addictive DramaFever alternative has hundreds of Korean TV shows available on its platform. These include productions currently on air as well as the ones that have completed their run on Korean television channels. You will be spoilt for ch/oice every time you visit OnDemandKorea.
Whether you want to enjoy the shows online or through a streaming device, there is so much to watch and plenty of ways to watch it too. However, subtitles tend to vary for different productions. Some dramas have accompanying English subtitles while others have Korean subtitles. There are also a few that don’t have any subtitles.
A few of the dramas can be watched for free while you will need a membership for others. Determining which ones are free and which ones aren’t can be a bit of a challenge. Moreover, users in North America specifically will need to use ExpressVPN to access all the goodies available on OnDemandKorea.
Just like DramaFever was popular among ardent lovers of Korean TV, this particular service is highly recommended by its regular users. As is evident from the name, New Asian TV brings you the latest and finest television shows from around the continent.
All-time classic Korean, Chinese, and Japanese dramas can be found on the website with ease. Furthermore, the most hip shows currently on air in these countries can also be enjoyed on New Asian TV. The extensive library of K-dramas enables visitors to not only binge on their favorite productions but also discover scintillating new plays in the process.
The only issue, as with all the other services making up this list, is that of accessibility in certain regions. But, as we have been saying throughout, all you need is a good VPN and you are all set.
Yet another wonderful DramaFever alternative is Dramabeans which boasts of a massive K-drama collection. The website comes with a simple interface and eye-catching feature images that tell you what shows are available on the platform. Industry news and celebrity gossip is also available on Dramabeans.
One thing that sets Dramabeans apart is the segment “Ask an Actor.” It features interviews of the biggest actors and actresses in Korean television. Another unique element of the website is that allows visitors to not only watch dramas but also read books from Korea.
Of course, the list would have been incomplete without mentioning the number 1 streaming service in the world. Millions of people from all corners of the globe satisfy their cravings for TV shows and movies through Netflix.
Though relatively limited in terms of options, there is still a big collection of dramas from Korea and other parts of Asia available on Netflix. In fact, it remains one of the top replacements for DramaFever if you want to enjoy your favorite K-dramas on a high-quality streaming service.
There is, however, a cost. Netflix is not a free streaming platform where you can enjoy stuff without paying anything. It is a subscription-based service providing users a very diverse selection of movies and TV shows from around the world.
As a result, the number of Korean productions is less than the other streaming services mentioned in this piece. But, they are available in HD with English subtitles. If you don’t mind spending some money to get a Netflix subscription, then we definitely recommend trying out this wonderful service. That being said, you should keep the limited collection of Korean dramas in mind when making a decision about subscribing to Netflix.
There is lots of great video content available on Naver TV. Fans of K-drama can enjoy many top-notch productions on the platform including Idol Fever, Ruby Love, and Three Color Fantasy. Naver TV also includes fantastic music from some of the biggest K-pop acts like Wanna One, GOT7, Blackpink, and BTS (Bangtan Boys). You will need to use ExpressVPN or a similar proxy to access all the wonderful stuff on Naver TV.
These were some great alternatives to the now-defunct DramaFever. All of them are full of exciting Korean TV content and you will surely have a good time viewing it. What other platforms can be used as an alternative to DramaFever? Don’t forget to let us know.