Any die-hard K-drama fan will attest to it, but even the occasional I'm-only-watching-this-for-actor type can relate to this: It's really frustrating to dig through various streaming sites and channels to watch shows with decent quality resolution, English subtitles, and speedy uploads. You can have one, maybe, but never all the criteria.
Singapore is unfortunately, often at the unfortunate receiving end of region restrictions.
But it seems like a lot of our prayers have been answered, now that Viu.com has entered the fray.
1. It's free, mostly. The basic free plan is sufficient for occasional drama viewers, and committed fans can go for premium for fewer ads and earlier access to shows.
2. Subs are blazingly fast. We're talking as fast as 8 hours after live telecast in Korea for English and Mandarin subtitles for premium users. #mindblown
3. You can download shows for offline viewing. One episode per show for free users, and unlimited downloads for premium users. If you're following a drama intently, start the download running while you get ready in the morning (the app's available for both iOS and Android) so that it's ready for watching during your commute. Otherwise, you can also access it the old fashioned way, via your browser.
4. They have a good stable of current, popular shows. Besides the obligatory section on Korean dramas, they've got variety shows (Running Man, 2 Days 1 Night, etc), and even Japanese dramas. (Start the slideshow for the best shows to catch now.)
5. You'll never lose your place again. Once you've signed in (regardless whether you're on free or premium), Viu will keep track of where you stopped for a particular show, so that you can continue seamlessly at your next viewing.
6. It's dead affordable. It's only $6.98 a month for premium! And if you're on Singtel, you get package discounts, and even the option to add 1 GB data to your telco plan for a mere $3 more a month. The service barely costs more than a cup of latte, you get to save the hassle of searching high and low for the right video, and you can really oggle at your favourite K-drama stars in high definition.