Oh, boy, so far so good. Flower of Evil seems to be working OK. I really want to see how this develops.
The show seems to be a much more serious examination of the origins of human evil and the healing power of love than Psychopath Diary (which I am happy to say pretty much met my expectations despite some fumbling by the writers). I am much less familiar with the male and female leads than with Yoon Shi-yoon (still my favorite flower boy even though he’s gotten some muscle and some serious acting chops), but I love the weird genre that K-drama has given birth to–sort of a ghost story/horror/story/chaebol drama/police procedural/love story/family drama . . . of course I am not going to be able to watch it after sunset, but I think I will be able to watch it comfortably and with great interest!
EDIT . . . Oh, dear. Spoke too soon. For security and performance reasons, my computer is set to clean out caches, delete browsing history, and get rid of some other information each time I log off.
So right now, as of this writing, in another tab, I have Viki playing Flower of Evil just fine with little yellow dots along the timeline indicating where Viki will monetize the experience with ads. No buffering whatsoever. Yay!
In a separate tab, I have signed in to Viki so I can 1) comment in discussions, and 2) change my playback settings under my account information.
So, based on my not always exactly correct method of logically thinking things through . . . This means that I can have a better overall watching experience by NOT paying $9.99 per month and providing the salaries and cold-brew coffee of the adminstrative staff who oversee the volunteer staff.
Does this make sense?
I personally don’t mind ads; my childhood experience of viewing any movies or shows at home was back when there were only three American television companies, and they paid their staff and bought their equipment and whatnot by showing ads at regular intervals during various TV shows.
My mother had an automatic reflex. When an ad came on during a TV show, she would pick up the remote, mute the ad, pick up a book she was reading, and progress a little farther through a chapter. My sisters and I would race for the bathroom or spend the time insulting each other. Then when the ad was over, my mother would automatically un-mute the show, and we would continue to watch it.
Compared to today’s ads on video streaming websites, the ads on TV when I was in high school and college were 30 to 60 seconds long, often at the start of an hour on the clock and/or at the half-hour mark. These were for hour-long or half-hour shows. Movies had ads that showed more frequently.
So the message that the movers and shakers in the chaebol ranks at Viki seem to be sending me is (based on what I am currently experiencing): “we don’t want your money, we are willing to give you a BETTER streaming experience if you let us annoy you with fluffy ads every ten to twenty minutes.”
My account shows that I have paid $9.99 for 40 months since I signed up to shell out disposable income. I may have miscounted, but it seems I have wasted enough money to be able to buy myself a Microsoft Surface Pro on sale.
Again I ask, does this make sense?
If there is anyone at the top of the Viki hierarchy virtually looking over the shoulders of the volunteer staff who are coughing their lungs up making Viki work . . .
Can you pleez splain 2 me . . .
Would you really prefer that I save my USD and cancel my paid subscription so I can have a better viewing experience? I’m sure that’s not what you are saying by the way you have set up your viewing experience and your fee structure . . . but it’s what I am receiving.
Again, Viki Fam and especially subbers . . . Gamsahabnida! You rock!!! You are my island of comfort and joy when I log on to Viki.
(Speaking of which, I-Land buffers worst of all when I am logged into my account. Which is a great sadness because it looks like the coolest, most fun thing on the whole Viki website.)