Viki vs Youtube


Something really caught my attention. Some Korean TV shows are completely uploaded on Youtube (The full episodes) by the broadcasting channel with English subtitles. When I look for the same show on Viki, I found it to be not available in my region. Why would the Producer restrict it on Viki for us and make Viki pay lots of money to get it when it is already on youtube for everyone to watch!
Some of you might think “Okay, just go watch it on youtube”. Well, I want to be able to subtitle it to other languages so I can watch it with other people!
I find this to be really odd…


What you say is very sensible.
For instance, the KBS Drama Specials are now restricted on Viki for most regions. Yet KBS has them legally on youtube, translated etc.
It literally makes no sense. They should even give them away to Viki for a nominal fee, since Viki understandably would be reticent to pay for a license for something that’s legally available for free.


KBS has so many good variety shows on youtube, and yet when I look for them here, it’s not only that they’re unavailable, but also missing episodes (not licensed for anywhere I mean).
This is just silly and frustrating. Several times I came across KBS shows that I was lucky enough to watch on youtube because I find no trouble watching with English subs, but I can’t recommend all these amazing shows to anybody because they can’t keep up with the translation and they want them in their native language.
It’s so annoying to have to enjoy stuff by yourself. :roll_eyes: specially for a ridiculous reason like this. (which I even have trouble finding)


From what I understand YouTube is developing more and more payable services. Already some content can’t be seen unless you pay (monthly?) to the content owner. I wouldn’t be surprised that having a few older shows completely subbed in English attracts enough audience to buy access to newer shows.


Maybe, but this situation has been like this for years, when there was no question of paying for Youtube. KBS drama specials have been on youtube since 2014 (maybe even before), when there was nothing else to promote on that platform.


Same with some Chinese shows…didn’t now it is also like that with some Korean.


I used to add subtitles in Spanish on YT dramas, shows,etc… but they no longer have that option. But they do ‘‘bombard’’ me with offers to watch movies,sports and others, for free for a month, and after that I have to pay a monthly fee.

The quality is terrible, and I no longer enjoy watching anything on YT.


why do everyone keep removing perfectly good options? :roll_eyes:
By the time I thought of doing so myself, I couldn’t find the things I wanted to help out with there.


The Chinese dramas I saw on Youtube do have a subtitle option. But sometimes you need to use the link to the subtitles that is in the description instead of clicking on the bar below the video.


Gonna check that out and see if it works for me, too. I tried every which way I could, to no avail So I’ll see if this works for me @tweet check that too.

Ironically a long while back they offered to pay me for spanish subs but my health was really bad at the time, and I turned them down.