Explanation of different K-drama English availability.
If you are a member of viki pass plus, you have access to some Kdramas which may be available only through Kocowa, a consortium of the three major broadcaster in Korea, KBS, SBS, and MBC and viki.
**Sometimes those dramas are subbed by the broadcaster, not viki volunteers and may sometimes only be available in English.** An example of this is Woman of 9 billion. Subtitles are NOT available at viki in other languages -- this is due to the licensing. **Sometimes there are some KDramas which also come pre-subbed in English, which viki has a license to sub in other languages so the other languages will be provided by viki volunteers.** An example of this is Beautiful Love, Wonderful Life. There is no English team but there are teams of other language subbers. **Sometimes viki has a license to a Kocowa drama and the right to produce both English subtitles and other languages.** - If you are both a Kocowa subscriber and a viki pass plus subscriber you can watch some KBS, SBS or MBC dramas with different English subs. An example of this is Secret boutique or Doctor Romantic 2 -- at the viki site, you see the subs produced by volunteers; if you signed up for a separate Kocowa membership, you can see the subs produced by the broadcaster. If you are a viki pass plus member, you will see the subs produced by the volunteers. **Sometimes viki gets a drama which is already completed which may already have been subbed by a prior licensee or the broadcaster. Some will come with English subs** -- An example is Cinderella and the Four Knights -- **without Engish subs.** -- An example is Bride of the Century. Whether or not the "older drama" comes pre-subbed in English is again a product of licensing and also sometimes the viki staff gives the volunteer channel manager a choice to accept pre-subbing in English or not. And finally the type of drama we are all familiar with -- **Korean dramas which come without any prior English subtitling attached to the video.** Current dramas such from other broadcasters such as TVN, JTB, and OCN, usually fall in this category. **NOTE:** viki does not have a license to everything which can be seen on Kocowa. If a viki pass plus member clicks on the menu item for Kocowa, you will see only viki licensed dramas and not everything which the three broadcasters have uploaded to the Kocowa site.