Soompi is now available on iOS and Android!

To coincide with the launch of the Soompi Awards 2015, we are happy to announce that Soompi is now available as a native app for both iOS and Android!


          



Fast and fluid design


The Soompi app provides a fast and fluid native experience, making it fun and easy to browse through the day’s top K-Pop and K-Drama news on the go. Swipe left and right to go from article to article instantly, and images are optimized for a fast loading experience. Comments are also conveniently just one click away!





Bookmark articles for reading later


What if you come across an interesting article on Soompi, but don’t have time to read it now? No problem. Mark the article as a Favorite so you can always go back to read it at a later time.





Support for app notifications


With app notifications enabled, you will never miss an important news article again! You can choose to be notified whenever any new stories are published on Soompi, or just stories in the categories that you care most about.





Give us your feedback


This is only the first version of our Soompi app, and we will work hard to continue evolving the app to better serve our loyal fans. We are open to your suggestions on how we can continue improving the app to suit your K-Pop/K-Drama needs. If you have any feedback, please feel free to leave a comment below or tweet us at @Viki or at @Soompi.


You can download the new Soompi app from the App Store and Google Play now.

Happy browsing!

Introducing the New Viki Homepage

Millions of passionate drama fans like yourself come to Viki every week to watch and talk about your favorite Asian dramas. We are excited to roll out a new homepage design today to better help you discover content you like, and to provide easier access to the shows that you are following.



A new layout, optimized for content discovery

We’ve improved the layout of our homepage to make it easier for you to find the shows that are important to you. A new, three-column design makes it easy to see in one glance what shows are currently trending, as well as what’s on air and what’s coming soon to Viki. We’ve also added a new miniaturized TV guide on the homepage itself, to make it easier for you to see all the newly added episodes each day.



Personalized recommendations just for you

Not sure what you want to watch next? Don’t worry. Viki can now provide you with personalized show recommendations right on the homepage. Powered by the latest in machine learning technology, our recommendations engine will provide you with personalized show recommendations based on what you have previously watched. Check it out!



A shout out to our volunteer community

We know how important our volunteers are to the success of Viki, and so we wanted to thank the community. Every week, we will showcase the top subtitlers and segmenters of the week right on the homepage as a small token of appreciation for the hard work and many hours that they have put in to make Viki a better experience for everyone. Thank you so much!



Listening to our users

Ultimately, our website is built for our fans, and it’s important to us that the needs and desires of our users are satisfied. We are constantly open to your feedback on how we can make things better. As ever, if you have any feedback, please feel free to leave a comment below or in our discussion forum, or tweet us at @Viki.


Help Get Us to #1BillionWords & Win!


Contribute and be a part of Viki history! For one week in October, we're inviting the entire Viki Community to participate in this very special Sub-a-Thon to help us reach 1 Billion Words. Be one of the top 500 volunteers, and you'll receive a special, limited-edition #1BillionWords badge to display on your profile page!

Plus, all participants have the chance to win a free month of Viki Pass, and one user will randomly chosen to win a very special prize: a brand new Macbook!

Ready to get started? Find out more here:


When:
  • Event period: October 5 - 12, 2015 (PST)
  • Badges will be distributed on October 16 (PST)



How:
  • Volunteer on one of the thousands of videos on Viki, by either subtitling or segmenting*! 
  • What can you win? 
    • The Top 500 Viki users with the highest number of contributions (subtitles and/or segments) during the event period will receive a special, limited-edition #1BillionWords badge
    • A number of participants will be randomly chosen to receive a special code good for one month of VikiPass!
    • A number of participants will be randomly chosen to receive a Roku 3**! 
    • One user will be randomly chosen to win a new Macbook**! 
  • Winners will be contacted via email. 
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Need a refresher on how to volunteer?
Looking for a video to work on?
 Don’t know another language? No worries!
  • Segmenting (setting the timing of the subtitles) and captioning (creating subtitles in the show’s original language) are great ways to contribute. Check out the top of your profile for video recommendations!
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*NOTE:
  • Inappropriate segmenting or subtitling, like the creation of  use of a translator program (i.e. Google Translate) or copying subtitles from a non-Viki source, is strictly prohibited, and a violation of the Viki Community Guidelines. Such behavior will lead to disqualification.
  • If you notice that the segmenting or subtitling guidelines are violated, please notify us, and our team can look into the matter.
**Open to eligible participants only. Official rules apply.   

J-Rock Legends HYDE and K.A.Z. Come to the U.S. as VAMPS


West Coast J-rock fans, rejoice! VAMPS, the J-rock duo formed by HYDE (lead vocalist of L’Arc-en-Ciel) and K.A.Z (guitarist of Oblivion Dust), are coming to California on their 2015 Tour!


VAMPS is one of the most successful international Japanese rock acts of all time - meaning that this is an opportunity not to be missed. Even better, VAMPS is known for their diverse and extensive live performances, choosing to mainly promote their music in the form of global tours. With over 6 years of experience in blowing the roof off of sold-out venues, this will be a show to remember. Check out one of their latest releases, the English version of “Vampire’s Love” here to get pumped.


If you are a fan of J-rock, then get ready to pencil these dates into your calendar: 10/5 at the Roxy Theater in LA and 10/7 at Slim’s in San Francisco. Tickets are on sale now, so get them before they’re gone and keep up with more tour news on their official Facebook account!

Are you a fan of J-rock or planning to go to the tour? Let us know in the comments!

"¡Nos hemos casado!" - Soompi se une a Viki


¡Estamos felices de anunciar que Viki ha adquirido a Soompi! ¡Si, leíste bien! Como el lugar original de la comunidad de K-pop en internet, tiene sentido que unamos fuerzas para traerte el mejor contenido a tu pantalla. ¡Fans de dramas, prepárense para tener acceso a todo el contenido de SoompiTV en Viki!

Mientras que el Viki que conoces y amas se mantendrá virtualmente igual, tenemos muchísimas colaboraciones planificadas, así que manténte al tanto de futuras actualizaciones. Esperemos que estén igual de felices por el futuro, como nosotros lo estamos. Muchísimas gracias a las comunidades de Viki y Soompi.