Kardashians, Law & Order, Battlestar Galactica and More Hollywood Titles Come to Southeast Asia

Hi Viki fans! This is Rebecca from the Content team and we’ve got new updates to share. We recently signed another deal with NBC Universal to bring even more popular Hollywood shows to Southeast Asia. 






Expect reality TV hits like Keeping up with the Kardashians and critically acclaimed dramas like Friday Night Lights and Law & Order: Special Victims Unit. The list goes on with cult science fiction series like Battlestar Galactica, classic cartoons like The Woody Woodpecker Show and comedy-drama series Lipstick Jungle.

The shows are available to most viewers in South East Asia. You can watch them on Viki, mobile apps and selected local partner sites and through some local telco partners.

Not in Southeast Asia? Check out other great dramas, movies and more on Viki. More information about other NBCU titles and other content news to come, so stay tuned! 

Jay Chou Fights Crime in "Panda Man"

Are you ready for some crime-fighting, martial arts action? Then don't miss the movie Panda Man Heroic Detective (熊貓人之神探李奧), a crime action thriller, directed by and featuring Chinese pop icon Jay Chou, together with a star-studded line-up.

In the year 2030, the brilliant detective Leo leads his team of police in pursuit of the evil gangsters who murdered his father. His childhood friend chooses to fight crime in a different way, wearing a panda mask and following the criminals to their hideout.

Jay Chou gets tough with criminals in "Panda Man"
There is never a shortage of Hong Kong-style martial arts and gun-fighting action. The suspense builds until the last scene, when we finally discover what the band of gangsters has prepared for their takeover of the City of Brightness. And for the ladies, the steaming hot cast includes not only Jay Chou, but also Nan Quan Mama members Yuhao & Devon, Wilber Pan, Jerry Yan, and Shawn Yue. Check out the movie, available to viewers worldwide except in select Asian countries.

See Baron Chen in These Taiwanese Dramas



If you’re a fan of Taiwanese actor & model Baron Chen, then you’re definitely going to enjoy what we have in store for you!

This increasingly popular actor takes on two completely different roles in the dramas “Because Of You” and “Fated To Love You”, one a confident and skilled young man, and the other a quiet man who silently guards his loved one from afar.

Taiwanese Drama 'Because of You'
Because Of You” is a comedic romantic drama that revolves around Sun Fan, played by Baron Chen. Sun Fan is a stunt double who dreams of making it big. When his girlfriend starts to get a little too close to the famous singer Fang Zi Hao after a music video gig, Sun Fan & Fang Zi Hao end up in a fight. 

Baron Chen in 'Because of You'
The singer’s fan gets this scuffle on video and spreads it amongst Fang Zi Hao’s fans in hopes of riling them up to attack Sun Fan. But this plan backfires when, netizens focus on Sun Fan’s impressive martial art skills, making him famous.

Watch the drama to find out what happens next!



Fated To Love You” is a typical Taiwanese drama that brings the audience through every emotion possible, from tear-inducing laughter to heartfelt sobbing. This romantic drama follows the life of Cun Xi and Xin Yi who mistakenly slept together aboard a cruise ship, and were forced to marry after they found out that she was pregnant.

Baron Chen plays the role of Dylan, a charismatic and gentle man who falls in love with Xin Yi when they worked together. Because of his humble and quiet nature, Xin Yi was a little attracted to him.

Who will Xin Yi choose? Watch this drama to find out what happens in the end!

Introducing: New Subtitle Editor and Segment Timer!

Subtitling can be really fun, but it isn't always easy -- it takes time, heart and dedication when you're contributing to one or several shows at any given time. No one understands this better than the Viki community, whose love of the content and commitment to breaking down language barriers is truly amazing. 

So when you told us you wanted easier and faster subtitling tools, we set out to work. After many months and several rounds of feedback (thank you, QCs!!), we're delighted to finally announce the new Subtitle Editor and Segment Timer. One immediately noticeable change is that subtitling and segmenting will be split into two tools.

The beta Subtitle Editor is now available on all channels, and the beta Segment Timer will be available on all News, Music, Classics and Anime channels in the next 24 hours. We hope you try the new tools and give us your feedback on the Subtitle Editor here and Segment Timer here.

Features of the beta Subtitle Editor:  
  • See your subtitle in the video as you type
  • Easily select languages you want to translate FROM and TO
  • Quickly scroll or TAB to go from one segment to the next 
  • Replay only the segment that you're working on
  • Keyboard shortcuts let you subtitle without having to use the mouse

To get started, select "Subtitle Editor (beta)" from the new "Contribute" pull-down menu on the video viewing page. To learn more about the Subtitle Editor, please check out the FAQ.


The beta Segment Timer will be available on all News, Music, Classics and Anime channels in the next 24 hours. Please note:

  • One big difference you'll notice in the beta Segment Timer is the addition of the "Waveform," which allows you to "see" the dialogue and audio; this should make segmenting/timing much easier and faster!
  • You will no longer have to create "no voice" segments, which means fewer segments to cut! However, it also means that the new Timer cannot exist on the same channels as the old tool. Therefore, channels that have the new Timer will not have access to the old tool.
  • Because the new Timer is easier to use, you'll no longer need to be an approved designated segmenter in order to start segmenting, on News, Music and Classics channels. Instead, everyone accessing the Timer for the first time will be prompted to watch a tutorial video.  

For more information about the beta Segment Timer, please check out this FAQYour feedback will help us continue improving the tools, so please send your thoughts here.

And finally, a huge "Thank You!" goes out to all the QCs and Power Segmenters who gave feedback during the development and testing of both tools. We couldn't have done this without you!

We'll Miss "I Miss You"

Last Thursday night, viewers around the world tuned in to the finale of one of the most emotionally-gripping series of the year, I Miss You (보고싶다).

We saw JYJ's Park Yoo Chun depart from his romantic comedy roles in Rooftop Prince and Sungkyunkwan Scandal to play a troubled homicide detective searching for his first love. Yoon Eun Hye, known for her cute characters in Coffee Prince and Goong, played a fashion designer who was suppressing her pain and childhood memories. Finally, Yoo Seung Ho captivated fans as the loving second lead with an intriguing dark side.

The talented cast of "I Miss You"
Jung Woo and Su Yeon were a happy couple in their youth, but had to separate due to an unfortunate accident. Now, Jung Woo longs to find his lost love no matter what, but meets many challenges along the way. This drama is available to viewers worldwide except for in North and South America.

And make sure to pay a visit to the I Miss You channel and thank the incredible "Missing You" team for translating the show for fans everywhere! You can watch the final episode below:


Meet the Flower Boy Next Door

We are proud to welcome hit romantic comedy, Flower Boy Next Door (이웃집 꽃미남) to the Viki community. Only 6 episodes in, this show has already captured the hearts of viewers around the world with its quirky humor, and lovable characters. We think you'll love it too, so follow the channel here and get started!

Park Shin Hye and Yoon Shi Yoon star in "Flower Boy Next Door"
The forever-young, button-nosed Park Shin Hye slips smoothly into her role as Go Dok Mi, a deathly shy girl who is frightened of conversation but dreams of falling in love. She spends her days locked up at home, daydreaming and spying with binoculars on her handsome neighbor across the street. She's an awkward but pure-hearted heroine (despite her peeping tom tendencies), and we look forward to seeing her come out of her shell.

Just like her character in "You're Beautiful," Park Shin Hye finds herself surrounded on all sides by outgoing, extraordinarily handsome young men. Connected to each other by friendship, family, business, and just by chance, the "flower boys" interact in hilarious ways and it's always fun to see them on screen together. If you enjoyed the antics in Flower Boy Ramyun Shop, then put this drama on your list. 

Yoon Shi Yoon leads the cast as the famous young game design prodigy, Enrique Geum, who talks a mile a minute and loves to flash his million dollar smile. One day, he catches Go Dok Mi in the act of peeping from her window, and makes it his mission to find out what she's up to. If you want to find out what happens next, head over to the Flower Boy Next Door channel, and don't forget to thank the Stalkers Team for the translations. This drama is available to viewers in the Americas.


Love and Science Fiction Collide in These Anime Titles

Whether you are in the mood for a story filled with high-school love, or epic fantasy battles in futuristic worlds, these new anime titles have something for everyone!

Embark on a journey and discover passion, strength, courage and hope with these Showgate titles. 

Canaan 

Alphard is a shadowy terrorist who wheels and deals in secret maneuvers all over the world. Canaan, a freelance-mercenary (agent of dark struggle), chases him as his sworn enemy. The two leading characters confront each other in Shanghai, amidst feelings of kinship given their respective upbringings as terrorist and as mercenary. The curtain rises to reveal their fate. This title is available to all of Asia except China, Hong Kong, Taiwan, Korea and Thailand.





Grenadier 

In the turbulent age, samurai Yajiro meets a blond Sexy woman Rushuna. While Yajiro fights for his master, Rushuna faces a different obstacle. By maximizing her skills to fight against new and exotics weapons, she survives each battle. A refreshing action filled anime with a hint of heartwarming episodes. This show is available in the United States and Asia, except China, Hong Kong, Taiwan, Korea, Thailand, Singapore and Japan.



Kimi Kiss

After the summer holidays a second-year high school student realizes half of his high school life has gone without experiencing love, let alone a kiss. So he pledges to actively kiss girls and to find a loving girl to go to the school festival with, in one month. This anime is available to viewers in Asia except China, Hong Kong, Taiwan, Korea, Thailand and Japan.


Anime ' Kimi Kiss'
Needless

After World War III, large contaminated areas known as “Blackspots” were left all over Japan, and large walls were built to quarantine them off. But in time, people started to re-settle these wastelands. These included those who had lost their homes in the war, rogues, and criminals on the run from the police. Many died quickly, but some overcame the poison and developed mysterious powers. This title is available to viewers in Asia except China, Hong Kong, Taiwan, Korea, Thailand, Philippines and Japan.




Sola

Sola is a fantasy anime that follows high school student, Yorito Morimiya, who loves photographing the sky. One night, he meets Matsuri Shihou, who, he soon discovers, is not human. She is an immortal being known as a "Yaka" ("Calamity of the Night") and is being chased by Takeshi Tsujidou who is trying to kill her. Yorito brings her to his home to protect her, and as they fall in love their relationship deepens, and Matsuri reveals her long and tragic past. This anime is available to viewers in Asia except China, Hong Kong, Taiwan, Korea, Thailand and Japan.

Fantasy Anime 'Sola'
To 

Set in the near future, dramatic advances in science have put the super-light speed “hyper space” drive into practical use, opening the way for mankind to explore stars in the distant universe. Men and women have gone to explore the universe in search of a new utopia, but they are faced with dreadful struggles such as terrorism and war, just as on Earth. This is a great Sci-Fi action anime about the hopes of mankind in the infinite universe. This anime is available to viewers in Asia except China, Hong Kong, Taiwan, Korea, Thailand and Japan.


Eugene Shines in A Hundred Year's Inheritance

A Hundred Year's Inheritance (백년의 유산) is the type of K-Drama that will make you laugh, cry, scream, and reach for the nearest bowl of noodle soup, all within the first half hour. With a deep, talented cast starring the beautiful Eugene (Creating Destiny) and twists at every moment, this show is already garnering attention on Viki and beyond.



So much happens in the first episode that you might forget you're watching a drama and not a movie. Misfortune after misfortune befalls poor Eugene's character, Chae Won, who is appalled but keeps her cool despite being constantly harassed by her husband and mother-in-law.

Mrs. Bong will stop at nothing to ruin Chae Won's life
The mother-in-law: I've seen a few truly evil ones in my K-Drama career, but this one takes the cake for being unrelentingly vicious on Day 1. Without provocation, she rejects her daughter-in-law at a family celebration, kicks her out of the house, and feigns innocence to frame her in every situation. And when Chae Won finally shows some backbone and decides to leave her crumbling marriage behind, Mrs. Bong makes sure she won't be a liability by throwing her into a mental hospital without her consent. This is a new low, and part of me is eager to see what else this greedy, manipulative woman has up her sleeve in future episodes.

A Hundred Year's Inheritance airs every Saturday and Sunday evening, and you can thank The Inheritance Team for providing amazing translations for the show. It is available to viewers in North and South America.

K-Pop Fandom, Up Close and Personal: Mariko reports from the 'Korean Grammy Awards'

I have a confession to make: until this past Tuesday, I had never been to a K-Pop concert before. Of course, my iPod is filled with K-Pop (my favorites right now are Girl's Generation and F.T. Island), but I had never seen anyone in person.

So when Viki received tickets to attend the Golden Disk Awards (Korea's version of the Grammys, held this year in Malaysia), the first thing we did was give them away to our community members in Malaysia. And because I was going to be in the area myself, I took the opportunity to escort them! :) 



From the moment I stepped foot into the venue, the energy of the fans was amazing! At the red carpet, everyone was yelling and screaming and from the moment the concert started, I don't remember a moment that wasn't filled with fans singing along to every song. The energy didn't drop for a single moment during the 4-hour event. It was incredible to see that even the long lines and brutal heat weren't going to dampen anyone's spirits.

Imagine so many amazing K-Pop stars sharing a stage. The night included performances from 4minute, B2ST, CNBLUE, F.T. Island, Trouble Maker, BTOB, B1A4, INFINITE, KARA, EXO-K and EXO-M, Juniel, and finished with fantastic sets from SHINee and Super Junior! It was clear that the idols could feel the energy rise up from the audience as they took to the stage. They were giving it everything they had.

SHINee speaks to the crowd after an electrifying performance
The Trouble Maker dance performance was sexy and full of energy, EXO-K and EXO-M performed together, and I loved how seamlessly and professionally KARA continued their performance after the stage lights went off on them, mid song! And the final two performances, by Super Junior and SHINee, truly blew the roof off the (outdoor) stage.

But to me, the stars of the event were the fans. I was awed, inspired and humbled, by their passion and love, and felt so incredibly fortunate and thankful to be part of such an amazing experience. K-Pop fans are awesome!!

Watch 3 influential classic German films

Every country in the world has a unique film-making history, and digging into each of them will, without fail, leave you fascinated and itching for more of that history. Today, let's take a look at some amazing influential films from Germany.

Often showing up in the list of top 100 international films of all time, Nosferatu, based on Bram Stoker's "Dracula," is the 1922 German film directed by F.W. Murnau, one of Germany's most influential directors of the silent film era. The film tells the story of Thomas Hutter, who lives in the fictitious town Wisborg, where Count Orlov is looking to buy a house. Hutter is sent to Transylvania to visit the potential buyer where he starts to suspect that Orlov might be Nosferatu, the "Bird of Death."



Faust, another film directed by F.W. Murnau, was released in 1926 and featured some amazing special effects for its time. Based on not only Goethe's "Faust," Murnau was also inspired by "Mefistofele" by Arrigo Boito, and "Doktor Faust" by Ferruccio Buson.



Metropolis, the 1927 science-fiction film directed by Fritz Lang follows Freder, the son of the master of Metropolis, the futuristic dystopian city that the film takes place in. Freder discovers that there is a great underground workforce that is driving the city, living and working in terrible conditions, while the wealthy idly go for walks in what they think is Utopia. In 2001, the film was inscribed on UNESCO's Memory of the World Register.


Can't get enough classic films and TV shows? Check out the "classics" genre on Viki! 

Win Tickets for the Golden Disk Awards on Jan 15!

On January 15th and 16th, the world's top K-Pop stars will arrive in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia for the biggest Asian music awards show of the year: The 27th Golden Disk Awards. The show has been held every year since 1986, but has recently moved from Korea to Southeast Asia to showcase the global appeal of Korean Pop culture. Hot artists, including Super Junior, G-Dragon, Ailee, and T-ara are set to perform.

One exciting component of this year's Golden Disk Awards is the MSN Southeast Asia Award, decided completely by online fan voting. The voting has ended, but it's sure to be a close race. Here are the music videos from some of the top nominees:



Golden Disk Awards Viki Exclusive VIP Ticket Giveaway

We're thrilled to have VIP tickets to give away to you, the fans, to go and watch your favorite artists perform and receive a coveted Golden Disk Award! Do you live in, or are able to travel to Malaysia? Just follow the below instructions to enter the giveaway for a pair of Exclusive VIP tickets. You'll be able to enter until Jan 12, 3:00PM PST.

1. Go to the Golden Disk Awards tab on the Viki Facebook Page: https://www.facebook.com/viki/app_357035861060284

2. Write down which K-Pop artist you want to win an award, and include your Viki username.

3. Share on your Facebook Timeline for a chance to be chosen to receive a pair of VIP tickets.

The deadline is January 12, and you are allowed to make one entry per day. You must live in Southeast Asia and be over age 18 to be eligible. Follow Viki on Twitter, Facebook, and here on the blog to hear about more exciting ways you can get tickets to the event.