This week AT&T announced that they plan to shut down the Korean focused streaming service DramaFever. Founded back in 2009 DramaFever was acquired by Warner Bros. which was later sold to AT&T as part of the Time Warner merger. The service offered 13,000 episodes for just $4.99 a month.
“Today, Warner Bros. Digital Networks will be closing its DramaFever OTT service due to business reasons and in light of the rapidly changing marketplace for K-drama content, a staple of the service’s programming,” the company said in a statement Tuesday. “Warner Bros. Digital Labs, which encompasses more than two-thirds of the DramaFever workforce, will continue operating, serving as the tech engine behind many of WBDN’s operations.”
A message posted on DramaFever website said, “Thank you for nine great years. As of October 16, DramaFever has been shut down… While this decision is difficult, there are a variety of business reasons that have led to this conclusion.”
Sadly for fans of Korean TV in the United States, this removes one of the limited options to legally watch many Korean shows in the United States. Hopefully, other services step up to fill the void left by DramaFever shutting down.
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