Top Korean Drama Streaming Sites And Their Ongoing Dramas

The rise of over-the-top (OTT) video services offering Korean dramas is a testament to the ever-increasing popularity of Korean content. It’s a boon for fans outside Korea because it is now easier than ever to watch a Korean drama from the comfort of one’s home. On the other hand, it can also be the bane of many viewers who want to see all the dramas in one site since major streaming companies now compete fiercely to stream dramas exclusively on their platforms. If you need to watch two or more series that are found on different services, you might end up shelling out more money for premium subscriptions. Below are the top Korean drama streaming sites worldwide where you can spend that money, and the ongoing Korean dramas they serve right now.

Note: This article is updated regularly. Only ongoing prime-time Korean dramas are included in the list. Related Article: Currently Airing Korean Dramas And How To Watch Them — Legally [UPDATED]

Kocowa—The Big 3

Top Korean drama streaming site - Kocowa

Launched in July 2017, Kocowa (which stands for Korean Contents Wave) is the youngest among the five Korean drama streaming sites on this list. It is powered by Korea Content Platform, which distributes dramas and other shows from the three biggest Korean broadcasting stations—KBS2, MBC, and SBS. Since it is a joint venture between the three companies, it became a centralized content broker for existing streaming platforms like Viki and OnDemandKorea. However, it lacks cable dramas from tvN, JTBC, and OCN. It has a special offering called Taste24HR, which allows ALL users, including those not subscribed to paid plans, to watch all the newest content for FREE within 24 hours from release. A 14-day free trial is available to all first-time subscribers.

Availability: North and South America, including the US, Canada, Mexico, Brazil, and Puerto Rico

Paid Subscriptions: $0.99/day, $6.99/month, or $69.99/year

Ongoing K-dramas Available (US):

  1. Beautiful Love, Wonderful Life (KBS2)
  2. Never Twice (MBC)
  3. The Game Towards Zero (MBC)
  4. XX (MBC, Naver TV, VLive)

Netflix—The Most Expensive

Top Korean drama streaming site - Netflix

Entertainment giant Netflix may not be as big as the other streaming sites on this list in terms of Korean content, but that will change very soon. It has shown so much interest in ‘Made in Korea’ content that it started producing Korean original series, namely Kingdom, My First First Love, Love Alarm, and My Holo Love. On the exclusive distribution front, the company has recently inked multi-year deals with cable network JTBC and production company Studio Dragon, a move that will make a wide variety of dramas easily accessible to international fans on a single platform. A major downside to Netflix getting exclusive distribution rights to dramas is it will deprive many fans who can’t afford its subscription plans of the enjoyment from (legally) watching the series in question. A 30-day free trial is available to all first-time subscribers.

Availability: Various countries

Paid Subscriptions: Depends on location; in the US—$9.99/month (Basic, one non-HD stream), $12.99/month (Standard, two HD streams), or $15.99/month (Premium, up to four Ultra HD streams)

Ongoing K-dramas Available (Worldwide):

  1. Hi Bye, Mama! (tvN)
  2. Hyena (SBS)
  3. Itaewon Class (JTBC)

OnDemandKorea—The Least Popular

Top Korean drama streaming site - OnDemandKorea

Despite having so much content in its library, OnDemandKorea is the least popular top Korean drama streaming site on this list. But don’t get too excited. Many of its shows lack English subtitles because the company didn’t obtain the necessary subtitle licenses from original content providers. Fortunately, it has partnered with Kocowa to bring more prime-time Korean dramas into its platform, complete with English subtitles. ODK has recently stepped up its game when it comes to airing exclusive K-dramas in the US. And with the rising competition between existing and budding OTT video services, it is expected to acquire exclusive distribution rights to more dramas in the future.

Availability: North and South America

Paid Subscriptions: $6.99/month or $69.99/year (Plus, select content), $10.99/month or $109.99/year (Premium, all content)

Ongoing K-dramas Available (US):

  1. Beautiful Love, Wonderful Life (KBS2)
  2. Money Game (tvN)
  3. Never Twice (MBC)
  4. The Game: Towards Zero (MBC)
  5. The Cursed (tvN)
  6. XX (MBC, Naver TV, VLive)

Viki—The Biggest Library

Top Korean drama streaming site - Viki

As far as Korean content is concerned, Viki is no doubt one of the most popular streaming sites worldwide. It is particularly famous in the US along with its now-defunct rival Dramafever. One striking fact about the company is that it removes the language and cultural barriers with the help of its fans all over the world, who produce the subtitles of the shows as members of a volunteer community. This engaging, community-oriented approach sets Viki apart from other streaming video services—its subscribers not only visit the site to watch shows but they also connect and make friends with other users. Right now, it boasts the most number of ongoing Korean dramas on its platform.

Availability: Mainly North America (also available in many other countries but some content are restricted)

Paid Subscriptions: Depends on location; in the US—$4.99/month or $49.99/year (Standard, select shows), $9.99/month or $99.99/year (Plus, all shows)

Ongoing K-dramas Available (US):

  1. Beautiful Love, Wonderful Life (KBS2)
  2. Forest (KBS2)
  3. Never Twice (MBC)
  4. Tell Me What You Saw (OCN)
  5. The Game: Towards Zero (MBC)
  6. When the Weather is Fine (JTBC)
  7. XX (MBC, Naver TV, VLive)

Viu—The Most Affordable

Top Korean drama streaming site - Viu

Viu serves as Viki’s counterpart in many Asian, African, and Middle East countries, offering a large library of Korean dramas at a very affordable price. It’s also relatively young compared to Viki, having been launched in Hong Kong in 2015. Aside from dramas, Korean movies are one of the staple content of the site. And speaking of movies, the award-winning thrilling black comedy Parasite will become available on the platform beginning February 15 in the Philippines. A 14-day free trial is also available to all first-time subscribers.

Availability: Hong Kong, Singapore, Thailand, Philippines, United Arab Emirates, Bahrain, Egypt, Indonesia, India, Iraq, Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan, Kuwait, Malaysia, Oman, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, Myanmar, South Africa, Lesotho, Swaziland, Zambia, Botswana, Namibia, Rwanda, Kenya, Tanzania, Malawi, Uganda, Ethiopia, Ghana, Nigeria

Paid Subscriptions: Depends on location; in the Philippines—Php129/month or $2.5/month

Ongoing K-dramas Available (Philippines):

  1. Beautiful Love, Wonderful Life (KBS2)
  2. Money Game (tvN)
  3. Never Twice (MBC)
  4. Tell Me What You Saw (OCN)
  5. The Cursed (tvN)
  6. The Game: Towards Zero (MBC)
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ONGOING KOREAN DRAMAS: When the Weather is Fine (NEW) | Itaewon Class (POPULAR) | Forest | Beautiful Love, Wonderful Life | The Game: Towards Zero | Never Twice | Tell Me What You Saw | Hyena (NEW) | The Cursed | Money Game | Hi, Bye Mama! (NEW)

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2 Comments

  • John Llyod

    January 30, 2020 - 8:38 am

    The Game: Towards Zero is also available on VIU Philippines

    • Samfann

      January 30, 2020 - 3:04 pm

      And so is Money Game! Thanks John Llyod for letting us know! We’ve just updated the article.

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