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Hello, video! (Yep, we’re streaming free content for Beanies)

Hello Beanies!

Today, we’ll be launching our very own video channel. *Surprise!* The channel is up and ready starting today, so when you visit Dramabeans and see a new video player on the site, don’t panic — that’s us streaming you free content.

With this new video channel, Dramabeans will be able to watch a livestream different Korean content like dramas (full episodes, omigad!), varieties, and lifestyle shows, as well as K-pop music videos. You’ll able to watch for free, though the videos will vary depending on your geographic location (more on this later!). If you close your browser, the channel will pick up right where you left off, like magic~

As you know, we’ve been searching for different ways to bring home the samgyupsal, and as video ads bring in better revenue than regular banner ads, this video channel has the potential to help Dramabeans stay afloat (where we all like it!)

So, while the video channel exists to give us more funds to keep things running — it’s also supposed to be fun! All the content is the licensed and lovely South Korean media we all love so much — except now you can get it right at Dramabeans.

We really and truly want the video channel to add to the Dramabeans experience, not detract from it, and we also want the launch to go as seamlessly as possible. So, be a Beanie helper, and if you run into any tech issues while viewing, please let us know and we’ll do our best to get it solved quickly.

We would give you more details on the video content you’ll see, and what will be region specific, but like any good melodrama, our new video endeavor is shrouded in a well-kept secret. But as soon as we’re able, we will share all the things! Check back to this post for more information on: types of content you’ll be able to see in your region, regions that are within our license, and any other tidbits of information that will help aid and abet your video watching.

In the meantime, happy watching and Beanie on!

June 24, 2020 Update

Hi Beanies! As promised, we’re back to update this post with a little more info and answer all your pressing questions.

Our tech team is working away on a few improvements to the video stream. One thing we’re working on is how to stop the video from playing again after you’ve closed the video player out.

We’re also working with our content partners to play full episodes of dramas and variety shows.

For premium supporters, we’re working on a feature that would give you the ability to choose whether or not you want to turn the video on.

To be continued!

 


 
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woooow ..... great surprise for sure, full support all the way^^

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I didn’t understand where it came from but was pretty excited to see GDragon moving on my screen!

I hope when there are updates, DB will post them like new news. It’s easier than having to check back on this post.

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Lol!

I kept seeing CL.

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It would be a great thing if it just stayed fixed and didn't move as you scroll.
It's more or less ok if you are using a computer, but on the cell phone it turns in quite a nightmare.

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I think it does stay fixed to the bottom right of my screen.

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It does, it stays there. But in my case it's not streaming all the time. Image stops and and it begins to "think".
It's no adding anything to my DB experience right now.

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Right? There's no point if it doesn't even load properly.

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It's definitely a cool idea to try and bring in more revenue! I hope it works out!

My only gripe is if I'm scrolling on a page it pops back up in the corner even if I've already closed it on the same page. Is it possible it can remain closed once clicked so I don't have to keep closing it over and over and over? ❤️

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Yes, please!

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Drama beans is the best for sure

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Oh so that's what it was? Is it possible to remove it for premium supporters since we're technically paying to support and so no ads pop up? Or at least keep it fixed on the top? It appears even when I scroll down on mobile and it's honestly very frustrating. It needs to be clicked multiple times for it to go away.

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Yay! It needs a bit of fiddling around to improve user's experience - once closed, it should stay closed, because when scrolling on a small screen it can be a bit overwhelming - but I have no complaints about K-pop MVs popping up, specially if they keep DB afloat!

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Is this why BTS is playing below my screen? 🤔

Pretty exciting! 😀

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I'm not much of a music-video fan, so to me they're just a (slightly) annoying distraction. At least I'm on a PC and can close them easily. Not a high priority, but I wouldn't mind a way to opt out.

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Absolutely love this idea, I hope it works out well!! On my cpu browser the video stays in the bottom right corner, moving with me as I scroll so it doesn't look like it's moving at all (it's just always in the lower right). Love the content, to those who don't want to listen to the music--there is a mute/volume option, I'd just use that rather than try for an opt-out.

I haven't tried it in a mobile browser yet, I'll update/comment again when I do! I really hope this helps, it's a great idea!!

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I have my kpop playlist playing in the background when I scroll through Dramabeans anyways so this is exactly what I needed :) Thank you DB!

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This is cool way to test out new songs or groups. Or re-watch MV's that you forgot about.

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I second the requests for it to stay closed once closed. It refreshes every time you post a comment on an article thread, for example.

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Can I see more of 2NE1 and BigBang please? 🖤💛🖤💛

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This could be an unwanted mobile data usage for Beanies checking in on mobile.

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Oh fun, I was wondering where that came from- it's nice to listen to as I'm reading and a cool way to find new music

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Honestly, I don't think that dramabeans it's the place I want to see video content like this. I would prefer podcast about dramas than Kpop MVs. The fact the video player stay opened at the bottom is distracting for me. I can't not see it.

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We're growing. What a nice surprise

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I am not a fan at all of kpop. This is dramabeans not kpopbeans. It sort of reminds me how DramaFever started to change to bring in new revenue

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Uhm I think they specified in their statement that it would be of different content: drama, music, variety etc. and not just kpop

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Well they can either adapt to shifts in online content or shutdown the site. There is no other choice.

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OK how am I expected to get any work done when I keep seeing BTS and SEVENTEEN every time I log on???

(OMG I love it)

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Can you add a caption to identify who are performing on the video for the benefit of those who are not familiar?

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On the homepage, could the video be moved to the left side or somewhere else on the page. For a moment I forgot what website I was on becuz the first thing I see is the banner and the video ( so no kdrama content until I scroll). And this could be off putting/confusing for new beanies

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This is great you guys!

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Hurray for innovation and new content! 🥳 The problem that I have with it is that it keeps popping back up when I navigate and blocks what I'm trying to read. Also, would it be possible to turn off the autoplay (or something) ? I sneak in beanies during work and it's been an *ahem* moment that Exo et al are bouncing around nonstop on my screen... erm yeah.😑

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Thank you everyone for your feedback! We're working on upgrading the experience and I've added in a few updates to the post. 😊

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Thank you!

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Can we not have this pop up and auto play on every page? Y'all are eating up my data plan for no reason.

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I like it. Thanks.

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well it was definitely a surprise! Hope it produces some bacon for yall!

Definitely seconding the opt-out/remain closed option for the player. It also keeps stopping to load repeatedly, so it's not been the greatest experience.

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I know you guys are struggling financially and I even like kpop but this honestly makes it an absolute nightmare to navigate the site on my mobile phone. Along with the ads, yet another thing to close.

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This is fabulous. Thank you. And I hope it does generate a bunch of revenue.

Also I have noticed a few more adds. There was even one for Labcorp. I highly recommend them.

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👍

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Hi! I come by every other day to read recaps and such. But this new video streaming feature ate up a bulk of mobile data while the page is loading, which includes the video content. I try to support the site by whitelisting with Adblock but this streaming thing really is a nuisance.

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I have watched several performances. It has been fun.

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Thank you for making it possible to turn the video off. I find it very annoying on my phone.
I love DB, but this is not something I enjoy dealing with.

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