Updated: July 15, 2010
The CEO; Dennis Lee, stopped by in the comments and said all readers here can use the invitation code: 3716
Have fun! Maaduu, fighting!
Caught news from the little bird at K-popped that there’s a new website focused on Korean dramas. I’m still trying to figure out why they called it; Maaduu. Anyone knows if it means anything in Korean?
The website is owned by the company; PlayTV Asia Sdn Bhd. Google couldn’t dig up information about them and I’m guessing they’ve not built their own website yet. So far, this is the only Malaysian website I’ve heard offering free streaming of Korean dramas.
The website is built-on Flash but thanks to its minimalist approach, it loads decently quick.
Before each Korean drama preview is loaded, there’ll be an advertisement in front of it. I suppose it’s a fair trade since you get upto 60 minutes of viewing.
The preview ad was a brand for lady’s sanitary pads. Plus, I don’t believe this ad was aired on the TV. Which made me wonder, will we see more creative video ads from this website? Or, does the content still have to be approved by the Malaysian advertisers board. Well, I hope not.
The crappiest thing which could happen to a drama or movie you got is the inaccurate subtitles. Ones which have been directly translated by a robot. Ones which phrase this, “Brother, she no love for you longer.” What the hell is that?!
Thank goodness this wasn’t the case.
Based on the signup form, it looks to me the website is still in its prototype. There’s a field to fill in your invitation code which I’ve no idea how d’you request for one. I remember Gmail did something like this but the evolution of this mechanism is now email data mining. They ask for your name and email if you’d like to beta test this new service.
Well, I’m really liking the whole Maaduu idea and hopefully, someone from PlayTV would contact me to pass along an invitation code. In addition, I want to know what’s the difference between logging in and more details on how this service will continue.
Besides the viewing experience, PlayTV has incorporate community tools like comments, rating and sharing. Good move, since a number of fans may debate on their favorite characters being removed from their favorite series. LOL!
And yes, it’s still monetized by ads. Maybe the PlayTV team could’ve made the ads here less intrusive. An eyeblaster concept perhaps?
Nonetheless, I applaud the bold move by the company to setup a service such as this. I’ll not be surprised if it does become a paid subscription service. Just like what became of Naruto and Bleach at Crunchroll.
Will the subscription cost around USD 59.95 (RM 191.50) annually like Crunchyroll? Or, more? Or, less?