New feature: Email verification

Today, we're happy to be launching email verification on Viki! All new and existing Viki members will be asked to verify their email addresses. Current members will, for the time being, be able to continue to access their accounts without verifying their email addresses, but we suggest that you do it anyway.

You might be wondering why we're adding this new feature, and why you should verify your email address. Well, we have two reasons!

First and foremost, we want to protect the amazing work that the Viki Community does. Email verification is a great way to fight bots and spammers, and it will allow us to make sure that the owner of any given account is a real, living, breathing human being. The extra step will also deter human spammers from creating multiple accounts on Viki and messing with your great work.

Second, having a valid email address for all community members will make it easier for us to communicate with you. It'll allow us to start sending you notices and news about Viki and the Community. But don't worry, we'll be giving you the ability to set your email preferences. We don't want to spam you any more than you want to be spammed.

I know that verifying your email address will require a little bit of work on your end, and we're sorry for any inconvenience that this may cause you. But this feature will help us continue to grow our amazing community, sustainably!

New members will verify their email addresses as part of their sign up process. But what do you have to do to verify your email address if you're already a Viki member? I'm so glad you asked. It's easy! All you have to do is log into your Viki account, and you'll see a notice at the top of your page, letting you know that an email has been sent to the address that we have on file. Then, log in to your email and follow the link in that email and you're done! If you don't seen an email in your inbox, check your spam folder. You can click the "resend verification" link in the Viki notification to send yourself a new verification email. If you need to change your email address, the notice on Viki will allow you to do so, or you can go to your settings.

The notification in Viki, letting you know a verification email has been sent to you.

If you have any questions about email verification, or are having trouble with it in any way, please feel free to contact us through the Viki Help Center.

Watch the Russian Series, Tatyana's Day (Татьянин день)

Tatyana's Day (Татьянин день) is a Russian comedy drama series about two women who fall for the same guy. You can watch the entire series, all 221 episodes, on Viki!

Tatyana's Day is the Russian retelling of the Colombian drama "La Guerra de las Rosas" (War of the Roses), and tells the story of two women who both fall for the same man. The two friends, both named Tatyana, soon figure out that the man they each just started seeing, Sergey, is the same person. And even when Sergey realizes that the two Tatyana's are friends, he thinks that he can figure out a way to go out with them both. You can just imagine what hilarious consequences follow!

This could be a great new Viki project for you! The Community Team that has been working on Tatyana's Day has done a great job segmenting and subbing, but they're looking for more contributors, especially more segmenters. If you're interested in segmenting, send the Channel Manager, L0v33, a message!

Celebrate Charles Dickens' 200th Birthday with Viki!

200 years ago today, on February 7, 1812, a boy was born in Portsmouth, England. I'm sure that no one then suspected that this boy, named Charles Dickens, would become one of the greatest writers of all time.

Charles Dickens

On this anniversary of his birth, check out two of his most famous works, "Oliver Twist" and "David Copperfield." They are both available to view on Viki in select countries in the South East Asia region! You might have read the books and heard the stories, but you've never seen Dickens come to life as they do in these BBC series. The language, costumes, cast and acting will take your breath away.

Oliver Twist, first published in 1838, shows the life of the homeless waif children that plagued London in Dickens' time. It tells the tale of the young orphan Oliver who lives a terrible life in a workhouse. He escapes and makes his way to London, where he meets the Artful Dodger, who leads a gang of child pickpockets. Follow Oliver through his journey through the criminal underworld of London in this stunning BBC show!

Oliver Twist

David Copperfield is said to be the most autobiographical story that Charles Dickens wrote! It tells the story of a boy, David Copperfield, who is born into a happy life with his loving mother, until she is remarried to the awful Edward Murdstone. David is soon sent off to boarding school where his life takes a turn for the even worse.

Daniel Radcliffe as David Copperfield

Check out this amazing, star-studded cast: Harry Potter's Daniel Radcliffe plays the young David Copperfield, Sir Ian McKellen plays the horrible headmaster at David's boarding school, Salem House, Bob Hoskins is Mr. Micawber, and the great Dame Maggie Smith plays David's aunt, Betsey Trotwood.

Watch Feast of Gods (신들의 만찬) now!

The Korean drama, Feast of Gods (신들의 만찬), is now available on Viki for viewers in the Americas! Episodes will be made available on Viki about 1 - 2 hours after they have aired in Korea, on Saturdays and Sunday nights. The Feast of Gods Community Team has done a great job getting ready for the arrival of this drama. They're currently looking for Korean to English subbers, so if you're interested, let the Channel Manager, bkiss, know!

Feast of Gods is, at the heart, about Korean cuisine, and tells the story of two female chefs, Joon Young (Sung Yu Ri) and In Ju (Seo Hyun Jin), who both aspire to be a chef of the top Korean restaurant, Arirang. Through their friendship and competition with each other, they grow as people, as well as chefs.

11 Award-Winning Independent Films on Viki!

We're very excited to announce 11 award-winning foreign independent films on Viki with English subtitles, with more languages to come from the dedicated Viki Community. These wonderful films come from all around the globe, carry the weight of multiple awards or nominations from Sundance to Cannes to Toronto film festivals, and will make you feel every emotion that you can possibly imagine. You'll truly be missing out if you don't check out this amazing collection of films! They are available for viewers in the U.S. and Canada today with other countries to follow. Indie films have always been close to Viki's heart, and have been popular on Viki for some time now! Check out other hits like Harrison Montgomery, a film from the United States, with Oscar Winning actor Martin Landau.

The Man of the Year (O Homem do Ano) comes to us from Brazil and is based on the award-winning novel by Patricia Melo "O Matador." After losing a bet, Máiquel dies his hair blonde and that triggers a chain of events that reveals his destiny. In the span of 24 hours, goes from nobody to hero to outlaw. The Man of the Year received the Best Film and Best Director award winner at the Miami Brazilian Film Festival and was screened at the Toronto International Film Festival!

Maiquel (Murilo Benicio) with his friends in The Man of the Year

Be With Me, a Singaporean film, tells three different stories, all woven around love, hope and destiny. One of the stories, "Meant To Be," tells the true story of Theresa Chan, a woman who has been deaf-blind since she was 14. Theresa, who is now in her 60s, is a beacon of hope and strength for life, as well as this beautiful film.

Under the Bombs (تحت القصف taht alqasf‎) is a Lebanese film set at the end of the 2006 Lebanon War. Zeina Nasrueddi is a Lebanese Muslim who has been living in Dubai. When marital troubles arise, she sends her son to spend the summer with her sister in Lebanon. When the war breaks out, she travels to Lebanon and convinces a taxi driver to join her on the incredibly risky journey to find her son and sister. This heart-stopping film was filmed with only two hired actors. Everyone else appearing in the film are real refugees, soldiers and journalists, playing themselves. The film was nominated for the Grand Jury Prize at the Sundance Film Festival and won both the Alternative Vision Award and EIUC Award at the Venice Film Festival.

Zeina (Nada Abou Farhat) in Under the Bombs

Monster Thursday (Monstertorsdag), a Norwegian romantic drama, is an unconventional film about a love triangle and the hunt for the perfect surfing wave. Monster Thursday was nominated for the Grand Jury Prize at the Sundance Film Festival.

Carol's Journey (El viaje de Carol) is a Spanish film directed by Imanol Uribe, and tells the story of a 12-year-old Spanish-American girl who travels from New York to Spain for the first time. The friendships and romance that she encounters there, as well as the secretive world of her mother's family drive this unforgettable tale of a journey into adulthood. This film has been nominated for awards at the Miami Latin Film Festival and the Montreal World Film Festival.

Who's Camus Anyway? (カミュなんて知らない) is a Japanese film that was the winner of the Best Japanese Film award at the Tokyo International Film Festival, and was screened at both the New York Film Festival and the Cannes Film Festival. It tells the story of a group of students in Tokyo who are shooting a film for their student project called "The Bored Murderer." As the film within the film gets more complicated, so do the lives of the film crew. Everything comes together in a wild and unexpected climax.

Munyurangabo is a remarkable, powerful film from Rwanda. Munyurangabo, a Tutsi, is in search for justice after his parents were killed in the Rwandan genocide. He steals a machete and leaves the city with his friend, Sangwa, a Hutu. The film won the Grand Jury Prize at the American Film Institute Festival, Best Film at the Mexico City International Contemporary Film Festival, the SIGNAS Award at the Amiens International Film Festival, and was screened at the Cannes Film Festival.

Day Break (دم صبح, Dam-e Sobh), based on many true stories and also shot in Tehran's prison, is a gripping Iranian film, and was the winner of the Annonay International Film Festival in France as well as the Fajr Film Festival in Tehran. It was also screened at the Tribeca Film Festival in New York and the Toronto International Film Festival. It tells the story of a man who has been found guilty of murder and whose life has been given to the victim's family. As he awaits trail, he is caught in limbo between life and death.

Day Break, directed by Hamid Rahmanian

Drifters (二弟), a mature and thought-provoking film from China, premiered at the Cannes Film Festival. The film is about Hong Yunsheng, who has been deported from the United States, back to his native China. But once there, he is kept from his US-born son. Now Hong tries to bond with both his past and his future.

The Island (Остров), a film from Russia, was the winner of five Nika Awards, including Best Picture. This film takes you to Northern Russia, to a small Russian Orthodox monastery, and to a man who lives there, who is known for his power to heal, foretelling of the future and ability to exorcise demons. But the sin that he committed in his youth haunts him still. This movie is a must-see for anyone drawn to spiritual themes!

Dreams of Dust (Rêves de poussière), is a film from Burkina Faso, Canada and France, and was nominated for the Grand Jury Prize at the Sundance Film Festival. It tells the elegant story of Mocktar, a Nigerien man who, in hopes of turning his back on his past, comes to Essakne, a gold mine in Burkina Faso, only to find that the gold there has dried up. This beautiful, colorful and honest film will take your breath away.

The beautiful film, Dreams of Dust, directed by Laurent Salgues