Welcome to the new Viki Blog

Welcome to the new home of the Viki Blog! You'll notice a new look and feel to this blog, but we'll continue to be bring you product updates and let you know what new features are out and in the works here. And we'll also continue to play fun games and have giveaways. So don't forget to check back here often!

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Happy Halloween!

Do you have your Halloween costume picked out yet? Will you be donning a tuxedo and shades for the PSY look, or a knockout superhero outfit like Darna? If you've got a great costume, you could win a prize in our Halloween Dress Up contest, from now until Halloween!

Here are some Asian horror and supernatural-themed movies and series to get you in the Halloween spirit.

Black Honeymoon (신혼여행) is the story of a Jeju Island vacation gone horribly wrong. It is available to viewers worldwide, except in Korea.

Our Indonesian horror movies are especially entertaining to watch. The Empty Chair (Bangku Kosong) is about a classroom terrorized by a possessed student who was once made to sit in the haunted "empty chair." And in the horror-comedy Evil Nurse (Suster Keramas), Kayla and her friends stay in a haunted, secluded villa. All films are available to viewers worldwide.
The Empty Chair
In the Korean horror film Dead Friend, which is is available to viewers worldwide, Min Ji Won (played by Kim Ha Neul from A Gentleman's Dignity) loses her memory, and while she tries to recover it, she learns that three of her closest friends are dead or dying after coming in contact with a vengeful ghostly presence.

If you're looking for something to enjoy with the whole family, check out Don Dracula, a sweet Japanese short animated series by legendary anime creator Osamu Tezuka. The story is about a family of vampires who are transported in their house from Romania to Tokyo. The series available worldwide except for Japan and Spain.
Viewers in the South East Asia region can follow The Paranormal Research Society as they try to uncover the truth behind possible paranormal events in Paranormal State.

Vampire Cop Ricky (흡혈형사 나도열) is a more lighthearted Halloween film, about a corrupt cop who transforms into a vampire whenever he is sexually aroused. The main actor played Im Taesan in A Gentleman's Dignity! This movie is available worldwide, except in Korea.
Vampire Cop Ricky
Whether you're planning a movie marathon, going to a costume party, or trick-or-treating around town, we hope you have a fun and spooky Halloween!

New Feature: Contributor Search

We're excited to announce that a new feature that allows Channel staff to more easily find contributors to join their Channel Teams, is now live! The feature is called "Contributor Search" and allows Channel Managers, Moderators and QCs to search a database of community members who have, in their profile settings, stated that they want to contribute to videos.
You'll be able to access Contributor Search from the Community Page
Channel Managers, Moderators and QCs are now able to search for community members who are interested in subtitling, segmenting, moderating, as well as managing a channel. You'll also able to filter your results by the number of hours a potential contributor is available for, or to only see QCs. You'll also be able to message members directly from your search results.

Contributor Search is available under the Community Page, or you can go directly to the page via the URL www.viki.com/volunteers. Also, make sure that you update your profile settings so that other Channel staff members are able to search for and contact you!
Sample search results
We hope you're as excited as we are for this new feature! A special "thank you" goes out to our beta testers, jojoo, klaudiotta, cgwm808, yolswels091, trucalling, Nonochii, mounlight, Miss_Z23, ileana80, amitiara, maricor102, shancai, celint, queen0flove16, Nakano, StarlightO and LaLa5011!

Film Spesial Idul Adha di Viki

Sebentar lagi kita akan merayakan hari raya Idul Adha, yang kali ini jatuh pada hari Jumat, 26 Oktober 2012. Ini berarti akhir pekan kali ini akan menjadi liburan akhir pekan yang lumayan panjang. Asyik! Nah, rencana apa saja yang sudah kamu siapkan untuk liburan akhir pekan ini?! Viki punya beberapa film menarik dengan tema perjuangan dan keberanian yang pastinya asyik untuk menemani kamu mengisi liburan Idul Adha kali ini.

Film Malaton didasarkan pada kisah nyata tentang perjuangan seorang anak autis yang berusaha menjadi juara lari maraton. Cho Won adalah seorang anak autis yang sangat senang lari. Ibunya, Kyeong Sook, sadar akan hal ini dan mulai mengarahkan dan mendukungnya untuk ikut lomba lari. Ikuti perjuangan Cho Won dalam mewujudkan mimpinya.
Film lain yang wajib kamu tonton di liburan kali ini adalah Herb. Film ini berkisah tentang Sang Eun, 20 tahun, gadis dengan keterbelakangan mental dan dengan pola pikir layaknya anak usia 7 tahun. Hari-harinya dihabiskan dengan membuat origami dan bermimpi tentang pangeran tampan dari buku yang dibacanya. Segala daya upaya dilakukan oleh sang ibu untuk melindungi Sang Eun. Meski begitu, ia mulai mengalami emosi layaknya orang dewasa ketika jatuh cinta dengan seorang perwira polisi. Sejauh manakah ibu Sang Eun dapat melindungi putri tercintanya?
For Horowitz adalah film lainnya yang bisa kamu tonton selama liburan ini. Cita-cita Ji Su adalah menjadi pianis besar seperti idolanya, Vladimir Horowitz. Namun karena kondisi keuangan keluarganya yang tidak memungkinkan, ia pun urung melanjutkan studinya dan memilih untuk menjadi guru piano. Apakah Ji Su akan bisa melanjutkan menggapai cita-citanya?
For Horowitz
Ketiga film di atas memberikan pesan yang dalam mengenai arti perjuangan dan keberanian, dan yang pasti, asyik untuk kamu tonton di liburan Idul Adha ini. Selamat menonton! :)


Hari Raya Special on Viki

We're about to celebrate the Hari Raya Haj celebration, which is on October 26, 2012. This means that this weekend will be a long weekend in Indonesia. Yay! Do you have a plans for the holiday yet?! We have several good courage-and-sacrifice themed movies which we are sure you’ll enjoy watching this Hari Raya holiday.

Malaton is based on a real-life story of an autistic boy who wants to be a marathon champion. His mother, Kyeong Sook, realizes this and starts to direct and support him to join in running competitions.

Another must-watch movie for this holiday is Herb. This movie is about Sang Eun, 20 year-old, who is developmentally disabled and behaves like a 7-year-old. She spends her days making intricate origami designs and dreaming of marrying her Prince Charming, just like in the books she reads. Her mother dotes on her and tries to do everything in her power to shield her from harm. But Sang Eun begins to experience adult emotions when she falls in love with a police officer. How much longer can Sang Eun’s mother continue to protect her daughter?

For Horowitz is another movie that you can add to your holiday lineup. Kim Ji Su aspires to be a great classical pianist just like her idol, Vladimir Horowitz. But her dreams are crushed when her family is unable to pay for a musical education overseas. With no other options, Ji Su opens up a music studio and begins teaching other aspiring pianists.

These three movies deliver a deep and touching message about sacrifice and courage, and we are sure they will be great movies to watch during this holiday. We hope you enjoy them as much as we do! :)

Dress up for the Halloween Costume Contest!

Halloween is only a week away! Are you planning to dress up as your favorite anime character, K-Drama star or K-Pop idol to celebrate? Then share your costume photos with us for  chance to win a Viki gift bag! Still searching for some costume ideas?  Check out some of our ideas below, get inspired and you're sure to be boo-tiful.

Viki Halloween Costume Contest

Maybe you will dress up as Psy and do your best Gangnam Style dance moves, or the lovely ladies of Orange Caramel in their new music video 'Lipstick.' Perhaps you will be an anime character like Lady Oscar from legendary anime 'The Rose of Versailles.' Or maybe you will recreate one of your favorite moments from a K-drama, like the most memorable moment of 'The Greatest Love' when Gu Ae Jeong put on her frog costume for a game-show challenge and ran into a neatly dressed Dokko Jin in the hallway!

Gong Hyo Jin in the 'Greatest Love' with Cha Seung Won

In order to be eligible, share a photo of yourself in costume with us either on Twitter, or leave a link to your photo as a comment on this blog post. Your photos must be submitted before midnight October 31, 2012 (PST). The Viki team will select a winner on November 1, 2012. When entering make sure to let us know what inspired your costume! Groups are eligible to enter but we'll only be sending one gift bag to the winner.

The winners will be selected based on creativity, and the authenticity to the inspiration outfit.

Good luck and Happy Halloween!

New Feature: Special Project Badges

Today, we're excited to announce the launch of Special Project Badges on profile pages. Now, if you navigate to your profile page, you'll see a new section where you can see and collect badges!

Special Project Badges are awarded to community members who participate in special projects. Over time, we'll be developing a series of badges released periodically, and each badge will represent a different project. For now, we're starting with three special project badges to recognize our talented Community:
  • The Anime Badge: for any member of the Community who has participated in special anime subtitling projects or contributed at least 50 subtitles to an anime series
  • The Segmenting 101 Badge: for graduates of the Community's own Segmenting 101 Project
  • The "Old School" Badge: only for Community members who have been a part of the Viki family since 2010 or earlier

Full House 2 Available Worldwide!

The wait is finally over for Full House 2! After the incredible popularity of the first season, which starred Rain and Song Hye Gyo as a fake married couple, rumors of a "Take 2" have been swirling for eight years. Now, fans worldwide can enjoy what is sure to be a hilarious, heartwarming, and unforgettable drama: watch the first episode on the Full House 2 Channel.

In Full House: Take 2 (풀하우스 테이크 2), the hard-working Jang Man Ok (played by Hwang Jung Eum) takes a job as a stylist for idol group, TAKE ONE, made up of perfectionist Lee Tae Ik (No Min Woo) and carefree Won Kang Hwi (Park Ki Woong). Tae Ik's only motivation for becoming a singer is to buy back the home his parents used to own; but can he accomplish his goal and hold his idol group together at the same time? Falling in love wasn't on Tae Ik's agenda either, so it should be fun to see how he and his co-star fight to win the heart of the kind-hearted stylist, Man Ok.

The brooding, irritable Tae Ik reminds us of prickly actor, Young Jae, from the original Full House, with a bit of Jang Geun Suk's Hwang Tae Kyung from You're Beautiful mixed in. You might remember the handsome Noh Min Woo from  his singing days in The TRAX and 24/7, or his dark role in Midas. He also played a friendly vet in My Girlfriend is  Gumiho and a stylish chef in Pasta.

The other two stars bring a wealth of diverse acting experience to this project as well. We were captivated by Park Ki Woong most recently as the tragic villain, Shunji, in Bridal Mask, and as a jealous ex-lover in The Musical; we look forward to seeing him in a more light-hearted role! Hwang Jung Eum just finished her fast-paced medical drama, Golden Time, last month, and also gave us an award-winning performance in romantic drama, Can You Hear My Heart?.

Full House: Take 2 is available worldwide, and the Maid of House 2 Team is excited to bring you the best translations every Monday! The show is also available to viewers worldwide, except in: Korea, Japan, China, Taiwan, Hong Kong, and Macau. Follow the channel here to get updates when new episodes are released, meet other fans of the show, and pitch in to help with the subtitling!
Full House 2 premieres today on Viki

Let the community know you want to help subtitle videos!

As you know, subtitles on Viki are created by passionate fans like you. New community members have often asked us how to get involved in the subtitling process. We now have a feature in your profile settings that makes it easy to let the rest of the community know that you want to help out.

Through your contribution settings, you're able to make yourself available to subtitle, segment, moderate or even manage a Channel, and Channel staff members will be able to search for and contact you! For example, if you want to subtitle a video from English to Spanish, enter that in your profile info. You'll also need to fill out the number of hours per week that you're willing to contribute. This is because some shows, such as those that are on-air, may require a weekly time commitment. If you're unsure about what to enter, we suggest selecting 1 - 2 hours a week. Now, if a Channel is looking for an English t0 Spanish subtitler, they can find you and send you a private message!

NOTE: You don't have to wait for Channel teams to contact you. If there's a video or Channel you want to be a part of, send a private message to the Channel Manager or Moderators, and ask to join their team.

To let people know how you'd like to contribute:

  • Sign in or sign up to Viki

  • Navigate to your profile page on Viki. To do this, click on the pull down menu next to your username at the top of the page, and select "My Profile."

  • Click on "Edit Profile" next to your profile picture

  • Go to the "Contribute to Viki" tab and enter your information

So what are you waiting for? Update your profile info now and join the fun of contributing to videos!

Channel Managers and Moderators -- you'll be able to search for new contributors for your Channel teams very soon. Stay tuned!

First episode of The Rose of Versailles now!

This past Saturday, we were fortunate enough to screen the first episode of The Rose of Versailles at New York Comic Con! The Rose of Versailles is a legendary anime title, produced over 30 years ago by TMS Entertainment LTD, and was created by Riyoko Ikeda, one of the most well-known manga artists in the world, who also created Dear Brother. It was so much fun to watch the episode in a packed room of about 150 people, all laughing and crying out at the same time. A sneak peek of the series, the entire first episode, is now available on Viki to viewers in North America!

More episodes will become available on December 6, 2012, so get excited. It will be the first time that this series has been viewable in North America in more than 30 years!

Thank you to everyone who came out to the New York Comic Con screening. We had a fantastic time watching the episode with everyone, and listening to Tufts University Professor Susan Napier and Anime News Network publisher, Christopher Macdonald in their Q&A afterwards. The cosplay costumes that the room and the Con were filled with were truly amazing. We hope everyone had as much fun at the screening as we did!

Enter The Rose of Versailles Haiku Contest!

The legendary anime series The Rose of Versailles, produced over 30 years ago by TMS Entertainment LTD, based on the manga  (comic book) by Riyoko Ikeda, will be available to viewers in North America for the first time in 30 years on Viki, on December 6. To celebrate we're running a Haiku contest along with Anime News Network, complete with great prizes!

How to Enter

Submit your Haiku
Win a prize that brings you smiles
The Rose of Versailles

To participate in the contest, submit your Haiku, following the 5-7-5 pattern of syllables, about themes and characters in the series, through Anime News Network. The contest will run from Oct 15, 2012 to Nov 16, 2012, and a panel of judges from both ANN and Viki will choose one grand prize winner, three runners up, and also one special mention.


 The Prizes

  • Grand Prize: An authentic autograph from creator Riyoko Ikeda, and a DVD box set of the anime series from Right Stuf's Nozomi Entertainment, to be released in 2013

  • 1st Runner Up: An authentic autograph from creator Riyoko Ikeda, Viki headphones and T-shirt

  • 2nd Runner Up: DVD boxed set of the anime series from Right Stuf's Nozomi Entertainment, to be released in 2013, Viki headphones and T-shirt

  • 3rd Runner Up: DVD boxed set of the anime series from Right Stuf's Nozomi Entertainment, to be released in 2013

  • Special Mention: Viki headphones and T-shirt
The contest runs from Oct 15, 2012 to Nov 16, 2012. Haiku entries must be submitted to Anime News Network through the official entry form  here. Entrants must be at least 21 years old to enter, or have the consent of an adult. Please check the ANN site for detailed contests rules and information.

Winners will be announced through Anime News Network and the Viki blog in conjunction with the release of  The Rose of Versailles on Viki, in December.

Movies for the Whole Family

We've hand-picked some great movies from around the world that show the power of family. From a mother giving up everything for her child to a daughter who must get to know the father she grew up without, watch these touching films and see how different cultures share the love of family.

Carol's Journey is about a twelve-year-old girl whose life is changed after moving in with her father, an American soldier in Spain. It is available to viewers in the US and Canada.

Bravo, My Life is a classic Korean film about a family struggling to make a better life for themselves, staying positive through many obstacles. It is available worldwide except for select countries, including the US, Korea, China, Japan, Hong Kong, and Thailand.

8x10 Pictures is a Bollywood time-traveling thriller starring Akshay Kumar as a man with the ability to visit the past through photographs. He uses a photo of his father and help from his mother to find out the truth about his father's death. This movie is available worldwide.

Under the Bombs is a Lebanese film about how far a mother will go to find her son after they are separated in the 2006 Lebanese War. It is available in the US and Canada.

Herb is the heartwarming story of a developmentally disabled girl and the mother who tries to give her the best in life. It is available worldwide except in these select countries: US, China, Japan, Thailand, Taiwan, Korea, Hong Kong, and Vietnam.

If you've seen one of these international family films before, tell us what you thought of it!

Ask a question at The Rose of Versailles screening with Anime NewsNetwork

On Saturday, October 13, 2012, we'll be screening the first episode of the anime series, The Rose of Versailles, at New York Comic Con! The Rose of Versailles is a legendary anime title produced over 30 years ago by TMS Entertainment LTD, based on the manga (comic book) created by Riyoko Ikeda, one of the most well-known manga artists in the world, partly for her progressive characters.

The screening will be followed by a Q&A session with Dr. Susan Napier, a specialist in modern anime literature and Professor of the Japanese Program at Tufts University and moderated by Christopher Macdonald, publisher of Anime News Network. We'll be taking questions from the audience and from Twitter (don't forget to check out #NYCCRoV), but we also want to make sure that questions from the Viki community are asked as well. Submit your question in this form, and it may be asked, live, at New York Comic Con!

Happy Birthday Yoon Eun Hye

We'd like to wish the talented and super cute Yoon Eun Hye an awesome 28th birthday! Did you know that she has won awards for every single one of her Korean drama performances?

Goong (Princess Hours) is one of the most popular Korean dramas of all time, starring Yoon Eun Hye as a strong-willed princess in modern Seoul.

In Coffee Prince, Yoon Eun Hye plays a poor girl who disguises herself as a boy to get a job at a cafe with an all-male staff. If you're loving To the Beautiful You, watch this fantastic drama to see where the gender-bending theme in K-Drama got its start. This drama is available to viewers in the US, Canada, Middle East, and Africa.

My Fair Lady is the hilarious and romantic story of a spoiled heiress and her streetsmart butler, played by Yoon Sang Hyun (Oska from Secret Garden!). This drama is available in the Americas.

Lie to Me features Eun Hye in another powerful role as a Ministry of Culture official, who arranges a fake marriage with a hotel executive to put tabloid rumors to rest about her personal life. This program is available in the Americas.

Escaping from Charisma is one of Yoon Eun Hye's earliest acting projects, a funny movie about a tomboy who always finds herself in the middle of schoolyard fights and love triangles. This movie is available worldwide.

Which of Yoon Eun Hye's characters was your favorite?

Infotainment Indonesia untuk pemirsa online seluruh dunia

Celebrity Scoop adalah program tayangan video yang menampilkan profil dan berita terbaru artis serta selebritas papan atas Indonesia dan secara eksklusif ditayangkan di Viki. Dengan kehadiran Celebrity Scoop, pemirsa dapat menyaksikan Krisdayanti, salah satu diva Indonesia dan kisah suksesnya. Selain itu, ada juga Dian Sastrowardoyo, aktris Indonesia yang telah mendapatkan banyak penghargaan dan menjadi brand ambassador L’Oreal Paris untuk Asia Tenggara di Festival Film Cannes 2012. Penggemar musik dapat menyaksikan video tentang Agnes Monica, Ahmad Dhani, Ariel, dan juga Afghan.

Selama ini, infotainment hanya bisa disaksikan di jam tertentu, di stasiun televisi tertentu di Indonesia. Sekarang, siapa pun yang suka akan artis Indonesia yang tidak berada di Indonesia pun bisa menyaksikan video terbaru tentang artis favoritnya di viki.com.

Agar selalu update dengan video-video terbaru tentang artis favoritnya di Viki, pemirsa cukup membuka viki.com dan masuk ke channel Entertainment News - Indonesia.

Celebrity Scoop adalah program terbaru garapan rumah produksi PT. Bintang Media Sariusaha, salah satu anak perusahaan di grup Cek & Ricek. Cek & Ricek Group adalah grup perusahaan media hiburan yang memproduksi program pelopor jurnalisme infotainment di Indonesia (Cek & Ricek ) yang sudah tayang 15 tahun di RCTI dan yang menerbitkan tabloid Cek & Ricek yang sudah beredar 14 tahun.

Exclusive Indonesian celebrity news videos

Are you a fan of Indonesian actors, singers and musicians? Want to keep up with the latest updates on your favorite Indonesian bands? You can now find the latest information of all your favorite Indonesian celebrities on “Celebrity Scoop”, exclusively on Viki! Find Celebrity Scoop on the  Viki’s Entertainment News - Indonesia channel.

Celebrity Scoop is the most exclusive Indonesian celebrity news video on Viki, and a place where you can watch great video about your favorite Indonesian celebrities.  Watch a video about Krisdayanti, one of the Indonesian ‘divas’ and hear about her success story. See what's the latest on Dian Sastrowardoyo, the award-winning Indonesian actress and South-East Asia's L’Oreal Paris’ Brand Ambassador at the 2012 Cannes Film Festival.  Indonesian music fans should check out videos of Agnes Monica, who's now making a big break in international music scene, Ahmad Dhani (lead vocalist for Dewa 19), the talented and gorgeous young male singer, Afghan, and Ariel (former Peterpan vokalis, and now starting the new band “Noah” after being released from prison).

Celebrity Scoop is produced by the Cek & Ricek Group (a group of entertainment media-related companies), who are well-known in Indonesia for their award-winning TV program "Cek & Ricek," and are also known as the publisher the weekly entertainment tabloid, “Cek & Ricek”.  The group has been recognized as a successful company for the past 15 years producing "infotainment programs" or celebrity-news TV programs such as Halo Selebriti, (airs on SCTV) and Kiss (morning edition, airs daily on Indosiar). Cek & Ricek Group is also the owner of cekricek.co, one of Indonesia’s leading online entertainment websites.