More K-Dramas Coming to Europe, Part III

European fans rejoice! Another twenty-five K-dramas, listed below, are now available in Europe for the first time. Check out the first two batches of K-dramas available in Europe that we've already announced here and here.


Enjoy the trailers for some of the dramas below.

Do you live in a region where these shows are still unavailable? Read our blog post on Qualified Contributor (QC) status to learn how you can get access to these shows!

Let's Cook With Viki: Arepas!

In celebration of all our new telenovelas, we decided to make a Latin American dish called “arepas” — a type of corn griddle cake. (If you’ve ever had pupusas or gorditas, these will be familiar to you!)


Before we start cooking, let’s check out of some of our sexy new telenovelas to get us in the mood!

Eva Luna

A young woman’s road to happiness is paved by heartaches and tragedies created by a manipulative wealthy family in this remake of the 1997 Telemundo telenovela “Aquamarina.”




Wild Cat

In this telenovela, a simple ranch laborer falls in love with her boss’ son, but can they survive the tumultuous challenges that threaten their relationship?

Watch the trailer below:



OK, now that we’re in the right frame of mind, let’s get cooking! And as always, the first thing you need to do is to make sure your work station is clean and your hands are washed!

Ready to cook? Here’s what you need:

For the arepas:
  • 2 3/4 cups of maserpa flour (pre-cooked ground corn flour; please note that Western corn flour or polenta will not work, as they are processed differently)
  • 2 tablespoons of melted butter
  • 1 teaspoon of salt
  • 2 1/2 cups of hot water

Mix all of the ingredients together, until they form a dry dough-like consistency. If the batter is too thick and dry, add some more water. If it is too wet, add more flour  just be sure to adjust the butter and salt as needed as well!



Once the ingredients are mixed, form small dough balls, about an inch and a half in diameter. After that, press it in between your hands until it forms a disc about a quarter inch thick. Be careful not to over-handle your dough or it will become tough and gooey when you cook them!

To cook the arepas, simply pan fry on each side until golden brown, preferably in about a tablespoon of butter or a very light splash of olive oil (this helps enhance the golden brown color). Once done, take  out of the pan and serve while hot!



We chose to serve our arepas with some salsa and grilled skirt steak, but you could easily add other types of meats, vegetables and some queso fresco!



The arepas were fun to make, and it was a very engaging food to make with friends. The only suggestion I have is that you take your time and be careful when cooking them. If the arepas cook too quickly, the outsides turn brown before the insides cook! Make them too small, and the arepas overcook too easily. So just be careful and remember to have fun while making this dish!

For our salsa recipe, check this out:

Yummy Simple Salsa


  • 1 jalapeño (be sure to slice and scrape out the seeds!)
  • 2 habanero peppers  (to reduce the heat, scrape out the seeds or use less peppers)
  • 4-5 large red tomatoes
  • 1 clove of garlic
*Also note, in some cases jalapeños and habanero peppers can leave a "burning" sensation on hands due to the oils in the peppers - wear gloves to prevent this!

Roast everything in a pan or directly in the fire. Add some salt and a spoonful of vinegar to the mixture, blend well and serve chilled.

Enjoy this week’s recipe? Let us know what you thought, and feel free to make suggestions for what to make next time!


September's Music Artist of the Month: BTOB

BTOB, which stands for Born to Beat, is the newest K-Pop boy group from Cube Entertainment. Following in the footsteps of fellow label mates B2ST, the new group has been under a lot of pressure to perform just as well as, or perhaps even better than, its predecessors. But BTOB didnt crumble under the pressure and its fans have been showing lots of love to the new group!


Less than a year into their debut, the multi-talented members of BTOB decided to venture out to different areas of entertainment, some choosing to take on dramas and variety shows and others choosing to hone their Broadway skills in musical theatre.
Recently, the seven-member group has been touring around Southeast Asian countries, such as Singapore, Malaysia, Indonesia and Thailand. BTOB's debut in Japan, at prestigious Tokyo Dome and Sapporo Dome, was wildly successful with tons of screaming fans. We wish we could have been there!








As if their great song and dance routines weren't enough, BTOB's appearance in Monstar involves a steamy bath scene in the showers alongside B2ST's Yong Jun Hyung. Don't miss it!


In 2012, their debut track “Insane" took the industry by storm with their tremendous popularity and strong fan base.






Music videos are available to viewers in most of Southeast Asia and Korea, and to Qualified Contributors worldwide. 

Community Stories: Kristen from California!

Viki has an amazing global community, full of countless stories that deserve to be shared. Here's one such story about an avid Viki community member.


Kristen Mazza is currently a senior linguistics major at the University of California at Los Angeles, who found Viki by chance in December 2010 while looking for a site to watch television dramas. She saw Viki pop up many times in online searches and other people online also recommended the site. It has become her favorite destination since, and she spends all of her spare time on the site. She's been a Qualified Contributor since January, and says that helping segment dramas has helped her learn Spanish and Korean. Read her fun story!


What's your Viki username?
Mazza

What language(s) do you speak?
English

Which activities do you do often on Viki?
Viewing (watching shows, movies, etc.), Subtitling, Segmenting

What do you like most about Viki?
I love the huge community that you find here and how passionate everyone is, from the dedicated volunteers to the very entertaining fans.

Has Viki helped you to learn or practice another language?
I initially became interested in contributing to Viki because I wanted to practice Spanish. At first, I thought the best way to practice would be to volunteer as a subtitler, but I feared my subtitles would be too poor. I turned to segmenting instead and discovered that segmenting is also very helpful for practicing listening skills, for segments must be replayed to check accuracy. When I work on a program of a language that I’ve studied, I always feel like I’m multitasking by practicing my listening while contributing to the creation of subtitles.

Have you made friends in the Viki community?
Yes! While working on channels, I have made some good friends whom I now talk to regularly!

What’s your favorite genre on Viki?
Korean Dramas

What’s your favorite drama that you’re watching right now?
There have been so many exciting dramas recently I can hardly label one as my favorite! If I must decide, perhaps these days, the drama I have been most looking forward to each week is “I Hear Your Voice,” because the mix of cuteness and suspense is too good to miss!

When you’re not on Viki, what other things do you do in your spare time for recreation or fun?
When I’m not watching dramas or contributing on Viki, I like to spend my spare time practicing Korean or experimenting with cooking. Viki is my favorite place to be in my free time though, so generally that is where I can be found!

KCON 2013 - Recap of an amazing weekend with fans

Whew! Just got back from KCON 2013 and we're sad about having to wait another year before seeing our friends again. We loved chatting with all of the amazing fans of K-dramas and K-pop.

For those of you who didn't get to go, and even those who did, here's a recap of the weekend - with photos!

Day 1:
Viki's Stephanie (second from right), actor Sean Richard and the girls from Dramabeans!


Our very own Stephanie (Catchlight) moderated a panel featuring special guest Sean Richard, K-drama actor and star of Viki's concept video (you can also watch him as Daniel in "Feast of the Gods"). Sean talked about his previous and upcoming projects and we even got to watch his new documentary "Finding Hallyuwood." The lovely ladies of Dramabeans also joined us in our panel!

After the panel, Sean came to our booth for an autograph and photo session with fans (check out some very cute fan pics like this and this). The afternoon quickly became a star-studded event, as we got to meet famous YouTube stars, including Dumbfoundead and The Fung Brothers!


Actor Sean Richard getting ready to sign autographs for fans

And of course, we saw lots of fans dressed up in their favorite K-fashion!

Day 2:

In the morning, we tried out the KCON Speed Dating - a fun event that paired fans with other fans in hopes of finding a possible KCON soulmate! Unfortunately we didn't find our soul mates, but we certainly made many new friends who love K-Pop as much as we do!

KCON fans at the speed dating event


Later that day, we attended Henry's panel to learn more about his new movie "Final Recipe." He talked about what it was like to be in a movie and the differences between acting for the camera and performing on stage.

Henry


Red Carpet Event and Concert

A special edition of M! Countdown was filmed on the last night of KCON, for the first time ever in LA! We attended the red carpet event, which was packed with some of the greatest K-Pop idols, including EXO-M and EXO-K!

Members from both EXO-M and EXO-K

The night ended with explosive performances from stars like TEEN TOP, G-Dragon, and Missy Elliot!

TEEN TOP

G-Dragon with Missy Elliot
We had such a great time checking out the idols, but especially meeting all of you. Leave us a comment and tell us about your favorite KCON moment!



Check out our full photo gallery below!! :D

Viki Named World Economic Forum Tech Pioneer 2014!


We're excited to share some very exciting news: Viki has been named a World Economic Forum Tech Pioneer for 2014!

This is a huge honor that WEF bestows on only a handful of companies every year that are making the world a better place through innovative technology.

Viki was chosen for "helping to break down languages barriers and provide global access to content." Other honored companies include Airbnb, GitHub and CodeAcademy. We're in some pretty amazing company. Previous Tech Pioneer winners include Google, Mozilla, Sling Media, SoundCloud, Twitter and Wikimedia Foundation. 

A huge THANK YOU goes out to our community. Your incredible passion and dedication has helped to make Viki the coolest place to hang out and watch global TV with friends halfway around the world. <3 

Here's an interview with Viki CEO Razmig Hovaghimian about the award: 





Introducing Community Discussion Forums!

A piece of feedback that weve received often from the Viki community is the request for a discussion forum  a place for you to talk about your favorite shows, channel organization, interactions with those who speak the same language, and any other exchanges. We completely agree and think it would be a great addition to Viki. Thats why were so excited to launch Community Discussions today. Check them out and join the conversation! And make sure to check out the Welcome to Community Discussions topic to learn how to use the new feature.

Connect with other passionate community members to talk about your favorite dramas, music videos or actors, learn how to subtitle and find videos to get involved in. Make sure to also check out the different language categories, such as Spanish, French or Korean. There, you can find and start conversations in those languages!

You can access Discussions through the Community tab in the header, from the Community page, or by going directly to discussions.viki.com.


We hope you love Discussions as much as we do, but if you have any questions or feedback, feel free to contact us!