Soompi Is Now Available on iOS and Android!

To coincide with the launch of the Soompi Awards 2015, we are happy to announce that Soompi is now available as a native app for both iOS and Android!


          



Fast and Fluid Design


The Soompi app provides a fast and fluid native experience, making it fun and easy to browse through the day’s top K-Pop and K-Drama news on the go. Swipe left and right to go from article to article instantly, and images are optimized for a fast loading experience. Comments are also conveniently just one click away!





Bookmark Articles for Reading Later


What if you come across an interesting article on Soompi, but don’t have time to read it now? No problem. Mark the article as a Favorite so you can always go back to read it at a later time.





Support for App Notifications


With app notifications enabled, you will never miss an important news article again! You can choose to be notified whenever any new stories are published on Soompi, or just stories in the categories that you care most about.





Give Us Your Feedback


This is only the first version of our Soompi app, and we will work hard to continue evolving the app to better serve our loyal fans. We are open to your suggestions on how we can continue improving the app to suit your K-Pop/K-Drama needs. If you have any feedback, please feel free to leave a comment below or tweet us at @Viki or at @Soompi.


You can download the new Soompi app from the App Store and Google Play now.

Happy browsing!

Introducing the New Viki Homepage

Millions of passionate drama fans like yourself come to Viki every week to watch and talk about your favorite Asian dramas. We are excited to roll out a new homepage design today to better help you discover content you like, and to provide easier access to the shows that you are following.



A new layout, optimized for content discovery

We’ve improved the layout of our homepage to make it easier for you to find the shows that are important to you. A new, three-column design makes it easy to see in one glance what shows are currently trending, as well as what’s on air and what’s coming soon to Viki. We’ve also added a new miniaturized TV guide on the homepage itself, to make it easier for you to see all the newly added episodes each day.



Personalized recommendations just for you

Not sure what you want to watch next? Don’t worry. Viki can now provide you with personalized show recommendations right on the homepage. Powered by the latest in machine learning technology, our recommendations engine will provide you with personalized show recommendations based on what you have previously watched. Check it out!



A shout out to our volunteer community

We know how important our volunteers are to the success of Viki, and so we wanted to thank the community. Every week, we will showcase the top subtitlers and segmenters of the week right on the homepage as a small token of appreciation for the hard work and many hours that they have put in to make Viki a better experience for everyone. Thank you so much!



Listening to our users

Ultimately, our website is built for our fans, and it’s important to us that the needs and desires of our users are satisfied. We are constantly open to your feedback on how we can make things better. As ever, if you have any feedback, please feel free to leave a comment below or in our discussion forum, or tweet us at @Viki.


Help Get Us to #1BillionWords & Win!


Contribute and be a part of Viki history! For one week in October, we're inviting the entire Viki Community to participate in this very special Sub-a-Thon to help us reach 1 Billion Words. Be one of the top 500 volunteers, and you'll receive a special, limited-edition #1BillionWords badge to display on your profile page!

Plus, all participants have the chance to win a free month of Viki Pass, and one user will randomly chosen to win a very special prize: a brand new Macbook!

Ready to get started? Find out more here:


When:
  • Event period: October 5 - 12, 2015 (PST)
  • Badges will be distributed on October 16 (PST)



How:
  • Volunteer on one of the thousands of videos on Viki, by either subtitling or segmenting*! 
  • What can you win? 
    • The Top 500 Viki users with the highest number of contributions (subtitles and/or segments) during the event period will receive a special, limited-edition #1BillionWords badge
    • A number of participants will be randomly chosen to receive a special code good for one month of VikiPass!
    • A number of participants will be randomly chosen to receive a Roku 3**! 
    • One user will be randomly chosen to win a new Macbook**! 
  • Winners will be contacted via email. 
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Need a refresher on how to volunteer?
Looking for a video to work on?
 Don’t know another language? No worries!
  • Segmenting (setting the timing of the subtitles) and captioning (creating subtitles in the show’s original language) are great ways to contribute. Check out the top of your profile for video recommendations!
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*NOTE:
  • Inappropriate segmenting or subtitling, like the creation of  use of a translator program (i.e. Google Translate) or copying subtitles from a non-Viki source, is strictly prohibited, and a violation of the Viki Community Guidelines. Such behavior will lead to disqualification.
  • If you notice that the segmenting or subtitling guidelines are violated, please notify us, and our team can look into the matter.
**Open to eligible participants only. Official rules apply.   

J-Rock Legends HYDE and K.A.Z. Come to the U.S. as VAMPS


West Coast J-rock fans, rejoice! VAMPS, the J-rock duo formed by HYDE (lead vocalist of L’Arc-en-Ciel) and K.A.Z (guitarist of Oblivion Dust), are coming to California on their 2015 Tour!


VAMPS is one of the most successful international Japanese rock acts of all time - meaning that this is an opportunity not to be missed. Even better, VAMPS is known for their diverse and extensive live performances, choosing to mainly promote their music in the form of global tours. With over 6 years of experience in blowing the roof off of sold-out venues, this will be a show to remember. Check out one of their latest releases, the English version of “Vampire’s Love” here to get pumped.


If you are a fan of J-rock, then get ready to pencil these dates into your calendar: 10/5 at the Roxy Theater in LA and 10/7 at Slim’s in San Francisco. Tickets are on sale now, so get them before they’re gone and keep up with more tour news on their official Facebook account!

Are you a fan of J-rock or planning to go to the tour? Let us know in the comments!

'¡Nos Hemos Casado!' - Soompi Se Une a Viki


¡Estamos felices de anunciar que Viki ha adquirido a Soompi! ¡Si, leíste bien! Como el lugar original de la comunidad de K-pop en internet, tiene sentido que unamos fuerzas para traerte el mejor contenido a tu pantalla. ¡Fans de dramas, prepárense para tener acceso a todo el contenido de SoompiTV en Viki!

Mientras que el Viki que conoces y amas se mantendrá virtualmente igual, tenemos muchísimas colaboraciones planificadas, así que manténte al tanto de futuras actualizaciones. Esperemos que estén igual de felices por el futuro, como nosotros lo estamos. Muchísimas gracias a las comunidades de Viki y Soompi.

'We Got Married' - Soompi Joins Viki!


We're excited to announce that Viki has acquired Soompi! Yep, THAT Soompi! As the original K-pop community site, it made sense for us to join forces to continue delivering the best content to your screen. Drama fans, get pumped to access all of SoompiTV's content on Viki!

While the Viki you know and love will remain virtually the same, we have some cool collaborations in the pipeline, so stay tuned. We hope you're as excited as we are about the future-- and a huge thanks to the Viki and Soompi communities!

Win A Signed Poster From The K-Drama 'My Love Eun Dong'!



Calling all “My Love Eun Dong” fans! This is your chance to win an official poster, signed by Joo Jin Mo and Kim Sa Rang!

All you have to do is show us your favorite "My Love Eun Dong" moment, and you could win!

Ready to enter? Here's how!

When:
Tuesday, August 18 - Monday, August 24, 2015 (PST)

How:
  1. Choose your favorite moment from any episode of “My Love Eun Dong” and screencap it.
  2. Post the image on the Comments section of the “My Love Eun Dong” channel page, including the episode number plus the event hashtags: #MLEDBestMoment and #VikiGiveaway.
  3. Users will upvote/like their favorite images
  4. Five winners will be chosen based on the number of upvotes/likes.
Additional details
  • There is no limit on the number of daily submissions. 
  • Only registered Viki users can participate.
Adding to the fun, check out Joo Jin Mo, Kim Sa Rang and Kim Ah Joong's celebrity pages, where you can take your pick for Joo Jin Mo's best on-screen leading lady (Note: participating in the poll does not count towards the giveaway)!

Need some inspiration? Check out these awesome "My Love Eun Dong" photos!




Have a moment in mind? Don't hesitate to send them in! 

Exclusive Interview With Danson Tang!

Danson Tang, male lead of the hit Taiwanese drama "Murphy's Law of Love", has been a hot topic for Taiwanese drama fans due to his sweet moments with Ivelyn Lee. We thought it'd be a great time to get to know him more, so we asked everyone to submit questions on social media—here are the answers you've been eagerly awaiting. He even sent us a selfie of himself while answering the questions! 




Haven't watched Danson Tang in "Murphy's Law of Love" yet? Binge-watch all 19 episodes on Viki right now!

Some titles on Viki are not available in certain regions of the world. But Qualified Contributors (QCs) can view and contribute to most titles. Read this blog post to learn how to become a QC.

Be One of This Summer's 'Hot 150' and Get a Limited-Edition Badge!



Join the fun of volunteering and be one of this summer's “Viki Top 150”! From the last week of July through the first week of August, be one of the top 150 volunteers, and you’ll receive one of our special, limited-edition badges to display on your profile page!



Ready to get started? Find out more here:

When:
  • Event period: July 27 - August 7, 2015 (UTC)
  • Badges will be distributed the week of August 9th. 
How:
  • Help subtitle or segment* any video.
  • 150 users with the most contributions during the event period will receive a special, limited-edition badge.
    • The top 100 subtitlers will receive one of three badges, based on number of contributions. 
    • The top 50 segmenters will receive one badge. 
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Need a refresher on how to volunteer?
Looking for a video to work on?
  • Head over to Project Finder on the Community page, the Project Board, or the top of your profile to find a video that needs your help. 
  • As a courtesy, message the Channel Manager or respective language moderator to let them know you’re interested, and get started! 
Don’t know another language? No worries!
  • Segmenting (setting the timing of the subtitles) and captioning (creating subtitles in the show’s original language) are great ways to contribute. Check out the top of your profile for video recommendations!
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*NOTE:
  • Inappropriate subtitling, including using a translator program (i.e. Google Translate) or copying subtitles from a non-Viki source, is strictly prohibited, and a violation of the Viki Community Guidelines. Such behavior will lead to disqualification.
  • If you notice that the subtitling guidelines are violated, please notify us, and our team can look into the matter.

Show Us Your Favorite 'I Order You' Moment & Win!


Caught up on the charming web series, 'I Order You'? If not, this is your chance! Not only do you get to binge-watch an awesome series (and U-Know Yunho's last before enlistment!), but you also have the chance to win a signed poster and pamphlet from the show's main cast!


Want to enter? Here's how!

When:
Wednesday, July 22 - Sunday, August 2, 2015 (PST)

How:
  1. Choose your favorite moment from any episode of “I Order You” and screencap it.
  2. Post the image on the Comments section of the “I Order You” channel page, including the episode number plus the event hashtags: #IOrderYouBestMoment and #VikiGiveaway.
  3. Users will upvote/like their favorite images
  4. Winners will be chosen based on the number of upvotes/likes. 
Details:
  • Only registered Viki users can participate. 
  • Users can submit one scene per day.
  • Users referred from fan-sites must include designated hashtag, #WeAreTVXQ or #TVXQFrance.
  • Six winners will be chosen from the referred fan-sites, eight winners will be Viki users. 
  • The most “liked” scene will be made into a GIF and shared on Viki’s social media pages the week after the event.
Already have a moment in mind? Don't hesitate to send them in!

Update: Winners have been selected and contacted. Thank you to everyone who participated! 

A Not So 'Lonely Gourmet': How to Order 5 Delicious Taiwanese Dishes!


There's no doubt that dramas have taken the phrase "eating with your eyes" to a new level. Series like the popular Taiwanese show "Lonely Gourmet" feature tasty local dishes week after week, making us salivate. 

The show takes us on a culinary journey through Taipei via Wu Lang (Winston Chao). Unfortunately, we can't all dine like Wu Lang, so below are five of our favorite Taiwanese dishes—complete with how to (and where) to order them! 






Some titles on Viki are not available in certain regions of the world. But Qualified Contributors (QCs) can view and contribute to most titles. Read this blog post to learn how to become a QC.

How to Attract Older Women, Courtesy of Infinite's L



"I will never, ever fall in love with you."
"Why not?"

If you're caught up on your drama news, you may know this as an iconic conversation between the two leads of "The Time I've Loved You," remake of Taiwanese hit drama "In Time With You."

In the new remake, Ariel Lin and Ha Ji Won play women who have just reached 30, and are finally feeling the strain of their age. While adjusting to post-twenty-something life, they meet a handsome young guy (Infinite's L) who starts showing interest in both ladies. Aroused with the possibility of young love, they become tangled in an ambiguous noona-dongsaeng relationship. 

Looking to pick up some thirty-something cougars who are looking for a nice young man? Here's a quick look at the strategy employed by L and David Hsu! 





Interested in seeing how the relationships progress? Favorite the channels for new episodes!

Some titles on Viki are not available in certain regions of the world. But Qualified Contributors (QCs) can view and contribute to most titles. Read this blog post to learn how to become a QC.

Viki Is Now Available on Roku, Win A Roku 3!


Great news—Viki is now available on Roku! Viki adds to Roku's lineup of 2,000 streaming entertainment channels available in the U.S. and offers primetime global TV shows and movies to Roku customers for free, supported only by ads. You can find us in the Roku Channel Store.

Head over to TechnoBuffalo for a chance to win a Roku 3!

Taiwanese Actress Puff Guo Turns 27


Taiwanese actress (and perennial Viki fan favorite) Puff Guo turns 27 on June 30. If you're not sure who she is and why she's internationally famous, you've probably been living under a very large rock somewhere in the Western Hemisphere since about 2011. But don't panic, there's still time to appreciate her artistry—here's a quick look at what puffs up Puff!

Modeling


You can be the judge of Puff Guo's beauty...or you can let the editors over at FHM Taiwan be the judge. It turns out they've nominated her as the Sexiest Woman for three years in a row!

Music


Since Puff Guo's group "Dream Girls" signed a record deal in 2011, she has become a K-Pop fixture. Check out Dream Girls' 2013 collaboration performance with T-ARA at M Countdown Ni Hao Taiwan, above!

Acting

While Puff Guo debuted in the 2011 hit drama "Inborn Pair," fans outside of Taiwan will recognize her in last year's "We Got Married Global Edition Season 2" where she was paired with Super Junior's Heechul! In between those shows, she built her reputation as a leading lady in "Just You" with co-star Aaron Yan and "Love Myself or You" with co-star Jasper Liu.

Some titles on Viki are not available in certain regions of the world. But Qualified Contributors (QCs) can view and contribute to most titles. Read this blog post to learn how to become a QC.

Happy 37th Birthday to the Incredibly Talented Ha Ji Won!


Ha Ji Won, the female lead in upcoming Korean drama "The Time I've Loved You," turns 37 this Sunday. Here's a quick primer on some of her many accomplishments during her incredible career so far.

She released her own photo book this year



"Ha Ji Won's Secret" sold out in Japan earlier this year. The photo book uses images and videos to visually track the progression of her career, from fledgling talent to award-winning actress. This work is preceded by her essay 2013 collection "This Moment."

She's a critical darling


Ha Ji Won at the 47th Baeksang Awards in Seoul.                   (Source)
Ha Ji Won has won some form of an award every year since 2000! This includes many SBS drama awards, including four for "Secret Garden" alone. She's been nominated for nine different Baeksang Awards over her career (including last year, for her performance in "Empress Ki") and has won four of them.

She's deeply philanthropic


Source: Korean Drama Choa

In addition to donating to a number of charities, she donated some of the proceeds from "This Moment" to a children's aid group. In October 2011, Ha Ji Won joined her fans in delivering coal and food to an isolated, rural Korean village not covered by government subsidies. She's even donating her cornea!

She's musically talented

Ha Ji Won released "You Are My Joy," her first self-composed song last week. This isn't her first foray into music, Ha Ji Won released a debut album, "Home Run," in 2003. The title track featured Psy, and was used in the soundtrack for her movie "Reversal of Fortune."

Don't forget to check out "The Time I've Loved You" June 27th, on Viki! Can't wait to see more Ha Ji Won? Let us know in the comments below!

Some titles on Viki are not available in certain regions of the world. But Qualified Contributors (QCs) can view and contribute to most titles. Read this blog post to learn how to become a QC.

6 Awesome (and True!) Facts about Birthday Boy Rain!

As one of the most recognizable faces in hallyu, Rain has built himself quite the career. In honor of the “She’s So Loveable” star’s 33rd birthday, here are six fun facts about this all-around entertainer.

1. Despite his charismatic, masculine image, he’s no stranger to cute girl group dances. He helped choreograph the "point dance" for fellow Cube Entertainment repped group CLC’s debut song, “Pepe.”



2. Rain’s no stranger to Hollywood, starring in films like "Ninja Assassin" and "The Prince," and even snapping pics with Hollywood heavy-hitters like Julianne Moore and Hugh Grant.



3. He’s been in one of history’s greatest dance-off’s, battling American icon Stephen Colbert in "Dance Dance Revolution."



4. Though he left JYP entertainment in 2007, Rain is still close to his former label-mates, pausing for a photo with Park Jin Young and “first-generation idol group” g.o.d. at the latter’s 15th anniversary reunion concert.



5. Although he and girlfriend Kim Tae Hee are known for their impact in the entertainment world, the two also have a penchant for real estate. The combined total value of their properties is about $34.7 million!



6. There's another young lady who's stolen a piece of Rain’s heart: the ultra-cute Choo Sarang! Rain met the popular prodigy on a Korean reality show, trying to woo her with gifts. Sarang eventually warmed up to the megastar, letting him take an adorable selca with her!


What do you love best about birthday boy, Rain? Let us know in the comments below! 

'Let's Eat!': How to Order 5 Delicious Korean Dishes


Food + dramas = a match made in heaven—one that could rival any celebrity OTP. While we're fans of the lovey-dovey scenes, if our favorite 오빠 (oppa,) 언니 (unnie,) 형 (hyung,) or 누나 (noona) is having an on-screen food broadcast, or 먹방 (meokbang,) our eyes are guaranteed to be transfixed with stomachs growling!

Like its 2013 predecessor, "Let's Eat Season 2" showed us the diverse and delectable world of Korean cuisine—and we want to eat all of it (yes, all of it.) Check out our top five dishes below, complete with how to order your favorite dishes in Korean!







Some titles on Viki are not available in certain regions of the world. But Qualified Contributors (QCs) can view and contribute to most titles. Read this blog post to learn how to become a QC.