A few weeks ago, on October 16, 2018, Dramafever was permanently shut down. Here at The Silver Petticoat Review, we loved discussing some of the great romances and period dramas exclusive to Dramafever, so we deeply feel the loss of this much-needed streaming service.
From the many messages we’ve received over the years, we’re aware that some of you were first introduced to Asian dramas on Silver Petticoat. So, we felt it was best to address this unfortunate casualty. We’re also aware that Dramafever (due to its ease of use) became the main site for many of you to get their Kdrama fix!
We feel the closing of Dramafever is a true loss to niche streaming. And now, after the upcoming closure of the classic film streaming service, Film Struck, we hope this is not a trend that continues.
But let’s not despair! Plenty of other alternatives to Dramafever still exist. So, that way you’ll be able to keep watching the Kdramas and other Asian dramas you love. We’ve put together a list of the best alternatives!
Note: We’re only recommending legal options, so these sites are safe to use.
The Best Alternatives to Dramafever
Viki is perhaps the best alternative to Dramafever with over a thousand titles to choose from. Whether you’re in the mood for a Korean drama, a Chinese series, or even a show from Taiwan or Japan, there is fabulous content from every possible genre. And they are always adding new shows and movies. The service is free though there are premium services ranging from $4.99/month to $9.99/month. You can also add the Viki app to Roku devices. Though the app is no longer supported on Samsung.
Recently, Netflix has stepped up its game with exclusive international content. From standout Korean dramas like Black or Mr. Sunshine to memorable Chinese shows like The Rise of Phoenixes, there is a lot of wonderful Asian dramas and films on Netflix. I also expect more fabulous content to continue to stream exclusively on Netflix in the future with the closure of sites like Dramafever.
A newer streaming site, Kocowa is all about the K-drama. Here, you’ll find many exclusive dramas you can’t stream (legally) anywhere else including My Secret Terrius (which was available previously on Dramafever)! You can watch for free or pay $6.99/month to watch with no ads.
With the closure of Dramafever, you may have noticed that OnDemandKorea has started to step up its advertising game. While I haven’t personally used this one yet, they do have many great Korean dramas to choose from. Many of the titles include English subtitles and according to an advertisement I saw, they’re adding more English subtitles soon. There’s a free service, a paid service ($6.99 every 30 days), as well as Pay Per View options.
AsianCrush is a popular choice and includes a large selection of Asian content (Movies & TV) to choose from – though mostly includes movies. You can watch for free or pay $6.99 for the premium version. AsianCrush has millions of fans, so you can’t go wrong with this one!
If you’re a fan of anime and manga, you’ll love Crunchyroll. But if not, there are still some great dramas to choose from. The website focuses mostly on Japanese content. The service costs $6.95/month after the 14-day free trial.
While Hulu doesn’t have as many Asian dramas and films as they’ve had in the past, one can hope they’ll pick up more content again in the future. Still, you can watch popular Korean dramas like The Legend of the Blue Sea, Oh My Venus, and more on this popular streaming site!.
You can also find some Asian dramas on Amazon Prime, Tubi, MBC Classic (Youtube Channel), as well as other streaming sites in other countries (IE: VIU).
How do you feel about Dramafever closing? What streaming service do you use the most now that Dramafever closed? Share your recommendations, feelings, and comments below!
Featured image credit: My Secret Terrius (MBC), Mr. Sunshine (Netflix), The Eternal Love 2 (Viki), and The Legend of the Blue Sea (SBS)
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