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The Best Alternatives to Dramafever: Where to Watch Asian Dramas Now?

Here is a list of the best streaming sites (and Dramafever alternatives) to watch Korean Dramas, Chinese Dramas, and more.


On October 16, 2018, Dramafever 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.

Now, we’re aware that we introduced some of you to Asian TV dramas on Silver Petticoat from the many messages we’ve received over the years. 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 leading site for many of you to get their Kdrama fix!

RELATED:  Mr. Sunshine Review: A Sumptuous, Epic K-Drama

We also feel the closing of Dramafever is a real loss to niche streaming. And after the 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 are safe sites to watch Asian dramas. Unfortunately, DramaCool is not legal, for example.


The Best Alternatives to Dramafever


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Goblin. Photo: tvN

#1 Viki

Viki is perhaps the best alternative to Dramafever with over a thousand titles to choose from with a variety of genres. 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 premium services range from $4.99/month to $9.99/month. You can also add the Viki app to Roku devices (Samsung no longer supports the app). However, if you don’t like Viki, keep reading for Viki alternatives.

#2 Netflix

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 are fantastic Asian dramas and films on Netflix. I also expect more fabulous content to stream exclusively on Netflix in the future with the closure of sites like Dramafever.

#3 Kocowa

A newer streaming site, Kocowa, is all about the K-drama. You’ll find many exclusive dramas you can’t stream (legally) anywhere else, including My Secret Terrius (available previously on Dramafever)! You can watch for free or pay $6.99/month to watch with no ads.

#4 OnDemandKorea

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 watch.

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.

#5 AsianCrush

AsianCrush is a popular choice and includes a large selection of Asian content (Movies & TV) to choose from – though mostly contains 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!

#6 Crunchyroll

If you’re a fan of anime and manga, you’ll love Crunchyroll. But if not, there are still some great dramas there. The website focuses mostly on Japanese content. The service costs $6.95/month after the 14-day free trial.

#7 Hulu

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. You can still watch popular Korean shows 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 Video, Tubi, MBC Classic (Youtube Channel), as well as other streaming sites in other countries (IE: VIU).

(UPDATE: Rumor has it that the new streaming service, Peacock, will air Korean dramas! So, let’s cross our fingers.)

How do you feel about Dramafever’s closing? What Asian drama streaming service do you use the most now that Dramafever closed? Share your recommendations for where to watch Asian movies and dramas, 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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By on November 5th, 2018

About Amber Topping

Amber works as a blogger/writer full-time and fell in love with stories and imagination at an early age. She loved doing Shirley Temple impersonations and creating plays with her siblings. Amber did cheerleading, dance, wrote stories, and ultimately discovered her passion for writing and video editing. She has a Humanities and Film Degree from BYU, co-created The Silver Petticoat Review, contributed as a writer to various magazines, and has an MS in Publishing from Pace University, where she wrote her thesis on transmedia, Jane Austen, and the romance genre. Her ultimate dreams are to publish books, write and produce movies, travel around the world, and form a creative village of talented storytellers trying to change the world through art.

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12 thoughts on “The Best Alternatives to Dramafever: Where to Watch Asian Dramas Now?”

  1. Viki is good and they have a package that includes Kocowa shows too. They are missing a lot of shows that Dramafever had though! 🙁

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  2. there is also an app called KORTV on apple tv, amazon fire, and roku. although the content library may not be as big it does have live channels with english subtitles that is the only one of its kind as well as dramas/movies. Also has live news for the native speakers as that does not have subtitles yet at the moment.

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  3. Thanks for the article. Ive been watching Viki since DFs rude and shocking termination but its not working out. I even pay 5 a month. Today was final straw when i went to watch Ep 3 of the Item and it says it will be available to regular subscribers in 364 days! Ive tried Viki original dramas and they are so bad- theyre like american (maybe russian!) garbage. Ive seen some bad randomly chosen dramas as well. I have been realizing now that DramaFever was really good at vetting which showsto to broadcast to us, not to mention the terrific DF originals. I did not know that about kocowa streaming channel directly and will try tomorrow on roku . Thanks for tip. I can get kicowawa on viki but for 10 dollars a month and i dont like vikis interface either. I cannot wait to watch terius behind me since I was left high and dry in the middle when DramaFever shut down. Incidentally are you sure terius behind me is available to United States audiences? On viki is not, even with kokowa subscription. Surprised to read that Amazon still has Asian dramas. They used to mirror all the one showing on DramaFever but they have all been unavailable to watch and I think recently actually pull downed. I hope i know what to pick on kocowa. I just used to watch df’s featured shiws and they were great. Now that ive seen some real dogs i need a different cetting process. I need to stream thru Roku so am limited in my options. End of an era. With df gone i may need to find sone other hobby

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  4. All of your favorite dramas are here. And if you are interested in Pinoy channel please visit the link given below.

    dramacool7.com

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  5. I really like Viki since DramaFever went away! Between Viki and Netflix I’m pretty well covered. I love Viki especially, though I do miss DramaFever’s setup and I did definitely like that better. I even upgraded to the VikiPlus Pass because it gave me access to more dramas.

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