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DramaFever Exclusives: Where can fans watch streaming service’s exclusive K-dramas after its shutdown?

DramaFever exclusive K-dramas
DramaFever’s exclusive K-dramas are coming to ODK via verbal agreement. Pic Credit: JTBC and MBN

Earlier this week, it was reported that DramaFever — the streaming site known mostly for Korean dramas (K-dramas) — was shut down. Their parent company WarnerMedia claimed the reason for the shut down was the “rapidly changing marketplace for K-dramas.” Summarized, it became too competitive and expensive to attain new K-dramas.

Though loyal fans of DramaFever do have other choices in selecting a new streaming service that caters to K-dramas, there is still the question about DramaFever’s currently-airing exclusives. Where can fans of those shows watch new episodes if the other streaming sites don’t have it? Fortunately when DramaFever was shuttered, their exclusivity was removed and from further investigation, there is one streaming site that currently has or is possibly working on getting those currently-airing exclusives: OnDemandKorea (ODK).

What former DramaFever on-air exclusives are available now on ODK?

Right now, ODK only has one of DramaFever’s currently on-air exclusives available to watch and at this point, it is finished: Sweet Revenge 2 (known as Revenge Note 2 on DramaFever).

A sequel to the 2017 web series Sweet Revenge, Revenge Note 2 features a new cast members Ahn Seo-hyun (Dream High, Shark), Samuel formerly of 1Punch, and Ji Min-hyuk (Tempted, 100 Days My Prince).

Sweet Revenge 2 is about a nosy girl named Oh Ji-na (Seo-hyun). Suffering from bullying, she discovers an application on her phone which takes revenge on anyone who name is written on it.

What former DramaFever on-air exclusives are “in the works” to be on ODK?

According to ODK, they are pushing a pre-launch event for subtitled Korean content. It includes a special offer of two months free of their paid subscription ODK Plus along with first exclusive access to all new subtitled Korean content for new subscribers.

ODK Sign-Up Screen
OnDemandKorea (ODK) is holding a special event for new subtitled Korean content. Pic Credit: Screen Capture of OnDemandKorea

The detail that stands out about the sign-up page new subscribers need to go to to partake in the event is the K-dramas showcased on the right. Most are DramaFever’s on-air exclusives especially the JTBC K-dramas.

  1. Beauty Inside – Starring Seo Hyun-jin (Romantic Doctor Kim, Temperature of Love) and Lee Min-ki (Because This is My First Life, What’s Wrong with Secretary Kim), this K-drama is a love story of Han Se-gye (Hyun-jin), an A-list actress who must spend one week out of each month living in someone else’s body, and Seo Do-jae (Min-ki), a man who suffers from prosopagnosia (face blindness).
  2. Devilish Joy – Starring Choi Jin-hyuk (Fated to Love You, Tunnel) and Song Ha-yoon (Band of Sisters, Fight My Way), this K-drama is a strange and beautiful love story of a genius doctor who suffers from “Cinderella Memory Disorder” in which memories of the previous day disappear at midnight and a washed-up actress.
  3. 100 Days My Prince – Starring Do Kyung-soo (Hello Monster, Positive Physique) and Nam Ji-hyun (Shopping King Louie, Suspicious Partner), this period drama is about Lee Yul (Kyung-soo), a crown prince who suddenly disappears and reappears 100 days later.
  4. Third Charm – Starring Seo Kang-joon (Entourage, Are You Human?) and Esom (Because This is My First Life, Ghost), the K-drama tells the 12-year love story of two individuals with completely opposite personalities who unexpectedly met on a group blind date.

It should also be noted that DramaFever exclusives My ID is Gangnam Beauty and Are You Human? are also featured in the sign-up page.

Nevertheless, the fact DramaFever’s exclusives, both on-air and not, are being featured by ODK are a sign that fans will be able to get back to those shows soon. However, it must be stressed that them showing it is a verbal deal and not an official announcement. This means other streaming sites can swoop in and possibly pay for said K-drama’s exclusivity. For now however, it is good those shows aren’t left alone leaving those who were watching them on DramaFever in the dark.

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