.DramaFever vs. Viki.

*DISCLAIMER: THIS IS NOT SPONSORED BY ANY PARTY. THIS IS PURELY A REVIEW AND BASED ON AN INDIVIDUAL USER’S EXPERIENCE.

So~ I watch dramas. Yes I do. I’m not a super crazy drama addict but I do watch them so obviously I would have apps that enable me to do so. Primarily I use Drama Fever and Viki. I just wanted to share my usage experiences 🙂

UPDATE: 2017

Quite frankly, I do not use either platform anymore, but I believe I can still share my valid opinion about the two. Basically, DramaFever >> Viki. Period. I won’t turn this into a diss post about Viki with all the details, but I’ve just always had so much trouble with Viki and my user experience was always sub-par until it hit rock bottom and never bounced back up. Viki is now commercialized — yes, so is DramaFever, but users who have used it for a long time can see the changes that have taken away its charms for me. If I were to use these platforms, I would probably head straight to Drama Fever — and this is me being perfectly honest. Despite DramaFever lacking some features Viki has, which I like, my experience with Viki has scarred me. That’s that.

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  3. And for your other observations:

    Both sites have Recent Programing.

    Some projects are never subbed… It’s Apples and Oranges again

    Everything on DramaFever is both recent & Paid For…so there is NO EXCUSE for them not to have everything on their site Subbed.Their content will probably be available for as long as they have room for it. What happens to their content once their license is up?? I don”t know.

    At Viki Contributors can ask for a Channel for something that hasn’t even started filming yet, recent items AND things that were Aired Years Ago . . .there isn’t an “age” limit.
    Because a Team member can always ask for a “Fan Channel” to gather both the team members to sub it AND to get FANS of the Drama to use the VIKI “request” link to ask for the Drama’s license & let Viki Know where the Fans live so they can ask for the right licenses…there ARE dramas that have pages but no episodes…until a license IS given or content can be acquired…or enough members to finish the English Translations…That’s because it’s FAN Driven NOT a solely “Commercial” site. Sometimes there IS a long wait & then Viki Gets the whole Drama at once & the TEAMS go CRAZY segmenting & subbing almost NONE stop…It all depends on the FANS REQUESTS and the PRODUCERS willingness to give a license. What happens at Viki once their license is up? It becomes “not available in your region” BUT Fans can use the “request” Link & request it be brought back & relicensed…It’s All about the FANS.

    Mistakes in subbing…

    Well the Team Members @ VIKI are Human and have to come on their FREE TIME way AFTER they put in a full day at school, work or taking care of the family. But MOST On-Air Dramas have at least (1) Translation Editor, General Editor and Final Editor… so there are not too many once THEY are done….Now the earlier you arrive @ Viki the more likely you will see lots of Spelling, Punctuation & Grammar errors…that’s because the subs are done in REAL TIME with viewers watching the Team’s Progress and the EDITORS do not arrive until it’s at 98-100% done. AND it takes them EACH a couple of hours to go through and make the corrections. So if your time is limited and an Episode arrives on a Certain Day you might do a quick check over the next (2) days to see once it is at 100% and released to “OTHER languages” and then WATCH … If you still see an error at that point Just Point the error out to the Channel Manager or the Chief Editor and they WILL fix it. (VIKI lets you know WHO did the WORK) I know one dedicated Team member there that worked for 18 hours straight only taking breaks to pick up her grandkids when (2) dramas each got (4) episodes uploaded on the same DAY…so yeah you might get an error once in a while.
    Tell me How SHARP are you after a day like that?

    What is DramaFever’s excuse for their mistakes…their subbers are PAID.. supposedly “Professional”..& that IS their JOB?

    As for where adds are placed.

    Viki cuts their dramas into 4 – 6 parts so each approximately 10 min span can be segmented & subtitled by up to 6 people at the same time. That’s why it only takes Viki Segmenters 1 to 11/2 hours to get it ready for the Subtitlers & some Teams can get everything subbed to English in 3-6 hours for a total of 4-7 hours total from upload until it’s at 95-100% and ready for the Editors. And don’t let the Auto Calculator at VIKI Fool you. VIKI does something that NO OTHER site does (UNLESS THEY STOLE VIKI’s SUBS!!) Viki subs the OSTs!! So when it SAYS 95% it really means 100% for the DIALOG & they are waiting for the OST “Release” so that they can get the Precise Lyrics for the OSTs. Once they are added the Auto Calculator reads 100% because the LYRICS have finally been added. That’s why an episode is often released at 95-98% to the OTHER Languages…because the DIALOG IS COMPLETE it’s the Lyrics that are missing….
    So the ADs at Viki are placed where ever they can be fit in depending where the “cuts” were made.

    DramaFever doesn’t need to make cuts and can more evenly space their ads & they also have their ads set up in a way that you can “rate” the content so they can push adds you are interested IN at you.

    However, there is Also a “trick” that can be used at VIKI if you don’t want to get the “PASS.” Just press Play & then move your mouse until it hits an “AD” space wait 5 sec & click “Skip” (for each Ad) & then move your Mouse to the next AD point & do the same keep going across the bar (it usually takes me less than a couple of minutes if that) but make sure you stop just before the end. Now move the “mouse” back to the Beginning & watch… there MIGHT be an ad spot in that last 3-4 minute space, but chances are that it’s in the PREVIEW so if you have to watch those ones (IF ANY) at the very end at least you won’t have to see the ones that would have been popping up during the drama.

    Can’t use that trick at DramaFever…you HAVE to buy “Premium.”

    CRASHES…I think that has more to do with your device & operating system than either of the sites themselves.

    I have never had the whole Viki site Crash on me, occasional “glitches” yes. but I always ran Apple products so my devices don’t pick up as much “hidden’ malware that can slow a device or make it crash…it’s not always the site you are visiting but the secret stuff that got put on your device as you surf the net & how that JUNK reacts to your favorite sites when you are visiting & watching….Most people who run Windows like my neighbor have crashes all the time. It’s because Hackers could do more damage to that OS…It’s what all their malware is targeted at…and even on my Macs some BROWSERS work better than others. It will probably change in the future because Apple has now become so popular. For me Viki Dramas load MUCH faster than those at DramaFever…I do watch there if Viki doesn’t have it. But as soon as Viki Does get it, I go there to watch again, because it loads faster & the subs are always MUCH Better and they have the OSTs.

    The only thing with Viki is because their content is way MORE than the other site they do have Glitches sometimes site wide or just for a drama or (2) when they “Tweek” the Site or Add NEW content. Or because a particular Drama may have (2-3) different Licenses so the “Auto Pilot program” that lets viewers watch depending on REGION needs to be adjusted for a particular episode. But if it’s reported quickly it’s usually fixed rapidly…the Techs aren’t Mind Readers though, so if everyone just waits without putting in a report it takes longer to get it fixed.

    I can’t say much about necessary “repairs” at DramaFever or how long they take to fix because I only use it if it can’t be found at Viki…so it’s only rarely I go there & the few times I have there haven’t been any problems. Can’t believe that there are Never problems there because nothing created by man is perfect and friends have told me they have had problems there I just never had any.

    Saving Progress?? well I would never use that feature at either site.
    I don’t watch a program unless I have time to watch from beginning to end…and I just hit pause to answer door/phone or “take a powder.” lol

    Navigation:
    I find both sites easy to Navigate, but I agree Black/Wht/& Red at DramaFever with only Photos for color isn’t as Bright as Viki.

    COMMENTS:

    DramaFever lets you make Comments & Replies
    Viki.com lets you make comments & replies in the regular comments Section.

    VIKI’s EXCLUSIVE POINT #1…They have Timed COMMENTS that CAN be turned OFF if they annoy you…but are absolutely WONDERFUL to give you an INTERACTIVE FEEL you can actually have fun chatting & joking with friends all OVER the WORLD in REAL TIME…@LC means “at Last Comment”

    VIKI’s EXCLUSIVE POINT #2 you can post comments & replies to in the regular comments Section And post Memes & gifs in comments too…while waiting for the Teams to finish…Love the “six-pack” club & “fuzzy critters” fans

    VIKI’s EXCLUSIVE POINT #3 many dramas host “game activities” on the Main Channel Page while the Fans are waiting for an upload & the teams to finish.

    I have “Mentors” from Hawaii, Mainland USA, Canada, Lebanon & Europe, I have “friends” from every Continent. I’ll admit I’m a Die Hard FAN of Viki & their Teams…I’m an Unofficial CHEERLEADER there…because the Fans CHEERS are the Only “Pay” the Teams there get. DramaFever is a 2nd Best BACK UP at Best but just Can NOT BEAT VIKI as far as I’m concerned.

    PLEASE PM me if you need “Help” FINDING the HK content….LOL because Viki has it. It takes a while to get some Chinese projects Licensed and many times A Fan Channel (& sometimes more than one) will be created only to have to wait ages to get it Licensed. But I’d say it has just as much or maybe more than DramaFever.

    • P.S. Another Exclusive Point that Viki has are several FAN run Channels & linked Websites that Teach Fellow Fans how to become “Contributors” They teach Segmenting or Segmenting & Subbing
      And yet another Exclusive Point that these sites as well as the Viki SITE ITSELF have are “get togethers” where fans use time converters to figure out when everyone should hit “Play” so they can ALL be watching a particular Drama at the SAME TIME and have fun commenting & watching TOGETHER…anyone who has ever “Favorited” the NSSA (Ninja Segmenting and Subbing Academy) site just received an invitation to their Saturday event that will take place 10am-2pm PST on Jan 23, 2016 in their notifications and if you check out their Viki Channel search: Ninja Segmenting and Subbing Academy you can see the invitation to join the group too!

  4. haha! I’ll take you on!! Your Pros and Cons were a little incomplete

    First: I’d like to clear something up for ALL viewers of BOTH sites…It costs MONEY to get Licenses for ON-AIR Dramas…How do these sites RAISE that MONEY$$$ ….you got it ADVERTISING!! So Fans can watch for Free and “Pay” by WATCHING those darned ADS …OR the sites can raise MONEY by giving you “Premium” OR a “Pass” and the MONEY raised from the “FEES” goes to getting the Licenses.
    Second: who gets the Licenses and WHAT KIND of licenses they are is the Sole Decision of the PRODUCER OF THE DRAMA!!…THEY & ONLY They make THOSE DECISIONS so don’t complain to Dramafever OR to Viki neither of them has control over the PRODUCER you need to Complain to the PRODUCERS.

    This is a CON FOR BOTH they BOTH have them
    The PRO for BOTH is that they BOTH have a “paid” way to get rid of the ADS

    Now to COMPARE…Well it’s APPLES to ORANGES they are (2) DIFFERENT Kinds of SITES.
    That offer SOME of the SAME Type of Programs

    DRAMAFEVER
    is a COMMERCIAL site.

    VIKI.com
    Was originally a STANFORD UNIVERSITY CLASS project to help Foreign Language Students Learn new Languages & improve their “Language Skills” using KDramas and later Morphed into a Asian Drama Site (Japanese, Chinese, & Taiwanese) & then added USA, Tele Novela, Philippines and BaliWood/ Indonesian Fare & now can include Programs from ANYWHERE in the World that A Viki Fan asks Viki to get a License for. VIKI doesn’t just offer On-Air Licensed Dramas no matter WHERE they come from. They Allow Fans to set up “Fan Channels” for Older Dramas that were on-air YEARS ago. (these are the ones that may take AGES to get subbed IF at all…because their teams are extremely small- But they are ALWAYS Clearly Marked as: “FAN CHANNELS” They also have Channels for “Star” info, as well as, MOVIES, Music Videos & NEWS Posts. Remember the site is Primarily used to Help STUDENTS Learn Languages That’s why the TEAM MEMBERS are ALL VOLUNTEERS who come after school, chores, Jobs, Taking Care of Family & other Obligations are FINISHED.

    Let”s compare Who Provides the Finished Products at the Site:

    DRAMAFEVER
    It’s STAFF are ALL PAID
    Segmenters are ALL PAID
    Subtitlers are ALL PAID (& therefore Should be providing Professional Level Subtitles…I’ll let Native Speakers be the Judge here).
    Editors:? don’t know if they have any or not.
    So if you pay “premium” to get rid of ADS and the Timing or the SUBS SUCK… members there have a right to complain BECAUSE EVERYTHING IS PAID FOR.

    They Never list who WORKS on any of their Dramas

    PREMIUM gets RID of ADS and lets you see “PREMIUM” dramas. ALL their Dramas are available in the SAME REGION….The AMERICAS ONLY…that’s it.

    VIKI.com
    ONLY Staff & Techs are Paid
    ALL Segmenting, Subtitling, & Editing is DONE For FREE.

    Segmenters: ALL Volunteers – Language Students, Drama Fans, Moms, Dads, Grandparents – GIVING UP THEIR FREE TIME FOR FREE They come because they Want to
    Subtitlers: ALL Volunteers – Language Students, Drama Fans, Moms, Dads, Grandparents – GIVING UP THEIR FREE TIME FOR FREE They come because they Want to
    EDITORS: ALL Volunteers – Language Students, Drama Fans, Moms, Dads, Grandparents – GIVING UP THEIR FREE TIME FOR FREE They come because they Want to

    ALL TEAM MEMBERS ARE LISTED

    It’s “PASS” only entitles Fans to watch Dramas That are LICENSED for the REGION where they “Live” RAW= as originally uploaded WITHOUT SUBTITLES (Because ALL Subtitles are provided FOR FREE by the TEAM VOLUNTEERS)
    & in “HIGH DEFINITION•WITH•OUT•ADS”
    and Pass holders are able to see Selected “Special” Projects

    Let”s compare the Finished Products:

    WHERE can it Be VIEWED:

    DRAMAFEVER
    The AMERICAS ONLY

    VIKI.com
    WORLD WIDE!! depending on License AVAILABILITY

    NOW for the PROJECTS:

    DRAMAFEVER
    TYPES:
    Dramas
    Movies,
    Kpop
    Reality/Variety

    ORIGIN OF CONTENT:
    Korean
    Taiwanese
    Latino
    Taiwanese

    LANGUAGES SUBTITLED (Must Wait for subs to be completed):
    English
    Chinese
    Spanish
    Portugues

    WHAT IS SUBBED:
    Dialog only

    VIKI.com
    ON-AIR & FAN CHANNELS Available for:
    Dramas
    Movies,
    Kpop
    Reality/Variety
    MUSIC VIDEOS
    NEWS VIDEOS
    ACTORS & ACTRESSES (Personal info & their “works”)

    ORIGIN OF CONTENT:
    POPULAR
    China
    France
    Hong Kong
    India
    Indonesia
    Japan
    Korea
    Mexico
    Philippines
    Taiwan
    Thailand
    United Kingdom
    United States
    Vietnam

    OTHER:
    Albania
    Algeria
    Argentina
    Australia
    Azerbaijan
    Bangladesh
    Belgium
    Bosnia and Herzegovina
    Brazil
    Bulgaria
    Cambodia
    Cameroon
    Canada
    Chili
    China
    Colombia
    Croatia
    Dominican Republic
    Ecuador
    Egypt
    El Salvador
    Estonia
    Finland
    Germany
    Greece
    Guadeloupe
    Guatemala
    Hungary
    Iceland
    Iran
    Iraq
    Ireland
    Israel
    Italy
    Kosovo
    Kuwait
    Laos
    Lebanon
    Malaysia
    Monaco
    Mongolia
    Morocco
    Myanmar
    Nepal
    Netherlands
    New Zealand
    Nicaragua
    Nigeria
    NorthKorea (we have one FAN CHANNEL for even this COUNTRY)
    Norway
    Pakistan
    Peru
    Philippines (my granddaughter loves Deysebel)
    Poland
    Portugal
    Puerto Rico
    Romania
    Russia
    Saudi Arabia
    Senegal
    Serbia
    Singapore
    Spain
    Sweden
    Syria
    Thailand
    United Arab Emirates
    United Kingdom
    United States
    United States minor outlying islands
    Uruguay
    Venezuela

    WHEW!!…and now for the AVAILABLE LANGUAGES…when I first Joined there were only 150…
    English – this is Viki’s “BASE” translation Language

    AND all Dramas can be subtitled into any of the following (200+? Languages) all it takes is a Native Speaker that also can read English to translate it into their language.
    Most dramas are translated into at least 7-10 and as many as 20 depending on how many fans from the Many Countries their are! (Please pardon me if I misspelled a language Darned “auto Correct on my comp. is sometimes more of an “AUTO CORRUPT” program XP)

    Afar
    Abkhazian
    Afrikaans
    Anglo-Saxon
    Akan
    Albanian
    amharic
    Arabic
    Argoneses
    Armenian
    Assamese
    Asturias
    Avar
    Aymara
    Azeri
    Balochi
    Bambara
    Bashkir
    Belarusian
    Bengali
    Bhojpuri
    Bihari
    Bislama
    Bosnian
    Breton
    Bulgarian
    Burmese
    Cantonese
    Catalan
    Cebuano/Binisaya
    Chamorro
    Cherokee
    Chew/Nyanja
    Chhattisgarh
    簡體中文 Chinese simplified 

    傳統中文 Chinese Traditional
    Chittagonian
    Cornish
    Corsican
    Cree
    Croatian
    Czech
    Dakhini
    Danish
    Dhivehi
    Dutch
    Dzongkha
    Esperanto
    Estonian
    Basque
    Faroese
    Finnish
    Fijian
    Foe
    French
    Fula
    Gan
    Gaelic “Scottish”
    Galician
    Greek
    Guarani
    Gujarati
    Haitian Creole
    Hakka
    Haryanvi
    Hausa
    Hebrew
    Hindi
    Hruso
    Hmong
    Huilliche
    Hungarian
    Icelandic
    Ido
    Igbo
    Ilokano
    Indonesian
    Interlingua
    Inuktitut
    Inuplak
    Irish
    Italian
    Japanese
    Georgian
    Greenlandic
    Kalmyk
    Kannada
    Kashmiri
    Kashublan
    Kazakh
    Kinyarwanda
    Kirghiz
    Kirundi
    Khmer
    Klingon (believe it or not there are Si-Fi fans who want to practice learning Klingon!)
    Konkani
    Korean
    Kurdish
    Latin
    Luxembourgish
    Limburgian
    Lingala
    Lao
    Latvian
    Lithuanian
    Lojban
    Low Saxon
    Madurese
    Maithili
    Malagasy
    Malay
    Malayalam
    Maltese
    Manx
    Maori
    Marathi
    Marshallese
    Marwari
    Macedonian
    Min Bei
    Min Don
    Min Nam
    Mokilese
    Moldovan
    Mongolian
    Montenegrin
    Mossi
    Nauruan
    Nepali
    Nahuatl
    Norwegian (Nynorsk)
    Norwegian (Bokmal)
    Occitan
    Oriya
    Oromo
    Pali
    Pashto
    Persian
    Portuguese
    Punjabi
    Quechua
    Rate Romance
    Romanian
    Russian
    Samoan
    Sango
    Sanskrit
    Santhall
    Saralki
    Sardinian
    Serbian
    Serbo-Croatian
    Setswana
    Shona
    Sicilian
    Sindhi
    Sinhalese
    Slovak
    Slovenian
    Sofa
    Somali
    Southern Sotho
    Spanish
    Sundanese
    Swedish
    Swahili
    Swati
    Sylheti
    Tagalog
    Tajik
    Tamil
    Telugu
    Tibetan
    Tigrinya
    Tok Pisin
    Tokipona
    Tongan
    Tsonga
    Tartar
    Turkish
    Turkmen
    Twi
    Udmurt
    Uyghur
    Urdu
    Uzbek
    Vietnamese
    Volapuk
    Wallon
    Welsh
    West Frisian
    Winnemem Wintu
    Wolof
    Xiang
    Xhosan
    Yiddish
    Yokolm
    Yoruba
    Zhuang
    Zulu

    WHAT IS SUBBED:
    Dialog (notes on the meaning os loacal Slang and activites are often included)
    OSTS

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