alli_potts wrote:Although, I don't think the idea of American licensed Asian drama is a terrible thing, I just hope that the price is equal to the quality.
^^ Agreed 100%. I think it's GREAT that someone is taking an interest in subbing Asian dramas. Yes, I do think the sets are over-priced, especially when no-one knows whether or not the subs are high-quality/some d-addicts fansubbers may have done the work for them... but people HAVE been clamoring for more access to subbed dramas (just check out YesAsia... they get a ton of requests). We're only getting what we wished for.
Here are some LEGAL suggestions:
1. I don't know about Europe, but in America, there is an AZN Entertainment Channel... you have to pay that network specifically, but all of their Korean dramas are shown with decent English subs. If you really can't cough up the $100+ for a drama (and I am not blaming you), this might be the route for you. They show at least two Korean dramas at a time, usually every day, and they also have anime, Jdramas, and Cdramas (although those aren't always subbed). When I had this channel (they gave us a free trial), they were showing Jewel in the Palace, Hotelier, Winter Sonata, Kim Sam Soon, and As You Wish.
And guess what? Then you can tape or TiVo it for yourself.
2. I know for a fact that people living in other Asian countries, like the Philippines, Singapore, or even Taiwan, will get some of these dramas dubbed or subbed into their own languages and shown on TV. Yeah, it's not all dramas, but we are only talking about the most popular ones, anyway, at this point.
Again, the VCR/DVR is your friend.
Not only that, sometimes they do RELEASE English-subbed versions to VCD or DVD. For example, there's a version of Taiwanese drama Devil Beside You on YesAsia that is English-subbed... it's the Malaysian version, and I am told the sub quality is excellent. The Singapore English subs for Taiwanese drama WZBQW were also great.
3. For those who CAN read another Asian language, a lot of those aforementioned countries will release pretty decent subtitled versions (their own language, not English) to DVD. For example, my dad bought the "official" (well, it looked official and wasn't exactly DIRT-cheap) Princess Hours/Goong DVD with pretty good Chinese subs for me in China... for probably $30. AND it played fullscreen on my fullscreen TV, but widescreen on my widescreen TV. Amazing video quality!
4. You can also just wait for the quality to get better and, therefore, the price to go down. As mentioned before, in the anime world it was also the same... anime is still pretty expensive, but it's getting cheaper every year to buy them.
5. Or, alternatively (and technically illegally), if none of these suggestions work for you, I guess it's Clubbox.
Of course, it's a tricky business, and it's understandable that everyone's hesitant to fork over so much money when we're unsure of the quality or legitimacy of subs. But I just think that we shouldn't be so quick to condemn YAE.