groink wrote:To add to this, many people are saying they'll run to ClubBox. If it is true that YA Entertainment knows about D-Addicts, they most certainly know about ClubBox. And that could be their very next target.
Clubbox is a Korean sharing program, used primarily by Korean users that uses a different approach than DA. Licensed dramas are already illegal on Clubbox, yet there are still many, many boxes that carry them, because it is a program with which you can download from many users's private files, their 'boxes'. All companies have been able to do so far is delete indivudal boxes - with the effect that some other people open a box with the very same files. So, in essence, it is a program that allows hundreds of thousands of Korean users to download Korean dramas and Korean movies, all of which are licensed and easily available in their own country. It's certainly possible that YAE will try to close down some of the most popular boxes catering to English-speaking fans, but if no Korean company, not even all these powerful movie companies that dislike seeing their movies on P2P programs and have traditionally been much more aggressive about it than producers of TV programs, has managed to stop CB until now, YAE's success seems unlikely.
Anyway, me, I won't buy any YAE releases, a big reason for which is my dislike for the Korean wave. Since the success of Winter Sonata, too many dramas have been produced solely for the intent of selling them, first to Japan and then, as the wave expanded, to all other Asian countries. Most of these dramas produced for this sole intention were bad, very bad, while the quality of all Korean dramas produced for Korean audiences has managed to convince me of the entertainment value of these dramas and has made me an avid fan. In a nutshell, I much prefer Korean dramas to cater to Korean tastes, rather than trying to appeal to people all over the globe. Though that means that less money will go to Korea and there will be less money to fund new dramas, I would certainly prefer the Korean wave to die down and Korean dramas to go back to their original goal: entertaining Korean audiences with Korean tastes. Since I don't want any companies to go bankrupt either, though, I am rather torn on this issue despite my preference, and though I'd prefer that these DVDs weren't being made, I have rather mixed feelings about them. I'm not going to buy them, but only time will tell what effect they will have on future dramas. I'm hoping that the effect will be small enough not to make Korean production companies believe they need to produce another one million Winter Sonatas. I'm sorry if that didn't make any sense, but well, I am torn: I want quality Korean dramas and in my experience, those not so obviously intended for sale appeal to me more. However, I don't want them to run out of money and start producing dramas with only half the budget they are currently getting. It's difficult... I think I prefer things to stay as they are. As it is, Korea produces many dramas a year which are obviously intented for international sale, but they also manage to squeeze in quite a few gems that, due to their subject matter or style, never made it big abroad and never could. The funding for both was there and I wish it would continue to be this way - without any stuff like licensed North American DVDs.
I don't appreciate any arguing regarding whether or not the success of Korean dramas abroad has caused their quality to deteriorate or not or not. I know that opinions and tastes differ. In fact, I don't appreciate any arguing period, because I find it exceedingly draining and pointless. I was simply trying to convey my feelings regarding the issue and the biggest reason for my decision not to support YAE. I think it's legit not to buy something because one does not fully appreciate the concept it stands for.
Well, for me it will be Korean TV, Korean DVDs and CB. And if CB will be brought down, which is highly unlikely, another platform. But since I'm permanently moving to Korea in August, I won't have to depend on any P2P programs for much longer anyway.