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- 03/11/13--14:59: _Caption this "Playf...
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- 03/14/13--09:52: _Introducing Viki TV!
- 03/15/13--13:44: _Get ready for Lee M...
- 03/16/13--07:00: _When Our Favorite C...
- 03/19/13--09:01: _Announcing the Play...
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- 03/25/13--17:06: _Can You Believe The...
- 03/26/13--13:06: _Taiwanese Drama, Pr...
- 03/27/13--17:12: _Under the Media Mic...
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- 02/27/13--15:23: Which Celebrity Tops Forbes Korea’s '2013 Power Celebrity' List?
- 02/28/13--11:54: March Birthdays & Your Favorite Pisces Idols
- 03/01/13--06:55: Live Chat with SG Wannabe's Kim Jinho
- 03/02/13--07:59: Hong Ki Gets a Japanese Bride for his Birthday
- 03/06/13--17:11: Celebs Open Up Their Hearts And Wallets to Charity
- 03/07/13--13:58: Rock Out Tonight at Music Matters Asia
- 03/08/13--16:54: Three Filipino Dramas Coming Soon
- 03/11/13--14:59: Caption this "Playful Kiss" image for White Day!
- 03/13/13--11:48: Are you ready for White Day?
- 03/14/13--09:52: Introducing Viki TV!
- 03/15/13--13:44: Get ready for Lee Min Ho's album and concert tour!
- 03/16/13--07:00: When Our Favorite Celebrities Find Love On Set
- 03/19/13--09:01: Announcing the Playful Kiss Photo Caption Winners!
- 03/19/13--17:00: NEW: Viki Video Player 2.0 Makes Watching Videos More Fun
- Faster load times (start watching ASAP!)
- New design, including “next video” button (easily move forward to the next episode)
- More social features (share on Facebook, Twitter, Google+ directly from the video)
- Better cool engineering stuff that allows us to make updates and identify issues faster
- Timed Comments will appear on the left side, along with the commenter’s profile image; this will make it easier to distinguish one comment from another and show the conversations happening on any given scene. To turn Timed Comments on or off, click on "Timed Comments" above the comments.
- Changing the subtitle language will be easier through a drop down on the top right. Move your cursor over the two character symbols to change it.
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- 03/21/13--18:02: Beauty & Brains: Celebrities With Academic Achievements
- 03/22/13--02:39: COMING SOON: A new and improved Viki
- 03/25/13--17:06: Can You Believe These Stars Are the Same Age?
- 03/26/13--13:06: Taiwanese Drama, Princess Stand In, Now Available!
- 03/27/13--17:12: Under the Media Microscope: Celebrity Break-Ups
- 03/29/13--13:25: Get ready! Lee Min Ho to Return to TV!
recently released this year's list of the top 40 ‘Power Celebrities.’ The publication, now in its tenth year selects a 100 candidates including actors, MCs, singers and professional athletes and then ranks the top 40 based on their annual revenue, influence, name recognition, and professionalism
With a total of 32 TV advertisements in 2012, Girls’ Generation had the most advertising contracts of any candidate on the list. They’ve appeared in the top five of the list since 2008, and topped it the past two years. But these ads were not enough to secure their place for a third year in a row. For the first time in two years, Girls’ Generation took second place in the rankings. It's no surprise Youtube phenomena PSY took the top spot this year.
March is a big month for celebrity birthdays, and we wanted to make sure you were up to date on all your favorite idols who are celebrating. This is also the month for astrological sign, Pisces, one of the more sensitive and artistic signs in the zodiac. With a gentle, comforting personality, someone with the Pisces sign probably loves to daydream and might even be a hopeless romantic.
Top actors Jang Dong Gun, Jung Woo Sung, Kim Rae Won, and Kim Nam Gil are world-famous for their ability to portray emotion on screen, especially in crying scenes.
|Pisces Jang Dong Gun looks devastated in A Gentleman's Dignity|
Eugene and Jang Nara delight viewers with their lovable characters, and are known to be genuinely kind-hearted women off-screen.
Idols like F.T. Island's Lee Hong Ki, Girls' Generation's Kim Taeyeon, Infinite's Myungsoo, and Taiwanese pop singer Zeng Yu Jia are bursting with creative talent, and have always been big dreamers. Watch Zeng Yu Jia's sad love song, Not Enough Tears, below:
Check out the full list below to see if you share a birthday with any of the stars. Which of the celebrities fits the Pisces profile the most?
F.T. Island's Lee Hong Ki, March 2nd
Choi Chul Ho, March 2nd
Lee Seon Gyun, March 2nd
Go Hyun Jung, March 2nd
Eugene, March 3rd
Kim Jung Eun, March 4th
Park Min Young, March 4th
Jang Dong Gun, March 7th
Girls' Generation's Kim Taeyeon, March 9th
Nam Goong Min, March 12th
Kim Nam Gil, March 13th
Infinite's Myungsoo ("L"), March 13th
Jang Nara, March 18th
Kim Rae Won, March 19th
Kang Ji Hwan, March 20th
Jung Woo Sung, March 20th
Ballad singer Kim Jin Ho has been topping the Korean music charts since the release of his first solo album, "Today." You may recognize his smooth, soulful voice from his performances with famous singing group, SG Wannabe. Next week, Kim Jin Ho will arrive in the United States to perform at the Music Matters Asia showcase, but before his concert, we'll get the chance to meet him for an exclusive Google+ Hangout interview on March 6th- and YOU could be a part of it!
|Kim Jin Ho in the studio preparing his first album|
You can watch our live the Hangout with Kim Jin Ho on our Viki Official YouTube channel at 6:00PM PST on Wednesday, March 6th.
If you're a fan who would like to join the Hangout and meet this talented singer (you might even get your own lovely serenade!) just visit our Facebook page and submit a question that you would like to ask in the interview by 4:00PM PST on Monday, March 4th. If your question is selected, you will be invited to join the Hangout. You must include your Viki user ID in your question to be eligible. Our last Hangout with K-Pop boy group, Lunafly, was an amazing experience for the bandmates and the fans, who participated from countries like Colombia and Saudi Arabia.
Follow the Kim Jin Ho official channel here, and enjoy his heartfelt new single, Family Portrait, below:
For his 23rd birthday, F.T. Island's Lee Hong Ki is preparing to get married. Don't worry, fans, it's only for reality TV. Hong Ki will be joining the international version of We Got Married, and will be paired with Japanese actress, Fujii Mina. We loved her performance as Akiko in The King of Dramas, and look forward to seeing the Japanese/Korean cultural exchange through the show.
I know what some of you international K-Pop fans are thinking: Will they include non-Asian celebrities in future episodes? How about non-Asian non-celebrities? Where can I sign up?
Maybe one day you'll get your chance. After all, Hong Ki definitely seems to be open-minded when it comes to romance. In the 2009 smash hit K-Drama, You're Beautiful, Lee Hong Ki played an idol who spent his youth overseas and may have been in a relationship with a European princess. He has stated on variety shows that age doesn't matter to him, and has even listed Australian model, Jessica Gomes as his ideal type.
Hong Ki is definitely one of the most interesting idols in K-Pop, and we want to wish him a very happy birthday. If you want to learn more about him and his bandmates from F.T. Island, be sure to check out the fun documentary series, Treasure Island. You can watch Episode 1 below:
Which international star do you think would be a great match for F.T. Island's lead singer, Lee Hong Ki?
It's easy to forget how fortunate we are. And it's important to remember that there are millions of people on this planet that don't have access to so many of the things that we sometimes take for granted every day, like water, food and shelter. It's great to see that some of our favorite stars recognize this, and are using their fame to help and bring awareness to those who are less fortunate.
Psy and Yoon Shi Yoon have announced that they'll be traveling to Africa to volunteer. Psy has donated money to the Nepal Hope School and has signed up to volunteered and mentor as well. The international star says that he was inspired to help children in need while traveling around the world promoting “Gangnam Style.”
I was already falling for Yoon Shi Yoon's endearing character in "Flower Boy Next Door" but after hearing about his charitable personality, he climbed up my "love" list even more! Yoon Shi Yoon will be heading to Africa this month to work with starving children. Over the past 8 years, he has also hosted the event "Food Truck of Love" and has volunteered in other capacities often.
Song Hye Gyo, star of the currently-airing drama “That Winter, The Wind Blows,” donated all her earnings from her work on a public interest campaign, to the establishment of a Chinese elementary school. The star said she wanted to return the love that Chinese fans have given her in the past!
|Song Hye Gyo donated money to a school|
|Yoo Ah In donated $77,000 to children|
It's very heart-warming to see these celebs doing trying to do their part to make the world a better place for everyone. Is there something that a celebrity has done that has especially moved you? Share it with us in the comments!
San Francisco has always been a hub for international talent and entertainment. Starting tonight, the city will welcome 11 amazing musical artists to perform in Music Matters Asia, part of CAAMFest. From hard rock to love ballads, this concert in the heart of downtown San Francisco will display the many talents of Asian artists. Viki will be live-tweeting from the event, so follow us on Twitter for real-time updates.
|Drunken Tiger and M.I.B. performing at Music Matters 2012|
Last night, we invited Kim Jin Ho to the Viki office, where he serenaded fans for our live Google+ Hangout.
SF Music Matters Asia will start tonight at 7:00PM at Broadway Studios (435 Broadway), and tickets are available here. You can learn more about the concert by checking out the Facebook event page here.
|Stand for Love|
Which of these shows are you most excited to watch?
This Thursday is White Day! It's a cute tradition celebrated inJapan, South Korea, Taiwan, and China, a month after Valentine’s Day on March 14th, and is the day when men repay women for the gifts that they received on Valentine's Day.
In celebration of White Day, we are having a "Playful Kiss" photo caption contest with some great prizes! Can you think of a clever caption for this photo?
|Caption this image from Playful Kiss for a chance to win some great prizes!|
For a chance to win a prize, you must enter the contest through our Facebook page. The top three captions will be chosen by fan vote, and will be announced on Friday, March 16th.
You can submit an entry anytime from March 11 to March 13 PST. Fan voting on the submissions will begin on March 14 and end 24 hours later.
White Day is a cute tradition in Japan, South Korea, Taiwan, and China, where it's celebrated a month after Valentine’s Day, on March 14th.
In Japan and South Koreait's tradition that women give chocolates to the men in their lives on Valentine's Day. In Japan, there are two types of chocolate gifts that women can give: giri choco (“obligation” chocolate) given to male co-workers, friends, or family members, and honmei choco(“true feeling” chocolate) given to one’s romantic, or potential, partner. On White Day, men reciprocate by giving candy,marshmallows or other gifts to the women who gave them chocolate on Valentine’s Day. Other typicalgifts given on White Day include stuffed animals, flowers, jewelry, and “white” gifts such as marshmallows, white chocolate, orwhite lingerie. In accordance tothe Japanese rule of sanbai gaeshi (“triple the return”), the gift given by men shouldbetriple the value of the original Valentine's Day gift!
In Korean dramas, one very memorable White Day scene comes from “Iris.”Whileout on a date at a restaurant in Japan, Seung Hee (Kim Tae Hee) is disappointed to find out that Hyun Joon (Lee Byung Hun) doesn’t have a gift for her. Hyun Joon responds by running out of the restaurant, and when he returns, he surprises her by sharing the candy that is in his mouth with her through a kiss! Watch the scene here!
|White Day follows Valentines Day|
Today, we are very excited to introduce a new part of the Viki experience. Viki TV is a video series covering events and trends around the world, taking you to the best hot spots of the global entertainment scene.
|Viki TV launches today!|
Viki TV episodes will range from interviews with musicians and fashion designers to fun chat sessions about the latest in K-Drama, Anime, Bollywood, and more. Just subscribe to the Viki YouTube Channel and check out the Viki TV Playlist to find out more and keep up with the latest episodes.
The series is launching alongside CAAMFest here in San Francisco, an annual celebration of Asian and Asian-American film, music, and food. At the CAAMFest kick-off party, we had the pleasure of interviewing Evan Jackson Leong, the director of documentary film, "Linsanity." Learn about what it took to produce the movie amidst cultural and language barriers, the importance of social media, and the impact of Jeremy Lin's achievements in our first Viki TV interview below:
We'll be bringing you more exciting interviews and behind-the-scenes footage of CAAMFest through the rest of the month, and can't wait to show you everything else the Viki TV crew has been working on. Watch Viki TV today!
Have you ever wished you could see Lee Min Ho in person, or that he would sing to you from across the room?Start saving for your tickets because your wish could come true!
Lee Min Ho's management agency just announced that he will be releasing his first music album worldwide and kicking off a concert tour in May. The Korean Wave star, who rose to fame through his lead role as Gu Jun Pyo in the 2009 Korean drama Boys Over Flowers, has sung at fan meetings in the past, but never released any songs officially until now. The actor will begin his 10-city concert tour in Korea and continue to Japan, Taiwan, Thailand, the Philippines, and other countries from May to July. The agency also said that Lee Min Ho has received a lot of love from fans in South America, Europe, and the Middle East, so who knows what other concert locations might be announced!
The actor explained his motivation for releasing this special album. "My goal is to become an outstanding actor, being a singer is beyond my abilities. This album is a small present to thank my fans."
The album has been in the works for two years now, and is an answer to fans' numerous requests for the songs from his fan meetings to be put into an album. As if you needed another reason to be excited about a Lee Min Ho album, a portion of the proceeds from album sales will be donated to charity.
Lee Min Ho sings to his fans
Mixing work with pleasure isn't always the best idea. But these celebrity love stories prove that sometimes office romances can succeed! For them the long hours on set brought them more than fame and a paycheck - it also brought love.
Filipina actress Marian Rivera met her current boyfriend, Dingdong Dantes, on the set of Dyesebel back in 2008. The clock is ticking for them to tie the knot! She says that when she knows he is tired and filming, she likes to surprise him by baking banana bread and bringing it to him on set.
|Marian Rivera met boyfriend Dingdong Dantes on set of "Dyesebel"|
|Ji Hyun Woo and Yoo In Na|
The most recent celebrity couple is Kim Tae Hee and Rain. Kim Tae Hee, the star of upcoming drama 'Jang Ok Jung, Live in Love' met her boyfriend Rain two months ago, after filming a commercial together. She's expressed how supportive he is of her new show and career.
Long time celebrity couple and will be getting married on April 21 in Eastern Seoul. What a great-looking wedding it'll be! They met on set of the 2010 KBS drama, “” Don't miss Han Jae Suk in “Oohlala Couple."
|Actors Han Jae Suk and Park Sol Mi are to marry after a 3-year relationship|
Last week, in celebration of White Day, we asked our readers to come up with a funny or clever caption for a scene from the K-Drama Playful Kiss. Thank you to everyone who submitted an entry - we received so many great ones!
Fans have voted for their favorites and, without further ado, we give you the winners!
1st Place: Gabriela
Prize: Palace (aka Princess Hours/Goong) DVD
2nd Place: Madalina
|3rd Place: Henny|
|3rd Place: Céline|
For more news about upcoming games, keep checking our blog, Twitter, and Facebook!
Hey, everyone. This is Nerses, the lead engineer on the video player project. Over the last several months, we've been working hard on updates to our video technology so that you can start watching videos faster, find and do things you want directly from the player itself, get bugs fixed quickly and much more.
Viki Video Player 2.0 has rolled out to a small percentage of viewers already, but if you haven’t seen it yet, here’s what you can expect:
These famous faces are most often recognized for their attractive good looks and acting talents. But they aren't just blessed with good looking genes, they're also smart! Their scholarly accomplishments, and educational pedigrees prove that you can have both brain and star power.
Ha Yun Joo
This lovely lady is a member of the highly exclusive Mensa Society, certifying that her IQ qualifies her a genius. Her IQ is reportedly 156. She's is best known for her roles in K-Dramas like I Need Romance 2.
|Ha Yun Joo is a member of Mensa|
She has beauty and brains. She attended the prestigious Seoul National University, and had perfect report cards in high school. She's is best known for her roles in K-Dramas like Iris, and My Princess, and will be in Jang Ok Jeong, Lives in Love, starting April 8.
The Bollywood beauty and star of dozens of hit films such as Action Replayy, won the 1994 Miss World Pageant. She's been declared the most beautiful woman in the world by countless publications (and Oprah!) but this star d rely on just her good looks. She attended the prestigious Ruparel College in India where she was an A student. She's also fluent in several languages including Hindi, Marathi, English and Tamil and her native language, Tulu.
|Aishwarya Rai speaks several languages|
The 1930s film star was often cast as a seductress because of her good looks. But she was also a brilliant mathematician. Hedy's idea for a secret communications system led to a joint patent, with composer George Antheil, for an early version of spread spectrum communication technology -- a concept that served as the basis for modern technology such as Bluetooth, wireless telephones and Wi-Fi internet. Watch her in the classic Algiers where she meets a jewel thief in the mysterious Casbah.
|Hedy Lamarr helped create modern WiFi|
Taecyeon isn't just satisfied topping the K-Pop charts with his group 2PM. The idol recently was accepted to Korea University's Graduate School, which is considered one of the 'Big 3' prestigious schools in Korea. Check out our exclusive interview with the guys of 2PM:
Hi everyone. This is Rohit, VP of Engineering, and Howie, head of User Experience.
Over the last year, we’ve been hard at work doing just that: making Viki easier to scale so that we can bring you a better performing, faster site and apps, as well as an easier-to-use set of APIs for partners of all kinds.
We’ve already started rolling out some of these products, including a new video playerand subtitling and segmenting tools. But the most visible change will come in the next few weeks, when we start rolling out a redesigned viki.com.
The changes will enable better discovery, navigation, video viewing and much more. We’ll let you know (via the website, blog, Facebook, Twitter) exactly when the changes will take effect, but in the meantime, here’s a sneak peak of the home page:
And the video page:
We can’t wait for you to try out the new Viki! In the meantime, leave a comment here or through the Help Center - we’d love to hear from you!
Follow us on Twitter for updates on the new website!
Good genes, pricey beauty products, and lifestyle choices all factor into how young we look. But what keeps most celebrities looking so great? Is it the dedicated skincare regimen, featuring products like volcanic ash face scrub (burns off blackheads) and snail-essence moisturizer (slows down wrinkles)? Or is it a superior set of family genes (example: siblings Kim Tae Hee and Lee Wan)? We also can't forget the role of a certain kind of "doctor's visit" in keeping our favorite stars looking fresh.
To get some perspective on this question, we've compared celebrities born in the same year.
|Han Ga In and Duchess Kate Middleton are both 31 years old|
Reply 1997 's Eun Ji Won and Princess Stand In's James Wen both starred in hit dramas, and were also born in the same year.
|Reply 1997's Eun Ji Won and Princess Stand In's James Wen were born in 1978|
It's nearly impossible to believe that American pop culture icons, Lindsay Lohan and Carly Rae Jepsen are born in the same year!
|Lindsay Lohan and Carly Rae Jepsen are both 26 years old|
We have some exciting news for Taiwanese drama fans. Princess Stand In, a drama from Sanlih E-Television, one of the top television stations in Taiwan, is now available on Viki. And more are on the way!
All her life Jin Da Hua (Nikki Hsieh) has not been pretty girl. But when her gambling father chalks up a huge debt of NT$2 million, she's given the chance to get the money and save her family. She meets Ou Yang Tai (Chris Wu) who recently lost his fiancé, and who sees a resemblance between Da Hua and his beloved. He offers to pay for her plastic surgery to make Da Hua look like his dead fiancé, if she helps him further his career by entering into a contract marriage with him.
|Kris Wu and Nikki Hsieh in Princess Stand In|
The first 11 episodes are available now, and the first episode is already available with English subtitles, thanks to our fantastic volunteer team! Watch episode 1 below, and follow the channel for updates. New episodes will be available every Monday.
Other Taiwanese titles such as Love Now, Lady Maid Maid, Autumn’s Concerto, Inborn Pair, The Fierce Wife and more are coming soon, so stay tuned!
All shows are available in the Americas, Europe, Africa, Middle East, Australia, Philippines, Indonesia and India. Select titles are also available in Thailand. Stay tuned here on our blog, Twitter, and Facebook for the latest news on all our upcoming Taiwanese shows!
Kara's Goo Hara and BEAST's Yong Jun Jyung
|Kara's Goo Hara and BEAST's Yong Jun Jyung|
Justin Bieber and Selena Gomez
|Justin Bieber and Selena Gomez|
Liam Hemsworth and Miley Cyrus
|Liam Hemsworth and Miley Cyrus|
2013 is going to be a busy year for Lee Min Ho. The star recently announced an upcoming album and tour in May, and today he confirmed he'll be making a return to acting this year in K-Drama tentatively titled "The One Trying to Wear the Crown, Withstand the Weight - The Heirs."
|Lee Min Ho will return to TV in 'The Heirs'|
Lee Min Ho's hugely successful dramas like Boys Over Flowers, Personal Taste, City Hunter, and most recently Faith (and good looks) have helped catapult him into worldwide fame. Following the announcement Lee Min Ho said: “I have personally seen Kim Eun Sook’s productions, and have always wanted to collaborate with her at least once. I will finally get my wish fulfilled this time. It will be a meaningful experience to be able to work with a screenwriter and director that I respect a lot.”
Producers are currently auditioning actresses for the role of leading lady. Who would you like to see cast beside him?