So yeah, I just came from dramacrazy.net because I wanted to see if the new Japanese dramas are already available. I’m curious to check out GEKIRYU – WATASHI WO OBOETE IMASUKA? and prepared to endure the anemic Ryoko Kuninaka (no, my dislike for her doesn’t have anything to do with the rumor that she’s dating Osamu Mukai. No. Really.). And then I got this:
DramaCrazy is shutting down
To Our Loyal Fans:
After a great run, we have decided to shut down DramaCrazy and move on. The drama streaming landscape is ever so changing and it was a fun ride while it lasted. Rather than just shut down without a note, we’ll leave the site up for a few hours while we allow you guys to gather your contacts and stuff on the forums. Much Love, -The Staff
Now, where to get my Asian drama fix?
Okay, I totally get why streaming sites like DramaCrazy are forced to close down. It all boils down to business. I really don’t have any problem with that because money talks. It’s all about business and copyright. However, the main problem is, the drama industry is just so slow in keeping up with the demand!!! They cry copyright and lament the loss of revenues because of streaming sites but they are not taking advantage of the market right there!!!
Sure,they give the rights to those sites like Viki or Dramafever. But these sites do not work in some bloody countries!!! Why can’t there be a Netflix for dramas and for everyone? I am sure many would be willing to pay. I would.
Yes, I am mad if the exclamation points are anything to go by.
Why? Because they want to protect their business but they are not taking advantage of the opportunity!!! And it’s not like this is a new trend that these TV networks and production houses are caught unaware and left scrambling. This has been going on for years, for chrissakes and yet, they have failed to take advantage of it. Why are the industry people being so slow, so shortsighted, so insular and so stubborn? Just as cable TV is now a part of life, so is online streaming. You want to protect your business? Then make us pay for it! Just make sure that the product is delivered on time and the subtitles (because hey, not all of us are polyglots and GTranslate has yet to work on audio recognition) do not suck, unlike the complaints I have heard from some of those paid sites (that yet again are not available where I live).
There are some free streaming sites still hanging around though we are not sure until when they will be there. But they are not DramaCrazy. You know why I loved DramaCrazy? Because its layout was simple and straight-to-the-point unlike these fugly sites that I see. I mean, who would want to navigate a site that looks like the site administrators have not heard of basic website layout or are caught in designs when Bill Gates was probably still in his short pants? I mean, seriously?
Okay, I’m ranting now. And still in shock.
While we’re at it, I would like to thank DramaCrazy and the people behind it for bringing countless days and nights of fun through what it offered, and those selfless subbers who did it for free. You have no idea how much the site was as helpful as a cup of coffee in the morning (even if I don’t drink coffee) or a thesaurus when you’re at a loss for words; you get the idea. No drama, no life.
Arigatou. Xie xie. Kamsahamnida. Thank you.
Ugh, I need something strong. BLACK tea, please!
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