North Korea launches its own Netflix: Manbang

No word on what North Korean leader Kim Jong Un thinks of Manbang. 

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It’s here: Manbang, the Netflix of North Korea. 

Manbang is a set-top box that lets North Koreans watch video on demand, reports the BBC. It doesn’t boast quite as much content as Netflix does, however: Users can watch documentaries and five TV channels on demand. They can also learn  English and Russian through on-demand content. Manbang hooks up to North Korea’s intranet and state broadcaster KCTV reports that the product is a hot ticket item. 

“If a viewer wants to watch, for instance, an animal movie and sends a request to the equipment, it will show the relevant video to the viewer … this is two-way communications,” Kim Jong Mi said in the KCTV report.  

Most North Koreans do not have access to intranet, however. 

Netflix has changed its Twitter bio to “Manbang knockoff.” 

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