Hi Mr. Williams. I really enjoy your Youtube clips from KCTV. I used to watch it live for free on Youtube, Ustream and direct on mms://188.8.131.52/chosun, oh, six months ago. I wonder why I can’t watch it free, live, and uncensored anymore. Would you know? Sorry, I don’t have $7,500, and anyway, wouldn’t you agree it would be better if “normal” people could just watch whenever they wanted to see the DPRK’s uncensored images for themselves?
The mms link you are referring to comes from SPTV, a South Korean website. I went to take a look but Google informs me the site has malware, so I can’t tell if its been discontinued or changed URLs.
The Ustream and Livestream feeds came from private individuals and I’m not sure why they discontinued. The same with the YouTube streams.
It seems people do and lose interest. Streaming is expensive and requires dedicated equipment, so perhaps that is a reason. You can still pick it up for free with a satellite dish, but the large dishes required make it difficult or impossible for many people. I’m lucky in having the space.
The North Korean government has been good about putting lots of their material online, but there seems to be no interest in live radio or TV streams.
NK News tells me that KCTV streaming is available with the base subscription. The site hasn’t been updated to show it, but you can watch it live for $299/year. It’s not free, but it’s way less the $7.5k.
I hope that helps.
Thanks for your response. None of the sources I mentioned ever had a lot of viewers, but they would get a few hundred when things were tense or “in the news.” And, honestly, a lot of the fun was in watching the anti-imperialist cartoons, the old movies, and the incredible stage plays and talent shows, not just Ri Chun-hee on a roll. Also, seeing Kim Jong-un smiling at Panmunjom was really no big surprise for us. He smiles all the time on KCNA. Oh well, I’ll keep searching. Just today I was able to watch Bibi live, then Iran’s lack of a response live, both online. I hope someone will pick up the challenge, especially before things change too much in the DPRK. It is a world of its own.
I occasionally rig up the hardware and livestream. On the day of the summit, I livestreamed the KCTV opening on Twitter and the initial news bulletin but didn’t leave it going all day/night as Twitter has a 2-hour limit anyway. Sometimes I do YouTube. It sort of depends on where I feel the audience is and if I want it archived (YouTube) vs something more newsworthy (Twitter).
I have a couple of years of KCTV programming archived here on hard disks. It might make its way online at some point, if I can figure out the best way to do it.
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