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Headquarters South Korea
Parent AfreecaTV Co., Ltd. (2011-)
Nowcom (2006-2011)
Website http://www.afreeca.com
Alexa rank negative increase 3,090 (April 2014)[1]
Type of site Video hosting service, Video streaming service
Registration Available
Available in Korean
Current status Active

AfreecaTV (that means 'A Free Casting') is a video streaming service, based on P2P technology, owned and operated by AfreecaTV Co., Ltd. in South Korea after Nowcom's AfreecaTV Co.,Ltd-ZettaMedia split in 2011.[2]

Initially started from W beta services and officially performed by the name of “AFREECA” in 9th Mar 2006.

The site mainly retransmits TV channels, but also allows users to upload their own videos and shows.[3]

The functions for Broadcasting, watching, channel lists and chatting etc. are provided. Users are required to install 'Afreeca players' with the way of grid delivery.

Broadcaster called BJ(Broadcasting Jockey) delivers a live broadcast to viewers, then they can select their favorite channel from Afreeca players tool.

A channel can be acceptable from 50 at least to 500 viewers at the same time. Using the chargeable item of Quick view or to watch the relay channel in conjunction with the original channel, they can avoid the limitation of the number of occupations.

TV broadcast, not only for games, also taxi drivers, singer,[4] actress and professional broadcasters are showing their daily life. No matter what age or jobs Broadcasters have, the contents they created are unlimited.

The head of Afreeca's parent company Nowcom, Mun Yong-sik, was arrested in 2008 for illegally distributing pirated films. Some alleged the arrest was politically motivated due to Afreeca being used by protesters to coordinate.[5]

In 27 September 2012, afreecaTV English version released at google play store.



  • Users can broadcast live from PC monitor's screen and sound without hardware equipment
  • New media to communicate with viewers in real time and express personal opinions and feelings
  • BJs broadcast either for showing themselves or sharing their monitor screen from the functions of live camera provided by Afreeca studio.
  • Being able to deliver a movie with direct input using the capture board
  • By using AfreecaTV mobile application, users can easily broadcast and share their broadcast with Twitter, Facebook etc.


  • Afreeca Mobile player for iOS was developed and launched at the same time as iPhone releasing in 2009.
  • In June 2010, the functions of broadcast and view were added to be able to use easily.
  • The version for Android was released in Oct.2010 and added the broadcasting function in Feb.2011.
  • Both of versions for iOS and Android are available on the Mobile now.


  • By donating at least one Star balloon item, viewers become BJ’s fan club.
  • Some BJs are popular as a celebrity. When they broadcast, tens of thousands viewers watch their show. BJ’s fan club members are trying to gain distance on their idol BJ by giving fan art, item, etc.
  • BJ can appoint their ‘broadcast managers’ from his/her fan club members so that they help to manage the chat room or BJ’s channel page.


  • Star balloon (exchangeable to cash) : A present/donation item that viewers give BJs to express their appreciation
  • Quick View : Skip advertisements and admission to enter full crowded channels
  • Sticker(exchangeable for additional functions) : A present that viewers give BJs. BJs use stickers for broadcast option (bitrate, max viewer etc.)

Social Impact[edit]

The blogger talk session with Seoul Mayor Park was broadcast live online and via mobile on Afreeca TV.[6] He heard the expectations and wished of members of the public expressed online as well as the opinions of bloggers specializing in different areas during the talk session.

The bloggers addressed the problems facing Seoul and propose solutions in their area of expertise, while also exchanging ideas with Mayor Park in an in-depth discussion on Seoul government administration.

It has become a major trend for everyone to freely express their opinions on all manner of subjects including politics, economics, childcare, and education on their SNS, so the Seoul Metropolitan Government is making concerted efforts to communicate with citizens.

How to Use[edit]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "Afreeca.com Site Info". Alexa Internet. Retrieved 2014-04-01. 
  2. ^ "Nowcom Will Create "ZettaMedia" for Web Storage Business". Digital Daily. 2011-05-13. Retrieved 2013-10-19. 
  3. ^ Limb Jae-un (24 October 2006). "Online broadcasters share their passion with viewers". Joongang Daily. Retrieved 22 September 2009. 
  4. ^ "Sung Yuri Appears on Afreeca TV". CJ E&M enewsWorld. 2011-09-25. Retrieved 2012-07-05. 
  5. ^ Jung Hyo-sik, Lee Min-a (18 June 2008). "Afreeca head accused of pirating". Joongang Daily. Retrieved 22 September 2009. 
  6. ^ "Seoul City meetings open to public". koreaherald.com. 2012-04-25. Retrieved 2012-07-05. 
  7. ^ http://solit2de.blogspot.kr/2009/08/afreeca-guide.html
  8. ^ http://mybetinfo.net/afreeca-14997.html

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Mon, 15 Sep 2014 12:40:50 -0700

One of the longest running popular afreecaTV BJ, BJ Beomprika is one of the early BJs, the pioneers of mukbang, one of the OG male BJs when it comes to seeing radio broadcasting. Although he has been on a slow decline with all the new mukbang BJs on ...

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Tue, 02 Sep 2014 01:44:41 -0700

Aside from eating webcasts, there are now people filming themselves studying, drinking and singing on Afreeca TV - the online channel that allows people like Ms Kim to have their shows. Some can earn as much as US$10,000 every month. AfreecaTV says ...
Wed, 17 Sep 2014 17:22:30 -0700

[컨슈머타임스 유현석 기자] SNS 플랫폼 아프리카TV(www.afreecatv.com)는 '제 17회 인천 아시안게임' 전 경기를 모바일과 PC를 통해 생중계한다고 18일 밝혔다. 시청자들은 MBC, KBS, SBS 등 지상파 3사에서 진행되는 실시간 중계 방송을 확인할 수 있다.


Tue, 16 Sep 2014 18:18:45 -0700

'2014 핫식스 GSL 시즌 3 코드 S'는 곰플레이어와 곰TV(http://game.gomtv.com), 유튜브 GOM eXP(www.youtube.com/expkr), 아프리카TV(www.afreecatv.com), POOQ GOMTV e-sports&games(http://pooq.co.kr)를 통해 생방송으로 시청 가능하다. 또한 케이블 TV ...


Fri, 12 Sep 2014 00:30:00 -0700

지난 스프링 결선에서는 전 프로선수와 인기BJ들이 뭉친 'AfreecaTV Champs' 팀이 우승하여 영예의 주인공이 되었다. 섬머 리그 역시 치열한 온라인 대전을 통해 선발된 팀들이 더욱더 수준 높은 경기를 보여줄 것으로 기대된다. 16강과 8강은 단판으로 진행되며, ...


Tue, 26 Aug 2014 02:38:33 -0700

삼국지:렙업만이살길 for AfreecaTV' 8월 22일부터 게임 오픈 전까지 사전등록 이벤트 페이지(http://kingdom.2by4lab.com/event/kingdomThree)에서 신청을 완료한 신청자 전원에게 캐시아이템 '금화'를 지급하고, 페이스북을 통해 응원 메시지를 적어준 이용자들 ...


Wed, 27 Aug 2014 22:07:50 -0700

삼국지:렙업만이살길 for AfreecaTV'는 전략 SNG로 수많은 삼국지의 영웅들이 아기자기한 모습으로 등장하여 레벨을 위주로 명장들을 육성해나가는 특징을 가지고 있다. 또한 탄탄한 스토리 체험을 기점으로, 치밀한 전략을 필요로 하는 턴방식의 전투를 통해 성장 ...
Thu, 11 Sep 2014 18:18:45 -0700

아프리카TV(067160) : 동사는 국내에서 독보적인 입지를 확보한 SNS 플랫폼 'AfreecaTV'를 중심으로 온라인 게임과 모바일 게임 등의 인터넷 기반 서비스를 제공하고 있음. 모바일게임 섹터 : 선데이토즈, 바른손, 넥슨지티, 와이디온라인, 컴투스, NHN엔터테인먼트 ...

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