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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 (Korean: 아프리카TV, short for 'Any FREE broadCasting')(KRX: 067160) is a P2P technology-based video streaming service. It is now owned and operated by AfreecaTV Co., Ltd. in South Korea after Nowcom's AfreecaTV Co.,Ltd and ZettaMedia split in 2011.[2]

AfreecaTV initially started as a W beta service and was officially named "AFREECA” on March 9, 2006.

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

Functions such as broadcasting, viewing, channel listing, live chatting, and discussion boards. are provided. Users are required to install 'Afreeca Player' for grid delivery.

Independent broadcasters called Broadcasting Jockeys (BJs) deliver live broadcasts to viewers, who can add them to their list of favorite channels using an Afreeca Player tool. Some channels have tens of thousands of viewers at any given time. Paid services such as quick views or channel relays allow BJs additional sources of revenue.

The platform itself ranges anywhere from TV broadcasts, live video game broadcasts, taxi driver monitoring, artist performances,[4] and personal daily-life video blogs and shows for actresses and professional broadcasters

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]

On September 27, 2012, afreecaTV English was released on the Google Play store.

Social Impact[edit]

One example of expansion of Afreeca's role is the hosting of a live talk session with Mayor Park of Seoul, broadcast live online and via mobile on Afreeca TV.[6] He used the platform as a way to conduct a community scanning forum to collect public opinions and allow bloggers with various areas of expertise to participate in the dialogue. The bloggers were able to address the problems facing Seoul and propose solutions in their areas of expertise, while also exchanging ideas with Mayor Park in an in-depth discussion on the administration of the Seoul municipal government.


  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. 

External links[edit]

Official website (Korean)

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PC Perspectives

PC Perspectives
Mon, 05 Oct 2015 04:39:47 -0700

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Sat, 16 May 2015 09:10:38 -0700

The interview will be conducted by Shin Hyun Won Productions and aired live on AfreecaTV. "The interview will be about Steve Yoo's behind story regarding the evasion of army controversy and his life since then, the production company reportedly said. ---.

The Daily Titan

The Daily Titan
Mon, 28 Sep 2015 22:48:45 -0700

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

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Thu, 24 Sep 2015 15:07:30 -0700

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The Korea Herald

The Korea Herald
Tue, 22 Sep 2015 23:45:00 -0700

Video-sharing websites -- YouTube and AfreecaTV -- are becoming the top destinations for young tech-savvy viewers seeking customized mobile content and two-way communication, according to Kang Mee-eun, a professor of communication and media at ...


Mon, 12 Oct 2015 02:08:11 -0700

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The Korea Herald
Wed, 05 Feb 2014 03:03:45 -0800

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