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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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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 19:03:45 -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 ...


Tue, 26 Aug 2014 00:48:20 -0700

아프리카TV(www.afreecatv.com)는 실시간 스포츠 대전 게임 '역전! 맞짱탁구K for Kakao'를 금일(26일, 화) 카카오 게임 플랫폼을 통해 구글플레이에 출시했다고 밝혔다. '역전! 맞짱탁구K for Kakao'는 '역전! 맞짱탁구 with BAND'의 카카오 게임하기 버전으로 남 ...
Wed, 27 Aug 2014 23:35:10 -0700

투바이포랩(대표 최강태)은 28일 전략 SNG '삼국지:렙업만이살길 for AfreecaTV'를 '아프리카TV 게임센터'에 정식 출시한다고 밝혔다. '삼국지:렙업만이살길'은 2011년 3탄까지 출시되어 200만 다운로드 돌파 기록을 세운 원조 국민게임 '렙업만이살길'의 후속작으 ...
Tue, 26 Aug 2014 18:40:01 -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 : 와이디온라인, 컴투스, 웹젠, 네오위즈인터넷, 선데이토즈, 바른손, 게임빌


Thu, 21 Aug 2014 17:14:33 -0700

아주경제 정광연 기자 =SNS 플랫폼 아프리카TV(www.afreecatv.com)는 서비스 이용자들이 직접 메인 페이지를 디자인할 수 있는 'BJ(콘텐츠 제작자)와 함께하는 디자인 공모전'을 개최한다고 22일 밝혔다. 이용자와 함께 서비스를 만들어 나간다는 취지로 마련된 ...
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Tue, 26 Aug 2014 23:11:15 -0700

삼국지:렙업만이살길 for AfreecaTV'는 전략 SNG로, 유명한 삼국지 영웅들이 귀여운 모습으로 등장하여, 레벨을 위주로 명장들을 육성해나가는 특징을 가지고 있다. 턴방식의 전투를 통해 성장해가며, 명장육성, 연합전, 점령전, 약탈 기능 등 친구들과도 다양한 재 ...
Thu, 21 Aug 2014 22:51:48 -0700

SNS 플랫폼 아프리카TV(www.afreecatv.com)는 서비스 이용자들이 직접 메인 페이지를 디자인할 수 있는 'BJ(콘텐츠 제작자)와 함께하는 디자인 공모전'을 개최한다고 밝혔다. 이용자와 함께 서비스를 만들어 나간다는 취지로 마련된 이번 공모전은 △이용자들이 ...

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