North Korea has it’s very own Netflix-style on-demand service via a new IPTV set top box called… erm… Manbang.
Manbang actually means ‘everywhere’ or ‘every direction’ in the native tongue, according to NK News, reporting on the story.
Anyway, the Manbang is coming hard at users with a host of documentaries about the Supreme Leader and his band of merry men, as well as giving North Koreans the opportunity to learn Russian and English via their TV sets.
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“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,” said Kim Jong Min who is leading the project.
It’s more IPTV than VOD like Netflix, but it’s certainly the closest North Korea has.
Naturally the South Koreans, from their high and mighty tech towers are casting doubt.
“It is hard to assess the quality of services and internet network,” the unnamed professor added, probably snickering in the background.