I wonder “Why isn’t more Japanese and Korean dramas aired more on international TV?” (With a few exceptions being some channels in USA and Hawaii.)
Asian dramas don’t exist on Swedish television, none at all.
First of all, what options do we have.
The internet, which is nice. This leads to the second choice, if you really like a drama, then you may end up buying the actual DVD box online. I’ve so myself for a couple of dramas. Only to be disappointed with either it having no subtitles whatsoever, or being poorly translated.
Today a number of legal streaming streaming services exist, which is good – for those who can use it. South Korea has succeeded in promoting their dramas and music, but Japan is still greatly behind.
And that’s why I believe fans are making subtitles themselves. If it’s not available, do it yourself.
American and UK dramas are constantly being aired internationally.
Of course there is the language barrier, but with the popularity of Japanese culture and Korean Hallyu wave, and so many people studying both languages, the translation shouldn’t be a problem.
I would really like to hear what Japanese and Korean people has to say about this.
Is it just that the companies earn more money by selling DVD boxes? Have they thought of trying to export their TV dramas? Don’t they want to, is that the reason?