That’s pretty much how I feel about the popular streaming channel Hulu recently removing hundreds of Korean dramas from its streaming library. Hulu used to boast the largest selection of kdramas among the big streaming channels by far. But the recent removal of so many dramas has put them closer to the number of offerings available on Netflix.
New kdramas had not been added to the Hulu library for the past several months, and now most of them have disappeared. So rather than hundreds of kdramas to choose from, there are now just 27! That’s quite a difference.
I’m very disappointed with the move to decrease their offerings so much. I watch kdramas on a variety of streaming channels, but Hulu was a nice one to have available because it has a smoother streaming experience with a lot less bugs and playback issues than some of the others.
I won’t go into much speculation, but these things usually boil down to licensing issues. The bulk of their catalog came from DramaFever before the big purge. The remaining dramas seem to be coming from Viki and MBC America.
I will concede that the 27 dramas left would be considered by many to be the cream of the crop including classics such as Boys Over Flowers, You’re Beautiful, My Love From Another Star, and City Hunter as well as a handful of popular newer dramas including Descendants of the Sun, Healer, She Was Pretty, and Oh My Ghostess. So there’s plenty to keep a drama newbie entertained for many hours.
I just hope they work it out to add more dramas back in. My watch list included a couple hundred dramas, so it is looking pretty sad right now since there are only two dramas left on it that I haven’t seen. Luckily, newer dramas as well as many classics are still available on channels like DramaFever and Viki, but it sure was nice to have Hulu as an option.