North Korea has its own propaganda streaming service

Adam Westlake - Aug 21, 2016, 10:00am CDT
North Korea has its own propaganda streaming service

While North Korea has a strong reputation for being secluded, controlling, and run by a totalitarian government, that doesn’t mean the country is totally without the technology we take for granted in the western world. As we’ve seen before, the country makes its own computer and smartphone operating systems, such as the OS X-copying Red Star OS. And now, despite the fact that the internet barely exists there, they’ve even got their own streaming video service.

The service and its accompanying set-top box are called “Manbang,” which roughly translates to “everywhere.” It doesn’t offer the latest TV series or Netflix originals, but instead allows users to watch government-sponsored content like documentaries about the country’s history and its leaders.

In addition to on-demand propaganda, users can stream live TV as well as read select newspaper articles — but not content from outside North Korea, obviously. Educational programs include language lessons in English and Russian, while other shows are designed emphasize devotion and faith in the ruling party.

Despite having a name that means “everywhere,” Manbang will be limited to just a few locations thanks to low internet accessibility, including the cities of Pyongynag, Siniju, and Sariwon. So much for North Korean citizens finally being able to check out The Interview.

SOURCE NK News


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