The Netflix of North Korea features propaganda films and Russian lessons


Sorry, no Orange Is The New Black.

Streaming video has reached one of the least connected countries on earth.

North Korea now has its own Netflix-style service called “Manbang” — meaning “everywhere” — according to a report on NK News, which specializes in news related to the country.

But just as North Korea offers most citizens only a highly censored, limited version of the Internet, so too is the new service limited.

According to NK News, citing state television, the service offers on-demand Russian and English language lessons, “documentary films about the leadership,” as well as the ability to read articles from the state news agency and one of the country’s newspapers. The content is delivered via a specialized set-top box that also offers access to five television stations.

As Variety’s Janko Roettgers notes, there appears to be one global constant, whatever streaming content is available: Kids want to watch the same thing over and over. Now, with the right access, they can.

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