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8 Korean TV Channels Online Where You Can Watch the News, K-dramas and More

Korean TV is probably best known for K-dramas, but they’re not the only type of show you’ll find on Korean television—far from it.

Tune in to the Korean TV channels below, and you’ll find a ton of material to help you improve your listening comprehension. You’ll also be exposed to a rich variety of words, expressions, grammar and even accents.

I’ve also got tons of advice to help you improve your Korean while watching authentic Korean TV online, so stick around!


1. TV Chosun (TV조선)


Price: Free

Available on: iOS | Android

TV Chosun is operated by the Chosun Broadcasting Corporation, a South Korean cable TV network owned by the popular Korean newspaper The Chosun Ilbo.

With a strong emphasis on news, the site features 24/7 Live TV that you can access for free without registration.

You might be interested to know that the folks behind TV Chosun also operate 채널에이 (Channel A) and 매일방송 (MBN).

2. KBS (한국방송공사)


Price: Free

Available on: iOS | Android

Founded in 1927, the Korean Broadcasting System (KBS) is the national public broadcaster of South Korea. It’s popular enough that watching KBS channels will help you gain a better grasp of the Korean language and culture.

In case you’re having trouble streaming Korean videos on the website, you can also head over to KBS America.

3. YTN


Price: Free

Available on: iOS | Android

Yes! Top News, also known as YTN, focuses on bringing you breaking news straight from the Korean peninsula.

While more serious news take center stage, you’ll also appreciate their coverage of sports, science and society, perfect for acquiring a diverse range of vocabulary.



Price: Free (with in-app purchases)

Available on: iOS | Android

Not to be confused with Australia’s Special Broadcasting Service (also called “SBS”), SBS features news, dramas, variety shows, K-pop performances, sports coverage and more.

Be aware that if you have an adblocker installed on your browser, you won’t be able to play the videos on this website, so you may want to disable your adblocker for the page you’re watching at least.



Price: Free (with in-app purchases)

Available on: iOS | Android

Along with KBS and SBS, MBC is one of the largest TV broadcasters in South Korea. Its online platform mainly features K-dramas, live performances, cartoons and series from nearly every genre you can think of.

To access MBC TV’s shows, however, you may need to use a VPN.

6. Yonhap News TV (연합뉴스)


Price: Free

Available on: Android

If the name of this Korean TV channel sounds confusingly like YTN, that’s because they used to be part of the same group.

As its name suggests, this one features news broadcasts from South Korea, as well as international news from a South Korean perspective. Luckily, you don’t need a VPN or a disabled adblocker to access their content.

7. Netflix


Price: Free (with in-app purchases)

Available on: iOS | Android

Netflix offers a solid library of authentic Korean videos with English subtitles. Keep in mind that their movie and TV show selection changes constantly and may vary depending on the country you’re in.

The great thing about Netflix is you can change the language of the audio and subtitles. Depending on the show you’re watching, you can change the dub to Korean or English, and/or do the same for the subtitles.

8. FluentU


Price: See pricing page here

Available on: iOS | Android

Though not a Korean TV channel, the FluentU program uses authentic Korean clips from TV and beyond for an immersive learning experience.

The program’s library includes a wide variety of contemporary videos featuring native Korean speakers. This means you’ll be able to experience modern Korean as it’s spoken today in a variety of contexts, such as K-pop music videos, commercials, sketch comedy, inspirational talks and more.

Every video is equipped with interactive captions in English and Korean, which provide you with contextual definitions without leaving the video. You can toggle these on or off to fit your needs and save new words to personalized flashcards.

Personalized, multimedia quizzes help you study new words from your flashcard list as well as after each video.

The program is available on Android, iOS and through the web.

Top Tips for Watching Korean TV Online

  • Choose a Korean TV show or two that you’ll enjoy. The more you like what you’re watching, the more you’ll learn from it. Whether you prefer dramas, fantasy shows, comedies or shows set in interesting locations like Korean hospitals, there’s sure to be a Korean series that meets your tastes. And you don’t even have to choose just one: you can keep up with multiple Korean shows at once. That way, you can learn Korean from the various topics explored in each show and have a lot of fun along the way.
  • Use headphones. Wearing headphones makes it easier to focus on the language and detect every little sound until your ears grow accustomed to the nuances of Korean pronunciation.
  • Opt for livestreaming if you can’t decide what show to watch. When you’re livestreaming, you automatically set your player to queue up the next show, instead of you having to do the clicking and queueing yourself. It’s also a fun way to discover interesting shows that you may enjoy.
  • Choose VOD (Video on Demand) for more focused study. Then again, livestreaming has its disadvantages as a Korean study tool. You can’t replay portions of the show, so you can’t go back to try to understand something you missed. VOD, on the other hand, allows you to do just that. You can also select specific shows based on your unique interests and fluency level.
  • Engage in active watching. It can be easy to get sucked into TV shows and forget to actually, well, learn. When you’re watching a show, pay close attention to the use of vocabulary, grammar, register, etc. The more active you are as a watcher/listener, the more you’ll get out of surfing all the Korean TV channels I just recommended.


There you go!

Now that you know where to watch Korean TV online, you’ll definitely rock your Korean studies.

Have fun!

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