Manbang: North Korea own Netflix for Propaganda
Manbang is a set-top box connected to state-controlled intranet and enables access to five TV channels showing propaganda.
The communist country has launched a set-top box called Manbang (which means “everywhere” in Korean) that allows for two-way communication between users and the service provider, according toNK News. Korea Central Television, which is North Korea’s state broadcaster, revealed the device last week.
This is a major development in the notoriously closed society, where the number of secure internet servers per 1 million users was rated at zero in 2015 by the World Bank.
The Manbang reportedly uses IPTV protocol, connects to the state-controlled intranet and has access to five TV channels. The device enables users to watch documentaries about the leadership and learn Russian and English. Users can search for titles by typing in search terms or browsing among categories, similar to how Netflix is presented in the US.
Funnily enough, Netflix changed its Twitter bio this morning to “Manbang knockoff,” which is just one in a long stream of reference-based bio jokes for the original on-demand streaming video service. You can check out the Netflix Twitter bio evolution right here.