Jane Austen, meet K-pop: DramaFever, the video-subscription service best known for streaming Korean dramas, has struck a deal with BBC Worldwide North America to add some of the U.K. broadcaster’s big period dramas to its catalog.
DramaFever has already added five BBC titles, including “Pride and Prejudice,” starring Colin Firth and Jennifer Ehle; “Tess of the d’Urbervilles,” starring Gemma Arterton and Oscar-winner Eddie Redmayne; and “Upstairs Downstairs,” starring Keeley Hawes and Ed Stoppard.
The video service will add two BBC titles each month over the coming months, including shows like “Sense and Sensibility,” “Jane Eyre” and “Bleak House.” DramaFever will make select episodes free to watch, but viewers will have to subscribe to the service’s premium tier to watch a show in its entirety.
Adding BBC titles is an interesting choice for DramaFever. The service, which was acquired by SoftBank last year, made its name for offering viewers access to many of South Korea’s most popular dramas. It has since expanded to also carry telenovelas as well as titles from Japan and China, but up until now hasn’t carried any content from the U.K.
DramaFever co-founder Suk Park said Wednesday that there is a common thread to many titles from these countries. “Some of our most popular series are historical period dramas from around the world,” he said, adding: “This partnership will expose our viewers — many for the first time — to the best series in this genre from the U.K.”