North Korea’s Parents Now Have A Streaming Video Service To Distract Their Kids With

Image courtesy of KCTV

Although North Korea is often regarded as one of the least connected countries in the world, those who do have access to the state-run version of the internet will have a few more things to watch — and a few more things to distract their kids with.

The country has just announced a new streaming service via a set-top box called “Manbang” (which translates to “everywhere”), reports NK News. The service is being compared to Netflix, if you hear “documentary films about leadership” and “Russian- and English-educational programming” when you think about Netflix.

Along with those no-doubt thrilling docufilms, any North Koreans who manage to connect to the internet can also get live streaming access to five TV networks, including North Korea’s state broadcaster KCTV.

North Korea seems to have discovered what VHS-owning American parents learned 35 years ago, which is that kids will watch something on repeat until the fiery death of the sun itself: NK News quotes a teacher at an orphanage you notes, “Children tended to pester to show new interesting videos again after their release, but we had difficulty in dealing with it. However, we are happy since we are now able to show films to them again, and children enjoy it.”

(h/t Variety)

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