Your phone buzzes in your pocket. The name drifting across the top of your screen? Kim Sexy Hair Mob. Your heart skips a beat, your stomach clenches and that familiar burning sensation creeps around your cockles. With a trembling finger, you tap the notification:
“Manbang and chill? [Aubergine emoji]”
Dreamy stuff. That’s how we like to think being courted by Mr Jong-un would be like anyway. North Korea has reportedly launched its own Netflix-style video streaming service, and it’s called Manbang. Manbang. MANBANG.
Saucy stuff indeed. Well, not really. It roughly translates as ‘everywhere’, and exists as a set-top box that offers documentaries, news and educational shows, as well as English and Russian lessons. As westerners can do with Netflix, Manbang users can search for their favourite show -- Kim Gone Wild, for example -- and binge-watch away.
“The information and communications technology is based upon two-way communications,” said state official Kim Jong-min, according to KCTV. “If a viewer wants to watch, for instance, an animal movie and sends a request to the equipment, it will show the relevant video to the viewer…this is two-way communications.”
Jokes aside, it’s a significant step for the country, which isn’t exactly renowned for its technological prowess. Now then, where are my sexy underpants? [Verge]