'Manbang and Chill?' is How to Get Down and Dirty in North Korea

By Aatif Sulleyman on at

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]