How to watch Baduk TV in English

In Korea, the game of Go is called Baduk.

And Baduk TVis a television station that broadcasts programs exclusively about Go.

The Korean Baduk League on Baduk TV.
Baduk TV is now available in English (see below).

24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

Live games with commentary, game reviews and the highest quality lessons on all aspects of Go.

Until very recently though, Baduk TV was never easily accessible to people outside of Korea…

Baduk TV at Younggil’s Go School

The Go equipment and lecture board at Younggil’s Go School.

I’ll always remember my first trip to Younggil’s Go School in Sydney.

Besides the nice Go sets, the convenience of there being plenty of people to play and resident pros to review games with, one thing sticks in my mind.

Younggil had setup a big screen TV which he used to replay programs from Baduk TV for the club patrons. And boy was it popular.

That afternoon I relaxed on one of the comfortable couches in the club and kibitzed the game with fellow Go players. We watched Lee Sedol play Choi Cheolhan in a captains’ match from the 2011 Korean Baduk League.

It was like enjoying a football match with friends, except, it was Go!

That night I said to Younggil, “imagine if we could make this available to Go players all over the world…”

That was about a year ago.

Making a deal with Baduk TV

Not long after that, Younggil got in touch with Baduk TV (actually with Baduk TV’s parent company, CJ), and they agreed to license Baduk TV to us for streaming at Go Game Guru.

It took until March 2012 to sort out the details, and shortly after that we announced that Baduk TV was coming soon.

Beta testing Baduk TV

Watch Baduk TV with English subtitles at Go Game Guru.

About six weeks later we started beta testing Baduk TV with a small group of early customers.

Those early customers helped us to pay the bills while we were building this service, and more importantly, provided awesome feedback that helped to make Baduk TV English the service it is today.

I’d like to thank all of them for helping us to get to where we are today and I hope you will too.

Because today, almost one year after that day at Younggil’s club, you can…

Watch Baduk TV with English subtitles

You didn’t misread.

The highest quality Go videos available anywhere in the world are now available to everyone, for on demand streaming, with English subtitles.

And right now, you can try it for just $1.

Win one month of Baduk TV English

We translate the commentary into English for you

That’s not all though. To celebrate the fact that Baduk TV is finally available and to help get the word out, we’re giving away five one month subscriptions to Baduk TV English for free.

Click here to enter the competition. It’s open until the end of September 2012.

In addition, everyone who enters the competition and helps us to tell people about Baduk TV will receive three free Baduk TV videos with English subtitles. It doesn’t matter if you don’t win, you get the free videos regardless.

More information about Baduk TV

If you’d like more information our new Baduk TV service and the different plans available, you can get the full details here and compare plans and pricing here.

And if you have any questions, please feel free to email me, or leave a comment below.

About David Ormerod

David is a Go enthusiast who’s played the game for more than a decade. He likes learning, teaching, playing and writing about the game Go. He's taught thousands of people to play Go, both online and in person at schools, public Go demonstrations and Go clubs. David is a 5 dan amateur Go player who competed in the World Amateur Go Championships prior to starting Go Game Guru. He's also the editor of Go Game Guru.

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Comments

  1. Very good job guys, it must have been a creepy amount of work to do; yet it certainly is going to be a step forward for go players in the west and a very useful tool to popularize the game . Thanks for the good work and the big efforts put into it!

    • David Ormerod says:

      Thanks Florian,

      It was a lot of work, but I think the hardest part is over for now and we get to see what happens. I missed playing Go for awhile though… 🙂

  2. Thank-you for all your hard work David.

    • David Ormerod says:

      Thanks Logan, also Younggil, Jing and the team at Baduk TV have been working hard, plus Chimin, Eugene and Dongeun who helped with translations.

  3. This is little bit expensive but very useful . It’s amoslt sure i suscribed for 1 month for try .
    Thank you very much .

    • David Ormerod says:

      Thanks Frédéric, if this service is successful enough, we’ll see about offering something for a lower price in the future. The costs of setting this up and running it are, unfortunately, very high. 😐

      There are also the other plans starting at $7/month for people who are looking for something cheaper.

  4. Will you enable credit card as a payment method,I can’t use paypal.

    • David Ormerod says:

      Yes, but it’s going to take us awhile to do that. We have to see how this is going first, then apply for, get approved and setup all the credit card processsing stuff. We’re aiming to have it done by November.

  5. wow, seriously respect the work you guys put into this, this is” a big move”
    Finally being able to study material from Korean Baduk Channels.
    Incredible job man, no idea how you did it but it will help western Go improve a lot!!

  6. If my dad let’s me i will take 7$ option ;D! Great job, was looking for sth like that

    • David Ormerod says:

      The $7 plan is all you really need. You still get Go programs all the time, and it’s not that hard to follow the variations they’re playing out.

      The English subtitles one is really just a luxury for people who want it.

  7. Zee Nazif says:

    Hello David,
    Let me start by congratulating you and your team on this great effort.
    I have only seen the demo with the sub title translation.
    I had a problem following the game and the variations because they were going so fast. By the time I read the subtitle, they would be several moves ahead and I was left with no time to reflect on what they were saying. This would not be an issue if I did not have to move my eyes from the game to read the sub title. Also, it may not be a problem for others. I am curious to hear what you and others think.
    For people who want English, is there a way to dub the sound with spoken English.