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Watch Baduk TV at Go Game Guru.

I just want to let all Go Game Guru readers know that, due to the generosity of Baduk TV in Korea, the live stream of Baduk TV will be available for free for a little while. Probably until July.

Baduk TV felt that Go players outside of Korea might not know who they are and wanted to give everyone a chance to see their programs.

You can go and have a look at it now and discuss the games with other viewers, here.

Beta testing

In addition, we’ve started beta testing our paid Baduk TV On Demand service, which lets you replay games whenever you want to. If you want to sign up for a beta subscription (and get a monthly discount for as long as you’re a member), you can find out how to do so here.

Bear in mind that beta testing means there will still be some bugs and that’s partly why there’s a discount.

Free Baduk TV On Demand demo

If you’re not sure whether this is something your interested in, you can also register for a free demo of the on demand service first, and then decide.

Translations

Since it’s undoubtedly going to come up again, I’ll say clearly here that there are no subtitles (or dubbed videos) at this stage. It is something we want to look at once we’ve laid the basic foundations of being able to stream videos worldwide, let people log in and watch them, and so on. Whether we can go ahead with translations will depend on how popular this service is.

If you feel like you absolutely need translations even after watching the free demo videos then that’s no problem, it just means the service isn’t for you at this stage, so don’t subscribe. You might decide to subscribe later, once the situation changes.

Questions?

When I first mentioned in March that we were partnering with Baduk TV to bring you this service, there was a lot of discussion. If you didn’t see that, you can read through the earlier discussion here.

If you’re having trouble getting the live stream working on your computer, you can ask for help here and I’ll try to help you if someone else in the community doesn’t point you in the right direction first.

Please have a look at the Troubleshooting section on the Baduk TV Live page first though, and note that we don’t currently control the hardware, software, format etc because you’re getting it for free.

The paid version of the live stream will run off Go Game Guru’s media server, and be more compatible with non-Windows and mobile devices, because it uses a totally different setup.

If you have any other questions please go ahead and ask 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. Hi David,

    I’m still confused as to what the differences are between the: “Baduk TV Live – $10/month” and “Baduk TV Beta – $16/month” subscription. Maybe you can make one of those compare/contrast checkbox, feature charts?

    Also, will it be possible to log into Baduk TV chat with something other than social network accounts, e.g. GGG account?

    Thank-you,
    Logan

    • It’s simple. For the $10, you only get the streaming channel. For the $16, you get the streaming channel and selected professional games that are prerecorded, which you can watch whenever you want. There are 21 games available already.

      • I see. Thank-you rikugo.

        I think since some of the wording across the various BadukTV pages is problematic (in various ways) that it’s leading to some confusion for people like myself. If you’d like any help in this area David, feel free to let me know. It probably won’t take long to fix. Maybe we can make some other stylistic changes too.

        • David Ormerod says:

          Hi Logan,

          I’d be happy to hear suggestions for where things could be made clearer. Please feel free to email any comments or corrections to me.

          At the moment I’m busy with quite a few things and I wrote those pages fairly quickly, so I’m sure there’s a lot of room for improvement.

          Also, regarding chat, you can chat now with your Go Game Guru account if you’re logged in. The Facebook and Twitter login will be removed once the free streaming ends, since everyone will be logged into GGG then. At the moment we’re getting people to log in with Twitter or Facebook if they don’t have an account here, because we don’t have anyone to moderate chat like KGS and other sites do, so we’d prefer it if it didn’t become a public free for all. Maybe we’ll try opening up the chat over the weekend and see what happens.

          • Thank-you David.

            Since you didn’t put much effort into them, then I’ll wait until you do. After all, following such an event my comments may be useless or redundant.

            Best of wishes & luck,
            Logan

            P.S. When is Mr. Younggil planning to finish his great Top 20 Players series?

  2. okkonkim says:

    how can i make an account?

  3. I experience the TV to be extremely laggy. It keeps pausing to reconnect/buffer. It is not so pleasant to watch…

    Am I the only one who has this problem?

    • David Ormerod says:

      Are you talking about the live stream or the replays? They’re two totally different systems.

      Depending on where you are there could be problems with the live stream because the server is in Korea. We’re switching to a different server after the free service is over.

      If you’re talking about the on demand videos, they’re restreaming through a content delivery network so you should get good latency. Have you tried watching the low quality version of the videos first? Are they laggy?

      • I only have trouble with the live TV stream. The videos are excellent.

        • David Ormerod says:

          I see, in that case it could be a matter of the distance between you and the server, or it could be a codec issue.

          If you’re not having a problem with on demand videos then the live stream should improve for you once we’re running it through our media server, because it will use a very similar setup.

          At the moment though, we’re constrained by the requirement of making it free, which limits the amount of money we can spend on it, but there are still some things we can try.

          If you have access to a Windows machine with Internet Explorer installed, try watching it on that because the feedback I’m getting is that the it runs best in IE.

          If the stream is still laggy in IE, then it’s probably something else network related, but at least we can eliminate one variable.

          A few days ago I looked into temporarily streaming through a service like Ustream, Bambuser or Justin.tv, which would improve the stream compatibility/speed while still keeping it available for free for the time being, but none of them seem to be compatible with the (Microsoft) protocol.

          So to use those, we’d have to transcode the live stream on the fly, which is very expensive in terms of processing power and would require us to set up (and pay for) another server.

          First I’m going to talk to Baduk TV and see if there’s anything that can be done at their end. It might take a few days, so please be patient.

  4. Hello, it would be perfect with English Subtittles….. anyway, I love as it is. Some suggestions I made but it is very good anyway.

    • David Ormerod says:

      Hi Jangalf,

      I got your email with your suggestions, thanks. I’m glad to hear you’re enjoying it :).

  5. Streaming is realy laggy for me too.
    I must use IE (don’t work in FF, Chrome or tablet) and can’t put fullscreen. So basicly I can not be used for now.

    But the reviews are excelent 🙂
    Thanks

    • David Ormerod says:

      Hi Yo,

      I’ll see what I can do about it, but I can’t promise any immediate fixes because so many aspects of the live stream are outside my control at the moment. Please have a look at my reply to Freek above.

  6. It would be really cool if there was a tv schedule in english for the channel. I understand that english subtitles or dubbing would be a tall order to add to this, but I’d like to at least know who is playing who at what time in what event.

    • David Ormerod says:

      Hi David,

      That’s something we’ve been talking about too. And you’re right, it’s a much smaller scale translation job which we can manage at the moment. We can probably add some info sometime in the next week.

      By the way, what do people call that in other countries? In Australia we usually call it a ‘TV guide’. What about in the UK and US?

  7. Anonymous says:

    Works fine for me using firefox (on windows). Thanks.

  8. works nicely on my ubuntu laptop. subtitles would be helpful, but for the time being i guess i can figure out what they are saying from the context of the game

  9. In principle it is really nice to see a game in progress. I like for instance to look at games on YouTube, although it could do with some recent games: if money is the issue, I wouldn’t mind seeing games for free that are more than a year old (but not much older…). Two problems here:
    – The signal goes away after some minutes, it is not always easy to restore, it makes me go away a bit annoyed after a short while: I rather replay a complete commented game here.
    – Being live, it is not possible to start looking at the start of the game, which is a pity: you need a schedule to start on time, is there such schedule to be found?
    Still, quite a great initiative and gesture, that needs to be worked on I guess. Living at the other side of the go world doesn’t quite help here.

    Kind regards,
    Paul

    • David Ormerod says:

      Hi Paul,

      That’s what the ‘on demand’ videos are for. So you can replay games when it’s convenient for you and you don’t miss the start. Have you watched any of the free demo videos yet?

      Regarding the live stream, a few people have been having problems with lag and we’re talking to Baduk TV about that (see my longer response to Freek above).

      If you have more than one browser installed, try it in another browser, because that seems to fix things for some people. In particular, try it in Internet Explorer if you haven’t already.

      Please let me know how you go.

  10. lightmeup says:

    Are there any plans for accessibility on the PS3? Previously i had been able to watch the pirate stream on there, but would love for there to somehow be access for this wonderful new service from my TV.

    Wonderful work,
    Cheers

    • David Ormerod says:

      Thanks lightmeup,

      Apple TV, PS3, Xbox, Roku etc. are all things we want to look at once the basic service is running smoothly.

      We haven’t really given it much thought yet, apart from noting that it’s a possibility and trying to make decisions that keep our options open, so I can’t really say more than that at the moment.

      It would be cool though, and I’d like to watch it on my TV too :).

  11. Hey, I’m having a few various issues, but I think most of them are related to linux/plugin issues. I really just wanted to thank you for being so helpful and informative. I got double-billed for my subscription, then got a refund for that problem before I even mentioned it. Every time there’s something I’m not sure about, I usually get an email the same day it starts worrying me, explaining what’s been done or what will be done to fix it. AND the emails are extremely curtiously worded and set up to be as easily avoided as possible (if I wanted to for some reason). I’m in the beta more to support it in the future than for the usefulness of it to me now (I’ve got bad luck with betas working properly), and I definitely feel like I’m getting my money’s worth. So once again, thanks!

    • David Ormerod says:

      Thanks surc, it’s kind of you to say that, and we appreciate your support.

      If you do want to work through the plugin issues you’re having feel free to email us or comment here. I’m on Linux too and I have it working without problems for live and on demand videos.

  12. I’d definitely pay for a subscription if I could get this on my Roku. I’d even pay extra for the convenience of having it on my television.

    For the time being, I’ll enjoy the service! Thanks for producing this!