On July 18, 2022, Weverse began gradually integrating V LIVE‘s features since HYBE had acquired the app. V LIVE would remain accessible to users until the end of 2022, when users would have to use other platforms or Weverse’s interface, including Weverse Live.
— Weverse (@weverseofficial) July 18, 2022
Although many K-Pop fans have become familiar with Weverse as a platform to talk to their favorite idols, fans have been generally opposed to the Weverse Live feature. Many HYBE artists have already begun to use the platform for their live broadcasts, and fans noticed some significant issues, like the lack of subtitles on videos which limits international fans from watching the content.
hybe are absolutely ridiculous. why did they decide to move live streaming to weverse and then NOT provide a very important feature that vlive had aka the subtitles in MULTIPLE languages so ALL fans could enjoy them? i think all hybe fandoms should collectively do something.
— steph 🪐 (@yslshua) October 4, 2022
There are other issues with the app, like the app’s instability while streaming, which proved to be an issue during BTS‘s Yet To Come concert in Busan when the app crashed, and fans had to find alternate ways to watch the stream.
no cause weverse did a whole ass warm up just for it to crash during the entire concert 💀
— kaye is proud of bangtan! 🌕👩🏼🚀 (@pjmsart) October 15, 2022
Once again I say
Weverse owns vlive… and yet they can't integrate it onto their platform…
Weverse has no spam filters, and is unstable as heck when streaming. Why would you own the superior platform that's been tested over years, and not use it? Silly Weverse.
— Mag🍀 Just another 🐟 in the sea. (@Magnus_9_IOI) September 29, 2022
Similarly, while any K-Pop artist on Weverse had their old V LIVEs automatically transferred to Weverse Live, fans were worried about what groups who aren’t on Weverse would do, especially disbanded artists. Since not only would they have to find a new place to stream, but it seems like old content will be deleted.
i still don’t get why hybe is just getting rid of vlive like what about all the small groups that can’t move to weverse like what are they gonna do now 😭
— name 4 songs from renaissance (@cloudwaIk) September 23, 2022
all the disbanded groups still have archived vlive accs too. this just sucks
— flo milli akgae 🎃 (@lsol8tion) September 23, 2022
One idol that fans were worried about was Stray Kids‘ Bang Chan, who is well-known by K-Pop fans for his weekly live broadcast, Chan’s Room.
wait so vlive is gonna merge with weverse soon.. chan pls choose either twitch or youtube for your chan’s room pls im begging
— 아이시 (@hnjiqkka) September 23, 2022
During his regular broadcasts, Bang Chan talks to fans, answering their concerns, encouraging them, opening up about his own life stories, and featuring fan-recommended music. These long broadcasts have become a staple of many Stray Kids fans’ weekend plans.
Since Stray Kids are not on Weverse, fans were worried about where the idol would continue to hold his broadcasts, with some speculating that he’d started doing TikTok lives as an alternative. Now fans seemingly have their answer as Bang Chan held his first Chan’s Room live on YouTube.
— an98🍁☻ (@Andini_bbystay) October 22, 2022
After his first broadcast on the new platform, fans are feeling conflicted. On the one hand, Stray Kids now has an official playlist dedicated to Chan’s Room, making it easier for fans to find the episodes they’re looking for.
a yt playlist just for chan’s room… pic.twitter.com/ALNqSORuGY
— elise (@hwangsamericano) October 22, 2022
And there are filters on YouTube’s lives that Bang Chan had fun trying out.
bang chan changing the filters so cutely >>> pic.twitter.com/aCdHpQpR9G
— yas♡⤮ (@beyondyasmin) October 22, 2022
But on the other hand, Bang Chan warned fans that because of YouTube’s copyright policy, he would only be able to play music from JYP Entertainment artists.
There are some stuff that I won’t be able to do, which, for example, would be playing any song that I want. But, what is something that I can do is… I can play songs that are all a part of JYP.
— Bang Chan
📝 chan explaining that he can only play songs from jyp’s artists! pic.twitter.com/lKAhWTPMtl
— ✩ (@christophertext) October 22, 2022
Dang, that sucks bc I feel like he always loved doing this bc he could just share in all kinds of music :/ https://t.co/defn1c0SCO
— chanicos (@chanicos) October 22, 2022
I 100% get it cause YouTube flags shit so quickly but also sucks cause so many multis loved that he played a wide variety https://t.co/6g9hNjKl9k
— BeginnerMode | SAW 127 AND NOT OK (@Beginner_Mode) October 22, 2022
damn this is a huge change 🙁 https://t.co/ISXZM6NZBQ
— sunnys mic is on 🎙️ (@chnstrs) October 22, 2022
Fans are also wondering what will happen with subtitles now that the broadcasts are off of V LIVE, which, at the time of this article, have not yet been added to the uploaded broadcast.
the lack of subs </3 yt removed the community caption feature rip pic.twitter.com/ksLZSgZDms
— elise (@hwangsamericano) October 22, 2022
But no matter what, at least Bang Chan can still spend time with fans weekly.
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