After HYBE acquired V LIVE, Weverse announced that the app would gradually integrate V LIVE’s features starting on July 18. Until the end of 2022, V LIVE users would be able to continue to use the app; after 2022, they would have to use Weverse’s interface, including Weverse Live.
— Weverse (@weverseofficial) July 18, 2022
Many artists on Weverse have already started using Weverse Live, which has received mixed reactions from netizens. Although there are some upgrades that netizens hope Weverse will add to their videos, there are also more serious issues that netizens have been demanding answers for.
For instance, many fans of TXT voiced their outrage when they realized how long it took Weverse Live to add subtitles to their videos, which inhibited many international fans from being able to watch the content. For example, this V LIVE of Taehyun from July 30, 2022, which was later uploaded to Weverse Live, does have subtitles…
But this group Weverse Live from August 3, 2022, does not.
Since it is now a month later, fans are incredibly frustrated at not being able to watch TXT’s lives.
— Isabelle on TXT Lockdown! bz bz bz (@oppsjan) September 22, 2022
I really don't understand why they can't just transfer their vlive translators to weverse since the apps have always been connected anyway https://t.co/frLSaD9KAK
— ACT: FYXEN is Nev's Egf ✘ (@amanesolos) October 3, 2022
Despite these complaints, fans of BTS noticed that the transition from V LIVE to Weverse Live is progressing since BTS’s next RUN BTS episode is only being uploaded to Weverse Live.
Ohh just realized for next episode of Run BTS, they didn't put Vlive alongside Weverse😯
so it's time to move on from vlive?
fyi, all Run BTS episodes are available on Weverse starts from today pic.twitter.com/cDZh6XI9vq
— keci⁷⁺¹ 💜 (@likechizu) October 4, 2022
Similarly, many groups’ fans realized that old V LIVE videos had been transferred to Weverse Live.
All BTS lives on Vlive are now available on Weverse Live pic.twitter.com/bSObgX4NPY
— keci⁷⁺¹ 💜 (@likechizu) October 4, 2022
— fromis_9 Days (프로미스나인) (@fromisdays) October 4, 2022
iKON live videos from vlive app have been now transferred to weverse!!! Hope we can get subtitle from their recent weverse live though @weverseofficial 🔥#iKON @YG_iKONIC #아이콘 pic.twitter.com/CSIVd5r1Xw
— S T E L L A (@aeternumikonic) October 4, 2022
Some netizens are happy about the change, arguing that Weverse is a much easier platform to navigate than V LIVE.
🥰All the old Run episodes have been added to the media section on Weverse!🥰
💜They are so much easier to find than on VLive!
(The behind episodes have been added to the "BTS behind" section too.)
— Daily BTS Resources (@BangtanResource) October 4, 2022
But many continue to voice their displeasure, especially concerning translations since they are essential for fans who do not speak Korean.
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 🪐 jeonghan day! (@yslshua) October 4, 2022
Other netizens are pointing out difficulties they’ve encountered with Weverse Lives.
Even i can’t do the full screen!!! It gets cancel the live! Its always like this! pic.twitter.com/ltGXYDKFFG
— nothing (@nothingcan56) October 4, 2022
And some are sharing concerns about how many viewers can watch the content without the app crashing.
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🍀Walking new roads. (@Magnus_9_IOI) September 29, 2022
Some netizens are voicing their concern about artists not on Weverse, wondering what will happen with their old V LIVEs and what they will be able to use to broadcast to fans.
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 😭
— skz in (spooky)lanta (@cloudwaIk) September 23, 2022
Others are also worried about the archived footage from disbanded groups that wouldn’t join Weverse.
all the disbanded groups still have archived vlive accs too. this just sucks
— oge 🎃 JAS DAY (@lsol8tion) September 23, 2022
Some fans hope their idols will choose other ways to broadcast content even if they have access to Weverse Live.
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
And some are already wishing V LIVE was back.
someone please revive vlive and get rid of weverse live. vlive >>>>> weverse live
— 힙 🍪 (@jiungifted) September 26, 2022
What do you think about the move to Weverse Live?
always in our hearts 🙏🏻 pic.twitter.com/5alDuZEe8r
— ria⁷ 🥢 (@SEROT4NS) October 4, 2022
You can read more about the integration here.