In North Korea, Manbang and Chill? State-sponsored on-demand TV unveiled By Evann Gastaldo, Newser Staff Posted Aug 22, 2016 7:03 PM CDT 15 comments Comments This June 24, 2015, file photo, shows the Netflix Apple TV app icon, in South Orange, NJ. (AP Photo/Dan Goodman, File) (Newser) – North Korea has its own version of Netflix, apparently. Citing local media, the BBC reports that state broadcaster KCTV has unveiled a set-top box called Manbang that connects to state-controlled intranet and allows viewers to watch, on demand, five TV channels, a number of documentaries "about the leadership," and English or Russian language-learning material. However, experts say most North Koreans don't actually have connectivity to the service. The Memo notes that TV "is a novelty for many North Koreans," since interference from radio signals prevents many of them from getting a good signal, a problem Manbang is said to solve.