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August 17, 2010

Following our users' suggestions, we have added the support for, a very popular Japanese video portal. Along with Japanese, the resource has Taiwanese, Spanish, and German versions. Update Freemake Video Downloader right here.

What is is a top Japanese video sharing site formerly called Nico Nico Douga or Nico Nico. Established on December 12, 2006 Nicovideo has become so popular, so it can be called Japanese YouTube. Like YT, Nicovideo is full of user-generated content. People upload clips there, and the service plays them publicly. As a typical local site, Nico contains dozens of regional visuals like short funny vids, cartoons, anime, songs, documentary that are easy to comprehend for the islanders.


Another key aspect of Nico is an inbuilt commenting system. Unlike uTube, comments are overlaid precisely on each fragment of the video with the exact time stamp. So, if you enjoy a certain episode of the film, you can express your attitude to it. Other hosing members might comment and add their reactions to your comment. This way it seems that you watch one video with a group of friends. Besides, Nico video has other social features like voting or quizzes that video director might insert into the video to boost buzz about the footage.

How to create Nicovideo account?

If you plan to learn Japanese culture or language, saving Nico Nico vids with Freemake Downloader might be a great help for you. To do this, you need to create an account on because not all tracks are available for playback for anonymous viewers. There are two sorts of accounts: Premium paid accounts and free accounts. You can pay by credit card or PayPal to get Premium membership. It costs $4.99 per month.

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According to Nico Video Support page "Premium members get the following perks:

  • Video streaming in original video quality even during peak hours
  • Create new communities
  • Webcast Live Shows
  • Cut in line for crowded live programs
  • Get a first look at new services"

If you plan to participate in one of these activities, you can get Premium subscription. Please note that you’ll be charged automatically each month, but you can cancel your subscription at any time.

If you are not going to dive that deep, you can stick to a free account. In order to create a free account, you should provide your email, or you can sign up with Google+, Facebook or Twitter login alternatively. After registration, you can start watching clips. You can search using the search box at the top of the page or browse by category using the navigational menu on the left.

Please bear in mind that Nico still uses Adobe Flash technology for the video player. That’s why please make sure that you have the latest Adobe Flash Player version on your PC. If you don’t have it, you’ll get a black screen, and you will not play Nico videos. Please install Adobe Flash Player only from the official site to avoid any security problems.