LaLiga becomes first European league to launch streaming service in China

Spanish top-flight football league LaLiga has announced the launch of a new DTC streaming service for the Chinese market. Launched via a six-year strategic partnership with Beijing based Streamline Media Technology, LaLiga Plus will offer matches on a freemium basis via a combination of free-to-view and paid matches. The app will provide access to all […]

CCTV to resume Premier League coverage after two year absence

China Central Television (CCTV), the country’s sole nationwide linear broadcaster, is set to broadcast the English Premier League live for the first time since 2020. While no formal deal has been announced, SportBusiness reports that the broadcaster has agreed a deal with the league through to the end of the 2024-25 season, with CCTV recently […]

Serie A lands on iQiyi in China

Chinese streaming service iQiyi Sports has agreed a deal to broadcast the top-flight Italian football league Serie A. The streamer has agreed a two-season deal which will kick off for the 2022/23 campaign when it starts in August. The digital-only deal will see the Baidu-owned iQiyi live stream matches while also serving as a home […]

CCTV broadcasts NBA in China for the first time in 18 months

The NBA has been broadcast in China for the first time since late 2020. State-owned broadcaster CCTV holds the exclusive rights to the NBA in China, but pulled coverage in late 2019 when Houston Rockets general manager Daryl Morey tweeted his support for protesters in Hong Kong during the demonstrations against the Anti-Extradition Law Amendment […]

PPTV ordered to pay £150 million to Premier League over abandoned rights deal

Chinese broadcaster PPTV has been ordered to pay at least £156 million to the English Premier League over its abandoned broadcast deal. The deal, which was one of the EPL’s most lucrative international broadcast rights agreements, was terminated after PPTV failed to pay two instalments of its owed rights fees. The Suning-owned streamer at the […]

APAC set for strong SVOD growth

The Asia Pacific region is set for strong growth in subscription video-on-demand take-up over the next five years, with China contributing the bulk of subscribers, and Disney+’s strong growth in the Indian market boosting the success of subscription services across the region, according to a new report. The Asia Pacific region as a whole will […]

Chinese media companies demand short video platforms take action against content piracy

A group of more than 70 Chinese film and TV makers have called on short video platforms to remove content being used without authorisation. The group includes Chinese giants such as streamers iQIYI, Tencent Video and Alibaba’s Youku. According to a report from China’s national broadcaster CCTV, ‘hundreds of millions’ of Chinese internet users are […]

Extreme E secures Chinese broadcast with Tencent deal

Upcoming off-road electric race series Extreme E has secured distribution in China in a deal with media giant Tencent.  Tencent will stream all five of the championship’s X Prixs on its digital platform, along with its associated apps Tencent Sports, Tencent News and Tencent Video. Tencent will also carry Extreme E’s race highlights and […]

China clamps down on livestreaming ecommerce and demands Alibaba reduces its media presence

The Chinese government has begun a clampdown on livestreaming ecommerce platforms in the country. The country’s market regulator, the State Administration of Market Regulation (SAMR), on Tuesday tightened scrutiny on platforms which sell goods directly to customers, though the regulator’s statement did not name the impacted companies such as Alibaba and ByteDance. The regulator said […]

BBC banned in China as country retaliates over CGTN removal

BBC World News has been banned from China in an escalation of tensions between the UK and the Asian superpower. The ban comes days after UK broadcast regulator Ofcom revoked the licence of Chinese state media outlet CGTN in the country. The broadcaster’s owner Star China Media Limited was found to not have “editorial responsibility” […]

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