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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, QQ.com 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” […]

TikTok rival Kuaishou to raise upwards of US$5.1bn in Hong Kong IPO

Tencent-backed Chinese TikTok rival Kuaishou, which can lay a claim to be the world’s second largest short-form video sharing platform, is planning to raise at least HK$39.5 billion (US$5.1 billion or €4.2 billion) through an IPO on the Hong Kong exchange. The IPO is expected to be given a price this Friday ahead of share-trading […]

Alibaba and Tencent interested in buying iQIYI but wary of costs and regulations

Alibaba and Tencent have both held separate talks with Baidu over buying a controlling stake in VOD platform iQIYI, claims a new report. According to sources cited by Reuters, both giants are interested in increasing their empires by adding the Chinese Netflix equivalent, but have reached an impasse over pricing and regulatory scrutiny. TikTok owner […]

Taiwan to block sales of Chinese streamers like iQiyi and Tencent Video

Streaming services are set to be the latest arena for the ongoing dispute between Taiwan and China. China has historically claimed Taiwan to a sovereign Chinese territory, but this has been refuted by Taiwan and its population. As such Taiwan is a self-governing democracy, but there are mounting fears in the 24 million-strong country that […]

Pressure grows on Ofcom to ban Chinese state-owned news network from airwaves

Ofcom is under increasing pressure to remove China Global Television Network (CGTN), the state-owned broadcaster, from the UK. This comes after the broadcaster has been accused of breaching impartiality rules and airing forced confessions. The former was brought into prominence last month when the regulator found that CGTN had broadcast a forcibly obtained confession from […]

Dugout takes European football content to China with PP Sports

Dugout, a content partnership between leading European clubs, has struck a video content partnership with Chinese digital platform, PP Sports to meet growing demand for football content from fans in China. With football leagues across much of the world currently suspended, Dugout, which is co-owned by clubs A.C. Milan, Arsenal, Barcelona, Bayern Munich, Chelsea, Juventus, […]

Tencent to take 10% stake in Vivendi’s music arm, with more likely

French media giant Vivendi has signed its deal with a consortium led by China’s Tencent giving the latter a 10% stake in Vivendi’s most successful operating unit, Universal Music Group (UMG). The deal, which gives UMG a total enterprise value of €30 billion, also gives the consortium an option to acquire an additional stake of […]

Chinese iQIYI Sports lands La Liga rights

Chinese OTT platform iQIYI Sports has acquired exclusive La Liga rights for the 2019/20 season in the country.  Users will be able to stream all 380 matches of the Spanish football season along with enjoying original content on match information, match highlights and behind-the-scenes footage. The platform, launched in August 2018, is a joint venture […]

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