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‘Chinese-language Netflix’ to tap blockchain in global SVOD rollout

Singapore-based streaming outfit Vidfish has officially launched a new subscription video-on-demand service with 12,000 hours of premium Chinese content, aimed at the global market. Vidfish’s content library is already available in more than 190 countries. Building from a soft launch, the Vidfish app now has 150,000 registered users, with the average user spending about 36 […]

BBC and China’s Tencent to launch BBC Earth fan community

The BBC’s content arm, BBC Studios, has partnered with Chinese internet services provider Tencent to launch a new BBC Earth fan community called BBC Earth Tribe. The BBC Earth Tribe site is due to go live this evening in China and will offer more than 650 hours of BBC Studios’ natural history and documentary programmes, […]

IHS Markit: China supplants UK as second biggest programming market

China has overtaken the UK in the television programming industry, becoming the second-largest market in the world after the United States, according to IHS Markit. TV programming expenditures in China, including online platforms, hit CNY73 billion (€9.3 billion) in 2017, followed by the UK which spent US$10 billion (€8.7 billion) and led by the US […]

Tencent e-books unit acquires film and TV studio for US$2.25bn

China Literature Limited, the publically listed e-books unit of Tencent holdings, is set to acquire film and TV studio New Classics Media (NCM) for US$2.25 billion. NCM is a renowned TV series, web series and film producer in China with a track record of creating popular content from The First Half of My Life (pictured) to Yu Zui. […]

China’s iQIYI and Super Sports Media partner on sports app

Chinese online entertainment service, iQIYI, is partnering with DDMC Group subsidiary Super Sports Media to set up a joint venture named Beijing Xin’ai Sport Media Technology. As part of the deal, the Super Sports Media app will change its name to iQIYI Sports and will bring together soccer, tennis and golf coverage from broadcasting agreements […]

Endemol Shine in pact with Chinese streaming outfit

Endemol Shine’s Chinese arm has struck a co-development deal with Alibaba Digital Media-onwed video hosting and streaming platform Youku to produce two big-budget non-scripted shows for the Chinese market this year. Endemol Shine will bring its content creation expertise and handle development, pilot and production consultancy, distribution and technology support. Youku will provide audience data […]

Unified BBC Studios turns to China for growth

BBC Studios, which has officially merged its production and commercial arms today, is looking for production opportunities in China. Executive producer and factual program veteran Matthew Springford will be based in its Beijing offices and work with Chinese broadcasters and digital platforms to co-develop and co-produce original content and new formats across factual genres. This […]

China’s TenCent Video reaches 62.6 million subscribers

Chinese online video platform, TenCent Video, reached 62.59 million paying subscribers at the end of February, according to company stats. The figure marks a 45.6% growth in paying subscribers in just five months, with the service previously announcing 43 million subscribers at the end of September. Tencent Video said that in the fourth quarter of 2017 […]

BBCWW signs 2200 hours for first Chinese telco deal

BBC Worldwide (BBCWW) has signed a deal with Migu Video, China Mobile’s video platform that will see more than 2200 hours of BBC content from across factual, lifestyle and pre-school genres. The deal with Migu Video marks BBCWW’s first deal with a Chinese telco. Migu was set up in 2014 and claims to have access […]

AsiaSat promotes business development chief

Satellite operator AsiaSat has promoted Lara Kwok to vice-president of business development and strategy. Kwok, who joined the company in August as director of business development and strategy, takes up her new role following the retirement of Sabrina Cubbon. Kwok will be charged with indentifying new business opportunities for AsiaSat as well as driving strategy […]

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