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iQiyi content spend poised to top China’s big six broadcasters

iQiyi, one of China’s three major subscription VOD services (alongside Tencent Video and Youku), is poised to overtake spending on content by China’s top six broadcaster groups combined, according to new research from Ampere Analysis. According to Ampere, iQiyi spent RMB21.1 billion (€2.8 billion) on content in 2018, nearly matching the total content spend of […]

BBC Studios launches BBC Earth strand with China’s BesTV

BBC Studios, the BBC’s commercial arm, is launching a new BBC Earth branded space with Chinese IPTV provider BesTV in China, bringing BBC Earth content to more than 46 million of the latter’s subscribers across the country. BesTV is China’s IPTV service covers 31 cities in China. The outfit is a subsidiary of the Shanghai […]

Netflix: China expansion unlikely

Netflix chief Ted Sarandos said that the streamer is unlikely to look to expand business in China, during the UBS 46thAnnual Global Media and Communications Conference. Sarandos said that work with the nation has been, for the most part, “frustrating distraction”, and that it will not be looking to invest its time there unless China […]

‘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 […]

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