Our global Media, Sport & Entertainment Hub provides insights into various legal and commercial issues impacting on this space.
As part of our “HUB FOCUS” series, we provide an extract, focusing on recent trends in the broadcast media industry in China:
“Internet has significantly changed the landscape of the TV industry in China. Currently, the number of people that are watching programs online instead of watching programs using a TV is growing rapidly. Apart from video sites, CCTV and other major TV broadcasters have also established their Internet presence. For example, CCTV operates China Network Television (CNTV) which provides users with a globalized, multilingual and multi-terminal public webcast service platform. It appears the merger of internet and TV is the trend in China and IPTV seems to be a promising industry in coming years.
A notable recent development is that, perhaps due to the popular use of Internet to stream video programs in China, GAPPRFT has started to enhance its control on Internet culture and communication. On 5 September, 2014, GAPPRFT reiterated the ‘Provisions on the Administration of Online Overseas Film and Television drama’, stating that any overseas films or television dramas may only be broadcasted online when the appropriate License for Publication of Films or License for Distribution of Television Drama has been acquired. Internet video and audio broadcasters were required to also register its overseas film and television drama related information with the relevant administrative departments before 31 March, 2015. As of 1 April, 2015, overseas films or television dramas not registered may not be broadcasted online.”
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