For­eign TV shows, movies need per­mits for on­line

China Daily (Canada) - - NEWSCAPSULE -

China is re­quir­ing that all for­eign TV shows and movies have per­mits and be re­viewed by TV watch­dogs be­fore be­ing made avail­able for view­ing on­line.

The reg­u­la­tions, re­leased by the State Ad­min­is­tra­tion of Press, Pub­li­ca­tion, Ra­dio, Film and Tele­vi­sion, mean that Chi­nese au­di­ences will have to wait to watch the shows and will not be able to follow them simultaneously with over­seas au­di­ences.

Although all main­stream on­line video sites de­clined to com­ment pub­licly, con­fu­sion and con­cerns were raised among ex­perts who spoke anony­mously.

In April, four popular Amer­i­can TV shows, in­clud­ing The BigBangThe­ory, were banned on main­stream stream­ing sites in China.

Zhang Zhian, dean of the School of Com­mu­ni­ca­tion and De­sign at Sun Yat-sen Univer­sity in Guangzhou, said that the ad­min­is­tra­tion might be fol­low­ing guid­ance from au­thor­i­ties to re­duce and crack down on in­ap­pro­pri­ate con­tent on the In­ter­net, in­clud­ing vi­o­lence and sex.


A huge flower bed themed “Chi­nese Dream” was il­lu­mi­nated at Tian’an­men Square in Beijing on Nov 5. The cap­i­tal city will light up some of its main land­marks dur­ing the APEC meet­ing week.

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