Foreign TV shows, movies need permits for online
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.