Xiaomi set-top box suspended video streaming service last night, not indicating when to resume (announcement in Chinese). One week after its launch, SARFT, the state authority of radio and video, reportedly stepped in, unsurprisingly  (source in Chinese). Even though Xiaomi reached partnership with WASU who had obtained license from SARFT, streaming content directly from online video sites to TV — Xiaomi’s enables video streaming from Sohu, Tencent and other sites — hasn’t been allowed.

According to SARFT rules, thrid-party set-top boxes must partner with and only provide with content from seven licensed players, who have less content than online video sites and offer inferior services.

Another player, LeTV, handed over all content on letv.com to its partner CNTV, the online video service operated by the stated-owned CCTV, to get those videos permissible to go through set-top boxes.

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Tracey Xiang

Tracey Xiang is Beijing, China-based tech writer. Reach her at traceyxiang@gmail.com