Turning to CNTV for A Comeback

Xiaomi announced a tie-up of its set-top box, Xiaomi Box, and CNTV, the online video provider under the state broadcaster. The announcement has made clear that everything related to video content, the management of content, users and applications, is in the hands of the company behind CNTV. Xiaomi Box will be sold in three cities, Shanghai, Hangzhou and Changsha, for a trial after receiving official approval from authorities.

Local media found that, as expected, the box cannot access online video services Xiaomi touted to offer anymore. Several music or gaming services, however, are still available.

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Tracey Xiang

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