Until quite recently, online video streaming sites purchasing copyrighted content from film and television producers was the only connection between internet companies and the entertainment industry. But now this case is changing. A flock of Chinese internet companies are making major pushes into the entertainment industry to take a piece of China’s booming online consumption market. By harnessing big data and their sizable traffic, domestic internet companies are becoming major players in high quality film and TV production.

China’s movie market, already the world’s second largest market after that in the U.S., is maintaining its robust growth. Box-office revenues are expected to surge 88% from US$3.13 billion in 2013 to US$5. 9 billion in 2018, according to report by PwC. Moreover, China’s more than 600 million internet users are becoming increasingly voracious online video consumers, especially via smartphone. Here are how Chinese tech companies are looking to exploit this growing market.

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Emma Lee

Emma Lee is Shanghai-based tech writer, covering startups and tech happenings in China and Asia in general. We are looking for stories related to tech and China. Reach her at lixin@technode.com.