Baidu-owned iQIYI, widely regarded as a Netflix of China, has announced that it secured exclusive online broadcasting rights in China for six films nominated by this year’s Golden Globe Awards, including the acclaimed “Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri” and “The Shape of Water.”

This means film buffs will not be able to watch these films through the other Chinese video platforms such as Alibaba’s Youku-Tudou and Tencent Video. The video streaming sector in China has become hotly contested as players clamor to squeeze out competitors with big checks for exclusive rights, patents, as well as original productions.

Earlier this year iQIYI also picked up exclusive China rights to “La La Land” and “Moonlight”, two clear favorites among the film critics in 2016.

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Rita Liao

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