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Xiaomi’s US$1B for Digital Content, Poaches Online Media Guru Chen Tong [Updated]

“Content is king”, as they say, and even hardware manufacturers want in on it. Xiaomi, the Chinese smart hardware and internet service provider, announced this afternoon that it is allocating US$1 billion to digital content, especially online videos for the Xiaomi Smart TV and set-top box. The company has hired Chen Tong, editor-in-chief of Sina since […]

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In China’s Weirdly Regulated Connected TV Content Market, Xiaomi Set-top Box Lost Lawsuit against Content Right Holder LeTV

Last week Xiaomi lost lawsuit against LeTV over online video rights. It seems it has something to do with the fact that the two are direct competitors in smart TV and set-top boxes, but the dispute over video content aroused much discussion in China. LeTV accused Xiaomi of offering videos in Xiaomi Box, a set-top […]

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Chinese Online Video Solution Provider Xunlei, with Xiaomi as the Largest Shareholder, Refiles for US IPO

Chinese online video service and solution provider Xunlei Limited has resubmitted IPO prospectus to the US SEC, a little less than three years after the company’s first filing. (Update: The company will launch IPO on June 24 on the NASDAQ.) Founded in 2003, Xunlei’s video download and streaming services have been of the most popular in China. […]

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LeTV: From Online Video to Electric Vehicle

LeTV isn’t well-known in the West though it is one of the most famous tech companies in China in terms of business strategy and publicity. It was one of China’s first online video streaming services, online video rights resellers, original video content producers, independent smart TV/set-top box makers, and, most recently, electric vehicle manufacturer wannabes. […]

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Danmu So Popular On China’s Online Video Sites That It Enters The Cinema

On August 3, a cinema in Beijing rolled out a “danmu” service to accompany its film screening. The Chinese word “danmu” (or “danmaku” in Japanese) literally means “bullet curtain” and refers to a commentary sharing system in which viewers can plaster comments directly on top of an uploaded video. It was first popularized by Japanese ACG (animation, comic, […]

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24 million Internet-connected TV Sets Sold in China in 2013: iResearch Report

In 2013, 23.97 million Internet-connected TV sets were sold in China, according to the latest report released by Chinese research firm iResearch. The Internet-connected TV sets include both smart TVs installed with an operating system and traditional TVs that can get connected to Internet-enabled devices and display the contents from those devices. There have been a […]

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Qvod, the Chinese Video Service with a Special Business Model, was Pulled down, Thanks to Lawsuit Filed by Tencent

Qvod, or Kuaibo in Chinese, was recently sued for video rights infringement and is required to pay RMB260 million (roughly US$42mn) fine. What’s interesting is it turns out the lawsuit was filed by companies led by Tencent, the Chinese Internet giant based in the same city with Kuaibo, Shenzhen. Tencent is joined by Youku, LeTV and state-backed […]

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