Chinese government attacks online TV stations

January 4, 2007 at 1:55 pm 2 comments

James (MindShare regional, Singapore) writes:

According to Danwei’s article SARFT clamps down on “online TV stations” the State Administration of Radio, Film and TV (SARFT) released an announcement on December 25, calling on a handful of online TV stations to cease and desist:

“The notice does not seem to be aimed at video sharing websites, but at websites that brand themselves as TV stations, showing their own content as well as pirated programs.

Several such websites are named in the SARFT notice. Most of them have logos that look like official Chinese TV stations and offer news as well as lifestyle programs. SARFT is outraged to the point of lashing the notice with People’s Daily style quote marks for the names and products of these upstart “online TV stations”.

Despite the threats about fines and punishments in the SARFT notice, as of today all the websites mentioned are still online. “

I pity the government official responsible for defining what IS an online TV station and what isn’t. In the world of fast-emerging hybrid formats, the blurry line is endlessly shifting.

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2 Comments Add your own

  • 1. Charles Frith  |  January 4, 2007 at 4:54 pm

    The implications of this are astonishing. I really don’t know if Google buried a principle when they went into China or what way it will work out, but news like this is exactly the kind of thing that makes me want to think they know more about the internet than the Chinese Government.

    Great post. 🙂

    Reply
  • 2. James Chadwick  |  January 5, 2007 at 6:37 am

    Cheers Charles – I notice you’re based in Thailand.

    How do you think this would play out in Thailand?

    Reply

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