Video-streaming sites in China under scrutiny

Last Thursday, the Beijing News daily reported that [The State Administration of Press, Publication, Radio, Film & Television] called a meeting with several streaming site operators and ordered them to remove apps that viewers can download through TV sets to access their contents. Sarft has not given a clear reason for tightening control over video-streaming sites though analysts cite reasons, such as protecting traditional television stations. […] China’s video-streaming sites have grown rapidly in recent years at the expense of television stations, constrained by tight control and unclear rules that result in shows that many viewers find unappealing. Online sites require a government licence to operate but are largely left to self-regulate their content. The online-video viewer population, which now accounts for about 80 per cent of the 632 million Internet users in China, is forecast to grow to around 700 million by 2016, according to iResearch, which tracks the industry. – Kor Kian Beng & Carol Feng,The Straits Times via AsiaOne