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China explores new ways to control video-streaming websites

New regulations being considered by China’s censorship authority would allow a select list of [State-Owned Enterprises]’s to buy “special management stakes” of up to 10 percent in the country’s popular video streaming websites, giving them the right to oversee production and decision making, respected business magazine Caixin reported. The Chinese-language report was later removed from Caixin’s own website, although the text was widely reposted elsewhere. – AFP News Agency via The Japan Times

China removes gay high school drama from streaming sites

Addicted – a 15-episode series about a gay high school couple – vanished from the internet without warning on Monday (February 22), leaving angry fans in the country unable to watch the last three episodes. […] Addiction’s writer and producer – who uses the pseudonym Chaijidan – said filming for the second season would “not be impacted” by the ban. The show’s weibo.com account said the final three episodes would be available on YouTube – another site blocked in China. – Joe Williams, PinkNews

‘Big Bang Theory’ Back on Air in China Under New Regulations

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“The Big Bang Theory” is poised to become the first U.S. television series to play on China’s online video platforms under the country’s new content rules. The eighth season of the show is set to air on tv.sohu […] SARFT has put new limits on the number of imported shows that can be aired on China’s video platforms. It also requires every episode of a series to pass censorship before it can go to air. That limits the ability of the platforms to release episodes on a day and date basis in parallel with their overseas broadcast. – Patrick Frater, Variety

Why the Chinese government doesn’t want its people watching “The Big Bang Theory”

[SAPPRFT]’s actions represent a sharp shift in China’s relations with the American entertainment industry. Three years ago, it seemed, Beijing was starting to make nice with Hollywood, as pirated content was removed from the web. Western studios were soon raking in $100 million a year through licensing deals with streaming platforms like Youku Tudou, Tencent Video, and Sohu. Now some fear the rapprochement is over. – Scott Cendrowski, Fortune Magazine
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China bans sex, murder and ghosts from TV streaming services

US streaming sites such as Netflix and Amazon.com are unavailable in China due to the country’s firewall. However, local sites such as Sohu, which recently saw Netflix’s salacious political drama House of Cards find a niche audience, would be expect to suffer under the effects of the ban. In a statement to content providers, authorities also demanded the removal of content featuring depictions of sexual abuse, rape, polyamorous relationships, necrophilia, prostitution and masturbation. Violent murder, suicides, drug use and gambling were also among the subjects banned via the State Administration of Press, Publication, Radio, Film and Television (SAPPRFT) circular, as well as instances of pornography. […] In April, China launched a government campaign against pornography and vulgar content titled “Cleaning the Web 2014”, which has so far seen the closing of 110 websites. Chinese stars with a history of drug use or involvement with prostitution have also been banned from appearing on film or television. – Ben Child,The Guardian
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