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Government Restrictions on Online Video Will Impede Smart TV but Benefit Content Providers in China

Published: 03 February 2015

ID: G00271967

Analyst(s): Roger Sheng


The Chinese government is tightening control and restricting the expansion of Internet video content providers into the TV market. This will impede smart TV's evolution as part of the connected home, but will provide more opportunities for authorized media service providers.

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  • Impacts


Impacts and Recommendations

  • OTT video device vendors will have to transfer their focus to other home entertainment devices putting them beyond the control of SARFT
  • Tightened copyright legislation means that approved content providers will be offered more commercial opportunities in the Chinese market
  • The development of smart TV platforms will bring service providers into conflict with the Chinese government

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