In their continuing mission to remove everything fun from the internet, Chinese censors have instituted tougher regulations on foreign TV shows available through video-streaming sites, China Daily announced today.
This is just the latest attack in China’s war against the immorality of overseas programming, and this move promises to be especially annoying for people trying to avoid spoilers, according to China Daily:
The regulations, released by the State Administration of Press, Publication, Radio, Film and Television, said all foreign TV shows and movies must have permits and be reviewed by TV watchdogs before being made available for viewing online, which means that Chinese audiences will have to wait to watch the shows and will not be able to follow them simultaneously with fans overseas.
China Daily also reported that while there has not yet been any public comment from any big online video sites (wouldn’t hold your breath), anonymously, they are a bit concerned and startled by “copyrights” whatever those are.
“It raised our concern about copyrights, which may lead to a loss of users,” said an insider from a popular online streaming site who talked only under condition of anonymity, adding that they raised concerns at a recent hearing with the administration.
The insider went on to say that since foreign TV shows make up less than 5 percent of their content, their site will be fine. But the regulation has generated considerable interest throughout the social media world, becoming one of the most discussed topics on Sina Weibo. Millions of Chinese faithfully follow foreign TV shows, as this timely Guardian articles reports, and it is potentially big business.
This all doesn’t sit well with Chinese TV watchdogs who censored morally harmful American shows like The Big Bang Theory and NCIS back in April, and now seem to be setting their sights on more foreign filth.
by Alex Linder