Chinese online video sites start to partner with managed IPTV services

Chinese online video site Tencent has formed a cooperation with a subsidiary of Chine Network Television to bring streaming video content to the latter’s IPTV platform, according to reports in Taiwanese news portal Want China Times.

The report quotes Tencent CEO Pony Ma as saying that he expects managed IPTV to become the next emerging area for the Chinese Internet industry, and that the living room will become the next battleground for Internet firms.

China’s online video sites and IPTV services are undergoing a period of intense consolidation and growth: notable recent developments include news that major online video sites Youku and Tudou have signed a definitive agreement to merge their operations (more details here).

Meanwhile, a recent report from UK firm Point Topic (here) found that China is now the fastest-growing market in terms of IPTV subscribers, overtaking France and reaching in excess of 12mn subscribers.

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