Msg#: 4055515 posted 10:02 pm on Jan 6, 2010 (gmt 0)
Baidu announced on Wednesday that it is creating an independent company to offer premium online videos to Chinese Internet users. The new entity is designed to work with content providers to supply copyrighted material, including movies, TV shows, sports, and animation, and it will generate its revenue through advertisements.
Msg#: 4055515 posted 8:49 am on Jan 7, 2010 (gmt 0)
The Register had a tounge-in-cheek headline: Baidu launches (legal) online video company [theregister.co.uk]. I think a lot of people outside China have a somewhat skewed image of Baidu and its media offerings after some well publicized run ins with copyright holders.
Google's YouTube is often blocked in China, so they won't have a strong leg to stand on when competing with Baidu in the video market in China. This is a big move ahead for Baidu in the China market.
Msg#: 4055515 posted 1:39 pm on Jan 7, 2010 (gmt 0)
Google's YouTube is often blocked in China...
I was thinking along the same lines.
But... What western studio/distributor is going to sign with Baidu for content distribution? As you also mentioned, they don't have a great track record for dealing with copyright holders. And China's legal system is, "unpredictable", to put it mildly.