| 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.
| 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.
| 4:15 pm on Jan 7, 2010 (gmt 0)|
yeah, well video sharing sites aren't all about pirated music videos and clips from "Britain's Got Talent". Chinese home-grown content will do well at Baidu. Great strategic move for them.
| 5:58 pm on Jan 7, 2010 (gmt 0)|
Baidu has done a great job of "Knowing their market" in a way that Google can't seem to grasp.
China is it's own little world (actually, big world consider it's 1/4 of the world pop), Baidu just needs to understand that corner of the world, and it keeps on being successful.
| 7:17 am on Jan 9, 2010 (gmt 0)|
Now in China, many big internet companies want to set up video sites similar to HULU.
Video sites like youtube (UGC) are facing many difficulties in China right now.