Hi all. I've read several informative threads here on related topics of pros and cons of hosting behind the firewall or not. I'm thinking about a site primarily for mainland viewers and a large part of the site would feature user-generated video. I'm an American with a Chinese partner. One of my concerns is that as an American I might have problems if my site is "media" in the eyes of the Chinese officials. I suspect that if I host it in HK, I'll have great firewall problems similar to YouTube, which I believe remains blocked. Does anyone know whether I'd have problems or would have to put up 1 million RMB for the commercial ICP license? Does anyone know whether YouKu or the other video sites will host videos that I could embed in my pages similar to YouTube or other western video sites? Thx, Jon
Thanks for the quick reply. I definitely want to be close. I hope it's feasible. The cost of a commercial ICP license could be a dealbreaker. I'm hoping to off load video storage to a video sharing site such as YouKu and hoping that resolves any question of needing a commercial license. My partner is going through official channels. I thought I'd try posting here. I'm also checking with my cousin who has a software company in Shanghai. I can update the thread when I find out anything if anyone else is interested in the video questions.