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China Likely to Launch Quotas for Foreign TV Show Offered Online

The HollywoodReporter -The Chinese government is likely to impose quotas on foreign televisionprograms shown on video websites reports China Daily.

The State Administration of Press, Publication, Radio, Film andTelevision (SARFT) has long been rumored to be considering applying its quotasystem for imported movies to TV shows, and now it looks like these plans willbecome policy according to Chinese media reports cited by China Daily.

If the policy does become reality then video websites like YoukuTudou, Tencent and Sohu will be allowed a limited number of licenses foroverseas television shows per year, which could severely impact traffic numbersfor Chinese video sites that have come to rely on legal and illegal videos ofpopular American shows.

Recently, Chinese video website companies have sought to secureexclusive license deals with U.S. TV shows. Sohu snapped up House of Cards, TheBig Bang Theory, Saturday Night Live and The Ellen DeGeneres Show. China Dailyreported that 20 percent of Sohu's website traffic was down to U.S. TV shows.

Youku Tudou has signed exclusive deals with a number of Koreantelevision shows that will air on Tudou.com.

The Chinese government is cracking down on imported content on thecountry's most popular websites, with officials concerned with the morality ofsome U.S. shows in particular. In April, SARFT ordered shows such as The GoodWife, NCIS and The Practice to be taken down from Chinese video sites. In July,SARFT threatened to revoke the licenses of seven Internet-TV companies if thecontent streamed on their networks breached the country's strict censorshiplaws.