If you’re in mainland China, and you love to stream foreign programming, you’re life’s been getting harder lately. First off, Chinese regulators recently closed a loophole allowing companies to skirt the country’s requirement that no more than 30% of a platform’s streaming content come from abroad. (Programming that was imported physically – say, on a DVD – and then uploaded to streaming services was not counted in the tally. Now it is.) Perhaps more threateningly, the state’s top regulatory agency, the State Administration of Press, Publication, Radio, Film and Television, or SAPPRFT (rolls off the tongue, doesn’t it?) has banned 81 popular third party apps, many of which enable Chinese users to access foreign channels on their set-top boxes. Alibaba’s Tmall Box, which dominates the Chinese set-top box market, was among the first devices to have its access to the 81 apps blocked.
E! has opted not to renew The Royals. However, according to Deadline, the network’s only remaining scripted series is being shopped by its leading producing studio, Lionsgate TV, and talks are underway with Pop for a possible fifth season pickup.
HGTV picked up a second season of Boise Boys. The series delivered solid ratings in its freshman run, helping the network consistently rank as the #1 cable network among upscale women 25-54 in its Thursday 11p timeslot.
Big changes ahead for the Davis Cup. The ITF AGM today voted in favor of reforms to the Davis Cup by BNP Paribas designed to “secure the long-term status of the competition.” Starting next year, the competition will see 18 nations and the world’s best players compete in a week long season finale to crown […]
The quest for the College Football Playoff National Championship Trophy is literally getting animated, courtesy of a partnership between ESPN and Marvel that sees the launch of four comic book covers that feature school mascots facing off over Labor Day weekend. This will mark the fifth consecutive year that the two companies have teamed up […]
USA Network is not picking up Shooter for a fourth season. Currently in season three, the drama is averaging 471,000 viewers A18-49 and 1.5 million total viewers in Live+3 Nielsens. The show, based on the novel Point of Impact, has had its challenges, including a delayed debut prompted by real-life shootings, and a shortened second […]