Headlines from China: ByteDance Streams Huanxi’s ‘Crazy Alien’ Exclusively for Free

ByteDance Streams Huanxi’s ‘Crazy Alien’ Exclusively for Free

After streaming the Chinese New Year film Lost in Russia for free, ByteDance has added another 13 films to its online streaming lineup, including the 2019 Chinese New Year release Crazy Alien. Audiences now can watch these titles for free on ByteDance’s multiple streaming platforms, such as Douyin, Toutiao, Huoshan, Xigua Video, and smart TV Wasu Fresh Time. Previously, the Ning Hao film was only available on Huanxi’s own streaming service for paying members. Other titles include Detective Chinatown, Goodbye Mr. Loser, Monster Hunt 2, The Mermaid, Never Say Die, Lost on Journey, Lost in Hong Kong, Breakup Buddies, City of Rock, Journey to the West: The Demons Strike Back, From Vegas to Macau III, and Top Funny Comedian: The Movie. Read more on TechWeb

China Cuts Entertainment Shows Amid the Coronavirus Outbreak

In order to add more news and informational content about the coronavirus outbreak, China’s National Radio and Television Administration said in a statement on January 28 that the administration will coordinate Chinese satellite TV channels to arrange daily content. According to the statement, satellite TV channels would add more content related to the coronavirus outbreak and reduce the amount of entertainment shows. The administration also released all-day programming guides to 36 satellite TV channels. Provincial satellite channels, including Hubei, Hunan, Zhejiang, Anhui, Chongqing, have launched their own live TV news and special programs to report the outbreak. Hunan TV and Zhejiang TV have already canceled popular entertainment shows that were set to broadcast during the Chinese New Year holidays. Read more on Xinhua