As many have seen, the Netflix company is always growing and expanding to other countries. After all, who wouldn’t want endless amounts of movies and series to stream and help them procrastinate all day? Just recently, Netflix expanded to New Zealand and the whole movement was a big deal! Could Netflix really be coming to China?
This week, the Netflix company talked with multiple Chinese broadcasting companies about expanding to the massively populated Asian country, also known as, China. The talk of business is just in the beginning stage, but is a continued topic for Netflix and the Chinese broadcasting companies everyday. The vice president of BesTV New Media Co., a Chinese based broadcasting company in Shanghai was very eager to be in business with Netflix, along with other broadcasting companies, such as, Wasu Media Holding Co., but the country’s government has some main concerns.
America is not as strict on their censoring as many other countries are, such as China. The Chinese government does not want specific content, such as politics, sex, and violence to be openly exposed and become a part of the Chinese lifestyle. Government and other groups worry for such explicit content to be exposed, as they have worked so hard to keep certain online content censored and away, especially with their constantly changing and new online restrictions. The executive of Wasu said, “America’s content industry is very different from China’s.”
House of Cards, a popular series on Netflix, is already in China for two seasons. The breaking between the seasons allows the Chinese officials to be able to ban or censor materials so that it does not upset the government and the people who support the government. Sadly, due to the time breaking between episodes, this makes the people impatient and creates piracy before the officials can preview and agree on the show or not. China became the biggest piracy download country, all because of the House of Cards season 3.
Netflix can only hope they receive the green light to bring their content to China. The Netflix company has had many meetings with Chinese officials since January 2015, which is looking positive. Hopefully, by 2016, China will have open access to Netflix! Fingers crossed!