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Topic # 129318 10-Sep-2013 16:37
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http://film.qq.com/

Looks like the Chinese company Tencent has signed with Holiwood to stream movies.

So the more priracy you have the better your streaming options?

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  Reply # 894116 11-Sep-2013 10:34
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Is it legal? Just because they list the movies doesn't mean it's legal.

do you have a press release or FAQ page with more information? Otherwise it just looks like another pirate site to me.




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  Reply # 894126 11-Sep-2013 10:44
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qq.com is a huge IM system in China, I'd doubt theyd risk it all by having a dodgy movie service... but in saying that, looking at the movie titles....  seems odd.





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  Reply # 894174 11-Sep-2013 11:51
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paradoxically your statement above is kind of true.

IIRC, Microsoft used to sell XP at a massive discount in some SE Asian countries where piracy rates were above 90%. I guess the thinking was some money is better than none.

Don't know if that is still the case.

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  Reply # 894189 11-Sep-2013 12:03
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According to ChinaDaily USA, QQ have signed a deal with Warner Bros, Universal, Miramax and Lionsgate. QQ are pretty huge in China, so yeah, as above, I'm not sure they'd throw their business away on a piracy whim.




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  Reply # 894329 11-Sep-2013 15:53
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Probably should have included this as referance, The parent company of qq is Tencent

http://www.pastemagazine.com/articles/2013/09/chinese-internet-company-tencent-signs-streaming-d.html

Had a quick play and it streams ok with chinese sub titles, uses a flash player, you need to pay of course to get more than a ~2 min preview of each movie

Weirdly you can't access it from Hong Kong only mainland China

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  Reply # 894343 11-Sep-2013 16:24
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killerkiwinz: http://film.qq.com/

Looks like the Chinese company Tencent has signed with Holiwood to stream movies.

So the more priracy you have the better your streaming options?


correlation does not equal causation.

or maybe the fact that China has 1.5bn people has something to do with the viability of a streaming service AND the levels of piracy



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  Reply # 894614 12-Sep-2013 09:20
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NonprayingMantis:
killerkiwinz: http://film.qq.com/

Looks like the Chinese company Tencent has signed with Holiwood to stream movies.

So the more priracy you have the better your streaming options?


correlation does not equal causation.

or maybe the fact that China has 1.5bn people has something to do with the viability of a streaming service AND the levels of piracy


You really believe that?... there's 5.5 billion people in the rest of the world who cant access this service due to region locking... I guess they don't count

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  Reply # 894618 12-Sep-2013 09:27
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killerkiwinz:
NonprayingMantis:
killerkiwinz: http://film.qq.com/

Looks like the Chinese company Tencent has signed with Holiwood to stream movies.

So the more priracy you have the better your streaming options?


correlation does not equal causation.

or maybe the fact that China has 1.5bn people has something to do with the viability of a streaming service AND the levels of piracy


You really believe that?... there's 5.5 billion people in the rest of the world who cant access this service due to region locking... I guess they don't count


uh, right,  the 5.5bn other people are separated into multiple regions of smaller clumps of people, hence why it is harder to make streaming services work there since they require decent levels of scale. Scale that is easily available in China but harder to get in other, much smaller, countries

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  Reply # 894630 12-Sep-2013 09:47
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killerkiwinz: 

You really believe that?... there's 5.5 billion people in the rest of the world who cant access this service due to region locking... I guess they don't count


The other 5.5billion are not in a single country, which has limited theatrical releases of major western motion pictures, thus allowing this sort of streaming in many other markets would impact box office takings, but in China, it's less likely to. It's far more practical to come to a distribution / rights agreement for a single country which currently has limited access to the product, than it is to try and come to the same agreement with 124 different countries, many of whom already have the product distributed in multiple ways. I don't think you really have any idea how these sorts of agreements work, or the reasons why companies use geographic restrictions on content.




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  Reply # 894662 12-Sep-2013 10:44
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This makes sense, DVDs have been released early in countries like Russia for years now to combat widespread bootlegging and China is now the largest source of illicit DVD/Blu-ray content.

The hilarious thing is, of course, that the moment these are available on Chinese fibre they are capped and spread across the internet like the rest of the illicit content is.

One day someone will make a film industry executive realise that the internet cannot successfully be split into geographic regions and milked separately.

Having said that, ~NZ$4 a month will get you (thanks Google translate):

-Cinema synchronous
-Updated daily
-Mobile device support
-Advertising free
-High definition

I would pay ten or even twenty times that price for a similar service here. Oh, well. I'll continue to ignore their business model until regional licencing issues are sorted and I can just enjoy the content I want, when I want it and at a fair price.

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  Reply # 894746 12-Sep-2013 13:31
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1080p: Oh, well. I'll continue to ignore their business model until regional licencing issues are sorted and I can just enjoy the content I want, when I want it and at a fair price.

 

Add 'how I want'. No silly DRM locked files, no having to download the same file twice to watch it twice (streaming). Full transcoding and backup rights.

And allow people to directly finance tv shows/movies they're interested in, get rid of the pesky studio execs.


Anyway, I'll keep dreaming.

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