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Netflix buys in more from China

Tientsin MysticNetflix has deepened its ties with China’s streaming service iQiyi by ordering more Chinese originals for distribution.

The popular streaming service will now have rights to hit drama Tientsin Mystic (pictured) in all territories outside Hong Kong, Macau, Malaysia, Brunei and Singapore.

Television Broadcasts Limited will have rights in Hong Kong and Macau, with TV player Astro gaining rights in Malaysia and Brunei and StarHub for Singapore.

Netflix has also secured the rights to popular iQiyi crime series Burning Ice in Southeast Asia. Both shows will appear on the service at the start of 2018.

Last week, Netflix acquired its first Chinese drama, Day and Night, from Youku Tudou.

Netflix and iQiyi are already in business, with the Chinese streamer carrying a range of Netflix originals on its service.

“We are very pleased that iQIYI’s original content has been well received among international distributors,” said Chen Xiao, vice president of distribution at iQiyi.

“In future, we are looking forward to producing more high-quality shows and bringing them to the audience both locally and globally.”