Youku Tudou


Alibaba offers $4.6bn to buy streaming platform

Chinese e-commerce conglom Alibaba Group is to buy out video streaming site Youku Tudou for US$4.6 billion. Alibaba currently has an 18.3% stake in the business, but is planning on buying the rest for US$26.60 per American depository share in an all-cash deal. The price set out in a proposal letter to shareholders of the […]

Alibaba plans ‘Netflix-style’ service

E-commerce giant Alibaba is to launch a streaming service that will “redefine home entertainment” in China. Tmall Box Office, or TBO, will be a Netflix-style SVOD service that’s penciled in to launch in the next two months. “Our mission, the mission of all of Alibaba, is to redefine home entertainment,” said Patrik Liu, president of […]

Content costs up as Youku Tudou preps originals

Programming costs at Chinese on-demand platform Youku Tudou have risen 11% as the firm gears up its original TV drama and digital content division Heyi Studios. Spend on programming was RMB602.9 million (US$97.2 million) in the fourth quarter of 2014, representing 48% of net revenues as compared to 39% for the same period a year before. This comes […]

Chinese video platform takes Voice Kids rights

Chinese online video platform Youku Tudou has acquired rights to remake John de Mol’s format The Voice Kids. This is the second major international format de Mol created that Youku Tudou is remaking, after it took rights to make a Chinese version of Endemol’s flagship show Big Brother. Youku Tudou has taken the exclusive remake […]

Chinese Big Brother for VOD platform

Online video platform Youku Tudou has commissioned China’s first ever version of Endemol’s flagship format Big Brother. Youku Tudou and a new Endemol Asia unit, Endemol China, are collaborating on a ten-week series, Big Brother China. The series will go into production shortly ahead of an early 2015 launch. Youku Tudou, which formed out the […]

FremantleMedia, Sony plan pan-Asian Got Talent

FremantleMedia and Sony Pictures Television Networks have partnered to create a pan-Asian version of singing reality format Got Talent. Asia’s Got Talent will debut early next year on SPT Networks’ English-language entertainment channel AXN across 20 territories in the region. FremantleMedia has also secured deals with local free-to-air channels in Thailand, Indonesia and India to […]

Lionsgate, e-commerce giant create China streaming service

US media group Lionsgate has linked with Chinese e-commerce behemoth Alibaba Group to launch a subscription streaming service. Lionsgate Entertainment World (LGEW) will be an SVOD service for the lucrative mainland China market available through Alibaba’s latest generation set-top boxes. Lionsgate and Alibaba will jointly operate LGEW, which will offer Lionsgate shows such as upcoming […]

Youku Tudou unveils major original series push

Chinese on-demand service Youku Tudou is to launch more than 20 original series, including dramas, this year. The shows are coming through the platform’s in-house production unit and be released throughout this year. The slate includes reality series, talk shows and dramas. The first, internet reality series Searching Divas, launched earlier this month and took […]

China takes US series off streaming sites

Chinese authorities have ordered The Big Bang Theory, The Good Wife (pictured), NCIS and The Practice be removed from the country’s streaming services despite these platforms having legitimately licensed them, according to state newspaper Beijing Daily. Chinese regulators have had the series removed as part of an effort to have greater control of the online […]

Youku Tudou content boss to open ATF

Sunny Xiangyang Zhu, chief content officer at China’s equivalent of YouTube, will give the opening keynote at this year’s Asia Television Forum. Zhu was upped to content boss earlier this year and heads up all of Youku Tudou’s acquisition, licensing and production efforts. In his ATF address, which has the title ‘Changing The Future of […]