Cina’s online video streaming is booming with the user base expanding to 514 million, creating unprecedented business opportunities, an industry report said today. As of June, the number of streaming service users reached 514 million, accounting for 72.4% of China’s Internet population, according to the 2016 China Online Streaming Development Study Report, released by China Netcasting Services Association (CNSA). Also Read - Internet down: Zomato, Paytm, Disney+ Hotstar, Amazon, Myntra, many other global services suffered massive outage
The association was set up in 2011 and published its first report in 2015. The 2016 report says watching video online has become the primary form of online entertainment in China, followed by online gaming and reading literature, state-run Xinhua news agency reported today. It also shows 35.5 percent of streaming users paid for content this year, rising 18.5 percentage points year-on-year. Also Read - Mobile internet services suspended on Delhi borders till February 2
It is the fastest annual growth in recent years. Most of the paid users are monthly subscribers. Zhou Jie, deputy secretary of the CNSA, said the trend suggests good commercial potential of the sector. China’s online video market was valued at 24.3 billion yuan ($3.5 billion) in 2015, according to independent Chinese data company Analysis. The three major market players are Youku, iQIYI, and Tencent, all offering video-sharing services, as well as self-made programs, user generated dramas, reality shows and live streaming.
Zhou said competition in content creation and video patents have intensified between the companies as China strengthened intellectual property protection in recent years.