China’s Movie Streaming Sites Are Going Legit

By Robert Cain

Slowly, steadily, China’s movie streaming sites are going legit. Small dollars/yuan now, but the potential business opportunity is exciting for filmmakers everywhere.

Youku, Tudou, and M1905, among other Chinese content sites, have begun paying for the right to stream movies to their users. It’s an encouraging trend that could signal the beginnings of a shift away from video piracy in China.

Rob Cain is a film producer and entertainment consultant who has been doing business in China since 1987. He can be contacted at


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