Don’t expect to stream some of your favorite shows in China. Actually, nix Netflix from your plans altogether.
The video-streaming service is currently blocked from Chinese IP addresses. Instead, Chinese people must go to Chinese-owned streaming sites like Sohu TV, iQiyi and Youku.
Back in 2014, Chinese government regulators also yanked some popular American TV shows off Chinese streaming services, including “NCIS,” “Big Bang Theory” and “The Good Wife.” The decision, which caused an uproar from TV fans, was never explained and seemed arbitrary, especially since far more salacious shows like “House of Cards” remained available to watch.
TV programs and other entertainment in China are regulated by the State Administration of Press, Publication, Radio, Film and Television. The administration has made other unpopular decisions, like banning reality television shows from featuring children of celebrities. The ban caused the cancellation of a popular Chinese reality show called “Where Are We Going, Dad?”