US TV shows ordered off Chinese website

Chinese online video sites say authorities have ordered them to stop showing four popular American TV shows. (Reuters)

Chinese online video sites say authorities have ordered them to stop showing four popular American TV shows. (Reuters)

Chinese online video sites say authorities have ordered them to stop showing four popular American TV shows, including The Big Bang Theory and The Good Wife.

The move suggests government attention is intensifying on the online streaming industry, which is less regulated than state-controlled television.

A spokesperson for Youku said on Sunday that the online video streaming site had received notification not to show The Big Bang Theory, The Good Wife, NCIS and The Practice. She said the State Administration of Press, Publication, Radio, Film and Television didn't give a reason for its order.

A senior manager at another video streaming site said it received an order last week to "clean their website". – Sapa-AP

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