Date
11 December 2017
The State Administration of Press, Publication, Radio, Film and Television wants makers of internet TV set-top boxes to pull the plug on some third-party apps. Photo: Bloomberg
The State Administration of Press, Publication, Radio, Film and Television wants makers of internet TV set-top boxes to pull the plug on some third-party apps. Photo: Bloomberg

Regulator orders apps scrubbed from iTV boxes

Mainland regulators have ordered several makers of internet TV set-top boxes to pull the plug on apps that let users of the devices download illegal and “politically harmful” video software, industry news portal lmtw.com reported Tuesday.

The Tmall MagicBox developed by Wasu Media and Alibaba and BesTV’s Xiaohong model were singled out for attention in a statement from the State Administration of Press, Publication, Radio, Film and Television in mid-June, the report said.

The MagicBox provides software that gives users access to video content on iQiyi, Sohu and Youku as well as some web browsing software, the administration said.

“All these TV set-top boxes have provided technical support and channels for spreading politically harmful, obscene and vulgar content or programs that seriously violate intellectual property rights. And they have also offered access to overseas TV dramas and obscene movies,” it said.

The named companies will have to remedy the situation before they can launch any new internet TV terminal products.

Wasu Media confirmed that it had been notified by the regulator, and promised to comply with the order. “We strongly support the move and will help ensure content safety on internet TV by limiting the download of third-party apps to customer terminals,” it said.

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