Here’s our full list of Alibaba’s investments and acquisitions so far this year, according to ITJuzi’s database and our own archives.
The Youtube of China? The Netflix of China? The Hulu of China? Youku, China’s biggest web streaming video service defies simple description as it offers features that resemble all of the aforementioned services. Once a haven of piracy, now it’s a very deep library of user-generated content, licensed movies and TV shows, and its own original content. But it faces challenges from competitors as the video market consolidates and goes mobile at the same time.
Youku Tudou, one of China’s biggest online video portals, today revealed its first ever hardware products. They include a wifi router, set-top box, and Android tablet.
Xiaomi has gotten a license to enter the virtual telecom game. Could it be the company to bring a spark of life back into that dying experiment?
Xiaomi has confirmed it will invest US$300 million in Baidu-backed online video portal iQiyi for an undisclosed stake in the company.
The dollar amount and size of the stake were not disclosed, but the companies said the deal will take place on the open market.
China’s version of Big Brother, the popular reality show series, arrives in 2015 - but only online.
One Chinese video site will get around the quota on imported TV series by creating its own foreign-language content.
Quixey, the search engine for apps that Alibaba invested $50 million into, has partnered with the Chinese ecommerce titan to launch deep mobile search in China.
Alibaba invested in or bought outright multiple companies, spending so much money that some have referred to 2014 thus far as Alibaba's "bachelor party."
This will result in the effective banning of some foreign TV series in China, leaving viewers to go back to the old days of pirating their favorite shows.
Youku says Heyi Films will produce films "to the tastes of the Chinese audience" and "improve film marketing and distribution."
Youku reached 500 million monthly unique visitors for the first time, the company said today in its Q2 2014 earnings report.
Youku CEO Victor Koo and OnePlus founder Pete Lau have already completed the challenge and kicked off the trend among the other Chinese tech CEOs.
China has a new, video-based online learning site that’s different to other startups in this burgeoning sector.
Beyond the big screen, China's internet giants lie in wait as dominant future avenues to reach audiences, and they're all hungry for original content.
In China, some of the biggest tech companies still aren't turning profits, instead emphasizing investments, R&D, marketing, and, of course, user acquisition.
If you include external sites where the Youku player was embedded, a whopping 10 million people watched Smartisan founder Luo Yonghao introduce the T1 to the world.