China halts IPTV operator over license

A few weeks after the Chinese government expressed wishes to see an acceleration of integration activities among the telecom, TV and Internet sectors, the government's broadcast authority has shut down the service of IPTV operator Guangxi Telecom, a unit of China Telecom, for not having a broadcast license.

The service launched only recently and had been growing rapidly, according to media reports. A story in The Hollywood Reporter says that at least four licenses from three different government groups are necessary to operate an IPTV offering in China.
 
The government has not made clear when and how it expects the telecom-TV-Internet integration to accelerate.

For more:
- The Hollywood Reporter has this story

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