Chinese OTT operators’ local agents to be barred

STRICTER STANDARDS: A draft act was prepared to regulate the growing OTT industry, not just to target Chinese operators, NCC spokesman Wong Po-tsung said

Taipei Times
Date: Aug 20, 2020
By: Shelley Shan / Staff reporter

Taiwanese distributors representing iQiyi (愛奇藝) or other Chinese over-the-top (OTT) services would be barred from operating in the nation when the Ministry of Economic Affairs’ proposed changes to the list of businesses that are off limits to Chinese investors take effect on Sept. 3, the National Communications Commission (NCC) said yesterday.

The list, which was announced by the ministry on Tuesday, bans Taiwanese companies from serving as agents or offering retail or other intermediary services to Chinese individuals, judicial persons or OTT service providers in Taiwan.

On Monday, the ministry also announced that it would adopt stricter standards to define companies funded by Chinese investors.

However, the NCC last week announced that it would hold the first public hearing on Sept. 3 on a draft Internet audiovisual service management act, which would specifically regulate OTT services.    [FULL  STORY]

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