China Net TV Regulations Challenged

Television manufacturers and content providers are objecting to a requirement that they be licensed to provide non-broadcast services on Internet-capable sets.

In an unusual move, television manufacturers are posing a public challenge to one of China's most powerful regulators, attacking its monopoly on approving content. With Internet TV, they want to bypass the State Administration of Radio, Film, and Television (SARFT) and bring new life to TV sets through a wealth of non-broadcast video applications.