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  • 28 April 2014, 12:06

China Bans Four US TV Shows On Streaming Sites

Authorities in China have banned online video sites from showing popular American TV shows as it tightens regulations on streaming services.

The Big Bang Theory, The Good Wife, NCIS and The Practice have all been removed from sites including Youku.com and letv.com.

A spokeswoman for Youku said on Sunday that the State Administration of Press, Publication, Radio, Film and Television (SAPPRFT) did not give a reason for the order.

A senior manager at another streaming site told the Associated Press it received the order last week to "clean their website".

The website Sohu was also reportedly told to remove a slapstick mini-series it created.

In January, SAPPRFT issued new rules requiring video-sharing sites to censor some content and end the posting of short videos under pseudonyms, the South China Morning Post reported.

Broadcasters in China have had strict regulations about showing Western content, but until recently the rules were not as strict for online streaming sites.

Shows including The Walking Dead and House of Cards have been viewed millions of times.

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