China’s state-backed IPTV service was launched in Beijing last week with more than 1,000 hours of programmes per day. Construction of the IPTV network started in early 2009 and cost RMB200 million (USD29.3 million), revealed the State Administration of Radio, Film and Television on its web site. Shanghai Daily says that besides the new state network there are three notable regional government-run IPTV services in China: Shanghai Media Group’s Bbtv.cn, Hunan Province’s Eagle Broadcasting System’s Mango TV (tv.hunantv.com) and Hong Kong-based Phoenix TV’s IPTV Website V.ifeng.com.
Meanwhile, in separate but related news, Broadbandtvnews.com reports that China is set to roll out its proprietary mobile TV system, China Mobile Multimedia Broadcasting (CMMB), on a nationwide basis. The service will be made available to China seven largest regions first, with smaller regions to follow. Liu Tingjun, deputy general manager of CMMB operator China Satellite Mobile Broadcasting Corporation (CSMBC), stated that the country’s number of CMMB users exceeded one million last May, and by the end of 2010 the figure should grow to around ten million.