Highlights from Dragon TV New Year Concert 2013-2014

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The New Year concert on Dragon TV 东方卫视, Shanghai based television channel, is another must watch concert. The show featured Chinese Idol contestants, Han Hong 韩红, actor/singer/judge Huang Xiaoming 黄晓明 PKing singer/actor/MC Show Luo 罗志祥. Also in attendance is Taiwanese girl idol women musical group S.H.E, going into their 13th year together and still going strong even as married women (Ella 陈嘉桦 and Selina 任家萱). It wouldn’t be a party without some pretty faces – representing the girls is Shanghai based theater girl group SNH48, and representing the dudes is SM boybands Super Junior-M and EXO-M. The concert also featured special performances from Richie Ren 任贤齐 and Jonathan Lee 李宗盛.

As if that’s not enough incentive to watch the show, just look at this 3D (4D?) light show during the new year countdown!! The full new year concert is available on the official Dragon TV affiliated youtube channel in three parts here, here, and here.


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Five Channels to Broadcast in HD in Two Weeks

I don’t have much time right now so I thought I’d put up some straightforward industry news that probably won’t make me feel compelled to reply to comments etc. I like all these channels (not sure about CCTV-1) and if I had to pick five I wanted in HD these would be it. The one I can think of that I would like off the top of my head added to the list, is CCTV-5. I want to see hot atheletes in HD ^^.

SARFT: Five Channels to Begin HD Simulcasting

Sina Tech, 8/11/09

China’s State Administration of Radio, Film and Television (SARFT) has revealed that CCTV-1, Beijing Satellite TV, Shanghai’s Dragon TV, Jiangsu Satellite TV and Hunan Satellite TV will begin simulcasting of standard definition and high-definition programming on September 28. The two broadcasts will feature identical content, and the stations will not be permitted to charge additional fees for the addition of the high-definition services.

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Be Happy, Be Chinese – Hunan TV and the decentralization of Chinese TV

On the 20th, Hunan TV will launch its global channel with the logo, Be Happy, Be Chinese."
On the 20th, Hunan TV will launch its global channel with the logo, Be Happy, Be Chinese a continuation of its Happy China slogan

8 PM, Beijing Time. Xin Wen Lian Bo blares across every local and national TV station in China. For years, China has had one centralized new source for everything – Xinhua in print and CCTV on TV. While local stations are mostly allowed freedom, at 8:00pm everyday, all channels are required to show CCTV’s daily news report. But perhaps not for long. Last year, Hunan TV appealed to SARFT, China’s governmental media agency, to be allowed to broadcast its own news report rather than that of CCTV’s. Or so it was rumored. Despite the falsehood of this rumor, the fact that people believed it showed how much Hunan TV’s prestige has risen. This is only one sign of the recent decentralization of Chinese media sources, especially in the rise of local channels in popularity as interest in the state media declined.

These local channels, spearheaded by Hunan TV, although still mostly state-owned stations, lack the formalities of CCTV and are allowed to be more creative.

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New Years All Across China and Taiwan

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The fearless Jane Zhang

Thanks to Bluelily for making a new banner for January!

So this is a little late, but I tried to wait to see if I could find any videos of certain people I liked but that didn’t happen. Chinese people need to support Chinese artists and put up HQ videos. Seriously. I have little time on my hands so what I have here are mostly vids that others bothered to put up.

China is really way too big . There were too many choices this year. CCTV, the main national channel had its own New Years shindig targeted toward the elderly demographic. In addition to this Jiangsu, Hunan, Zhejiang, and Dragon TV were four of the bigger stations vying for the younger viewers. There were also lots of smaller stations. I feel sorry for Americans, who only have parades to watch for their big holidays.

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Xue Zhiqian invited to Japan’s Osaka Asia music festival by Shinji Tanimura

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Shinji Tanimura and Jacky Xue Zhiqian

I have to say, even though any sort of Asian collaboration makes me a little bit hopeful for the future of Asia, I love seeing Japanese-Chinese collabs a little bit more, because usually they are not motivated by money as much as say Korean-Chinese collabs. Never is this more apparent than at the Osaka Asia music Festival, under the direction of “Japanese music godfather” Shinji Tanimura, who also wanted to use it to collect for the 512 Sichuan Earthquake.

However the reason that idol singer Xue Zhiqian was invited was a very simple one: Shinji recently heard the melancholy ‘Zhong Guo Feng’ song, “Chuan Shuo”, or “Legend” which he liked very much, saying it was a hard to come across, excellent song. Xue was very moved at this, and said he hope to keep correspondence with Shinji.

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Dragon TV celebrates its 5th anniversary

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This is a photoshoot that was taken maybe a week ago to celebrate the 5th anniversary of Dragon TV, a popular channel in China, though not as popular as Hunan TV. The shoot features stars that acheived their fame through Dragon TV, so if you don’t follow Chinese tv then you’ll know nobody in here, but there’s My Hero’s Pu Bajia, Song Xiaobo, and Qin Yanshi and My Show’s Xue Zhiqian. And also some old people I don’t know. I never got around to putting it up because I was busy, but was reminded when they held their event for this. I liked the photoshoot because it was rather trippy, something like Anne Lebowitz would do and something I hope to see more of in Chinese photoshoots. Also I’m always happy seeing Song Xiaobo in anything. Click on the gallery for pics, and under the cut are a few (emphasis on few) pics of people at the premiere, which included Ma Tianyu, Zhang Junning and BOBO. You can watch the entire show/celebration with me.

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