Most Popular Cdramas Online from 2009 Onward

When judging the popularity of television dramas, the go-to statistic has always been the drama’s ratings (收视率). Also known as audience measurement or television viewership, a drama’s ratings show how many people tuned in — the higher the number, the more people turned on their TVs to catch the latest episode.

With the rapid development of new media, however, ratings can no longer illustrate the entire picture when it comes to drama popularity. More and more, people are turning to online streaming or downloading in order to get their drama fix, which means a shift in criteria may be necessary.

Recently, Sina published a list of findings from Vlinkage, a Shanghai-based consulting company that monitors data regarding videos and new media in China. Founded in 2012, Vlinkage has amassed what they call China’s most complete information database on actors, movies, and TV dramas, which they then use to evaluate the entertainment market.

In their article, Vlinkage lists 48 dramas that have received more than 1 billion views online. To put this in perspective, that’s how many views Psy‘s “Gangnam Style” MV reached on YouTube five months after it was uploaded. That’s one video. This is 48 dramas, and the one topping the list has almost 7 billion views.

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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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Mystery singer duets with Aska Yang

My Sun ft Aska Yang:

Cong Haonan, the mystery Huayi singer mentioned earlier, released a MV with Aska Yang this week. Cong Haonan comes from Jiangsu TV’s singing competition Jue Dui Chang Xiang. This year, Jue Dui Chang Xiang is endorsed by Sprite, Gold Typhoon and Jay Chou, which makes it the safer alternative to those suffering from the eeMedia scare caused by Chen Chusheng and He JieZhou Junwu as well as for the males aren’t brave enough to dress up as girls to compete in Super Girls.

Cong Haonan is also affiliated with the Sichuan Conservatory of Music (along with Ma Xueyang, Alan, Li Yuchun,Tan Weiwei, He Jie, Wei Chen, etc.). Actually, half of the top eight of Jue Dui Chang Xiang were from there. Jue Dui Chang Xiang also manages to get around SARFT rules by bring back the top 10 for a separate show after they’ve signed with companies. The new show is no longer a competition show and thus can air anytime with any length and text message votes. (more…)

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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