China is taking its famous New Year's Gala television show to an international audience for the first time, as analysts said the country is eager to inform the West about its culture and economic progress.
Chinese Internet firm Tencent Holdings Ltd is partnering with Time Warner Inc's HBO network to stream its TV shows, which are known for their provocative content and may draw scrutiny from the country's authorities.
"Interstellar" took 258 million yuan (42.04 million US dollars) in China in the week ending Nov 23, grossing a total of 527.5 million yuan and making it director Christopher Nolan's biggest grosser in the world's second-largest film market.
As the globally popular reality TV show, The Big Brother finally launches its Chinese edition, China's online video portals are aiming to demonstrate that like television they also have the capability to make blockbuster shows.
Signaling bright prospects for joint US-Chinese efforts in the world of TV, the CBS drama Scorpion, backed by Chinese media companies Seven Stars and Enlight Media, was a ratings hit with more than 14 million viewers tuning into its premiere on Sept 22 and making a good showing for the next three weeks.