Beijing-based handset and STB developer Xiaomi and Future Television, a subsidiary of CCTV’s national online TV station CNTV, have entered into a strategic partnership to provide Internet TV services. The three-year partnership will give users of Xiaomi’s Internet TV STB full access to Future Television’s integrated broadcast control platforms. Upon receiving approval from China’s State Administration of Radio, Film and Television (SARFT), the Xiaomi Box will be sold in three pilot areas, Shanghai, Hangzhou, and Changsha. For users who have previously purchased the device, the Xiaomi Box will resume service before the Chinese New Year holiday in mid-February.
According to rpeorts, Future Television will manage content integration and broadcasting for Xiaomi Box users, as well as the STB’s EPG system, client and user management systems, and authentication and settlement systems.