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BBC Studios Strikes Content Deal With China’s Huawei

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BBC Studios and China’s Huawei Video have struck a deal through which British TV content material is provided to Huawei client cellular gadgets in 26 international locations. The deal was introduced to coincide with the launch of Huawei’s P40 cellular phone.

Some 300 hours of drama, comedy and factual reveals might be accessible to stream through Huawei’s smartphone, pill and different linked machine prospects. Accessible reveals embrace: drama “Name the Midwife”; comedy-drama “Ghosts”; darkish comedy “Inside No 9”; and the science collection “Wonders of the Photo voltaic System.”

The settlement follows earlier native offers which were secured for particular person titles. It’s the first substantial pan-global licensing deal between BBC Studios and Huawei, the BBC stated.

The deal covers mainland China, Hong Kong SAR, elements of Asia, some international locations in Western and Central Europe, Russia, the Nordics, the Center East, South Africa and Latin America.

“(The settlement) will take a few of the finest, boldest and most artistic British content material on to many thousands and thousands of Huawei cellular customers the world over,” stated Paul Dempsey, president of worldwide distribution at BBC Studios.

“We consider (the BBC’s catalog) will actually attraction to each our present and new prospects, as we proceed to take Huawei Video to extra markets all over the world,” stated Alex Zhang, president of Huawei Client Cloud Service.

Huawei has an typically controversial relationship with some Western governments, as a result of suspicions concerning the relationship of its cellphone community gear with the Chinese language authorities. However its client gadgets enterprise is extremely profitable. Huawei was the world’s third ranked smartphone producer within the fourth quarter of 2019, in accordance with information from Cell Gadgets Monitor, with a 14% share, and behind solely Apple and Samsung.

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