Best Chinese Movie Websites
Watching movies/TV series can be a great way to get ahead in learning a second language.Here i have compiled The best chinese Movie websites, Of course learning Chinese has no exception. If you have been learning Chinese for a period of time, watching Chinese movies can help you with your listening skills, but also improve your spoken Chinese, too.
Chinese spoken in movies is very close to what you’ll hear if you speak with native Chinese speakers. Sometimes, you will encounter some dialects, that is also an interesting part.
Watching TV series is a fun and entertaining way to immerse yourself in the language context, which offers you the benefits of visual comprehension. If you’re tired of going to class or reading a book, learning Chinese through movies and film is your best choice.
Chinese TV series is usually longer than TV Plays in western countries. It portrays a story with a complicated plot. Below are 10 most popular websites for you to watch Chinese TV series online for free.
Youku Tudou Inc., (formerly Youku Inc.) doing business as Youku (Chinese: 优酷; literally: ‘excellent/cool’), is a video hosting service based in Beijing, China. It operates as a subsidiary of Alibaba Group Holding Limited.
On March 12 2012, Youku reached an agreement to acquire Tudou in a stock-for-stock transaction, the new entity being named Youku Tudou Inc. It has more than 500 million monthly active users, with 800 million daily video views.
Youku is one of China’s top online video and streaming service platforms, alongside with iQiyi, Sohu, LeTV, Tencent Video, PPTV, 56.com and Funshion. However, Youku’s domination in the Chinese market has been toppled by its competitor Baidu’s iQiyi.
Youku now has streaming services for shows and films that can be distinguished from YouTube
Tudou, Inc. (simplified Chinese: 土豆网; traditional Chinese: 土豆網; pinyin: Tǔdòu Wǎng; literally: ‘Potato Net’) is a Chinese video-sharing website headquartered in Shanghai, China, where users can upload, view and share video clips. Tudou went live on April 15, 2005 and by September 2007 served over 55 million videos each day.
In 2007 Tudou was one of the world’s largest bandwidth users, moving more than 1 Petabyte per day to 7 million users. YouTube serves a larger number of videos per day, but the average Tudou video is longer in duration, meaning the total number of minutes of video being streamed daily from Tudou is significantly larger – about 15 billion minutes vs. 3 billion for YouTube
PPTV, formerly known as PPLive, is a right place for you to watch Chinese TV series. The series are categorized in multiple aspects, like countries, themes, year and actors. As to other Chinese video sites, there are some ads before you actually enjoy the TV series. You have to pay if you would like to block the ads.
There are also applications for desktop and mobile platform, both Windows and Mac, Android and iOS versions are available.
PPTV (Chinese: PP视频) is a Chinese video streaming website. Its predecessor, PPLive, was a peer-to-peer streaming video freeware created in Huazhong University of Science and Technology in Wuhan, Hubei. The group of companies that runs the website, was headed by Cayman Islands-incorporated offshore company PPLive Corporation. However, the actual operations were mainly carried by Shanghai SynaCast Media Tech Co., Ltd. (Chinese: 上海聚力传媒技术有限公司).
China’s Great Firewall restricts users from accessing the free and open internet. A VPN (Virtual Private Network) can be used to browse freely, but few actually work in China, making the best VPN for China hard to find. If you need a VPN in China, then NordVPN is a great choice.
PPS.tv (PPStream) is a Chinese peer-to-peer streaming video network software. Since the target users are on the Chinese mainland, there is no official English version, and the vast majority of channels are from East Asia, mostly Mainland China, Japan, South Korea, Hong Kong, Taiwan and Singapore. Programmes vary from Chinese movies to Japanese anime, sports channels, as well as popular American TV and films.
It had an 8.9% market share in China in Q3 2010, placing it third – behind Youku and Tudou. In May 2013, the online video business of PPS.tv was purchased by Baidu for $370 million. After the acquisition, PPS.tv continued to operate as a sub-brand under iQIYI, Baidu’s online video platform.
Baidu operates its advertising service, Baidu TV, in partnership with Ads it! Media Corporation, an online advertising agency and technology company. Baidu TV provides advertisers access to the websites of its Baidu Union members, allowing advertisers to choose Websites on which they post their video advertisements with the aid of its advertisement targeting and matching system. It also offers a brand advertising service, Brand-Link. In June 2008, Baidu launched My Marketing Center, a customized platform integrating industry information, market trends and business, and industry news and reports to assist existing customers in their sales and marketing efforts. Other forms of its online advertising services allow customers to display query sensitive and non-query sensitive advertisements on its websites, including graphical advertisements
Iqiyi TV, like Hulu in the US, is a streaming video platform that owed by Baidu, which focusing on Chinese HD TV series and movies. It not only provides the newest copyrighted video content, but also produces its own funny content to attract young generations.
iQiyi is currently one of the largest online video sites in the world, with nearly 6 billion hours spent on its service each month, and over 500 million monthly active users. On March 29, 2018, the company issued its IPO (initial public offering) in the U.S. and raised $2.25 billion. iQiyi is used by the Chinese Taiwan Affairs Office to further United Front (China) efforts
Tencent Video (simplified Chinese: 腾讯视频; traditional Chinese: 騰訊視頻; pinyin: Téngxùn Shìpín) is a Chinese video streaming website owned by Tencent. As of March 2019, it had over 900 million mobile monthly active users, and 89 million subscribers.
In April 2011, Tencent Video officially launched with an independent domain. Tencent Video supports online Video on Demand and television broadcasts, and provides list management, video volume amplification, color quality adjustment and other functional services.
Tencent Video’s strategy focuses on developing original content and supporting original programs, home-made drama, micro-movie, and short film contest and support plan.
As of October 2017, Tencent Video’s revenue is RMB 65.2 billion (US$9.87 billion). In September 2017, Tencent Video was one of eight Chinese apps in the top 30 mobile apps with the largest revenue in the App Store and Google Play Stores. In October 2017, Tencent Video ranked among the top 15 apps with the largest global consolidated monthly income. Tencent Video also ranked top in revenue of iOS entertainment applications in China in October 2017
Sohu is a part of Sohu搜狐. Sohu Video channel streams up-to-date legitimate HD TV plays, TV shows, sports broadcasts and movies from Mainland China, Hong Kong and Taiwan, as well as TV Plays from Asia and western countries.
360Kan is more like a video directory platform, which provides many resource entrances which can direct you to the popular TV series owned by other sites. Until you find the best site with amazing watching experience, you can switch the links as you wish.
Le.com’s video streaming service currently offers over 100,000 episodes of TV dramas and over 5,000 movie titles.The site draws an estimated 250 million page views per day, 350 million users per month, 100 million daily content viewers on mobile devices, and 10 million daily content viewers on large-screen TVs.
Le.com’s online video streaming service has been receiving positive response in China.[by whom?] While Le.com mainly focuses on TV and movie streaming, its LIVE and LeVidi services focus on live broadcasting and short videos from YouTube and other content providers, respectively.
For its streaming service in the United States, Le.com partners with content providers Machinima Inc., Tastemade, Seeso, and Indieflix, among others. Its services Le, LeVidi, and LIVE are often marketed collectively as EcoPass
Xiangchao Kankan is a video-on-demand site which HD TV and many other video materials. There are Android and iOS app version available. Kankan is also available on mobile platforms including Android and iOS.
On the above 10 websites, you can watch a variety of Chinese TV Dramas, animations, movies, TV shows from US, UK, KR, as well as Korean productions. However, the website languages are all in Chinese, and not all videos on the above websites are free.
Also, you can only watch these videos with IP address in China. For users from other regions outside Mainland China, you would need a VPN service to watch it.
What have to mention is that the ads before or during the video are unbelievable nowadays, it’s about 99 seconds long, if you would like to remove the annoying ads, you can subscribe to their VIP plans, generally, the rate is 20 RMB per month. If you would like to watch some hot videos or movies, you would also need a VIP privilege to unlock it.
The best part about m1905.com is that it’s the official movies site of Chinese national CCTV Channel. The site is loaded with all types of movies, documentaries, and much more. It has about 1,400 HD movies and they add at least three new movies per day. I urge you to check them out. Alas, it’s free of copyright restrictions what more can you ask for.