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25 million Chinese fans streamed the NBA's opening game on Tencent

25 million Chinese fans streamed the NBA's opening game on Tencent

Despite calls to boycott the NBA, the first game of the 2019 season saw nearly 25 million simultaneous viewers on Tencent Video.

The NBA’s recent decision not to punish a team executive for tweeting support for protests in Hong Kong has made the NBA a target of nationalist anger in China. Tencent, the NBA’s streaming partner in the country, suspended streaming of pre-season games until October 14.

While state broadcaster CCTV has continued its ban on airing NBA games, Tencent seems to be reaping the benefits of showing the games for the regular season, judging by the millions watching the opening game between the Los Angeles Lakers and Los Angeles Clippers.

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Panasonic won’t open Chinese battery plant for Tesla
Panasonic won’t open Chinese battery plant for Tesla
Tesla has been expanding across China, but its battery supplier Panasonic has no plans to plans to open a plant there for the EV maker. (Picture: Roy Issa/SCMP)
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Tencent has a new Tinder clone for 'high quality socializing'
Tencent has a new Tinder clone for 'high quality socializing'
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Man sues NetEase after his friend sells a US$1.4 million game character for US$500
Man sues NetEase after his friend sells a US$1.4 million game character for US$500
The local court touted this case as an example of how judges can mediate cases remotely. (Picture: Sichuan High Court)

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Didi will soon roll out a self-driving taxi service in Shanghai
Didi will soon roll out a self-driving taxi service in Shanghai
Didi’s autonomous driving team is developing and testing self-driving vehicles in both China and the US, the company says. (Picture: Didi)

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The Vivo S1 Pro for Southeast Asia has a brand new look
The Vivo S1 Pro for Southeast Asia has a brand new look
The new Vivo S1 Pro for Southeast Asia looks nothing like the one that launched in China earlier this year. (Picture: Vivo)

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The Three-Body Problem animation trailer is getting mixed reactions
The Three-Body Problem animation trailer is getting mixed reactions
Former US President Barack Obama and Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg have both read The Three-Body Problem. (Picture: Bilibili)

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China says its first permanent space station will be ready by 2022
China says its first permanent space station will be ready by 2022
Chinese astronauts Jing Haipeng (left) and Chen Dong (right) entering the Tiangong-2 space lab on October 19, 2016. (Picture: Xinhua)