The list of players in the Chinese online video space published on Danwei a few days ago has expanded to include more than 20 companies. Below is the updated list. As of 2007.05.23, comments to this post are closed because of increasing spam, so please send any updates or corrections to the feedback address on the about page.
This list will continue to be updated as new information comes to us. It's also worth looking at the video site comparison at China Web2.0 Review, which says there are more than 150 such websites in China and compares seven of them for ease-of-use etc.
Video hosting and sharing websites
Apparently China's first video sharing site, Tudou already has enough funding to weather the coming storms.
This site has a slightly tabloid feel to it and is a good place to find video that are generating a lot of online discussion in China.
Also well-funded, Rox has been doing online video and Internet TV technology for quite some time.
Very similar in layout and functions to Youtube, loads fast in Beijing.
If you listen to hip hop and read literary theory, you may find the name amusing.
A Danwei TV episode of Sexy Beijing is on this website, in two different uploads, one from Danwei, one from someone else (1, 2). Adding viewing stats for both uploads, 56.com says that the episode has been viewed nearly four hundred thousand times. But that's all we know about the site.
China On TV
Aimed at expatriates, this online TV station produces shows aimed at travelers, students and business people, and agggregates video content from other sources.
With its name referencing Korean citizen journalism website OhmyNews (English site here), and copy on the website that encourages users to go out and act like journalists and editors, this website is is bound to be interesting if it can keep going.
Has the feel of a Chinese BBS or Internet forum, which might make it a winner in this market.
Also very Youtube, but they are producing their own TV style programs (here is an interview with "Yangzhou's bus beauty").
Requires software download to view videos; this site looks like a Chinese BBS.
Billing itself as China's "first entertainment interactive portal". It has active an BBS section, and offers video and photo uploads as well as news and other traditional portal functions.
Umee hosts videos and also allows users to search other video websites and allows users to watch those videos on the UUme page.
From Kaiser: "UUme, by the way, is owned by Oak Pacific Interactive, which also owns Mopcom. Oak's capo di tutti capi, Joseph Chen, is said to have gutted the size of the team working on UUme after learning that there are some 400 video sharing sites in China."
Uume.com has a similar URL but appears to be unconnected with Uume, and does not seem to function.
From Kaiser: "It has some pretty strong backers and a founder with a good pedigree (Baidu, Tengxun, Xunlei)."
Mojiti has launched Chinese and English versions of its site which does not host video, but allows users to make collections of videos on other video sites, and to search other user collections and video sites.
After seeing this post, Mojiti founder Eric Feng wrote to Danwei and explained: "Our mission at Mojiti is to help users tell their own stories with any online video. We're not a video search engine - instead, we want to help users personalize video to create a more engaging viewing experience."
Another Youtube-like site with added functions: Biku offers video file downloads for MP3 players and mobile phones, although we could not get this function to work after a brief trial.
A video sharing website with a BBS feel, OuOu has a large section of Flash animations.
Lots of webcam videos of dancing, lip synching girls. The website has links to different servers for different ADSL networks to offer faster loading times.
The name is a reference to Steamed Bun spoof of Chen Kaige's movie that made its author the video mashup artists Hu Ge — and the word e gao (恶搞 - spoofing) — popular in China. The website's tagline is "The first choice for short original videos".
Video sharing website that only works on Internet Explorer, and requires a software download.
Supposedly a video sharing site, this would not load at all (Nov 22), but is apparently the same thing as
Maidee which was working.
With Chinese and English versions, this site bills itself as "A stage to showcase your creativities,
A place to share & monetize your productions." It even has its own virtual currency, the Bollar. Like many of these sites, it does not seem to work on a Mac.
Calling itself a podcast host, this website offers video and audio file sharing and customizable user pages that feel a little like MySpace.
This site allows video uploads and sharing, and also makes video available for download to mobile phones.
Standard video sharing site.
Sina and Tencent
From Bill in the comments:
"You might want to also add the big guys like Tencent and Sina. They have both soft-launched video upload sites, and i don't think there is any reason they won't crush all these startups, just as Sina blogs crushed Bokee and Blogcn... (see comments section for more)"
John Kennedy in the comments also points out these sites: video.daqi.com, Ourpod.cn, Podlook, 91vc.com, 54ck.com, Podcast.com.cn and YS321.com.
Mojiti and Uume.com let users search other video websites for content. Neither of them is as slick and easy to use as the new U.S. based site Blinkx.
Internet TV websites
Offers movies and TV shows on a pay per download basis.
It seems to be free, but requires software download. The site also offers Mp4s for download, as well as mobile phones formats.
China.com's new video play; professionally produced and user generated content.
Real time streaming Chinese TV and movies with subtitles. Very hight quality stream.
Similar to above, untested by this writer.
Video downlaods of TV programs, movies etc.