Tuesday, 1 December 2015

Free and Paid English Language On Demand TV and Movies in China

If you are travelling in China and feel the need to watch a bit of TV or some films from back home, you are in luck. China has an amazing selection of free and paid on demand online TV and movies. For many people who don't speak Chinese, the fact that the website navigation is in Chinese generally makes things too difficult to manage.

In the section below I have provided links to specific pages within these sites that you can use to browse the shows and films on offer. The names of all the videos are in Chinese, but you can generally figure out what show it is by looking at the pictures and clicking on those.

I have tried to select sites that seem to be legally distributing their product, so you don't have to feel guilty about ripping off the content owners. They are all also hosted inside China, so they are fast and are never affected by the Great Firewall of China. The subscription fees are also very reasonable compared to anything we would expect to pay in the West.

Tencent QQ
The range of TV programs here is fantastic. I've found that even some shows that I couldn't find in the index ended up being available when I searched for them. Perhaps their index is not up to date. They also have live sports if you can figure out the menus. Anyway, Game of Thrones for free, need I say more.
US TV - UK TV
Free US Movies - Paid US Movies - Free European Movies - Paid European Movies - Other Free Movies - Other Paid Movies

Youku
This site has a great range of English language TV shows and movies. Some of the categories below describe other languages, but many of the movies contained within are still in English.
US TV - UK TV
US Movies - UK MoviesCanadian MoviesFrench MoviesGerman MoviesIndian MoviesOther Movies

Sohu
Another good selection of movies and TV shows. More than enough solid entertainment here to keep you glued to the television. Also uses the subscription model for their premium movies, but you still have access to a huge range of content without it.
US TVUK TV
Free US MoviesPaid US MoviesFree UK MoviesPaid UK MoviesFree Canadian MoviesPaid Canadian MoviesOther Free MoviesOther Paid Movies

Tudou
Easy to use interface with plenty of top TV shows and movies. If you want to watch their top movies a subscription fee is required, but that is pretty standard across all of these services.
US TVUK TV
Free US MoviesPaid US MoviesFree UK MoviesPaid UK MoviesFree Canadian MoviesPaid Canadian Movies

LeTV
A good selection of TV shows and movies. LeTV also shows some live international sport, though the interface is not the easiest thing in the world to get your head around. As with most of these services, a subscription fee is required to to access some of their movie collection.
US TV - UK TV
Free Movies - Paid Movies

360
A pretty decent selection of programming here. With there interface I couldn't figure out how to separate the free and paid movies, so the links below will take you to a combined page where some will be free and others paid.
US TV - UK TV
US Movies - UK Movies - Other Movies

iQiyi
These guys have let you watch their TV shows and some movies for free. They also have a paid subscription service that allows you to watch more up to date movies. You can sign up through their website, though you will probably need some Chinese knowledge or someone that reads the language to help. Other than that it is all pretty straight forward.
US TV - Other TV
Free US Movies - Paid US Movies - Free European Movies - Paid European Movies - Other Free Movies - Other Paid Movies

PPTV
Not an enormous selection here, but a few decent shows that could keep you entertained.
US TV - US Movies - UK Movies - Other Movies

Sina
Mostly older movies here that have probably gone out of copyright so they can show them for free. No my favourite, but I'm sure some out there will love going back in time.
US Movies - European Movies

If you know of any other LEGAL websites that are accessible from within China, let me know in the comments and I will add them to the list. Also, if you find that a link stops working, please leave me a comment so that I can fix it.

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