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Dynamics within China's online video industry

Dynamics within China's online video industry
July 29, 2014 (Chinavestor) Strategy: There are more and more mergers in China’s online video market with both vertical and horizontal integration. The industry structure is constantly changing with less, but larger, and more integrated companies.

Product: Online video companies are strengthening the upgrading of their PC terminal and mobile terminal services. Moreover, they are moving towards services relating to living-room entertainment, and launched online-video-related hardware products like set-top boxes, routers, network TVs.

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Ratio analysis: Youku Tudou

Ratio analysis: Youku Tudou

July 18, 2014 (Chinavestor) This ratio analysis of Youku Tudou Inc. (NYSE:YOKU) completes two previous articles on Chinavestor.  Food for thought was introduction and financial analysis was aimed at giving investors an independent view of the income statement and cash flows. This third piece is information obtained from the balance sheet of YOKU.

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Porter’s five forces industry analysis - YOKU

Porter’s five forces industry analysis - YOKU

Degree of rivalry: high

YOKU is operating in a relatively competitive market. With the acquisition with Tudou completed in August 2012, it captures the largest market in Chinese online video market (over 1/3). However, it still faces competition from other video websites like iQiyi.com, and also integrated web portal with video services like Baidu (NASDAQ:BIDU), Sina Corp. (NASDAQ:SINA), Tencent (HKG:0700) and Sohu.com (NASDAQ:SOHU). The competition is for both users and advertisers. The lack of content innovation makes users easily diverted to other video websites. Also, the single profit model relying on advertising adds to the competitiveness of the industry. Unless YOKU Tudou (NYSE:YOKU) manages to differentiate itself in content and diversifies its profit channel, competition remains fierce in the market.

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Food for thought: YOKU

Food for thought: YOKU
July 15, 2014 (Chinavestor) Business Overview- Youku Tudou Inc (NYSE:YOKU)

Youku Tudou Inc (NYSE:YOKU) is a Chinese language online entertainment company. It mainly operates in China and within the online Advertising Business. Its main line of service is providing entertainment video through its website. However, the main source of revenue for the company is online advertising. Currently, the company holds over a third of the market share in China. There is a high degree of competition within the online video industry in China. Similar video contents across websites leave little room for YOKU to differentiate itself. The company needs to establish its competitive edge through video differentiation.

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Sino-African relations, Part 2

Sino-African relations, Part 2

July 8, 2014 (Chinavestor) One Nation Stronger Than Those United

The relationship exists between China and Africa, with both nations seemingly willing to play both ‘giver’ and ‘taker’. Approximately $200 Billion has been traded between the two nations, making Africa the Far East nation’s leading trading partner. Considering China is the fastest growing economy and largest nation in the world, Africa surely must be taken notice by investors across the world. Why Africa? A continent cloaked in poverty, handled by misguided institutions with no consistent or robust development model. However, one factor that offsets the limitations of Africa’s economies is the rich resources embedded within. Queue China. Put simply, China appears to be contributing more to Africa’s growth than the IMF, the World Bank and even the United Nations. Parts of Africa considered too unstable to commercialise are draped in modern infrastructure with many future projects lined up.

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