Regulators retard Disney from entering China online video market

BEIJING—China is putting on ice an Alibaba partnership to move Disney characters to Chinese screens, during a time when Chinese regulators are tightening control over online content.

Alibaba Group Holding Ltd.

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 said DisneyLife, an online calm use it runs underneath a multiyear chartering agreement with Walt Disney Co.

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is down for a use ascent and that it is arising patron refunds. A orator for Alibaba declined to elaborate. A Disney mouthpiece declined to comment, referring questions to Alibaba.

Disney’s service, partial of a U.S. party giant’s plan to draft a digital future, was dangling during a ask of Chinese regulators, dual people informed with a matter said.

This month, regulators also close down Apple Inc.’s online book and film services in a country, during a ask of China’s video and publications regulator, according to people informed with a matter. Apple pronounced it was aiming to get a services adult and using again as shortly as possible.

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Disney and Alibaba announced their corner plan in December, kicking off sales of a Mickey Mouse-shaped tie device by Alibaba’s online selling site Tmall.

The device, labelled during 799 yuan ($123), connects users to Disney content, such as films, animation array and games. It requires usually an Internet connection.

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