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Chinese Streamer iQIYI Launches on Roku in the U.S. and Canada

Netflix, Disney+, HBO Max and Paramount+, among other U.S. streaming platforms, are not allowed to operate in China due to the government’s crackdown on foreign media access in the world’s most-populous country.

But those restrictions don’t apply to China’s largest subscription streaming VOD service iQIYI, which now has a presence on Roku, the largest streaming video gateway in U.S. and China. Users can also access the iQIYI app on Samsung, LG Smart TVs, Google Chromecast, Android phones and tablets, Android TV, iPhones and iPads, Apple TV, Amazon Fire TV or the service’s website.

iQIYI International offers subscribers two monthly options in HD resolution and the ability to download titles. The standard monthly plan is available for CAD $8.99 and U.S. $8.99. Priced at CAD $10.99 and U.S. $9.99, the premium plan allows access on four devices.

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The launch on Roku also enables iQIYI’s overseas subscribers to access content through their Roku devices. The platform provides free viewing to some episodes of selected dramas. This means users can watch the first episodes of shows like “Oh My Lord,” “Sassy Beauty” and “Nothing but You” for free before committing to a subscription.

In addition to Mandiran, iQIYI offers dubbed content versions for Thai, Vietnamese and Indonesian Bahasa viewers.

iQIYI claims to have more than 530 million monthly active users on mobile devices and personal computers, respectively. The platform had 100 million paid subs in 2020.

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