Alibaba buying media company ChinaVision for $804M

Mar 12, 2014

Chinese e-commerce giant Alibaba is expanding into media by acquiring control of a Hong Kong film and television company, ChinaVision, for $804 million.

Alibaba Group will buy new shares giving it a 60 percent stake in the TV company, ChinaVision Media Group Ltd. said Wednesday in a statement. Alibaba is allied with two ChinaVision board members whose stake is diluted to about 11 percent from 27 percent.

Alibaba and other Chinese Internet companies are spending heavily to expand beyond their core businesses into instant messaging, games and other areas to compete for China's 618 million Internet users.

ChinaVision produces Chinese-language films and television programs and has a unit that develops content for mobile phones.

Alibaba rival Tencent Holdings Ltd. owns 8 percent of ChinaVision, which will be reduced to 3 percent after additional shares are issued as part of the latest investment, according to the statement issued through the Hong Kong Stock Exchange.

Alibaba, based in the eastern city of Hangzhou, near Shanghai, makes most of its revenue from operating online commerce platforms for businesses and consumers. It has expanded into , online finance services and other businesses.

Explore further: Visa, MasterCard moving into mobile pay in Africa

More information: Alibaba Group: www.alibaba.com

ChinaVision: www.chinavision.hk

1 /5 (2 votes)
add to favorites email to friend print save as pdf

Related Stories

WeChat: China's popular mobile messaging app

Feb 20, 2014

As Facebook snaps up smartphone messaging service WhatsApp for a monumental $19 billion in cash and shares, focus has turned to its rivals. Here are some background facts about China's popular mobile messaging applicatio ...

China e-commerce firm Alibaba in privatization bid

Feb 21, 2012

(AP) -- Alibaba.com's parent company wants to take the Chinese e-commerce company private for $2.5 billion, the firms said Tuesday, part of a shift in business strategy that also includes plans to buy back a stake from Yahoo ...

China fund may help Alibaba in Yahoo! bid: report

May 25, 2012

China Investment Corporation is in advanced talks to add up to $2 billion to the Alibaba Internet Group's efforts to buy back a stake from struggling Internet pioneer Yahoo!, the New York Times reported.

Alibaba.com $2.5B privatization bid approved

May 25, 2012

(AP) -- Chinese e-commerce firm Alibaba Group's $2.5 billion bid to take its Hong Kong-listed unit private was cleared Friday by minority shareholders, easing the way for CEO Jack Ma to gain more control over his company's ...

Recommended for you

Visa, MasterCard moving into mobile pay in Africa

14 hours ago

Americans may just be getting used to mobile pay, but consumers in many African countries have been paying with their phones for years. Now payment processors Visa and MasterCard want to get a slice of that market, and are ...

Wireless show highlights: Eyes on Apple, Blackberry

15 hours ago

As a major wireless show continues this week in Barcelona, Spain, Apple is highlighting the capabilities of its iPhone cameras with a gallery of photos taken by its users around the world.

Venture capitalist testifies in Silicon Valley sex-bias suit

22 hours ago

A prominent Silicon Valley venture capitalist who helped direct early investments in Google and Amazon said Tuesday during testimony in a high-profile sex discrimination lawsuit that his firm is not run by men and has many ...

User comments : 0

Please sign in to add a comment. Registration is free, and takes less than a minute. Read more

Click here to reset your password.
Sign in to get notified via email when new comments are made.