HBO: China Trade War to Blame for GoT Finale Cancelation in China

Tencent Video delays ‘Game of Thrones’ finale in China

Here's where it gets tense: At the time, Tencent stated they were having "transmission medium problems", even instructing viewers that they would notify them of "another broadcasting time".

"Is it the result of the trade war between the US and China?" a commenter wrote on Weibo. Rural America feels the sting of Trump's China trade war The movie channel of state-run broadcaster CCTV has recently scrapped scheduled programming in favor of so-called "red classics" set during the Korean War, featuring the resounding defeat of American invaders at the hands of heroic Chinese soldiers.

It's unclear whether or when the finale will be available for the show's viewers in China, but by the looks of social media, Tencent Video, which reports 89 million customers, will see a decline in renewed subscriptions if users keep their promises.

Since then, Trump has threatened another round of tariffs, coming off more like Joffrey Lannister by each passing minute, all of which makes China seeing Game of Thrones that much more hard. The move could severely dent the company's business, as the U.S. is home to one in four of Huawei's suppliers.

Earlier this month, trade negotiations between the United States and China reached a dead end when China reneged on a deal over intellectual property issues.

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The video-streaming site of the Chinese tech giant Tencent cut out six minutes' worth of sex and battle scenes from the first episode of the latest season, leaving fans confused and frustrated.

According to the People's Daily Online, while it's hard to predict how the delay of the "Game of Thrones" finale will affect Tencent Video negatively, it's likely to affect membership renewal.

Because China Standard Time is 12 hours ahead of Eastern Daylight Time, the HBO show's simulcast would air at 9 a.m.in China.

"All those paying members and their trust, and this is how you repay them", another person wrote.

It appears that some "Game of Thrones" fans in China still managed to watch the finale through other means, though.

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