Tencent to offer Internet TV in China

Chinese Web giant partners appliance maker TCL Multimedia to offer its smart TV in China, which will allow users to access the former's online services such as games and videos.

Tencent plans to introduce a television for users to access its online games and videos on another platform device besides computers and mobile handsets.

According to a Bloomberg report on Thursday, the 26-inch flat screen TV, named Ice Screen, will enable consumers to access Tencent's Web services via cloud computing, said company CEO Pony Ma. The device will be powered by Google's Android operating system (OS) and is expected to go on sale in China this September at 1,999 yuan (US$314.60), it added.

TCL Multimedia Technology was its manufacturing partner, marking the Chinese Web giant's first collaboration with an appliance maker, Ma said in the report. 

The TV business is not the only focus for Tencent. It had earlier revealed it is stepping up the development of services including Mobile QQ and Weixin messaging tools for smartphone and tablet users, and also bolstered its online games collaboration with companies such as Activision Blizzard (ATV) and Zynga.

The Internet company will face competition in the smart TV arena from other tech companies, though, with PC manufacturer Lenovo also earlier partnering TCL Multimedia to sell its TV sets in May.