Although the cast and crew of Joy of Life 庆余年 have earned continued praise since the show premiered, it seems that its broadcast has met some pitfalls. Earlier this month, the two sites Tencent and iQIYI got flak for implementing a new promotion that allows its VIP users to watch more episodes in advance for a fee. This time, the two streaming sites are facing an even bigger threat as all 46 episodes of Joy of Life have leaked online.
On December 20, 2019, the show’s producers NCM Television, Tencent Pictures and streaming sites Tencent and iQIYI have released a joint statement to indicate that Tencent and iQIYI as the two official mediums to stream the show. In order to protect the copyright, they, the copyright owners and streaming sites, have enforced strict supervision over the content. However, they discovered on Dec. 9 that certain individuals are illegally selling and distributing pirated episodes of Joy of Life.
The same action was repeated on Dec. 19 with the entire series being leaked online. They have reported the matters to the police and to the court. Furthermore, the show was shot for over six months from January 31, 2018 to July 22, 2018. The cast and crew spent 173 days to present the fruits of their labor to viewers. They end the statement by thanking everyone for their concern, support and urging everyone to help fight piracy.
While there are those who say that they will continue to support the show through official channels, there are those who feel that the move to charge VIP users more money to watch episodes early has led to more pirated copies online. Maybe they should consider releasing all episodes in one go like Netflix.