AVG Television comes on air after trial run
A new pay-television network by Vietnam's Audio Visual Global was officially put into operation on the 11th November after a year of on-air testing, Vietnam News reports.
AVG network supplies TV programmes on Digital Terrestrial Television using the DVB-T standard and direct-to-home technologies. Apart from VTV and international channels, AVG will broadcast other channels such as the Vietnam News Agency's VNews.
AVG is also co-operating with other television stations in programme production.
"The broadcast network of AVG assures the best quality for viewers," AVG Chairman Pham Nhât Vu was quoted by Le Courier.
Vietnam has about a dozen pay-TV providers, which employ cable, Internet, digital satellite or a combination of DTT and satellite services.
Source: Asia-Pacific Broadcasting Union
Item added: 21st November 2011
DTT Antenna update
Jampro Antennas have been awarded a major contract from Vietnam Television (VTV) to supply 10 DTV-ready antenna systems to its DVB-T transmission sites located throughout the Socialist Republic of Vietnam as well as facilitate installation and commissioning.
All 10 VTV sites will be equipped with Jampro model JUHD broadband UHF panel antennas, Jampro UHF combiners, Jampro Proline ridged transmission line and related RF components. Each site will be turned over to VTV as a finished, operating and tested turnkey installation.
Vietnam began DVB-T transmissions transmissions in Hanoi during 2001. In 2005 the Vietnam Television Investment and development company (VTC) was given permission by the government to provide DVB-T services nationwide opening the opportunity to provide services to Vietnams 64 provinces and cities. In 2010 it was announced that DTT would be available to the whole of Vietnam by 2020.
Source: Broadcast Engineering
Item added: 24th October 2011
Conax chosen for digital platforms
Global security provider Conax has announced that it is to provide a high-end security solution for AVG’s new direct-to-home (DTH) satellite and (DTT) digital terrestrial television service in Vietnam.
AVG is the first private firm in Vietnam to be awarded broadcast licences for digital technology and permission to broadcast television programs nationwide.
Vietnam is one of the fastest growing Pay-TV markets in Asia-Pacific with a population approaching 90 million, including 18 million TV households. AVG plans to offer up to 80 channels and the advantages of a digital environment to households across the nation, driving the standard for Pay-TV services in Vietnam
Source: Digital TV News.net
Item added: 27th June 2011
DTT FTA platform has 2 million users
During the recent CASBAA Pay-TV seminar in Hanoi the DTT free to air viewer base in Vietnam was given as 2 million.
The seminar themed “Pay-TV on the Rise” brought together more than 200 Vietnamese government officials, international industry decision makers and media to have a 360-degree analysis of the Vietnam pay-TV sector, including business models; the channel licensing process; intellectual property rights; copyright challenges; the prospects for Cable, DTH, IPTV and content production. Vietnam’s pay-TV sector is one of the fastest developing markets in the Asia Pacific. While it is a comparatively small market of just 4.2 million connections, including a two million strong DTT FTA platform; 2.1 million cable subscribers and just 200,000 DTH subscribers, the opportunities are immense as the industry focuses on the dual subscription and advertising revenue streams.
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Item added: 10th May 2010
Ministry publishes draft plan to move to digital radio and TV
A draft plan to digitalise radio and television broadcasts at a cost of roughly 4.4 trillion VND (231.2 million USD) has been published by the Ministry of Information and Communications.
Once the period for expert comment has expired, the revised plan will be submitted for approval, the ministry said.
The ministry estimated digital TV would be available nationwide by 2020.
Key targets will be to assist people to buy digital television equipment, investigate methods of using television and improve knowledge about digital television channels.
The expected funds required, 1.3 trillion VND, will come from the State public telecommunications services fund.
Vietnam has many cable providers across the country each offering 45-50 channels.
It was reported in 2005 that the Vietnam Television Technology Investment and development company VTC had been given permission by the government to provide DVB-T services nationwide. This gave the green light for stations to be provided in all 64 Vietnamese provinces and cities.
Prior to this announcement VTC had been trialling DVB-T for three years.
Source: Vietnam plus
Item added: 8th March 2010
VTC sources HD/SD DTT and satellite play-out equipment
Vietnam Multimedia (VTC) has selected Tandberg Television to provide the encoding, multiplexing and modulation equipment for 10HD and 32SD channels, which are simultaneously played out over satellite and Digital Terrestrial TV (DTT) Networks.
MPEG-2 SD and MPEG-4 (H.264, AVC) HD channels are multiplexed into the same Transport Stream and the content modulated using DVB-T for DTT and DVB-S2 for the satellite platform. VTC is one of the first Pay TV operators in Vietnam to provide MPEG-4 coded HDTV.
Source: Broadcast Engineering
Item added: 20th July 2009
DVB-T Endorsed as ASEAN DTT standard
Ministers endorsed DVB-T as the standard for the ASEAN member nations at the Ninth Conference of the ASEAN Ministers Responsible for Information (AMRI) held in Jakarta Indonesia during May 2007.
ASEAN representatives from member countries, Brunei Darussalam, Cambodia, Indonesia, Laos, Malaysia, Myanmar, the Philippines, Singapore, Thailand and Vietnam were all present at the conference to share the endorsement.
According to the joint media statement “ The Ministers noted that the DVB-T standard was the most commonly adopted international DTV standard and would offer the most advantages in terms of economies of scale, ease of adoption and versatility for multiple platforms”.
The common standard is expected to make equipment, such as set-top-boxes and DTV receivers more affordable throughout the region. The analogue switch off date is likely to be 2015.
Source: Joint Media Statement
Item added: 5th June 2007
ASEAN broadcasters push for DVB-T adoption
4 April 2007
Broadcasters who attended the 4th ASEAN Digital Broadcasting (ADB) Meeting held in Kuala Lumpur agreed to recommend the adoption of DVB-T as the ASEAN digital terrestrial broadcasting standard to the 9th Conference of the ASEAN Ministers Responsible for Information (AMRI) due to take place in Jakarta in May 2007. The agreement comes just a few days after the Malaysian government announced the formal adoption of DVB-T following successful trial broadcasts.
More than 50 delegates comprising policy makers, regulators and broadcasters from all ten ASEAN countries (Brunei Darussalam, Cambodia, Indonesia, Lao PDR, Malaysia, Myanmar, Philippines, Singapore, Thailand and Vietnam) and representatives from the ASEAN Secretariat attended the 4th ADB Meeting.
“The adoption of a common standard has very positive implications for ASEAN. For a start, this decision will facilitate the ADB Meeting’s goal of a common digital Set Top Box (STB) for the region,” said Zamani Zakariah, Senior Director, Malaysian Communications and Multimedia Commission and Chairman of the 4th ADB Meeting.
With the economies of scale able to be achieved by having a common broadcasting standard and a common STB, consumers in this region are expected to able to enjoy digital television at very affordable prices. The ASEAN nations together represent a population of more than 500 million people.
Among the other issues addressed by the 4th ADB Meeting was the importance for ASEAN countries to also plan and announce their respective analogue switch-off schedule, even if as a preliminary target.
Item added: 10th April 2007
Commercial DVB-H trial to launch by end of 2006
Nokia and the national broadcaster Vietnam Multimedia Corporation (VTC) have announced a joint plan to launch commercial DVB-H services in Hanoi and Ho Chi Minh City by the end of 2006.
Viewers will be able to access seven television programme services as well as a video-on-demand service from a catalogue of titles proposed by VTC.
The Pay TV service will be available on Nokia's N92 DVB-H enabled multimedia handsets.
VTC plans to extend the service nationally over a two-year period.
Source: Nokia press release
Item added: 18th September 2006
Digital TV in Vietnam Grows
The Vietnam Television Technology Investment and Development Company (VTC) has received permission from the Government Office to provide DVB-T broadcast services nationwide.
VTC has piloted broadcasting local and international DVB-T programs for three years, but the green light from the government will now allow the station to broadcast to all 64 Vietnamese provinces and cities.
SCTV, which supplies Digital Video Broadcast-Cable (DVB-C) services, will also launch DVB-T services next month.
BTV in southern Vietnam has expanded its DVB-T coverage to select Mekong Delta provinces since early 2005. Currently its DVB-C services supply 24 channels, and the number could rise to 32.
HTV is also speeding up to launch DVB-C services in HC
Source: Thanhnien News 4th April 2005
Vietnam has been transmitting DVB-T signals in Hanoi since March 2001.
Later a transmitter was also installed in Ho Chi Minh City and both stations continued trial transmissions.
The knowledge base has increased steadily over the years and some Vietnamese based manufactures are now producing there own transmission equipment.
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Last page update: 21st November 2011, Barry Tew