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Digitization of Television: 8.5 million households will be influenced

04/05/2013 14:30 CH Xem cỡ chữ
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Under the project on TV digitalization by 2020, Viet Nam will transit from analog to terrestrial digital TV. Accordingly, about 8.5 million TVs will not able to receive signals if not installed terrestrial digital TV receivers. 

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Under the TV digitalization program approved by the Prime Minister, the roadmap for transtition from anlogue to terrestrial digital TV in Viet Nam will be implemented in four phases.

In the first phase, analog TV would be stopped in Hanoi, Ho Chi Minh City, Hai Phong, Da Nang and Can Tho to be replaced by terrestrial digital TV by 2015. In the second phase, the shifting to the terrestrial digital TV would be completed in 26 provinces and cities by 2016. And in the third phase, the implementation of digital terrestrial television will be carried out in other18 provinces by 2018. Implementation of digital terrestrial television will be completed in remaining provinces and remote areas by 2020.

Mr. Doan Quang Hoan, Director- General of Frequency Radio Management Authority under MIC, said that the new technology would allow to provide high-quality TV services and  receive HD as well as 3D programs. The digitalization would also help in using frequency bands in the most effective way. With the analog TV, a waveband channel is just enough for broadcasting one TV program. Meanwhile, with the terrestrial digital TV, one waveband channel would be enough for 20 programs.

“The shifting to the terrestrial digital TV is an essential trend that has been implementing in many countries”, said Mr Hoan

Besides the advantages of the terrestrial digital TV, Mr Hoan noted that this transition would have influences on tens of millions of households in Vietnam while number of TV users is bigger than number of telecoms ones in Viet Nam.

Once Vietnam utilizes digital technology, the current 8.5 million analog TVs will not be able to receive signals any more. TV viewers would have to use set top boxes to receive signals. One TV will be integrated to one set top box. As such, the 8.5 million households will have to buy set top boxes, if they want to continue watching TV.

It is estimated that a set top box would cost VND400,000-500,000, but if the set top box is integrated with TV, the price would be VND140,000-200,000. Poor families will be afftected if not receiving supports from the State.

For TV manufacturers, Ministry of Information and Communications has issued the Cirular regulating the time for TV manufacturers and importers in Vietnam to integrate receivers in digital terrestrial TVs. Accordingly, from 1 April 2014, all televisions using screen technologies namely, LCD, PDP,OLED with sizes over 32 inches will have to integrate digital terrestrial TVs with receivers meeting the DVB-T2 standard and from January 4, 2015 for TVs with 32-inche screens or below.

Vu Nhung (Source: tuoitre)

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