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The new channels are part of the Government’s television digitalization project, which kicked off on Tuesday in order to help Vietnamese people enjoy a wider selection of TV channels and more diverse programs. According to this project, television stations will stop airing all their analog TV channels next year.

Following the project, electronics companies will be allowed to import and produce TVs with a screen measuring more than 32 inches and integrated the digital video broadcasting device DVB-T2.

Around 100 types of TVs with the DVB-T2 device and different brands have been available on the domestic market, including LG, TCL, Sharp, Toshiba and Panasonic. These new TV models are sold on par with the prices of normal TVs.

Le Quoc Cuong, deputy director of the HCMC Department of Information and Communications, told a press conference here on Tuesday that half of the households in Vietnam had not had television sets with a decoding device able to receive digital TV signals.

Therefore, the Government has decided to set aside VND1.71 trillion (US$81.12 million) to help those poor households buy set-top boxes to install into their old TV sets. The money will be disbursed by the Vietnam Public-Utility Telecommunications Service Fund under the Ministry of Information and Communications.

“Like other localities, HCMC will conduct a survey on poor households to help them benefit from the fund,” said Cuong.

Cuong said 95% of the households in HCMC were now using cable and satellite television services so the city had an advantage to follow the television digitalization project. He added that a complete halt to the analog TV channels next year would not impact much on citizens.

The HCMC Department of Information and Communications said as to reduce the cost of the television digitalization change, the HCMC Integrated Circuit Design Research and Education Center (ICDREC) has successfully created a standard decoding device like the DVB-T2 at a low production cost. This device will be soon available on the market.

SCTV, AVG, VTV and other local television houses now have to import set-top-boxes for sale at VND500,000-600,000 (US$23.7-28.46) per item.

Binh Da Festival regconised as national intangible cultural heritage

Binh Da festival of Thanh Oanh district in Hanoi has been listed as a national intangible cultural heritage, according to a decision announced by the Ministry of Culture , .

Binh Da festival is takes place annually xem bong da from the 25 th day of the second lunar month to the fifth day of the third lunar month to commemorate the nation’s legendary father Lac Long Quan .

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