Vietnam Television

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For other uses, see Vietnam Television (1966–75).
Vietnam Television (VTV)
Đài truyền hình Việt Nam
Type Broadcast television
Country Vietnam
Availability Nationwide
Headquarters Hanoi, Vietnam
Owner Government of Vietnam
Launch date
7 September 1970
Picture format
576i (16:9 SDTV)
1080i (HDTV)
Official website

Vietnam Television, or VTV, is the national television broadcaster of the Vietnam. See Vietnam Television for the former national TV-radio broadcasters in South Vietnam.


The Old Logo of Vietnam Television until the 2013 refresh.

The first television broadcast in Vietnam was in 1966 when the United States set up 2-channels (1-Vietnamese and 1-English) in Saigon for the Republic of Vietnam. Named Đài Truyền hình Việt Nam), the network operated until the fall of Saigon.

VTV was established with technical assistance and training from Cuba on 6 September 1970, in Hanoi, as an department of VOV. During the Vietnam War it broadcast intermittently from a mountainous regional.

After Reunification in 1975, the former US-run stations in the south became part of the national network and broadcasting was extended to the entire country.

Color television was introduced in 1978. Vietnam Television became an official name on 30 April 1987. And by 1990, VTV viewers had two national TV channels to choose from as VTV-2 was launched that year.[1][2]

VTV's regional broadcasting centres are located in Ho Chi Minh City, Huế, Da Nang, Phu Yen, Nha Trang, and Cần Thơ. Programming is relayed nationwide via a network of provincial and municipal television stations. There are transmitters in most outlying areas of the country. By 2003, more than 80% of all urban households owned a television set. The percentage was considerably less in rural areas, but even the most remote village cafe has a TV and video or DVD player.[citation needed]

In addition, each major city and most of the 51 provinces have their own television stations.[citation needed]


VTV today has the following channels:[3][4][5][6]

Terrestrial channels (5)[edit]

  • VTV1: News and current affairs, broadcast 24/24 hours .[7] VTV1 initially broadcast on 6 September 1970.
  • VTV2: Science, technology and education, broadcast 24/24 hours. VTV2 initially broadcast on 1 January 1990.
  • VTV3: Sports and entertainment, broadcast 24/24 hours. VTV3 was started on 31 March 1996.
  • VTV5: Serve the ethnic minority communities in Vietnam, broadcast 24/24. VTV5 was started on 10 February 2002.
  • VTV6: Youth channel, broadcast 24/24. VTV6 started from 8 locations on 24 April 2007.

International channels (1)[edit]

  • VTV4: An international channel launched in 1998, offering a best-of package of programming from the three domestic channels to Vietnamese worldwide, now Available in Taiwan CHT MOD Channel 215 and Malaysia ABNXcess Channel 311.

Cable/satellite channels (8)[edit]

Regional channels (5)[edit]

Since 2003, all above channels have also been made available via satellite. In addition, VTV has also offered 15 channels in the system of cable television VTVCab, including many translated programs from Reuters, ESPN, Disney Channel, Discovery Channel, BBC plus about 40 original channels but users have to pay for these programs.

List of channels on VTVcab (Vietnam Cable Television Corporation)[edit]

EPG No. EPG Name Channel Name Channel Type Availability Notes
1 VTV1 VTV1 Free TV Free-to-air Entertainment and News Vietnam Television now owned by VTV due to in 1999 and 2013 and operated due to Vietnam Cable Television Corporation (VTVCab) under all the contract
2 VTV2 VTV2 Free TV Free-to-air Education and Science Channel
3 VTV3 VTV3 Free TV Free-to-air Sports, Entertainment and Format Aconomy due to Vietnam Cable Television and operated by the VTV under contract
4 VTV4 VTV4 Free TV Free-to-air International News and News Channel now owned VTV due to in 2013 and operated due to Vietnam Cable Television Corporation (VTVCab) under all the contract
5 VTV5 VTV5 Free TV Free-to-air TV Nation Channel


VTV has its own film production company, the Vietnam Television Film Centre, or VFC, which makes made-for-television movies and miniseries. However, only about 30% of the entertainment programming shown on VTV is made locally. The rest is imported and dubbed in Vietnamese. Shows include Korean and Chinese serial melodramas, which are the mainstay of nightly programming on VTV3.

Aside from news and current affairs programming, VTV1 devotes itself to orchestral concerts, ballets, traditional theatre and ethnic minority culture shows.

VTV4 has been criticised by Vietnamese emigrees who find the channel's one-sided support of the one-party Communist state distressing and offensive.[8][9]

Also, in Chinese New Year's Eve, VTV simulcasts some programmes and comedy show like Year's Last Afternoon, News Special, Gặp nhau cuối năm, music concerts, firework shows... until 2 a.m

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