Google and Apple pull the rug out from digital content makers

The programme is the first in a series of planned celebrations of the 1,000th founding anniversary of Thang Long-Hanoi. It will be jointly organized by the State Committee for Overseas Vietnamese under the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, the People’s Committee of Hanoi, Vietnam Television and other concerned agencies. As part of the programme, the OV delegates will join Party and State leaders in an incense-offering ceremony and a cultural festival to be held at the relic site of Thang Long royal citadel on the afternoon of Feb. 6. Later in the day, a Vietnamese culture night in Hanoi’s Bao Son Paradise Park will be broadcast live on Vietnam Television and a channel of the Vietnam Multimedia Corporation.... [read more]

The programme is being jointly organised by the Quan Doi Nhan Dan (People’s Army) Newspaper, Vietnam’s Bomb and Mine Disposal Technology Centre (BOMICEN) and the Vietnam Multimedia Corporation (VTC), said Major-General Le Phuc Nguyen, the newspaper’s Editor-in-chief, at a press briefing on March 29. The show will bring together the victims of bombs and landmines remaining unexploded and undetected since the war—known as unexploded ordnance, or UXO--and representatives of organisations that are directly involved in mine and bomb clearance activities in Vietnam. The talk show is expected to help raise public awareness of the dangers of UXO as well as measures to avoid injury and death for those living in heavily infested areas. According to Nguyen Trong Canh, BOMICEN Director, publicity campaigns to raise awareness should be accelerated, especially in focal localities, where many people living in poverty and forced to collect scraps to earn a living, putting them at risk of exposure to UXO. Vocational training and guidance will be provided for the poor living in highly-contaminated areas in the coming time once the national action programme to address the UXO issue is approved by the government, Canh added. Many places in Vietnam are still heavily contaminated with UXO, particularly the six central provinces of Nghe An, Ha Tinh, Quang Binh, Quang Tri, Thua Thien-Hue and Quang Ngai.... [read more]

In his letter, the State President expressed his delight at achievements made by children during the past academic year. He said many pupils and students, especially those in remote, border and island areas made great efforts to gain excellent academic results and won high prizes at local and international contests. Mr Triet emphasized that pupils and students have promoted the learning of Vietnamese people and followed bright examples set by predecessors as future masters of the nation. President Triet affirmed that the Party, State, parents and teachers have always paid special attention to children and wanted them to make greater efforts in studying and taking part in social activities and doing good deeds for the community. He also encouraged children with special circumstances to overcome their difficulties and gain great success in life. On the occasion, Tuoi Tre (Youth) newspaper granted nearly 600 gifts to young cancer patients at hospitals in HCM City and Hanoi. In addition, Kinh Do Joint Stock Company co-ordinated with the Fatherland Front Committee and relevant agencies to present more than 1,000 gifts worth nearly VND400 million to children with difficult circumstances in remote areas in HCM City. Earlier on September 19, Nhi Dong (Children) newspaper, the Oil and Gas Construction Corporation and the Vietnam Multimedia Corporation co-ordinated to hold a mid-autumn festival for more than 500 local and international children from primary schools, embassies, foreign organizations and SOS villages.... [read more]

This is the main target of a project to make the country soon become stronger in information technology and communication, which was approved by the Prime Minister on September 22, 2010. Digital content corners the market Digital content is no longer a novelty to Vietnamese people, especially the young ones, as they daily use computers and mobile phones with different kinds of services such as email, chat, blog, game online and e-business. Vietnam is a promising market with 30 million internet users and nearly 50 million mobile phones owners. Some years ago, digital content products were provided by a limited number of businesses in Vietnam including the VinaGame Group (VNG), the Vietnam Multimedia Corporation (VTC), the FPT Group and the Vietnam Data Communication Company (VDC). In fact, two Vietnamese social networks (go.vn and Zingme), VTC and the online newspaper VnExpress are still lagging far behind the giant trademarks of Google, Yahoo, Facebook and Twitter. Global digital content services are expected to reach an impressive figure of US$1.3-1.7 trillion in 2014 with the Asia-Pacific region holding the lion’s share and Vietnam alone earning US$1 billion last year thanks to its annual growth rate of 50 percent in five successive years. Many universities and businesses are focused on training human resources for this industry. FPT has recently opened its own university while Bac Ha International University has sought investment from the CMC Corporation and Viettel Group. “As there are no special courses for students, VTC is now in charge of training them…... [read more]

The Bureau of Overseas Labor (BOL) under the Ministry of Labor, War Invalids and Social Affairs signed an agreement with Vietnam Multimedia Corporation (VTC) under the Ministry of Information and Communications in Hanoi, the main provision of which is to offer Internet television service to Vietnamese citizens living abroad. Vietnam exports around 100,000 laborers every year, which have amounted to over 500,000 Vietnamese laborers working in more than 40 different countries and territories worldwide, according to Nguyen Ngoc Quynh, general director at BOL. Alongside the expatriate and overseas student population, Quynh said, these laborers are in need of access to official information on the policies of the Party and government, as well as Vietnamese entertainment programs to unwind after their working hours. Quynh said that over the past years, the information on Party and government policies could only be accessed via a limited number of online newspapers and mail-delivered publications, while there have been a lack of television and radio services available overseas. With the recently inked deal, overseas Vietnamese will soon be able to watch or listen to television and radio programs at any time through any Internet connected devices such as laptops, smartphones, or Internet TV sets. Users can download and install the Homeconnect application available in the App Store or Google Play, or use any web browser of their choice to access the site www.tvnet.gov.vn to watch the programs. There are currently 10 television channels available: VTV1, VTV2, VTV3, and VTV4 by Vietnam Television, HTV1 by Hanoi…... [read more]

Under the contract, Nvia has the right to issue VTC Online’s two games, namely Squad and Generation 3 (G3), in Spain, Mexico, Argentina, Chile, Colombia, Venezuela, Peru, Brazil, Ecuador and Paraguay. Apart from payment for the copyright, Nvia will be responsible for sharing its revenues with VTC Online, while the Vietnamese party will be in charge of developing these products and regularly providing updated versions. VTC Online Director Tran Phuong Huy said that the export of online games to Europe and Latin America has paved the way for introducing Vietnamese games to the international market, and reflects VTC Online’s shifting to exporting games. VTC Online is an arm of the Vietnam Multimedia Corporation. Nvia Company was established in 2001 in Spain, headquartered in Madrid. It has branches in many countries like Argentina, Chile, Colombia, Ecuador, Mexico, Peru, Uruguay and Venezuela.... [read more]

Under a dispatch to VTV signed on December 29, VPF confirmed that it is entitled to control and use the brand name of all professional football tournaments, including the national football tournament (Super League 1), the First Division football tournament (Super League 2), the national Football Cup and the Super Cup match. The dispatch says VPF has allowed VTV and its affiliates to broadcast live and re-broadcast all matches of the above-mentioned tournaments to the wider communities of football lovers as of the 2012 football season. The company has also asked VTV to support the Vietnam Multimedia Corporation (VTC) and other local TV stations in broadcasting these matches if required. VPF’s decision shows its strong determination to popularize football through media agencies, especially VTV and VTC - the two stations which have occupied the highest numbers of football fans. With the new move, VPF seems to be ready for a legal war with the Audio Visual Global (AVG) which is holding the copyright on all these tournaments. However, an AVG representative said on December 29 that the VPF decision seriously violated Vietnamese law and international copyright conventions. We will lodge a protest to relevant State agencies to protect our legitimate rights, said AVG representative Hoang Xuan Bac. AVG has signed a 20-year long contract with the Vietnam Football Federation (VFF) to broadcast live all matches. It has laid down conditions if TV stations want to broadcast live these tournaments. The 2012 football season will kick off in two days.... [read more]

TV rights dispute erupts Dispute over broadcast rights to Super League football Disputes erupted several days before the national football championship (Super League) started on December 31. Accordingly, the Vietnam Professional Football JSC (VPF) described a TV broadcast rights contract between the Vietnam Football Federation (VFF) and the Audio Visual Global (AVG) as illegal and allowed TV stations to broadcast live the tournament’s matches. Meanwhile, the VFF insisted that it had transferred the rights to the AVG which now has the own rights to broadcast live all matches. The VFF and AVG signed the 20-year contract in 2010. The Government leader asked the Ministry of Culture, Sports and Tourism to resolve problems to live up to the spectators’ expectations. He requested the ministry to examine the legality of the contract and then report to the Government. During investigations, PM Dung allowed VTV and the Vietnam Multimedia Corporation (VTC) to broadcast all matches under the management of VPF. The PM’s decision came few hours after VPF Chairman Vo Quoc Thang sent a document to PM Dung requesting ministries and agencies to consider the legality of the contract.... [read more]

Based on a recent decision issued by Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc on the classification of state owned enterprises from 2016 to 2020, a total of 240 businesses will be listed as under government management. Queue to buy lottery tickets from Vietlott. The company’s instant success and large revenue had drawn great attraction from the public and itself had been equitised along with many other businesses. - Photo vietq.vn Out of the 240, 103 businesses have 100 per cent of their charter capital held by the government, including 62 provincial lottery companies and the Viet Nam Lottery Company (Vietlott). The Vietnam Railways, Vietnam Oil and Gas Group--VietNam Electricity along with three state-acquired banks of Global Petroleum Bank, Vietnam Construction Bank and Ocean Bank Vietnam--will continue to be completely owned by the government. Other businesses in important socio-economic sectors such as national defence and security, telecommunication, bill printing, gold smelting, publishing and marine insurance are also on the list. Four notable businesses owned 65 percent by the state are the Vietnam National Coal - Mineral Industries Group, Vietnam Bank for Agriculture and Rural Development, PetroVietnam Exploration Production Corporation and the Vinaconex investment and mineral trading Co. Ltd. 27 stated owned businesses at 50 per cent to 65 per cent total charter capital belonged to major fields such as telecommunication and food production, whereas 106 companies with less than 50 per cent state ownership were all sorts of major businesses, such as the Saigon Jewellery Company or the Vietnam Multimedia Corporation. The…... [read more]

Vietnam to expand online TV By Van Oanh - The Saigon Times Daily HANOI - The country needs to launch the Internet Protocol Television (IPTV) service as the local telecom market will reach its saturation point in two years, said Vu Duong Thang, senior web and IPTV architect from France Telecom's Orange Labs. Thang, speaking at the seminar "ITC vision till 2020", organized by the Radio Electronics Association of Vietnam, said that next year was the ideal time for local users to approach the service. "IPTV service will be available on cell phones after the Ministry of Information and Communication licenses telecom providers to use the Third Generation (3G) technology in the country," he said. Two years ago, Vietnam Multimedia Corporation introduced IPTV service using the Digital Video Broadcasting-Handheld format but required expensive terminal equipment. For now, users can access the service with a 3G cell phone worth around US$200. The service can now be developed nationwide on both the landline network, thanks to the fiber cable system and broadband Internet technology like ADSL 2+ and FTTx, and the mobile network with the Wireless Fidelity from public access points.... [read more]




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