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Vietnam Television
VTV Logo
Type Analog television network
Branding VTV
Country Vietnam and worldwide via satellite
Availability Vietnam
Founded by Voice of Vietnam
Launch date September 7, 1970
Official Website or

Vietnam Television, or VTV, is the national television broadcaster for Vietnam. Like all media of Vietnam, its programming is directly controlled by the government.



The first television broadcasts in Vietnam were in the 1960s when the United States set up two channels (one Vietnamese language and one in English in Saigon).

VTV was established with technical assistance and training from Cuba on September 7, 1970 in Hanoi. During the Vietnam War it broadcast intermittently from a mountainous region.

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 April 30, 1987. And by 1990, VTV viewers had two national TV channels to choose from.

VTV's regional broadcasting centers are located in Ho Chi Minh City, Hue, Da Nang, Phu Yen, Nha Trang, Can Tho, Vinh and Tam Dao. 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.

In addition, each major city and most of the 64 provinces have their own television stations.


VTV today has the following channels:

  • VTV1 (channel 9): News and current affairs broadcast from 05:30 to 23:45. VTV1 initially broadcast on January 1, 1990.
  • VTV2 (channel 11): Science, technology and education broadcast from 05:30 to 00:05. VTV2 initially broadcast on January 1, 1990.
  • VTV3 (channel 22): sports and entertainment. VTV3 was started in April 1995.
  • VTV4: An international channel launched in 2000, offering a best-of package of programming from the three domestic channels to Vietnamese worldwide.
  • VTV5: Introduced on February 10, 2002 to serve the ethnic minority communities in Vietnam.
  • VTV6: Youth channel. VTV6 was started on April 29, 2007
  • VTV9: South favor, started on 1 October, 2007
  • VTV7: Youth and education, in preparation.
  • VTV8: English channel, in preparation.

Since 2003, all above channels have also been made available via satellite. In addition, VTV has also offered 9 channels (from VCTV1 to VCTV9) in the system of cable television VCTV, including many translated programs from Reuters, ESPN, Discovery Channel, BBC plus about 40 original channels but users have to pay for these programs.




VTV originally have idents. In 1965, they add idents into channels. Idents will change every season.

VTV changes ident set every 2 years. Changes ident every seasons.

Ident music are from Pozsi and Basic's songs. Pozsi and Basic probably made by VTV's first channel, VTV1.

Logo History

Years Description
1965 - Early 2000 Red Green Blue VTV Logo (VTV). (Unofficial)
2000 - 30 June 2002 Squares in many colors with VTV1 (or VTV2) in it. (On VTV4 still using first logo)
1 July 2002 - today Plain blue/orange triangles with "VTV" or "VTV2" on it. (In 2006-2008 uses the first logo)



  • 2002-2005 - Blue tower. Showing in TOP VIEW. Music:Extreme by Stephen Arnold
  • 2005-2008 - White-Blue thing flying. Music:Signature by Stephen Arnold
  • 2008-today - The VTV1 edition of "THOISU" gave its new look and different from its sister channel, VTV2 which they had its own title sequence as "VTV2thoisu". Music:Pinnacle by Stephen Arnold


Clocks on VTV1 introduced in 1965. 1990 for VTV2

There are two clocks are the history. The current clock. (Blue background with white clock and bricks at the side.) Used since 2006 when VTV1 gave the new look until now. In 90's was the plain clock on white/black background. The "VTV2" clock is also the second current clock and it is in orange and used since 2006.

Clocks doesn't air on sign-on or sign-off, but only aired on a special events

Test Card

Old Hungarian TV testcard which also used in Vietnam
  • Oldest testcard (sample is at the right). It broadcasts from 1965 to 1978
  • Newer testcard, 1978 to 1983 - PM5544 testcard with time, Upper text is VTV. Lower text is Ha Noi (weekdays) and EBU colorbars with "VTV HA NOI" and time below (weeekend)
  • Updated testcard, Broadcasted previously, 1983-2002. Instead of only time, There is date. But sometimes just testcard with no time and date.
  • Colorgreybars with no identities. However, in every time, the last 5 minutes (05:14-05:19) will change to the 1983-2002 version, and the startup sequence at 5:19.
  • August 4, 2009-now - FUBK

Closing and Opening times

" Closing time" is not 100%. It will choose the time randomly like 1:03. But it announced in the schedule.


  • 1983-1999 opens at 8:00. Closes sometimes between 23:30 and 0:30
  • 1999 opens at 4:35 closes sometimes beetween 0:00 and 0:30
  • 2001 opens 24 hours and followed suit with VTV2 until 2002.
  • 2002-2004 opens at 4:55 closes sometimes beetween 0:30 and 2:00
  • 2005-2007 opens at 5:10 closes sometimes beetween 2:00 and 3:00
  • 2007 and 2009 opens at 5:20 closes sometimes beetween 0:30-1:59
  • 2008 opens at 5:45 closes sometimes beetweek 1:00 and 2:30
  • 2009-present opens at 5:30 closes sometimes between 23:30 and 1:00


  • 1986-1992 opens at 16:30. Closes sometimes beetween 23:30 and 0:30
  • 1992-1997 opens at 12:30 and closes sometimes beetween 23:30 and 0:30
  • 1997-2001 opens at 5:30 closes sometimes beetween 0:30 and 2:00
  • 2001-now opens 24 hours (Started on new year 2001 startup at 00:01AM)

Broadcasting problems on March 6, 2010

During March 6, 2010 at 14:55 (local time) to March 7, 2010 at 15:40 (local time) and March 8, 2010 at 1:45 (local time) to March 8, 2010 at 10:50 (local time), the station got technical problems, broadcast only VTV logo with no sound.

On Sunday at night VTV found that there are more problems to fix, make it broadcasts the logo again. Around 4AM of Monday it resumes to broadcast test pattern, but few minutes later it broadcast the logo again.

It is completely fixed on March 14, 2010 at 21:44

This was happened many times in the 80's and the 90's


VTV has its own film production company, the Vietnam Television Film Center, 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 theater and ethnic minority culture shows.

See also

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