Vietnam to tap Japan know-how for digital TV

Vietnam to tap Japan know-how for digital TV

HA NOI - Ha Noi hosted a Viet Nam-Japan policy dialogue on information and communications technology yesterday, focusing on television digitalisation and next-generation broadcasting services, including 4k and 8k resolution and smart TV.

The 4k and 8k resolutions of TV services, which refer to display devices or content having horizontal resolution of 4,000 and 8,000 pixels, exist in the field of digital television and digital cinematography.

In his address the Japanese Vice Minister of Internal Affairs and Communications Yasuo Sakamoto, said smart television is designed to connect with smart phones and Internet, providing online interactive media and over-the-top content, which includes the latest technical and safety standards.

Currently, over 100 firms have come together to perfect smart TV technology in Japan, he noted.

Sakamoto pointed out that it took Japan a decade to digitalise its television broadcasting, which required co-ordination with central and local television stations.

The vice minister proposed that the Vietnamese Ministry of Information and Communications should also collaborate with the Japanese to organise a workshop on smart television in Viet Nam in March.

Participants shared the view that the 4k and 8k formats not only provide ultra-high-definition images, but have also helped in health care, advertising and crime prevention.

Japan is due to launch trial 4k and 8k broadcasting services in 2016, offering full services to audiences by 2018.

By 2020, the rate for 4k subscriptions is projected to cross 52 per cent.

Deputy Minister of Information and Communications Nguyen Thanh Hung has asked the units concerned to prepare for the seminar as proposed by the Japanese side.

He expressed the hope that the Vietnamese people will benefit from such technology soon.

The event was co-hosted by the Vietnamese Ministry of Information and Communications and the Japanese Ministry of Internal Affairs and Communications.

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