After years of providing only radio coverage, the network aired its first TV programme in 1991. In 2018, HTTV aired its first high-definition (HD) programme and since then, it has never looked back. Even with its modest annual budget, it has consistently set aside funds to keep in tune with current technology trends.
Apart from drawing a fair amount of programming content from Vietnam TV, the country’s national TV station, HTTV also produces original programmes catering to the people of Ha Tinh Province, which is 340km south of Hanoi.
A key focus is outdoor broadcasting.
“Ha Tinh Province is a big area and we needed a reliable OB van that is suitable for our terrain and tropical weather conditions.
“HTTV worked closely with Sony to equip our OB van with a range of products that could also be deployed easily in our studios,” said Nguyen Van Hien, vice-director, Ha Tinh Radio and TV Station.
HTTV is the first TV station in Vietnam to acquire Sony’s HDCU-3100 CCU (camera control unit). Not only does it complement its HDC-1700 (a four-unit system camera), the new generation CCU was specifically chosen as it is IP-enabled and could be upgraded to 4K, paving the way forward for HTTV to progress further.
The portable camera truly meets HTTV’s specifications for a future-ready camera as it can be upgraded for 4K resolution content creation and live 4K/High Dynamic Range (HDR) streaming.
“We’re witnessing a rapid development in broadcasting and social media,” said Hien.
“With our limited budget, we have to carefully invest in technology and products that will serve our needs now — and into the future.”