Global television network TV5MONDE's channel for Asia is airing three special films on Vietnam from last Saturday (April 3) to this Friday (April 8) to mark the recent launch of a new feed with Vietnamese subtitles.
A network press release issued Thursday listed one feature film and two documentaries: Mua oi (the Guava House) by director Dang Nhat Minh; Chante! (Sing!) on an annual singing competition for Vietnamese students held by the Hanoi-based French Cultural Centre in Hanoi; and a 52-minute documentary on modern Vietnam. They aired with French subtitles.
The channel's lifestyle programming blocks and evening movies are now available with Vietnamese subtitles, the release said.
Subtitles will be later introduced on drama, documentaries and magazines to reach an estimated broadcasting time of ten hours per day this year, it added.
Vietnamese is the first local language to be added to the network's channel via MeaSat-3 satellite, which aims to cover Southeast Asia and allow further localization of content, the release said.
All Vietnamese platforms that host TV5MONDE Asie like cable (VCTV, SCTV, HTVC) have agreed to switch to the new signal, Alexandre Muller, Managing Director AsiaPacific at TV5MONDE, said in the statement.
With around five millions households across the country having legal access to TV5MONDE Asie, Vietnam is the second largest market in Asia for the channel, after India with about 10 million, the release said.