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Signal loss maddens Euro fans in rural areas

THUrsday - 14/06/2012 13:11   -   Viewed: 2485

Hundreds of local fans watch the Euro 2012 opening match between Poland and Greece at a street cafe in Hanoi on June 8, 2012 Photo: VNE

Hundreds of local fans watch the Euro 2012 opening match between Poland and Greece at a street cafe in Hanoi on June 8, 2012 Photo: VNE

When France and England began their Euro opening match last Monday in Poland, many local fans in the rural areas of Dak Nong, Da Nang, Quang Ngai, Binh Dinh, and Khanh Hoa provinces were infuriated to discover that what they could see was only a black empty screen.

The football lovers were able to watch the first four Euro 2012 matches without any problems, but when it came for the matches under Groups C and D, all TV signals were lost, they said in complaining phone calls to Tuoi Tre.

There was no signal during the match between Spain and Italy on VTV2 on June 10, and the England – France game a day later on VTV3, they said, adding that what’s worth noticing here is that signals returned after the games had ended.

In late March, national TV channel VTV announced that it had successfully acquired the exclusive TV rights to broadcast the matches of the UEFA Euro 2012.

The national TV channel said it would serve local viewers all 31 matches of the event via its VTV2 and VTV3 stations.

But the declaration now faces protests from viewers.

“VTV advertised that it will broadcast all 31 matches, but all I could watch were just the matches in the first few days of the event,” complained reader Le Minh Hung, residing in Nghia Chanh Commune of central Quang Ngai Province.

“I haven’t been able to watching anything since June 10.”

Nguyen Cong Bai from Dak Nong, and Pham Tien Dung from Dong Nai, wondered if it is because they have to use a parabolic aerial as a receiver that they cannot watch the Euro.

Taking the question, Nguyen Thanh Luu, a member from the VTV editorial board, said: “VTV broadcasts all of its programs via satellite, so even the neighboring territories of Vietnam only need a TV receiver box to watch its programs.

However, he added, the TV rights VTV signed with UEFA stipulates that Euro 2012 be broadcast within Vietnam area only.

“As the European football governing body has recently warned VTV for leaking its programs to other territories, the national channel has encrypted its satellite signals since June 10,” Luu said.

Meanwhile, Truong Trung Hoa, head of the technical department at Dak Nong TV station, said those who could not watch Euro 2012 on VTV channels might be using contraband parabolic aerials instead of those supplied by VTV.

“The most common aerials are those imported from China, which fail to receive signals from the satellite due to their dubious quality,” he said.

A representative of Dong Nai TV also said illicit receivers are not able to receive signals from the encrypted broadcast.


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