BBC Knowledge launches in Vietnam

Louise Duffy | 16-01-2014

BBC Worldwide has launched BBC Knowledge on the HTVC cable platform operated by HTV-TMS, a pay-TV entity owned by Ho Chi Minh Television, the second biggest state television station in Vietnam.

Mark Whitehead, senior vice president and general manager of South East Asia for BBC Worldwide, said: “We are extremely pleased to launch BBC Knowledge in Vietnam. This deal reflects our ongoing commitment to the region - delivering to our audiences a wide range of high quality, award-winning programming. BBC Knowledge showcases high quality factual entertainment from the world’s foremost producers of non-fiction and documentary programming; and viewers in Vietnam recognise and appreciate quality content. We are confident that BBC Knowledge will appeal to Vietnamese viewers and are very pleased to be working with our distribution agent, and HTV- TMS to deliver this proposition.”

Nguyen Duc Hoa, chairman of HTV-TMS, added: “To affirm our commitment to delivering the quality content to our viewers, we have chosen BBC Knowledge to introduce to our viewers. The channel consistently rates highly in the factual entertainment charts in Asia, and we are confident that it will do the same with HTVC viewers.”

BBC Knowledge showcases the best of British factual and natural history programming. Shows include Top Gear, Supersized Earth – which explores humans’ most ambitious and audacious engineering projects on Earth; Top Gear Top Fails – where Top Gear host Richard Hammond takes a journey back in time as he reviews all the riotous antics that the Top Gear team has, or tried, to pull off; and Man Eating Tigers of Sumatra in which man-eating Sumatran tigers are let back out in the wild in an attempt to save the species.

BBC Knowledge will be available on HTVC's basic tier, to the platform’s subscribers, mostly in the Ho Chi Minh area. The channel is localised in Vietnamese.