According to the MIC Authority of Broadcasting and Electronic Information (ABEI), Decree 71 amends and supplements Decree 06/2016 on the management, supply and use of broadcasting services. As such, MIC has organized many conferences disseminating the new regulations to domestic and foreign companies.

The supplemented regulations covering foreign companies providing cross-border pay TV and radio services into Vietnam require the companies to obtain licenses to provide services.

To implement the new regulations on managing and providing broadcasting services, MIC has asked telecom carriers to check leasing and cooperation contracts with Netflix, Apple, Amazon, Tencent, IQIYI and Hunan.

The review will ensure that they are not violating bans or creating conditions for companies to violate Vietnamese laws. 

This will strengthen the supervision of foreign companies that provide cross-border services to Vietnam but still don’t have a license.

In addition, MIC has proposed that the Ministry of Culture, Sports and Tourism (MCST) help control the dissemination of movies in cyberspace.

According to MIC, Netflix has confirmed it will provide pay-TV service in Vietnam. Chinese IQIYI and Tencent, and Apple will only disseminate movies in cyberspace in Vietnam. 

Meanwhile, two companies, Chinese Hunan and US Amazon, will not provide pay-TV services in Vietnam.

As such, MIC has requested MCST to implement its functions and tasks of managing the activities of popularizing movies on the internet by four companies, namely Netflix, Apple, Tencent and IQIYI. 

MCST has also been asked not to accept the advertisements of the services of the companies, once they still don’t implement the current regulations on disseminating movies on cyberspace, or they still don’t have the licenses to provide pay-ratio and pay-TV services.

At a press conference in October 2022 introducing new contents of Decree 71, which took effect in January 2023, Deputy Minister of Information and Communications Nguyen Thanh Lam said that the decree conveys Vietnam’s message that domestic and foreign service providers are treated equally.

Vietnam aims to increase the number of pay-TV subscribers from 17 million to 25 million and annual revenue from VND9 trillion to VND15 trillion by 2025.

Trong Dat