Lao, Vietnam’s capital, is celebrating New Year’s Day with a live-streamed stream of its annual fireworks show.
The event, which begins at 7 p.m., is part of an ambitious nationwide effort by the government to celebrate the first anniversary of a historic uprising that toppled the communist regime.
According to the Lao Times, the livestream will be available for free through the official Lao TV channel starting at 8 a..m.; it will then be available to watch on Google Hangouts, YouTube, Skype, and other mobile devices.
The government has also promised to provide “special packages” to citizens who wish to watch live streams on the livestreaming service.
For those who wish, the government says it will provide a free “airtime package” of one hour and 10 minutes of free live viewing, and a “free time package” with one hour of free viewing and 30 minutes of premium content.
Lao TV, which is run by the National Assembly, has been trying to attract viewers since it was launched in 2016, according to the newspaper.
The channel has had an active following in recent years and the government has given it a number of incentives to stream, including free access to airtime, discounts on the price of television sets and tickets to concerts.