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New broadcasting technology for terrestrial TV and HD broadcasts

Free-to-air terrestrial TV channels are about to migrate fully to a new broadcasting technology (DVB-T2). All terrestrial pay-TV channels are already being broadcast using the new technology. The new broadcasting technology enables broadcasting of high-definition (HD) programming or a higher number of programme channels with standard (SD) quality.

The transition was scheduled for March 2020 but TV broadcasters announced on 24 October 2018 that the transition will be delayed. Read more in the TV broadcasters' announcement (External link) (in Finnish). The new transition date is yet unknown.

Transition to the DVB-T2 broadcasting technology only concerns Digita's TV terrestrial network in the UHF frequency band. The change of technologies does not affect cable, satellite or IPTV broadcasts.

See also frequently asked questions (External link) about changes.

TV channels available in the terrestrial TV network by multiplex can be found on Digita’s website (External link).

The transition to DVB-T2 transmission technology is based on the Government’s 2012 report on an electronic media communications policy programme to the Parliament, as well as on international decisions. In March 2016, television broadcasters (Yleisradio Oy, MTV Oy, Sanoma Media Finland Oy, Discovery Networks Finland Oy and Fox International Channels Oy) reached an agreement on migrating free-to-view TV channels fully to DVB-T2 technology by 31 March 2020. On 24 October 2018, the TV broadcasters announced that the transition will be delayed (External link) (in Finnish).

Transition to HD broadcasts

The DVB-T2 broadcasting technology enables a wider selection of high-definition (HD) broadcasts and a higher number of programme channels with standard (SD) quality. If you want to continue watching television over the terrestrial network after the transition, you need a TV set or digital set-top box with a DVB-T2 tuner.

Statistics on increase of HD ready equipment

How do I know whether my TV set is compatible with the new broadcasting technology?

Take a compatibility test at toimiikotelkkarini.fi (External link)

You can also check if your device is on the list of tested devices at  www.testatutlaitteet.fi (External link) (in Finnish).

A device marked ‘Antenna Ready HD’ is guaranteed to function in any terrestrial network in Finland, and for example show all subtitles as intended.

Read more about testing your devices: What does device-testing mean? (External link)

Although the broadcasting technology in other distribution networks (cable, satellite, IPTV) does not change, viewers must have the right kind of receiver to watch HD quality broadcasts in these networks, too. You need a TV set or set-top box marked "Cable Ready HD" to watch HD programmes via cable network.

Satellite and IPTV network customers should contact their operators for information on appropriate devices.

Read more about HD broadcasts: HDTVopas.fi (External link) - the ABC of HD broadcasting (in Finnish).

 

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