HDTV slowly entering terrestrial TV households

Published 18.10.2016

A recent study shows that just 39 per cent of households receiving only terrestrial television have a television set or set-top box enabling high-definition (HD) broadcasts. In May, the corresponding figure was 37 per cent.

Out of all TV households, 67 per cent have at least one television set capable of receiving HD broadcasts. This percentage includes all reception types: cable, terrestrial, satellite and IPTV.

New broadcasting technology in the terrestrial network requires a DVB-T2 tuner

The terrestrial TV network will migrate fully to DVB-T2 technology on 31 March 2020. The new technology enables HD broadcasts, or alternatively, providing a higher number of channels with standard quality. Pay-TV channels will start DVB-T2 broadcasting even earlier.

To be able to watch programmes within the new technology, viewers must have a television set or set-top box fitted with a DVB-T2 tuner. Retail stores are still selling televisions for the terrestrial network that do not have a DVB-T2 tuner. According to market research institute GfK, 10 per cent of television sets and 2 per cent of set-top boxes sold in August do not have a DVB-T2 tuner. It is the salesperson's duty to tell customers who are buying a device whether they can use it also after the broadcasting technology changes.

The 'Antenna Ready HD' label guarantees that the device is tested in Finland and it is suitable for watching both standard-definition and HD television broadcasts. A list of tested equipment is available (in Finnish) at: www.testatutlaitteet.fi.

Cable, satellite and IPTV broadcasting technologies will not undergo any changes.

Background of the study

In early October, FICORA and the Ministry of Transport and Communications commissioned a study from Finnpanel covering households in the television audience measurement panel. The panel includes around 1,100 households representing the households in mainland Finland. Receivers in holiday homes were excluded from the study.

Figure: Penetration of HD ready tuners by signal reception

Source: Finnpanel

The figure reads as follows:
HD channels may be viewed in 100% of IPTV households
77% of receivers in IPTV households enable watching HD channels

Further information:

Tiina Aaltonen, Project Coordinator, tel. +358 295 390 526

For more information about the future changes in the terrestrial TV network, visit FICORA's website.

HDTVopas.fi provides more information about HD broadcasting in the terrestrial television network (in Finnish).

Key words: Spectrum , Television , Antenna , Terrestrial TV , News

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