Reminder from FICORA and the FCCA: Getting a TV for Christmas? Make sure it works after 2020

Published 22.11.2017 | Updated 23.11.2017

If you are planning to buy a new TV for a household connected to the terrestrial network, make sure it supports the new broadcast technology Finland is migrating to by 2020. Check compatibility at toimiikotelkkarini2020.fi.

Free-to-air-channels in Finnish terrestrial television networks will have fully migrated to the DVB-T2 technology by 31 March 2020. The technology enables high definition (HD) image resolution and a larger number of standard definition (SD) programme channels.

After the migration, only TV sets and digital set-top boxes that are compatible with the new technology are able to broadcast television channels in the terrestrial network. FICORA would therefore like to encourage Christmas and post-Christmas sale shoppers to be mindful of this.

When you buy a new TV, make sure that it supports DVB-T2. Otherwise your purchase may not function after 2020, says Project Coordinator Tiina Aaltonen from FICORA.

TV sets and digital set-top boxes that have a label that says “Antenna Ready HD" have been tested in Finland, and are guaranteed to works without problems (for example with subtitles) in all Finnish terrestrial networks. The label can usually be found on the product packaging. Check the compatibility of your television at toimiikotelkkarini2020.fi (in Finnish).

Shopping in an online store can be particularly challenging, as the way product information is presented varies. Be extra careful to check the technical details of the products you are considering to buy, and contact the online store directly if you are unsure, Aaltonen says.

The Finnish Competition and Consumer Authority (FCCA) reminds consumers that sellers are obliged to tell their customers whether their products are DVB-T2-compatible.

Also online stores are required to state this information clearly.

If you buy a TV set for this Christmas and it does go black in 2020, and the seller did not tell you that this would happen, you can seek compensation, says Legal Adviser Miina Ojajärvi from the FCCA.

The change does not apply to households watching cable, satellite or IPTV broadcasts. Moreover, if you watch pay-TV-channels, you are already using the new technology, as pay-TV-channels migrated to the new standard in May this year.

Further information:

Tiina Aaltonen, Project Coordinator, FICORA, tel. +358 (0) 295 390 526

Miina Ojajärvi, Legal Adviser, FCCA, tel. +358 (0) 29 505 3155

Checklist for TV shopping:

1. If you are unsure whether your home is in the terrestrial network or not, contact your property manager.

2. Ask the salesperson for advice! Sellers are legally obliged to let their customers know if their TV receivers will work after the migration.

3. Choose a television or a digital set-top box with a DVB-T2 tuner or which is Antenna Ready HD tested.

Check that your TV works at: toimiikotelkkarini2020.fi (in Finnish)

TV Buyer's Guide [pdf, 29 KB] (in Finnish)

Facts:

DVB-T2 = Television broadcasting technology used in the terrestrial network. Also used for carrying HDTV signals. Gradually replacing the DVB-T standard. Television sets and set-top boxes must be equipped with a DVB-T2 tuner to transmit DVB-T2 signals.

SD = Standard-definition. Standard-quality television image resolution.

HD = High-definition. Provides an image resolution which is substantially higher than standard-definition television.

IPTV = a contract-based service that enables at the minimum the linear reception of all freely available nationwide television programmes via an internet access service for a telecommunications operator's broadband customer.

Key words: Spectrum , Television , Antenna , Distribution , Networks , TV coverage , Terrestrial TV , News

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