Terrestrial television distribution and multiplexes

About a half of the people in Finland watch TV at home via the terrestrial network, usually with a rooftop antenna. The terrestrial TV network reaches over 99.9 % of the people in Finland. Terrestrial TV is also the most common reception method used at summer houses and second homes.

In mainland Finland, TV channels in terrestrial TV networks are distributed in seven different multiplexes (MUX) with national or nearly national coverage. Two companies, Digita Ltd and DNA Ltd, have network licences to the multiplexes, or distribution networks.

In addition to national networks, there are also regional multiplexes.

The reception of terrestrial TV broadcasts requires at least a DVB-T receiver. Watching DVB-T2 broadcasts requires a receiver compatible with the DVB-T2 standard.

Not all programme channels are available all over the country. Broadcasting licences set requirements on how large a share of the population each programme must reach. In practice, the service areas of broadcasts exceed the minimum requirements.

Information on available services can be found in the internet sites of the operators (www.digita.fi, www.dna.fi).

In addition, joint antenna systems are subject to the transmission obligation. This means that a housing company, a real estate company, or any similar administrator of a joint antenna system must ensure that certain programmes and services are available to the users unmodified and simultaneously with the original broadcast.

Read more about the transmission obligation.

TV broadcasting in Åland

The television broadcasts available in Åland are different from those in mainland Finland. In Åland, nine TV channels are available through two multiplexes.

Ålands radio och tv (ÅRTV) (in Swedish)

See also:

TV stations in Finland
Radio stations in Finland

Key words: Television , Coverage area , TV coverage , Terrestrial , Guidelines

Updated 11.09.2014

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