Changes in the terrestrial network and HD broadcasts

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

The transition was scheduled for March 2020, but the TV operators announced on 24 October 2018 that the transition will be delayed. Read more in the TV operators’ announcement (in Finnish).

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

Programmes available in the terrestrial TV network by multiplex (in Finnish):

Reception of programmes available in Digita's TV networks requires an UHF antenna, and reception of programmes available in DNA's TV networks a VHF antenna.

To receive the programmes of both networks, the viewer needs two separate antennas as provided in FICORA Regulation 65. However, the Regulation does not oblige anyone to install both antennas (unless required by Yle's must-carry obligation regarding HD broadcasts).

Antenna instructions [pdf, 101 KB] (in Finnish)

Check that your TV is ready for the future

See also: - the ABC of HD broadcasting (in Finnish)

Transition to the DVB-T2 broadcasting technology is based on the Communications Policy Programme for Electronic Media (in Finnish), issued in 2012 by the Government as a report to the Parliament of Finland, as well as on international decisions. In March 2016, television companies (National Broadcasting Company YLE 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.

The TV operators announced on 24 October 2018 that the transition will be delayed, see in news (in Finnish).

Ficora`s press releases:

13.6.2018 FICORA’s report: more than 400,000 households have devices not capable of receiving television broadcasting via the terrestrial network in 2020

22.11.2017 Reminder from FICORA and the FCCA: Getting a TV for Christmas? Make sure it works after 2020
12.4.2017 The new licence period for the terrestrial TV network brings channel changes
25.1.2017 Frequency changes completed: 700 MHz band reallocated to wireless broadband as from 1 February

18.10.2016 HDTV slowly entering terrestrial TV households
23.9.2016 Broadcasting technology upgrade places major responsibility on electronics retailers

28.8.2015 FICORA's customer information point provides channel search help during frequency changes
1.6.2015 Frequency changes for the terrestrial television will begin at the end of July 

28.11.2013 Ensure that your new TV set or set-top box is HD ready

Key words: Spectrum , Television , Cable

Updated 01.11.2018

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