What do the changes mean and how do they affect TV viewers?

During 2015–2016, the broadcasting channels, i.e. broadcasting frequencies, of Digita's terrestrial TV network in the UHF frequency band undergo changes. More information about these changes will be given regionally before the changes are implemented.

The technology used for broadcasting will be renewed, too. This process starts in 2017.

Frequency changes

When changing broadcasting frequencies, the main transmitter stations distribute television programmes for a limited time (1–4 weeks) both in the old and new frequencies. During this time, housing companies must ensure that their antenna systems are tuned to the new broadcasting channels. The DVB-T2 broadcasting networks (multiplexes D and H) and some gapfiller stations do not implement parallel broadcasts.

Once the antenna specialist has tuned the antenna system of a housing company, the residents must perform a channel search for the TV set or digital set-top box. Most receivers search the channels automatically after starting the channel search. Some receivers may require restoring factory settings before the channel search may be performed. It is the housing companies' duty to inform the residents about the channel search.

Those living in single-family houses must perform the channel search for the TV set after the frequency changes have been implemented in their region and the parallel broadcasts are over. There is no need to make changes in the antenna system if the antenna and the TV reception work fine as they are.

FICORA's customer service helps TV viewers in channel search during frequency changes by phone on 0295 390 280 (from abroad +358 295 390 280) on weekdays from 2 p.m. to 7 p.m.

Digita publishes information on the regional schedules of the frequency changes at www.taajuusmuutos.fi

Change of broadcasting technology

Freely available TV channels in the UHF band networks will migrate fully to a new broadcasting technology (DVB-T2) by 31 March 2020. Pay-TV channels will adopt the new broadcasting technology even earlier. The new technology enables a wider selection of high-definition (HD) broadcasts, or alternatively, a higher number of programme channels with standard (SD) quality. As a result, consumers need to obtain a TV set or a set-top box enabling the new broadcasting technology. The "Antenna Ready HD" label guarantees that the TV set or digital set-top box is equipped with a DVB-T2 tuner and it is tested in Finland. The tested receiver may be used to watch TV broadcasts in both SD and HD quality also in the future.

Although the broadcasting technology does not change in other broadcasting networks (cable, satellite, IPTV), viewers must have an appropriate receiver in order to watch HD quality broadcasts in these networks, too. HD programmes can be watched in the cable network via a TV set or digital set-top box with a "Cable Ready HD" label. Customers of the satellite and IPTV network can contact their operators for information on appropriate devices.

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

Check that your receiver is included in the list of tested devices at www.testatutlaitteet.fi (in Finnish)

If your TV set or digital set-top box is not on the list but Yle's HD channels are available in your region, you can check if the channels are viewable on the channel location reserved for them. A list of channel locations of Yle's HD programmes is available, for instance, at www.kaikkitelevisiosta.fi (on Finnish). If you can view the HD programmes, your receiver is equipped with a DVB-T2 tuner.

For more information, see our TV buyer's guide [pdf, 78 KB] (in Finnish)

Key words: Spectrum, Television, Antenna, Availability, Cable, Distribution, Networks, Terrestrial TV

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