Transition to HD broadcasts

All free-to-air TV channels in the UHF band networks will migrate to a new broadcasting technology (DVB-T2) by 31 March 2020. All terrestrial pay-TV channels are already being broadcast using the new technology only.

The DVB-T2 broadcasting technology enables a wider selection of high-definition (HD) broadcasts or 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.

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

Check whether 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, select channel 100 and see if you get a test image. This test channel is in multiplex B which covers 85 per cent of the Finnish population. To check whether multiplex B is available in your region, visit Digita's map service.

If you live within the coverage area of multiplex B and you can see the test image on channel 100, your receiver is equipped with a DVB-T2 tuner.

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

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.

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

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