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. Pay-TV channels will adopt the new broadcasting technology even earlier.

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 but Yle's HD channels are available in your region, you can check whether 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 (in Finnish). If you can view 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).

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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