The new licence period for the terrestrial TV network brings channel changes

Published 12.04.2017

The new licence period for the terrestrial TV network starts on 17 May 2017. There will be changes in the channel selection and some of the channels are moved to new broadcasting frequencies. This means that TV viewers must perform a new channel search. The changes will affect the coverage areas, and therefore some of the viewers will receive fewer channels than before.

In January, FICORA granted programming licences for the DNA's VHF network and the local multiplex of the Ostrobothnia region. These licences are in force until 2027. At the same time, the Government granted programming licences for the UHF network where there was not sufficient transmission capacity for all applicants.

The majority of the current terrestrial network TV channels will continue in the new licence period. On 17 May, some of the channels are moved from one multiplex to another and their broadcasting frequencies will change. Therefore, households receiving their TV programmes via the terrestrial TV network must search these channels again. If the TV receiver does not perform an automatic channel search or update the channel list, the channels must be search manually. The upcoming changes in the contents of the multiplexes do not require tuning of the antenna systems in single-family houses or in housing companies.

Digita Info provides assistance to consumers if they have problems with channel coverage.

The new programming licences do not bind the TV channels to a certain multiplex or include any coverage obligations. The TV operators can therefore more freely than before choose the multiplex and agree on the channel coverage areas with the network operator in charge of the distribution. With the new licence period, the coverage areas of some of the channels will change, which means that some viewers will receive fewer channels than before. The TV operators have, however, increased their provision of programmes via the internet and will provide further information on the alternatives, if necessary.

Information about how the TV channels are placed in multiplexes will be provided on Digita’s website within a few weeks:

Further information

Suvi Juurakko-Lehikoinen, Head of Fixed Radiocommunication Networks, tel. +358 295 390 446

Tiina Aaltonen, Project Coordinator, tel. +358 295 390 526

Key words: Spectrum , Television , Antenna , Coverage , Coverage area , Licences , TV coverage , News

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