The multiplexes are part of the Digita terrestrial TV network and will run for ten years. The licence term will begin on May 17 and end on January 10, 2027.
“We are delighted that the number of advertiser-funded free channels is growing, as it has in previous years. Since 2014, their number has increased by an annual average of two; it seems that, at the beginning of the new licence period, TV viewers will have access to 20 free channels via our network,” says Digita’s CEO Juha-Pekka Weckström. “We are very pleased to see entirely new channels, such as the Olympic Channel, SBS Extra and Comedy Central.”
Finland plans to move all terrestrial broadcasters to the high definition format by 2020.
At present, Digita’s terrestrial TV broadcasts reach 99.96 per cent of the population of mainland Finland.