The majority of Finland’s pay-TV channels and all high definition channels are already being broadcast with the technology.
“This change will only apply to pay-TV channels received over the terrestrial network. For the majority of terrestrial-network households, this will entail no changes to the channel offering. To continue viewing the channels, viewers will need to make a channel search on 17 May. If your receiver does not support automatic channel searches, you may have to update the channels manually”, explains Pekka Väisänen, Senior Vice President, Consumer Business at DNA.
After the change, 85% of the Finnish population will live within the coverage of all terrestrial-network pay-TV channels.
The move is part of a wider change that will see Finland move entirely to DVB-T2 from the present DVB-T on March 31, 2020.
Separately, DNA is bringing in a new Android-based ecosystem, the DNA TV-hubi. The new Android TV device will bring downloadable applications to the TV, including support for content in up to 4K resolution and integrates traditional TV channels and online services.