Estonia’s Levira has announced it is ready to continue digital TV broadcasting in both SD and HD quality in 2021-2022.
This follows and agreement with the public broadcaster ERR and, according to the company, has been communicated in a letter sent to ERR, the Ministry of Culture and Ministry of Finance.
As previously reported by Broadband TV News, there is still a high dependence on terrestrial TV services in the country. Separately, Levira has advised viewers to watch TV channels terrestrially during the coronavirus emergency in order to reduce the load on mobile internet. According to Elisa, the total daily consumption in the mobile network has increased by about a third, and even in the evening peak hours a load increase of up to 10% can be seen.
Tiit Tammiste, chairman of the management board at Levira, said: “Levira masts broadcast air-to-air TV images all over Estonia and normally there are almost 200,000 viewers with an antenna. Currently, there could be many more, because technically there are no limits to the number of viewers and air-broadcast TV images are also available in HD quality”.
With an antenna, viewers can watch four FTA TV channels in Estonia – ETV, ETV2, ETV + and the English-language news channel France24. There is also no need sign a contract with any service provider. In addition, Levira also broadcasts 43 pay-DTT channels, which can be watched with the Elisa TV package.
Silver Soomre, head of Elisa TV, added: “Elisa offers high-quality television service all over Estonia and, as the only television operator, also supports watching pay-TV channels with an antenna. With the Elisa classic package, it is possible to watch 43 TV channels, of which 10 domestic TV channels are also available in clear HD format. If necessary, our technicians will help with the installation of the antenna as well as setting up all the necessary equipment and tuning up the TV”.