When buying a new television, it is worth checking with the salesperson that the TV is “HD ready”, i.e. capable of accepting and displaying high-definition (HD) signals. Otherwise you might find yourself with an outdated model that in a couple of years’ time will not receive all the channels.
Householders with TV aerials who are looking to buy a new television or a digital set-top box should ensure that the new equipment is capable of receiving second-generation terrestrial digital video broadcasts (DVB-T2). It is worth checking this with the salesperson. Salespeople have a legal obligation to inform consumers of the interoperability of equipment and broadcasting technologies. This information must also be provided on online shopping websites. An “Antenna Ready HD” label on a product indicates that the equipment has been tested in Finland and ensures that the consumer will in the future be able to receive all terrestrial (aerial-based) television channels.
“Consumers must always be given clear and up-to-date information about product characteristics to allow them to make informed decisions. The technology used in these kinds of equipment is evolving very quickly, but all salespeople must be able to provide information about the products that they are offering for sale and the essential differences between them. Sales staff training is part of responsible trading”, explains Consumer Ombudsman Päivi Hentunen.
New broadcasting technology that enables high-definition, or HD, broadcasts will be introduced extensively across all terrestrial television channels in Finland as of the beginning of 2017. The change means that, if their television or digital set-top box does not have a DVB-T2 tuner, consumers will no longer be able to receive all terrestrial television channels. A more detailed channel-specific transition schedule is yet to be confirmed, but terrestrial pay-TV channels will be the first ones to be affected. The last to transition to the new technology will be the channels of the Finnish Broadcasting Company and so-called general-interest channels (currently MTV3 and Nelonen).
Although cable and satellite television networks will not be overhauled to the same extent as the terrestrial television network, watching programmes in high definition and receiving all HD channels will, in the future, require the correct kind of receiver. With regard to the cable network, consumers can ask the salesperson about this or look for a “Cable Ready HD” label on the television or digital set-top box.
There are also various guides available for choosing the right television and pay-TV package.
- HDTVOPAS.fi (in finnish and swedish)
The website contains basic information about HD broadcasts across terrestrial, cable and satellite television networks as well as online via the IPTV system.
- Information about high-definition (HD) technology (in finnish)
(Finnish Communications Regulatory Authority) https://www.viestintavirasto.fi/tvradio/teravapiirtoelihd.html
- testatutlaitteet.fi (in finnish)
The website lists all televisions and digital set-top boxes that have been tested in Finland for both the cable television network and the terrestrial television network.
- kaikkitelevisiosta.fi (in finnish)
Information about television channels and equipment
- Buying televisions and pay-TV packages (Finnish Competition and Consumer Authority)