Testing the television devices in Finland
FiCom coordinates the voluntary Cable/Antenna Ready HD testing and certification system for television devices in Finland.
The main objective of the certification system is to ensure the most optimal functionality of TV devices in all Finnish cable and antenna networks. Well-functioning devices and networks = shared interest of manufacturers, operators, channel companies and consumers.
Digital terrestrial and cable television broadcasts were started in Finland in 2001. Analogue switch off was completed in Finnish terrestrial networks in September 2007 and in Finnish Cable networks in March 2008. No analogue broadcasts are available in either cable or terrestrial.
First HD broadcasts began in Cable networks in late 2008 and HD services were introduced to terrestrial networks simultaneously with DVB-T2 in November 2010. Cable and terrestrial operators offer both free-to-air and pay-tv services in both standard and high definition.
In Finland approximately half of the households receive TV programs via cable network, and the other half uses terrestrial network. 29 % of Finns use IPTV services. (2020)
Watching HD channels in Finland
In order to watch HD channels in Finnish television, you need to have the right kind of set top box or/and television. Choose your television device depending on whether you watch television via antenna or cable television network.
You’ll recognize the tested equipment with the following signs:
The Cable Ready HD tested equipment suitable for cable television networks can be found here.
The Antenna Ready HD tested equipment suitable for antenna television networks can be found here.
Test laboratories in Finland
Possibility to self-testing
In addition to laboratory testing, there is now a possibility of self-testing by manufacturers: the manufacturer can choose to test the device itself instead of having the entire testing done by a testing laboratory.
Cable/Antenna Ready HD testing is based on The Finnish Unified Specifications, and FiCom’s collaborative laboratories will continue to be responsible for field testing.
The Finnish Unified Specifications
4.2 release | In force for IRDs launched after 24th December 2021
- Unified Test Plan for DVB-C and DVB-T2 digital receivers for the Finnish market, version 4.2
- Unified Requirements of DVB-C and DVB-T2 digital receivers for the Finnish market, version 4.2
- Unified Security Requirements of HDTV DVB-C and DVB-T2 digital receiver for Finnish market, version 4.2
- Unified Rules of Operation for Digital Cable and Terrestrial Television Networks in Finland, version 4.2
- ZIP incl. all the 4.1 release documents
- Unified Test Plan for DVB-C and DVB-T2 digital receivers for the Finnish market Version 4.1
- Unified Requirements of DVB-C and DVB-T2 digital receivers for the Finnish market Version 4.1
- Unified Rules of Operation for Digital Cable and Terrestrial Television Networks in Finland Version 4.1