2020-02-19

    More sports and HD channels when new licences for the terrestrial network are announced

    The Swedish Press and Broadcasting Authority announced on Feb 18 which broadcasters will receive new licences to broadcast in the terrestrial network. There are a total of 48 program services, ie TV channels, which have been granted licences. All in all, there is a wide range of TV channels and new to this licensing period is that there will be more channels broadcasting in HD and more sports channels. The new permits will apply from 1 April 2020 to 31 December 2025.

      - I see it as very positive that we received so many applications, it shows that there is a great interest in the terrestrial network. Although the terrestrial network currently has competition from other distribution platforms, it is still important, especially for those living in areas in Sweden that still does not have broadband, says Charlotte Ingvar-Nilsson, Director General of the Authority.

    New for the coming permit period is that more sports channels are granted licences and that the number of channels that broadcast in hd quality may increase during the permit period. A transition to more efficient technology for compressing and transmitting the signal will make space in the terrestrial network so that more channels can switch to broadcast in hd quality.

    Swedes' media consumption is changing, while there is still a great interest in sports and entertainment programs that broadcast live. The children have also made a move and have been quick to adopt new ways of consumption for moving images. This development is reflected in the permits granted.

    The following channels have received licences:

    Broadcaster

    Media service

    (Broadcasting quality)

    Al Jazeera Media Network 

    Al Jazeera English (sd)

    Axess Publishing AB

    Axess (sd)

    BBC Studios Distribution Ltd 

    BBC Earth (sd)

    BBC Global News Ltd

    BBC World News (sd)

    C More Entertainment AB 

    C More First (sd)

    C More Entertainment AB

    C More Fotboll & Stars HD (hd)

    C More Entertainment AB 

    C More Golf & SF-kanalen (sd)

    C More Entertainment AB

    C More Hockey & Hits (sd)

    C More Entertainment AB 

    C More Live (sd)

    C More Entertainment AB

    C More Series (sd)

    C More Entertainment AB 

    Sportkanalen HD (hd)

    CSI Sports Network Ltd

    Fight Sports (sd)

    Discovery Corporate Services Ltd 

    Animal Planet (hd)

    Discovery Corporate Services Ltd

    Discovery Channel (sd)

    Discovery Corporate Services Ltd 

    Investigation Discovery

    Discovery Corporate Services Ltd

    Kanal 5 (sd)

    Discovery Corporate Services Ltd 

    Kanal 5 (hd)

    Discovery Corporate Services Ltd

    Kanal 9 (sd)

    Discovery Corporate Services Ltd 

    Kanal 11 (sd)

    Discovery Corporate Services Ltd

    TLC (sd)

    Eurosport SAS 

    Eurosport 1 (sd)

    Eurosport SAS

    Eurosport 2 (sd)

    Fox Networks Group Espana S.L.

    FOX (sd)

    VIMN Netherlands B.V.

    MTV (sd)

    NGC Europe Ltd

    National Geographic (hd)

    Nickelodeon International Ltd

    Nick Jr. (sd)

    Nickelodeon International Ltd

    Nickelodeon (sd)

    Nordic Entertainment Group UK Ltd

    TV10 (sd)

    Nordic Entertainment Group UK Ltd

    TV3 (hd)

    Nordic Entertainment Group UK Ltd

    TV3 (sd)

    Nordic Entertainment Group UK Ltd

    TV3 Sport (sd)

    Nordic Entertainment Group UK Ltd

    TV6 (sd)

    Nordic Entertainment Group UK Ltd

    TV8 (sd)

    Nordic Entertainment Group UK Ltd

    Viasat Film Premiere (sd)

    Nordic Entertainment Group UK Ltd

    Viasat Hockey (sd)

    Nordic Entertainment Group UK Ltd

    Viasat Motor (sd)

    Nordic Entertainment Group UK Ltd

    Viasat Series (sd)

    Nordic Entertainment Group UK Ltd

    Viasat Sport Premium (sd)

    Sverigefinska Riksförbundet

    TV Finland (sd)

    Turner Broadcasting System Europe Ltd

    Cartoon Network (sd)

    Turner Broadcasting System Europe Ltd

    CNN International (sd)

    TV4 AB

    Sjuan (sd)

    TV4 AB

    TV12 (sd)

    TV4 AB

    TV4 (sd)

    TV4 AB

    TV4 Fakta (sd)

    TV4 AB

    TV4 Film (sd)

    TV4 AB

    TV4 HD (hd)

    VIMN Netherlands B.V.

    Paramount Network (sd)


    Background

    In the application process we received 78 applications from some 20 program companies. Since the broadcasting space in the terrestrial network is limited, a selection procedure is required. In order for a broadcaster to be able to obtain a permit, they must have the financial and technical prerequisites to submit throughout the permit period. In the selection process, we have taken into account that the total supply must satisfy different tastes and interests. We have also taken into account that the licenses are distributed among several independent broadcasters.

    For further information please contact:

    Eva Bengtsson Åström, +46 8-580 070 24

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    Last updated 2/19/2020