The broadcasting capacity for terrestrial tv is limited. Anyone wanting to broadcast their TV channel must therefore apply for a licence. These broadcasting licences can be applied for every six years.
What is terrestrial TV?
The terrestrial network is the traditional way of receiving television broadcasts. The TV signal is transmitted via tall masts on the ground and is picked up by the antenna on your roof. The broadcasting capacity for terrestrial tv is limited., which means that there are more TV channels wanting to broadcast than there is capacity in the terrestrial network. That is why anyone wanting to broadcast their TV channel must apply for a licence. These broadcasting licences can be applied for every six years. When deciding which channels to license, we take into account factors such as the need for a wide range of services and a variety of market players. At present, 47 TV channels are licensed to broadcast in the terrestrial network. Together with the public service channels which are decided by the Government, this creates diversity in the terrestrial TV network.
Although you can receive TV in several other ways nowadays, terrestrial TV is still an important form of broadcasting that reaches virtually all areas of the country.
Facts – Current licences for terrestrial TV
Number of licences granted
- 47 national
- 1 regional
Number of HD-quality channels
- 7 HD channels
Further channels have switched to HD quality during the licence period.
Licences for public service broadcasters
The Government decides on broadcasting licences for public service broadcasters (SVT1, SVT2 and others)