Satellite Television in Finland
Satellite TV is not common in Finland. As in the other Nordic countries Viasat and Canal Digital are the two competing satellite platforms, each having about 50,000 subscribers.
Finland's 'extreme' northerly location can make it difficult to receive a good signal, and people's experiences with satellite TV are not always positive. It's worth doing some research before you invest in a satellite system; it may be that everything will work great, but it could also be that your apartment faces the wrong direction for you to get what you're hoping for at all!
You should have a reasonably large dish, and you also have to ensure you have a decent 'window' to the south to point the dish at. If you plan to install the dish on the balcony of an apartment, first make sure with your building manager that you are allowed to do so! If you are NOT allowed, Canal Digital's site says dishes can also be installed inside the apartment.
I am no expert regarding satellite TV; it's all a matter of finding the right advice. The best local knowledge will come from a discussion forum such as Finland Forum - search satellite, for example, and check the topic headlines in the results to see which posts apply to your situation.
A popular demand is for Sky Television; it seems a lot of expats out there can't do without it! Sky TV can be received in Finland but not always with ease; in some situations I believe it's impossible. From what I gather:
- You'll need a satellite dish at least 120cm in diameter
- You'll need to be able to point it at the Astra2 satellite , so your apartment has to have a suitable aspect
- You must have a Sky viewing card and a Sky digital receiver
- For Finland-specific information from locals, search "Sky TV" at Finland Forum
- For more general information search "Sky TV" Finland at Google or another search engine
Canal Digital and Viasat both offer comprehensive satellite TV channel packages. Remarkably, both these sites offer information in Finnish only. It's my understanding that when a fixed-term contract is made, each of these operators provides the basic equipment (ex. a satellite set-top box, satellite dish, antenna cables) as well as installation. I also understand that you will need a separate satellite set-top box for each TV you want to view these channels on, and that extra boxes will mean additional charges.
My understanding of the details is limited - make sure you know what you're getting before signing up!
Both sites work OK in Google Translate: www.translate.google.com
In autumn 2005, Canal Digital was the first television company in Finland to begin supplying HDTV channels. As of January 2015 they offer a variety of 'channel packets' from about €30 - €60 per month including the smartcard. 'Add-on' sports and adult channels are also available.
Check Tuotteet > Kanavapaketit at the site for package details.
Canal Digital: www.canaldigital.fi or Phone 0207 699 000 Mon-Fri 08.00 - 20.00, Sat 10.00 - 16.00 Charges apply
As of January 2015 Viasat offers a variety of entertainment, documentary, children's, sports and movie channels, in satellite packages ranging from €30 - €60 per month. I think the smartcard is an additional €5 per month, but I'm not certain!
Check Tilaa > Satelliittipaketit at the site for package details.
Viasat: www.viasat.fi or Phone 09 4249 5500 Mon-Fri 10:00 - 19:00 Charges may apply
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