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What is the ground based digital network?

Digital broadcasting

The ground based digital network offers more channels, new services and quality picture and sound . The digital ground-based network consists of approximately 430 masts on mountain tops and ridges.

Additionally, 531 satelliteshadow transmitters supply the approximately 6000 households who cannot recieve TV-signals from  the digital ground-based or elsewise with TV-signals. The  network provides the entire country with a broad-based range of TV and radio channels. Initially, 24 TV channels and 16 radio channels are offered either in packages or individual channels. See RiksTV for more information. NRKs entire television and radio services are available for free.

In order to receive the digital TV signals via antenna, every TV set must have a digital receiver (set-top box) or a TV with a built-in digital receiver.

New digital services

Digital broadcasts open for new services such as digital teletext, recording and downloading of programmes, electronic programme guide, parent control, services for disabled such as advanced teletext and and picture in picture (PIP).

Commersial transition

The transition from analogue to digital TV-signals was a commercial operation, without financial support from the Government. The entire population now has access to digital television. All households have access to NRKs entire television and radio services. This includes any services that are developed for public broadcasting.