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Which areas are covered by the digital terrestrial televisjon?

The coverage map

By using our coverage map, you can search by street address, postal code, city or place name and find out if your household or leisure home is covered by the basic network.

Note: The map shows those areas that are covered in theory. It will be updated if any alterations are made.

mork_gronnDark green = very good coverage: You can use an outdoor antenna.

lys_gronnLighter green = good coverage: You should use an outdoor antenna, and install it high and clear from obstacles.

gra_fargeGrey = possible coverage: You may have coverage, but local conditions are variable. You have to use an extra strong outdoor antenna. In most cases it is also necesssary to use extra exquipment in order to receive signals. Note that there is a chance you will not have coverage.

hvit_boksWhite  = probably no coverage: You are probably not covered by the digital ground-based network. In some cases, depending on how far it is to the nearest transmitter (area with coverage), it might still be possible to receive signals by using an extra strong outdoor antenna. If you plan to try to get a signal, try with an extra strong outdoor antenna. In addition you should use extra exquipment. Still be prepared for the possibility that you may not have coverage.

Concerning the best transmitter placement of antenna:

On adjusting the antenna: If you are currently using an antenna receiver and you receive TV 2s main channel, you should normally not have to readjust your antenna. If you currently do not receive TV 2s main channel but do have coverage (green colour in the map), zoom out to see where your best transmitter is located. Point your antenna towards the best transmitter. Green colour (dark or light green) in the map indicates that there is coverage for digital TV signals if the antenna is placed up to l 10 metres above the ground.

Best transmitter:

The best transmitter is the transmitter in the digital ground-based network that provides the best TV signals at the address. Local obstructions, such as other buildings, may nevertheless obstruct the line of sight between the transmitter and your antenna. In such cases, you should point your antenna towards one of the other transmitters shown on the map.

In some cases, signals will be reflected, for example, off a nearby mountain. Try pointing your antenna in the direction the signals are coming from. If you are setting up an outdoor antenna for the first time: Determine from the map where the best transmitter is located, and point your antenna towards it. If another building is obstructing your antennas line of sight, try pointing the antenna in the direction of one of the other transmitters.

Concerning the digital signals: Measurements indicate that digital TV signals can provide good TV images even when reflected for example -off mountains -before they reach your antenna. In such cases, analogue signals will often result in an unclear or bad TV picture. This means that locally, around your house, it may be possible to pick up signals from more than one direction, and that you may have coverage even if you do not have a clear line of sight to a transmitter. You may also call a local installation contractor, or TV-dealer if you need further assistance.

Not covered by the digital ground-based network

Approximately 70% of all households in Norway currently employ other forms of TV reception than the analogue ground-based network, e.g. cable, satellite, or various forms of broadband/IP-TV. This means that most households that are not covered by the digital ground-based network already have some other type of TV reception for at least one of their TV sets.

In view of these facts, the authorities have made it a requirement that Norges Televisjon should develop the basic network so that it provides coverage for 95% of the population, and that a satellite shadow network should be built for those with no access to other forms of TV reception (see above).

Beyond this, the basic network is required to cover 70% of all leisure homes. Households with no coverage either from the basic network or the satellite shadow network have the option of cable TV, satellite TV or some other relevant technology, and must resort to this.

Satellite shadow areas:

Households that are not covered by the digital ground-based network (basic network) and that are not able to receive satellite signals, and that do not have cable TV or access to other forms of TV reception will get coverage from a so-called satellite shadow network in accordance with specific criteria (see below). This applies to approximately 5,200 households on a national basis. All NRKs televisjon and radio channels that will be offered in the satellite shadow areas. The satellite shadow network will consist of approximately 600 masts, and will be completed in each region before the analogue networks are shut down.

Coverage: Check coverage on http://www.ntv.no/satellittskygge

Receiver (set-top box): Due to technological and topographic reasons the satellite shadow network will be based on two different technical solutions. The majority will be based on the same technology as basic network, with the same rules and recommendations for the use of decoder and antenna. Although in certain areas in all regions technology from a company called Paneda is used. Everybody who lives in satellitt shadow areas will receive information regarding this at what type of Receiver they will need to use. If you receiver signals from the Paneda-solution you will need a Paneda receiver.

Criteria for the development of satellite shadow coverage:

 Here are the main criteria for coverage from the satellite shadow network. These are excerpts from NTVs concession, which was awarded by the Ministry of Transport and Communications on 2 June 2006.

"Norges Televisjon shall see to it that persons with a permanent address in the satellite shadow area are able to receive NRK?s TV channels. Residences in areas that lie within a satellite shadow are reckoned to be residences which, due to topographical factors, are not able to receive signals by satellite where NRK is available. NTV?s obligation to provide coverage in these areas presupposes that all the criteria below are met: The residence in question cannot receive signals from a satellite where NRK is available because:

• there is no clear line of sight from the parabolic antenna to the satellite, even when the parabolic antenna has been optimally placed on the building and is at least five metres above ground.

• nor is a free-standing placement of the parabolic antenna possible on ones own property up to five metres above ground and up to 100 metres from a house wall in order to get a clear line of sight to the satellite, and

• the clear line of sight and reception is obstructed by mountains or some other fixed object (topographical conditions) The residence in question is not able to receive a stable enough and strong enough television signal corresponding to the capacity of a signal package, even though an outdoor receiver antenna with 15 dBd amplification up to 10m above ground has been installed, as well as a low noise antenna amplifier. The residence in question cannot, merely by paying a connection fee and/or a general subscription fee, connect to a cable network or some other relevant transmission technology. If the clear line of sight is merely obstructed by vegetation, buildings or other local conditions, the residence in question is not in a satellite shadow."

Satellite transmission

If your household has to acquire a satellite dish in order to receive digital TV, contact your local TV-distributor or contact one of the satellite digital TV providers (Canal Digital and Viasat). They will supply you with a programme card free of change which will give you access to NRKs entire TV and radio public broadcast services. You do not need to subscribe you further channels. You are only responsible for acquiring receiver equipment (such as satellite dish and belonging receiver). This can be bought from your satellite TV-provider for maximum 1500 kr.

Most households (8 out of 10) who are not covered by the DDT-net already receive satellite television on at least one of their television sets.