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Television in Sweden

Television in Sweden began in Sweden in the early 1950s with the first test transmissions, prior to the opening of the first station, Radiotjänst, two years later. A second channel was launched in 1969. Commercial television arrived in the 1980s through cable television and in 1992, the country's first terrestrial commercial channel was launched.

The shutdown of the analogue service in Sweden started on September 19, 2005, and was finished on October 29, 2007.

Typically, non-Swedish content is subtitled, but maintains the original language soundtrack. Non-Swedish programming intended for children is, however, usually dubbed into Swedish. Regardless of intended audience, some shows receive a Swedish title, which is used in programme schedules.

Many of the channels targeting Sweden are not actually broadcasting from Sweden, but from other countries (mostly from the United Kingdom). This is done to avoid the Swedish Broadcasting Law which restricts advertising heavily.

Contents

  • History 1
  • Media companies 2
  • Viewing share 3
  • See also 4
  • References 5

History

The first trial television broadcasts in Sweden were launched on October 29, 1954, from the Royal Institute of Technology in Stockholm. Prior to this, some Swedes could watch television originating in other countries, notably Denmark, where thrice-weekly television broadcasts by the public service broadcaster, Statsradiofonien (now Danmarks Radio) had begun in 1951.

The official launch of television in Sweden took place on September 4, 1956 when the Radiotjänst Television service was launched on the high power Nacka transmitter. The service was funded by a license fee with no advertising and was operated by Radiotjänst, which was also in charge of the nation's two radio networks. Daily broadcasts started in 1957 and Radiotjänst was renamed as Sveriges Radio. The first television news programme in Sweden, Aktuellt, was broadcast on 2 September 1958 and continues to this day on SVT2.

A second channel was discussed throughout the 1960s. It was eventually decided that a second channel would launch and that it would have the same business model as the first channel. TV2, as the new channel was called, launched on 5 December 1969 and the first channel was subsequently renamed TV1. Both channels were operated by Sverige Radio and funded by licence fees.

Colour broadcasts had started in the 1960s, but launched officially in April 1970. Trial broadcasts for regional television began in 1970 with regional news programmes in Sveriges Television, now held total responsibility for television broadcasting.

Cable television started becoming common in the 1980s. At this time, the cable companies also started relaying international satellite channels. The first Swedish-language satellite channel was TV3 which started in December 1987. Two other early satellite channels were Nordic Channel (later known as Kanal 5), which started in 1989 and TV4, which was launched in 1990. The arrival of commercial satellite channels fueled a debate on allowing advertising on terrestrial services. Eventually, it was decided that a commercial channel would be allowed to broadcast terrestrially. TV4 won the rights to broadcast terrestrially during the autumn of 1991 and subsequently launched in March 1992.

Other cable channels available to receive in Sweden at the time included FilmNet (1985), TV1000 (1989), ZTV (1991), TV21 (1993), TV6 (1994), TV8 (1997) and Viasat Sport (1999).

Sweden was one of the first countries in the world to launch digital terrestrial television in April 1999. The arrival of digital television in the country has caused the number of television channels to multiply. The first high-definition television channel targeting the Nordic countries was C More HD, which launched in 2005. SVT and TV4 made their first high-definition broadcasts in 2006.

Media companies

Four media companies dominate the Swedish television market:

Viewing shares in 2011.

Viewing share

Viewing shares in Sweden 1994-2010

The five largest channels by ratings have been SVT1, SVT2, TV3, TV4 and Kanal 5 since the 1990s, with SVT1 and TV4 attracting the largest audiences. In 2006, the most watched non-"big 5" channels were TV4 Plus, TV6, Eurosport, Discovery Channel and MTV. There were never more than three national channels in the analogue terrestrial network: SVT1 (from 1956), SVT2 (from 1969) and TV4 (from 1992).

Swedish television channels listed by their viewing share 1998-2011. Source: MMS.

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SVT1 22 22 20 27 27 25 25 24.2 21.8 19.0 19.2 21.0 23.2 22.9 24.3 23.3
SVT2 26 25 24 17 16 15 15 14.3 14.5 12.5 10.5 7.5 6.9 6.7 6.7 6.9
TV3 10 11 11 11 10 10 10 10.5 9.4 9.3 8.8 8.4 8.1 7.2 6.4 6.2
TV4 27 27 27 28 25 25 24 23.2 22.2 21.2 20.1 19.4 19.2 19.6 18.9 20.1
Kanal 5 6 6 6 6 8 8 8 9.2 8.8 8.2 8.0 7.2 6.8 6.5 6.1 5.9
ZTV/TV6 0.7 1.3 1.6 1.4 1.4 1.5 1.8 2.3 3.2 4.5 4.7 5.2 5.2 4.8 4.1 4.4
Eurosport 1.6 1.5 1.7 1.6 1.4 1.7 1.9 1.6 1.6 1.4 0.9 0.9 0.6 0.6 0.6 0.5
MTV 0.8 0.8 0.7 0.7 0.9 0.7 0.8 0.9 1.1 1.1 1.2 0.9 0.8 0.5 0.4 0.4
Discovery 0.3 0.2 0.4 0.5 0.8 0.9 1.3 1.9 1.7 1.9 1.7 1.8 1.2 1.2 1.3 1.4
TV6/Viasat Nature/Action/Crime 0.9 0.5 0.5 0.5 0.5 0.3 0.4 0.3 0.3 0.4 0.4 0.3 0.2 0.2 0.2 0.2
Cartoon Network 0.3 0.5 0.5 0.4 0.5 0.7 0.3 0.6 0.6 0.5 0.5 0.4 0.5 0.5 0.5 0.4
Canal+ 0.2 0.3 0.2 0.3 0.7 0.7 0.7 0.4 0.2
TV8 0.0 0.1 0.1 0.1 0.1 0.1 0.1 0.3 0.6 1.0 1.8 2.4 2.8 3.3 3.1
Animal Planet 0.0 0.1 0.1 0.3 0.4 0.4 0.6 0.6 0.6 0.6 0.6 0.4 0.4 0.3
Nickelodeon 0.0 0.3 0.3 0.3 0.4 0.8 0.6 0.9 0.9 0.9 0.7 0.7 0.6
SVT24 0.1 0.3 0.3 0.5 1.0 1.4 1.9 1.5 1.0 0.8 0.7 0.6
TV4 Plus/Sjuan 0.6 1.3 1.8 2.4 3.3 3.9 4.0 3.7 4.0 4.3 4.5
Discovery Mix 0.8 0.8 0.3 0.3 0.2
Disney Channel 0.4 0.6 0.8 1.0 1.3 1.3 1.0 0.8 0.8 0.8 0.9
TV400/TV11 0.0 0.0 0.2 0.4 0.6 0.6 0.6 0.5 1.1 1.1 0.5
TLC 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.1 0.1 0.1 0.1 0.4 0.3 0.4
SVTB[1] 0.3 0.4 0.7 1.5 2.3 3.0 2.8 3.4 3.8 3.5
TV4 Sport 0.0 0.1 0.3 1.1 1.4 1.3 1.4 1.4 1.5
TV4 Film 0.3 0.5 0.8 0.9 0.9 0.8 0.7 0.7 0.7
TV4 Fakta 0.1 0.4 0.7 0.7 1.1 1.2 1.1 0.9 1.0
Kunskapskanalen[1] 0.1 0.3 0.4 1.0 0.9 1.0 0.9
Disney Junior 0.0 0.2 0.2 0.4 0.4 0.4 0.4 0.4
Kanal 9 0.9 1.6 2.0 2.2 2.2 2.1 2.0
TV4 Guld 0.2 0.3 0.4 0.4 0.5 0.4 0.6
TV10 0.3 0.8 0.9 1.0
Disney XD 0.4 0.3 0.5 0.4

See also

References

  1. ^ a b In 2008 and 2009, the numbers for Kunskapskanalen were reported as a part of Barnkanalen
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