Television in Iceland
List of channels
- Sjónvarpið, the television channel of RÚV, they are the Icelandic National Broadcasting Service. Available as free-to-view on the satellite Thor 2.
- Stöð 2, the oldest privately owned television channel in Iceland (1986). Also available as Stöð 2+ with one hour delay.
- Stöð 2 Extra (previously called Sirkus) Entertainment channel previously available as free but is now only available as a complement to Stöð 2 subscription
- Stöð 2 Bíó, movies 24/7
- Stöð 2 Sport (previously called Sýn), mostly sports with one hour delay on Stöð 2 Sport+
- Stöð 2 Sport 2 (previously called Sýn 2), FA Premier League and The Football League
- Stöð 2 Sport 3, Stöð 2 Sport 4, Stöð 2 Sport 5 and Stöð 2 Sport 6, extra channels for special sport events, used mostly for Champions League and Premier League matches
- Nova TV (previously called Sirkus and before that Popp Tíví), music videos - free channel
- Stöð 2 Sport HD, Iceland's first HD channel. Launched in October 2007 broadcasting Sýn and Sýn 2 events in 1080i. To start with live games from the FA Premier League and UEFA Champions League. Expect many of Sýn and Sýn 2 sports to be available on Sýn HD in 2008 including major golf tournaments, NBA basketball, Wimbledon tennis, championship boxing and more football. Note: Since Iceland is outside a lot of satellite footprints and HD requiring more bandwidth, many events can only reach Iceland in standard definition although they are available in HD in other countries.
- SkjárEinn, entertainment channel - was free and run with advertisement revenue only until November, 2009. Only available through subscription after that. Also available with one hour delay on SkjárEinn plús
- Alþingi, Parliament
- N4, broadcasting only in the town of Akureyri
- Omega Christian television channel
- Fasteignasjónvarpið, a channel that offers real estate
- ÍNN, all-talk
- Stöð 1, launched 29 Oct 2010. Entertainment channel, free to air, non-subscribtion. Reaches 98% of all households in Iceland.
- Stöð 3, launched 07 Sep 2013. Entertainment youth channel, free to air, non-subscribtion.
- NFS, now a news service providing news for Vísir.is and television channels of 365
- Skjár tveir, was meant to be an ad-free channel paid for by the viewers. It didn't go as planned and soon merged with Skjár einn.
- Stöð þrjú, the old channel was used. But was bought quickly and shut down in the meaning, it was merged by Stöð 2.
- Skjár sport, showed Premier League matches for the seasons 2005-2006 and 2006-2007.
International Channels available in Iceland
- Sky News
- MTV Europe
- VH1 Europe
- CNBC Europe
- Nat Geo Wild
- National Geographic Channel
- BBC Entertainment
- BBC Lifestyle
- BBC World News
- Channel NewsAsia
Overview of Icelandic TV
Test card for RUV
The testcard of RUV is PM5544 introduced in the 70's.
Text has been changed 3 times, minor change 5 times, returned 2 times
- 1970-1994 - "RUV - ISLAND"
- 1993 - "RÚV - ÍSLAND"
- 1995 - Added time and date
- 2000 - Remove time and date
- Remove "ÍSLAND" and replace with the moving bar
- 2002 - Return the 1995 version
- 2006 - Return the 2000 version
- 2009 - Changed to PM5644
RUV's testcard is beep, but the last 15 minutes plays classical music
Closing and opening times
RÚV still closes down at night.
- 1966–present opens at 16:30 for weekdays and closes at 0:00.
- 1966-2004 Weekends and holidays open at 9:00, though sometimes with midday break.
- 2004–present weekends and holidays open at 8:00.
- 1986-1988 opens at 8:00 and close at 23:00
- 1988-1995 opens at 6:00 and close at 0:00
- 1995–present open 24 hours
Icelandic programming including LazyTown foreign shows with Icelandic captions.