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SVT HD logotype.png
Launched October 20, 2006
Closed September 20, 2010
Owned by Sveriges Television
Picture format Aspect Ratio - 16:9 /720p (HDTV)
Country  Sweden
Broadcast area  Sweden
Sister channel(s) SVT1, SVT2, SVT24 Barnkanalen, Kunskapskanalen, SVT Europa
Website Website
Com Hem Channel 66

SVT HD was a high-definition television channel from Swedish public broadcaster Sveriges Television (SVT). The channel broadcasts high-definition simulcasts of programmes from the other SVT channels, where available.


The channel has its origins in HD-kanalen, a channel set up jointly by SVT and TV4 AB to broadcast the 2006 FIFA World Cup. The channel was transmitted by satellite on Canal Digital and from terrestrial transmitters. When the World Cup ended, the terrestrial frequencies were shut down. HD-kanalen continued on satellite, mostly broadcasting test films and promos from SVT HD and an experimental simulcast of The Marriage of Figaro in August 2006.

In October 2006, HD-kanalen became SVT HD and started simulcasting programmes from the other SVT channels. Its first programme was the feature film Lost in Translation, broadcast on October 20, followed by SVT's 50th anniversary show Välkommen på 50-årsfest which was the first live high-definition programme produced by SVT.

In late 2006 SVT HD broadcast the Swedish dramas En uppstoppad hund, Mästerverket, Snapphanar and AK3 and the movies Girl with a Pearl Earring, 21 Grams and House of Sand and Fog. Its first children's programme was the Christmas calendar LasseMajas detektivbyrå, its first current affairs programme was Böglobbyn and its first documentary was The Planet.[1]

SVT HD's first live sports broadcast after the 2006 World Cup was the FIS Nordic World Ski Championships 2007. In early 2007, SVT HD broadcast the BBC series Planet Earth, the Eurovision Song Contest 2007 and dramas.[2]

On May 27, 2007, the channel became available terrestrially in the capital region using spare capacity on the frequency used to transmit TV Finland.

Programmes broadcast in summer 2007 included Bleak House; Live Earth; the 2007 World Championships in Athletics; and Allsång på Skansen, the first live entertainment programme since the October anniversary show.

In the autumn of 2007, SVT HD started simulcasting upscaled programmes from SVT24 in the evening when no high-definition programmes were available. From June 16, 2008, this was changed so SVT HD would simulcast upscaled SVT1 instead.[3]

SVT1 HD and SVT2 HD[edit]

As the company was gearing up launch HD simulcasts of SVT1 and SVT2, the terrestrial transmissions in the capital were terminated on March 1.

Logo used for SVT1 HD

On June 17, 2010, the Swedish government gave SVT the rights to broadcast two high-definition channels in the terrestrial network. These were to be used for full-time simulcasts of SVT1 and SVT2.

SVT1 HD was launched as a simulcast of SVT1 on September 20, 2010, replacing SVT HD on all platforms. SVT2 HD was launched first of November, 2010.


SVT Väst, located in Gothenburg, will be the first region to film all productions in high definition. SVT Väst moved their headquarters from Synvillan in Örgryte to the former Hasselblad headquarters (now coined Kanalhuset) in central Gothenburg. At the same time, new equipment was acquired for high definition productions.[4]

In September 2008 the SVT studio in Umeå was equipped with HD cameras and started to produce the early evening show Go'kväll [1] and the consumer information show Plus[2] in high definition.

During 2009 the main television studios in Stockholm will be equipped with high definition cameras.

Logo used for SVT2 HD


Initially the channel was only available on satellite from Canal Digital, but on December 12, 2006, the cable network Com Hem launched its high-definition service consisting of four channels, including SVT HD.

On May 26, 2007 the channel started broadcasting over the Swedish digital terrestrial television network using MPEG-4 compression. It was only available from the Nacka, Västerås, Uppsala and Södertälje transmitters that also carried TV Finland.[5]


  1. ^ Schedule for SVT HD October-December 2006
  2. ^ Schedule for SVT HD January-June 2006
  3. ^ "SVT HD samsänder med SVT1" (PDF). vipåtv. June 13, 2008. 
  4. ^ "SVT:s nya Göteborgshus HDTV-utrustas" (Press release). Sveriges Television. June 12, 2007. Retrieved 2007-06-15. 
  5. ^ Premiär för hdtv i det digitala marknätet, press release, Teracom

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