Television in Iceland

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Television in Iceland began in 1951 when the American Forces Radio and Television Service (AFRTS) started an English-language television service broadcasting from Naval Air Station Keflavik, which operated until 2006. The first Icelandic-language television broadcasts started in September 1966 with the launch of Sjónvarpið. Channels can be received via DVB-T, broadband with Síminn, IPTV or Digital Ísland (DVB-T) from Vodafone Iceland.

List of channels[edit]

Free-to-air channels[edit]

Channel name Owner/parent company
Tónlist Sýn
Sjónvarp Símans Síminn
Alþingi Government of Iceland
Hringbraut Hringbraut fjölmiðlar
N4 N4
Omega Christian television Omega Kristniboðskirkja

Subscription channels[edit]

Channel name Owner/parent company
Síminn Sport Síminn
Stöð 2 Sýn
Stöð 2 Bíó Sýn
Stöð 2 eSport Sýn
Stöð 2 Fjölskylda Sýn
Stöð 2 Golf Sýn
Stöð 2 Sport Sýn
Stöð 2 Sport 2 Sýn
Stöð 2 Sport 3 Sýn
Stöð 2 Sport 5 Sýn
Stöð 2 Sport 6 Sýn
Stöð 2 Vísir Sýn

Defunct channels[edit]

  • Stöð 2 Krakkar
  • Stöð 3 - Icelandic general television channel, owned and operated by Sýn.
  • ÍNN - Owned and operated by Ingvi Hrafn Jónsson
  • iSTV
  • NFS, now a news service providing news for 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 1, launched 29 Oct 2010. Entertainment channel, free to air, non-subscription. Reaches 98% of all households in Iceland.
  • Stöð þrjú, the old channel was used. But was bought quickly and shut down in the meaning, it was replaced by Stöð 2.
  • Skjár sport, showed Premier League matches for the seasons 2005–2006 and 2006–2007.
  • Stöð 2 Extra (previously called Sirkus) Entertainment channel previously available as free but is now only available as a complement to Stöð 2 subscription
  • Nova TV (previously called Sirkus and before that Popp Tíví), music videos – free channel
  • Fasteignasjónvarpið, a channel that offers real estate
  • Mikligarður, opened 15 March 2014 – closed 1 July 2014. Intended for ages 34+ with an emphasis on females. Programming was all domestic and included paid presentations. Broadcasts was 24/7 and in HD.

International channels available in Iceland[edit]

Additional international channels are available in Iceland through Vodafone Iceland and Síminn:

Channels Owner / Genre
SVT1 Sveriges Television
SVT2 Sveriges Television
DR1 DR (broadcaster)
DR2 DR (broadcaster)
DR 3 / DR Ramasjang DR (broadcaster)
AMC AMC Networks International Zone
Jim Jam Euro AMC Networks International Zone
Travel Channel AMC Networks International Zone
Food Network AMC Networks International Zone
CBS Reality AMC Networks International Zone
Extreme Sports Channel AMC Networks International Zone
Fine Living Network AMC Networks International Zone
TCM Warner Media
Star Warner Media
CNN International Warner Media
Cartoon Network Warner Media
Boomerang Warner Media
E!Entertainment Comcast
Style Comcast
CNBC Comcast
BBC Entertainment BBC Worldwide
BBC Lifestyle BBC Worldwide
BBC Knowledge BBC Worldwide
BBC World News BBC Worldwide
National Geographic Channel NG Channels/Fox International Channels/BSKYB
Nat Geo Wild NG Channels/Fox International Channels/BSKYB
Baby TV Fox International Channels
SKY News Sky plc
Animal Planet Discovery Networks Northern Europe
Discovery Science Discovery Networks Northern Europe
Discovery World Discovery Networks Northern Europe
Discovery Channel Discovery Networks Northern Europe
ID (Investigation Discovery) Discovery Networks Northern Europe
TLC Discovery Networks Northern Europe
Disney Channel Disney–ABC Television Group
Disney Junior Disney–ABC Television Group
Disney XD Disney–ABC Television Group
TV5 Monde France
Das Erste Germany
TVE (Televisión Española) Spain
Rai Uno RAI
Rai Tre RAI
TVP Poland
Eurochannel France
Eurosport Discovery Communications/TF1 Group
Eurosport 2 Discovery Communications/TF1 Group
Arte ARTE GEIE, ARTE France, ARTE Deutschland TV GmbH
Prosieben ProSiebenSat.1 Media SE
SAT1 ProSiebenSat.1 Media SE
ZDF Germany – independent nonprofit institution
France 2 Part of the state-owned France Télévisions group
France 3 Part of the state-owned France Télévisions group
France 24 France – France Médias Monde
M6 M6 Group
Ginx Ginx TV Limited
NBA TV National Basketball Association operated by Warner Media
Blue Hustler Sapphire Media International BV
VH1 Viacom International Media Networks (Europe)
MTV Hits Viacom International Media Networks (Europe)
MTV Rocks Viacom International Media Networks (Europe)
C Music TV C Music Entertainment Ltd
Heat Bauer Media Group and Channel Four Television Corporation
Magic Bauer Media Group and Channel Four Television Corporation
Luxe TV Opuntia SA

Overview of Icelandic TV[edit]

TV appearances[edit]

Test card for RÚV[edit]

The testcard of RÚV was the PM5544, introduced in the 1970s.

Text has been changed three times, minor change five times, returned two 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[citation needed]
  • 2006 – Return the 2000 version[citation needed]
  • 2009 – Changed to PM5644

RÚV's testcard uses test tone but the last 15 minutes before programs start plays classical music.

Closing and opening times[edit]

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.
Stöð 2[edit]
  • 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.

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