Television in Iceland

Television in Iceland

This article concerns television in Iceland; its reception, channels and programmes.


Channels can be received via analogue, or using broadband with the Skjárinn service from Síminn or Digital Ísland from Vodafone.


The principal channels in Iceland are:
* Sjónvarpið
* Skjár 1
* Stöð 2

State-owned channels

* Sjónvarpið/RÚV The television channel of the Icelandic National Broadcasting Service. Available as free-to-view on the satellite Thor 2, though restricted to Icelandic citizens.

Private channels

Channels of 365 Media corporation

* 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 compliment 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 UEFA CL and EPL matches.
* Skífan TV Mostly 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.

Channels of Iceland telecom

* SkjárEinn Entertainment channel - free and run with advertisement revenue only. Also available with one hour delay on SkjárEinn plús

Independent channels

* Alþingi Parliament.
* N4 Television channel broadcasting only in the town of Akureyri.
* Omega Christian television channel,
* Fasteignasjónvarpið A channel that offers real estate.

Cancelled channels

* NFS, now a news service providing news for Ví 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 Started off like Stöð 2 but was bought quickly and shut down.
* Skjár sport Showed EPL matches for the seasons 2005-2006 and 2006-2007.


Many programmes are imported from abroad, however local Icelandic programmes are available.The most famous of Iceland's programmes abroad is Lazy Town and is broadcast in 103 countries worldwide.

List of imported shows

External links

* [ Sjónvarp Símans]
* [ Síminn Television]

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