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Canal Digital is a Scandinavian television distributor and internet service provider (Norway and Sweden) that was founded in March 1997 as a joint venture between the French pay-TV company Canal+ and the Norwegian telecommunications operator Telenor. Since 2001, Canal Digital is fully owned by Telenor.



Canal Digital was started by broadcasting a DTH satellite service to Sweden, Norway, Denmark and Finland, but have since expanded into cable television in Norway and Sweden, digital terrestrial television in Finland and IPTV in Sweden. More than 2.9 million Nordic households and activities are subscribed to their services.

FTTH (Fiber) services have slowly started in selected areas in Norway.

Internet through the cable system is based on the EuroDOCSIS standard.

Canal Digital's cable system in the newer network areas which includes most of Canal Digital's cable networks in Norway is based on a hybrid of fibre and coaxial. Some other network areas are copper only, but are subject to upgrade in order to support set-top boxes.

Unlike its DTH rival, Viasat, Canal Digital does not own a TV-network – they have however secured several multi-year exclusive broadcasting deals with SBS Broadcasting Group, Eurosport, BBC Worldwide and Discovery Communications.

Their satellite broadcasts can be received from the Thor 3 and Thor 5 satellites, with Thor 6 being planned for launch in Q2 2009, at 1°W with any DVB receiver equipped with a Conax descrambling module.

Satellite television


High-definition television

Canal Digital was the first major distributor in the region to launch high-definition television, HDTV. The first channel, C More HD, was launched in September 2005 using MPEG-2 compression. In June 2006, Canal Digital started broadcasting HD-kanalen from Sveriges Television and TV4 AB in Sweden, which did broadcast the 2006 FIFA World Cup in HD using MPEG-4 compression. HD-kanalen became SVT HD in October when SVT expanded their HD broadcasts.

The major launch of HDTV occurred in Sweden in November 2006 when a special high-definition package with Discovery HD and Voom HD launched and C More HD was rebranded as Canal+ HD. The high-definition package is to be released in the other Nordic countries during 2007. High-definition channels launching in 2007 include Canal+ Sport HD in February, National Geographic Channel HD in April, TV4 HD (Sweden only) in May, Silver HD in September and The History Channel HD in December.

2008 brought Kanal 5 HD in January, Eurosport HD in May, Nelonen HD, TVNorge HD in October and BBC HD in December. Channels launched in 2009 include TV 2 Film HD in January and Animal Planet HD in February.

The HD channels were initially offered for as a separate package, but starting on April 1, 2008 this package was dropped in Sweden and the HD channels were included in the "Family" package.[1]

Danish channels

DR1 an DR2 are also available with a premium subscription in Norway, Sweden and Finland. Although TV 2 is broadcast on one of Canal Digital's transponders, it is not a DTH channel. Its only available to the Norwegian cable market, and is not a subscription channel.

Finnish channels

Norwegian channels

Swedish channels


Cable television



Canal Digital in Sweden expanded into cable television in September 2003 when the cable companies Telenor Vision and Sweden Online were merged into Canal Digital.

Terrestrial television

Canal Digital sells decryption cards for digital television in Finland. Prior to the closedown of the analogue channels, the package consisted of Disney Channel and four Canal+ channels. When the analogue transmitters were closed down, a new multiplex launched bringing Kino TV, Nickelodeon, Discovery Channel and MTV Finland to the package. Kino TV is exclusive was exclusive to Canal Digital, while the others were also sold by its competitor, PlusTV. The erotic channel Canal 69 is added on October 1, 2007.

The terrestrial package now consists of:

Canal Digital have expressed interest in selling encryption cards for the Swedish digital network. The Norwegian terrestrial operator RiksTV is partly owned by Canal Digital's owner Telenor.


An IPTV service was launched in Sweden in 2004. It offers most of channels also provided on the satellite platform as well as interactive services and video on demand from C More Select, C More On demand, Film2Home and SF Anytime.

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