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Television in Estonia


Television in Estonia

Television in Estonia was introduced in 1955, following the Soviet government's decision to establish a television station in 1953.[1] The National TV Channel ETV has maintained an archive since 1955 in which broadcasts of unique aspects of Estonian culture are held.

Northern Estonia receives television signals from Finland. During the 1970s and 1980s, Finnish broadcasts were more popular than Soviet-Estonian offerings until the Singing Revolution,[2] with many Estonians enjoying Dallas and other programs portraying non-Communist lifestyles.[3]

Digital television was officially launched on December 15, 2006 when the operator Eesti Digitaaltelevisiooni AS launched its pay service ZUUMtv, operated by Starman, on two multiplexes. In 2006, only ETV was available for free, but as of March 2009, there are already 7 free channels in digital broadcast.[4][5] Digital television signal (DVB-T and DVB-H) is broadcast by Levira. DVB-C is provided by cable operators Starman, STV, Telset, telecommunications company Elion (also offering IPTV).[6] Analog transmitters were turned off in July 2010.[7]


  • List of channels 1
    • State-owned 1.1
    • Commercial 1.2
    • Regional 1.3
  • Former channels 2
  • References 3

List of channels


  • ETV – news, current affairs, culture, sports and general entertainment.
  • ETV 2 – general entertainment, sports, news and children's programming.
  • ETV+ – programs and news in Russian.



  • Alo TV – music and news channel, Tartu-based.
  • Tallinna TV – owned by Tallinn city government. Launched on January 1, 2011.

Former channels

  • TV 1 – Commercial channel. News, current affairs, sports and general entertainment.
  • EVTV – a predecessor of TV3
  • RTV – a predecessor of TV3
  • Tipp TV – a predecessor of TV1
  • Neljas – music, news and general entertainment channel.
  • Kalev Sport – sports channel, a predecessor of TV4.
  • TV4 – sports channel, a predecessor of TV14.
  • MTV Eesti – music and entertainment channel.
  • TV14 – general entertainment channel. Codeshare with Tallinna TV.
  • Nickelodeon Estonia


  1. ^ "Basic Facts". Association of Estonian Broadcasters. Retrieved 6 June 2009.
  2. ^ Nordenstreng, Kaarle (2004). "Finland". In Horace Newcomb, Museum of Broadcast Communications. Encyclopedia of Television 1 (2nd ed.). CRC Press. pp. 877–880.  
  3. ^ Holden, Stephen (2010-11-12). "J. R. Ewing Shot Down Communism in Estonia". The New York Times. pp. C12. Retrieved October 4, 2012. 
  4. ^ "Zuumtv channel list".  
  5. ^ "Chronology of Levira".  
  6. ^ "Digital television in Estonia".  
  7. ^ "Digitaaltelevisiooni ajastu".  
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