The basics

Here you will find information on types of reception (aerial, cable, internet, satellite and DVB-T), programme reception and the types of possible reception equipment.

The Federal Law on Radio and Television (RTVG; SR 784.40) assumes an obligation to register and pay fees, which is linked to the operation of reception equipment. There are some exceptions, which are listed in the Radio/Television Ordinance (RTVV; SR 784.401).

Reception of radio/television programmes is subject to prior registration. However, a registration for television reception does not automatically include a registration for radio reception and vice versa.

If radio and television equipment is present, it is assumed that this is able to receive. Equipment is deemed to be able to receive if it can be made ready to receive by a simple action. Equipment with which the reception of programmes is technically not possible is not subject to the obligation to register and pay fees.

A cable network is a wired network to provide connected subscribers with broadcast programming and telecommunications services. The owner of the house must pay these costs directly to the network operator; they may be passed on to the tenant.
Cable network charges are not related to reception fees. They are charged by different bodies.


Specialist staff
Last modification 27.04.2010

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