In the late 1997, SVT started broadcasting via satellite to Swedes living in Europe outside Sweden. The programmes in the channel comprise SVT material from the Swedish channels. This is a digital channel, which is made available through the use of a special decoder card that is provided. The Swedish Broadcasting Corporation (SVT) pays remuneration to Copyswede based on the number of cards issued each year. This remuneration covers the rights of authors, performers and phonogram producers.
SVT World is today the international channel of SVT, to be watched both by satellit and/or IPTV. The channel has been transmitted digitally by the two satellites Eutelsat 9A and Thaicom 5. The channel is now transmitted both digitallly and encrypted by IPTV worldwide. IPTV is television by broadband. The set-top-box is connected to the television set and to a broadband connection. The tv-signal is by Internet instead of cable or parabol.
SVT World is also retransmitted simultaneously over the air in Southern Finland. The retransmission is licensed by Copyswede´s sister organisation Kopiosto. Copyswede receives remuneration in accordance with a reciprocity agreement with this organisation. The composers share will already have been deducted and passed on to STIM by their Finnish sister organisation Teosto. Copyswede distributes remuneration for the transmission of SVT World within the framework of the same distribution system as for cable TV remuneration.