“On Monday, May 23, the third stage of changes in free broadcasting will take place digital terrestrial television in Poland DVB-T2 / HEVC. The change will apply to the following voivodeships: Łódzkie, Świętokrzyskie, Śląskie, Opolskie, Małopolskie and Podkarpackie, “the Chancellery of the Prime Minister announced in a press release.
The broadcasting frequencies of the MUX-1, MUX-2 and MUX-4 multiplexes are changing
As recalled, as part of switching the signal to DVB-T2 / HEVC, the frequencies of broadcasting multiplexes will change: MUX-1, MUX-2 and MUX-4, which will be switched to the DVB-T2 / HEVC standard.
“In practice, this means better sound and image quality – all channels will be broadcast in Full HD quality. The MUX-3 multiplex does not change the broadcasting standard temporarily” – indicated.
The Digital Poland Association, in turn, reminds viewers to check whether their TV sets are adapted to the new signal standard.
“Changes in broadcasting digital terrestrial television are taking place gradually from the end of March and will last until the end of June” – reported the Digital Poland Association. As he added, currently within the range of DVB-T2 / HEVC are residents of the following voivodeships: Dolnośląskie, Lubuskie, Kujawsko-Pomorskie, almost the entire Pomorskie, Wielkopolskie and the north-western part of Mazowieckie.
“From May 23, this area will be significantly enlarged and the new standard will reach all viewers living in the Śląskie, Małopolskie, Łódzkie and Opolskie voivodships. it is about the area of Radom and the surrounding area) “- it was stated.
As Michał Kanownik, President of Cyfrowa Polska, pointed out, “it will be the largest area of connection of the new broadcasting standard in Poland”.
For those who will have to replace the receiver, Cyfrowa Polska reminds about the government funding for the purchase of a set-top box or TV set. If we decide to buy a new TV set, we can get a voucher worth PLN 250.
Experts refer to the website www.gov.pl/CyfrowaTV, where you can submit an online application for such government funding. It can also be done through the offices of Poczta Polska.
The Digital Poland Association announced that the next and last connection to DVB-T2 / HEVC is planned on June 27. It will cover the rest of the towns from the Mazowieckie voivodship, including Warsaw, Podlaskie, Warmińsko-Mazurskie and Lubelskie. Thus, the entire territory of the country will already be covered by the new digital terrestrial television broadcasting standard.
Why is hardware replacement necessary?
The change in the digital terrestrial television standard has already affected the following voivodeships: Dolnośląskie, Lubuskie, Zachodniopomorskie, Pomorskie, Kujawsko-Pomorskie, most of the poviats in Wielkopolskie, and the north-western part of Mazowieckie. On Monday, these regions are joined by: Małopolskie, Śląskie, Opolskie, Łódzkie, Świętokrzyskie, Podkarpackie, the southern part of Mazowieckie and the south-eastern part of Greater Poland.
The change of the standard to DVB-T2 / HEVC is related to the transfer of part of the band occupied by terrestrial television to telecommunications operators who will be able to develop the 5G network. The standard change covers: MUX-1 (TVP ABC, Eska TV, Polo TV, Stopklatka, Antena HD, TV Trwam, Fokus TV), MUX-2 (TVN, TVN7, Polsat, Super Polsat, TV4, TV6, TV Puls, Puls 2) and MUX-4 (Events24). All channels from these multiplexes are now broadcast in high definition (HD). On the other hand, MUX-3 (TVP1 HD, TVP2 HD, TVP Info HD, TVP Sport HD, TVP3, TVP Historia and Check TV) and MUX-8 (TVP Kultura HD, TVP Woman, Metro, Zoom TV, Nowa TV and WP). People who have old equipment will lose access to, among others TVN, Polsatu, TV Puls and TV Trwam, if they do not replace them.
What gives DVB-T2 / HEVC
DVB-T2 / HEVC allows you to broadcast more TV channels and improve their picture quality. In the provinces where the change took place, all stations in the new standard are broadcast in HD quality (high definition). In autumn, Telewizja Polska plans to launch new thematic channels. These will probably be TVP Nauka, TVP 4K and TVP Muzyka.
We recently informed that immediately after changing the standard of digital terrestrial television in the Lubuskie and Dolnośląskie voivodeships, MUX-1 decreased its coverage by 28.3%, and MUX-2 by 33.9%. The range of channels from MUX-3 and MUX-8 (TVP Kultura HD, TVP Female, Metro, Zoom TV, Nowa TV and WP), which is not yet switching over to DVB-T2 / HEVC, increased by 0.5%.
The Digital Poland Association represents the digital and new technologies sector.