In the second quarter of 2022, the DVB-T standard will replace DVB-T2 / HEVC. Research by the National Media Institute shows that more than two million families must replace their televisions or purchase a tuner compatible with the new standard.
The DVB-T2/HEVC social campaign is still underway, so it is likely that more families will decide to replace the TV. Before Christmas, most of the equipment is sold out, and manufacturers advise not to wait for the first shutdowns of DVB-T broadcasts in the spring, because there may be no shortage of TVs.
Research by the National Media Institute shows that televisions used by elderly and lonely people require the most replacement. Holidays are also the right moment to let them know about it or even buy the necessary equipment under the Christmas tree.
The remaining time is less and less. On March 28, 2022, the change of standard will affect the population of the Lubuskie and Dolnośląskie regions, on April 25, Pomeranian, West Pomeranian, Kojawsko-Pomorsky, much of Greater Poland and the western part of Masovia. On May 23, Małopolskie, Podkarpackie, ląskie, Opolskie, ódzki, southern part of Masovia and Świętokrzyskie. On June 27, the transformation will take place in the Mazowieckie, Warmińsko-Mazurskie and Lubelskie regions.
According to KIM, the residents of the Lubuskie Voivodeship are the least prepared for changes. Only every fourth digital terrestrial television receiver has enough equipment there. The situation is slightly better in ód County, where 28 percent of the TV or receiver works in DVB-T2/HEVC. terrestrial television viewers. The best position is in the Opolskie Voivodeship, where 66 percent of newer TVs or tuners are available. DVB-T viewers.
There is no shortage of low-income people among the elderly and lonely people. They certainly wouldn’t want to invest too much in hardware. If they decide to buy a TV, and not a much cheaper DVB-T2 / HEVC tuner (its cost is about PLN 100), then they can buy simple and decent equipment for a few hundred zlotys.
For example, Samsung UE32T4002AK costs less than PLN 800. Samsung UE32T4002AK example. The downside is that there is no smart TVBut seniors won’t necessarily need Netflix or YouTube. 32-inch equipment with a built-in DVB-T2 / HEVC tuner has an HD Ready matrix of 1366 x 768. Savers can buy a TV without a Smart TV and buy an Android TV set-top box connected via HDMI. The cheapest can be bought for less than 200 PLN. The 32-inch OK ODL 32850HC-TB TV costs 699 PLN, but it also does not have a built-in Smart TV.
If an elderly, low-income person or just a frugal person wants to get a TV with a built-in Smart TV at a similar or slightly higher price, then he should have a look at the Chinese equipment. They guarantee access to well-known functions from the “top shelf” at a much lower price. Xiaomi is already conquering the mobile phone market, and recently it has entered the TV market with an increasing speed. Xiaomi Mi TV P1 32 inch can be purchased for less than PLN 900. It has HD Ready Matrix, DVB-T2 / HEVC, DVB-C (Cable TV), DVB-S2 (Satellite) tuners and Android TV operating system, thanks to which you can Use Netflix, YouTube and other streaming platforms. For less than 1,500 PLN, we will buy a 43-inch version of this model, which will allow you to receive 4K content. Hisense 43A6BG has similar functionality, but costs less than PLN 1700.
For as little as PLN 1700, you can also buy a 43-inch Samsung UE43AU7192U, which also allows you to get 4K quality. The device is available with Tizen OS, so it also allows you to use Smart TV, and streaming platforms. Most often, prices for devices with Smart TV (except for Chinese) start from PLN 1000.
– For seniors, we definitely recommend the 32W800. It is an affordable model (about 1800 PLN), it is easy to use, it has a voice search, so that the user can easily find the content. It is also equipped with BRAVIA ENGINE technology, that is, full digital processing, thanks to which the TV is able to create high-resolution images and low noise levels not only from digital HDTV signals, but also from analog signals – says Iwa Weisuka from the press office of Wirtualnemedia.pl Sony. This TV comes with Android TV operating system. It has teletext function, integrated DVB-T, DVB-T2 / HEVC, DVB-S, DVB-S2 and DVB-TC.
– The Philips 7506 TV has a fast and intuitive SAPHI operating system, which makes using the Smart TV very easy – the process is based on a transparent menu with clear icons, and you only need one click to start a specific application. This model is an affordable 4K UHD TV that is compatible with most HDR formats, including Dolby Vision. It provides a clear picture and more natural colors regardless of the content displayed. Support for the Dolby Atmos format makes the sound spatially deep, and most importantly clearly audible for each user. The Philips 7506 is available in four of the most popular sizes: 43, 50, 55 and 65 inches – and the product is recommended for seniors from the Philips press office. The price is 1849 PLN for 43 inches.
Samsung and LG: Large TVs will also work well for seniors
According to a Samsung representative, it’s a stereotype that older consumers should use smaller TVs. – Thinking about the needs of the elderly a little, it is worth choosing a TV that is easy to use and will allow you to use your favorite channels – in general, changing the broadcasting standard is a step towards providing viewers with a better experience, regardless of whether the program is broadcast by a public or private broadcaster. What is worth paying attention to is the method of control or layout of the menu, so that the elderly do not have problems with navigating and choosing favorite channels. In addition, if we assume that buying a new TV is an investment for the next few years, it is worth considering choosing a larger screen – 55-inch models are today’s market standards. At the same time, it’s a myth that smaller TVs work best in smaller rooms. The larger screen will increase your viewing comfort and allow you to rediscover the world of movies and series – Henryk Chorążewski of Samsung says in an interview with Wirtualnemedia.pl.
The manufacturer recommends the Samsung QLED Q60 and Q70 series for the elderly. Samsung QLED TVs, such as the 55- or 50-inch QLED Q60, are models that combine high 4K picture quality with ease of use, and of course are ready to receive DVB-T2 HEVC signals. The quality of viewers’ impressions is guaranteed, among other things, by Quantum Dot technology, thanks to which the screen is filled with a billion shades of colors. At the heart of these TVs is a powerful processor, which not only automatically adjusts the sound according to viewing conditions, but also optimizes the quality of the content displayed as close to 4K resolution as possible. Everything is done automatically – you don’t need to be an expert or even change settings. In turn, the operation and daily selection of favorite channels will be facilitated by One Pilot, which, by limiting the number of buttons to the necessary minimum, will make navigation quick and intuitive. Televisions of this line have a slim design and, depending on the model, are presented with different stands – it can be a simple two feet of adjustable height or one stand in the middle. Thanks to this, you can easily choose a solution that suits your needs – Chorążewski assures. Usually the cost of such equipment is from 2500 to 3500 PLN depending on the number of inches.
A little cheaper, about PLN 2000, you can buy Samsung Crystal UHD TVs from the AU70 family. The Samsung Crystal UHD AU7 series TVs, like the 65-inch AU7192 series, are universal screens that will prove to be your home entertainment hub. They will provide a high-quality image full of natural color and detail – no matter whether it’s showing the next episode of your favorite series or an exciting sporting event. The remote control will facilitate everyday use, and the slim, practically frameless design will help you focus on what is happening on the screen – a Samsung representative convinces.
50″ models recommended for seniors by LG. – These are not the cheapest models, but they are suitable for the future, that is, after connecting to the Internet, you can use the VOD application and the amenities regarding use. Televisions have WebOS, i.e. Smart TV, which is very easy to use. Each model is equipped with DVB-T2 Reports Katarzyna Walkowiak, Honorable Category Manager at LG. For PLN 2,363 you can buy the 50UP75003LF model with 4K support. This year’s model 50UP78003LB is already a PLN 2,572 account, but apart from 4K it has a convenience that may appeal to the elderly. – This model comes with a magic remote control that allows you to voice control the TV. With the push of a button, you can control the volume, turn off the TV, switch channels and of course search for more advanced information such as text. City weather, pressure, time, etc. – List LG representative.
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