In a few weeks, MUX-3 (TVP1, TVP2, TVP3, TVP Info, TVP Historia) will be converted to the DVB-T2 standard using the HEVC codec. It is estimated that between 200,000 and 500,000 people have old TVs and tuners. Households with digital terrestrial television. Its residents will lose access to known stations from MUX-3. The process will be carried out in two stages. The first one will be held on the night of December 14-15 and will cover the western part of Poland, i.e. the provinces of Pomeranian, Pomeranian, Lobusz, Greater Poland, Kujawian-Pomeranian, Lodz, Lower Silesia, Opole and Silesia. In the eastern part of Poland, i.e. in the Warmian-Masuria, Podlaskie, Masovian, Lublin, Świecórzyskie, Malopolskie and Podkarpackie Voivodeships, the switchover will take place on the night of December 18-19.
The change in broadcast standard will be preceded by a media campaign prepared by TVP, with the participation of Krzysztof Ziemec, presenter of the program “Teleexpress” on TVP1, and Tomasz Wolny, presenter of the programs “Panorama” and “Pytanie na Breakfast” on TVP2. More than 2,000 locations are scheduled to be broadcast. Materials about the change in standard will also appear in “Wiadomości” TVP1 and “Panorama” TVP2. Information about DVB-T2 is already displayed in the bottom bar of TVP information. The text message also appears during popular productions, such as the series “M jak miłość”.
Premature evidence of TVP3 Lodz
The regional centers of Polish Television also joined the event. TVP3 Łódź provides advertisements on its website intended for broadcast after the standard change, which may be misleading. – In December 2023, the standard for broadcasting TVP programs on terrestrial television changed. If you are currently receiving TVP1, TVP2 and TVP3 in positions 1, 2 and 3 on your remote control, changing the broadcast standard was successful. If the list of programs on your receiver is incomplete or the programs are in different positions than before, you should reset your TV or set-top box. After doing this, the program list will be complete and TVP1, TVP2 and TVP3 programs should return to their numbers on the remote control. If you need technical support, ask your family or a friendly neighbor for help. Detailed information on www.telewizjanaziemna.pl – you can hear it immediately.
Currently, viewers, even if they have an old TV or decoder, will receive TVP1, TVP2 and TVP3 in the old DVB-T standard. After watching the commercial, they will assume that their device supports DVB-T2 and they do not need to buy a new device. They may lose signal within two weeks. In addition, the spot includes a statement about an incomplete list of programs. Then the TVP2 logo disappears. This is an unlikely situation, because TVs either receive the signal from one of the multiplexers or they do not. If someone has a properly installed antenna that is within MUX-3 range, the list should include all stations from that multiplex, not individual stations. The Corporation for Public Broadcasting talks about resetting your TV, but doesn’t explain how to do it. Of course, this means selecting the “Channel Search” item in the menu. Many new TVs will do this automatically.
How to check if your TV supports DVB-T2?
The second advertisement published on the TVP3 Łódź website is more correct. – On December 15, there will be a change in the standard for broadcasting TVP programs on terrestrial television. If the terrestrial antenna currently receives only: TVP1, TVP2, TVP3, TVP Info, TVP Sport, TVP Historia, this means that your devices most likely do not support the new standard. Replace your TV or set-top box with a new one that ensures the full TVP programming offering is received on terrestrial TV. Do you need technical support or additional information? Ask your family or a friendly neighbor for help. More information at www.telewizjanaziemna.pl – you can hear it immediately.
TVP did not say that MUX-8 (Nowa TV, Metro, Zoom TV and Telewizja WP) will be broadcast in the old standard after December 19. Viewers with older devices won’t lose access. I also do not suggest checking whether you can receive stations from other multiplexes that are already broadcasting in DVB-T2. If someone has this equipment, they don’t have to replace the equipment. This is important because some digital terrestrial television receivers do not receive all multiplexes due to an inappropriate antenna. For example, peaceful instead of external, which is more effective.
DVB-T2/HEVC already broadcasts channels from MUX-1 (TTV, Antena HD, TV Trwam, Stopklatka, Fokus TV, Eska TV, Polo TV), MUX-2 (Polsat, Super Polsat, TV4, TV6, TVN, TVN7 , TV Puls, TVN7), MUX-4 (Events 24 and paid Polsat Box package) and MUX-6 (TVP ABC, TVP Kultura, TVP Rozrywka, TVP Polonia, TVP Woman, TVP Nauka, TVP Document, Alfa TVP, Belsat). If the terrestrial receiver has channels from one of these multiplexers, it does not have to replace the equipment. If he only misses a few stations, he’s better off adjusting his antenna or investing in an outdoor antenna.
Migration may coincide with changes in TVP
Last year, you could benefit from government funding of up to PLN 100 to buy a set-top box or PLN 250 for a new TV. This year the program is invalid. Viewers at risk of signal loss must therefore invest in the equipment themselves. The cheapest DVB-T2/HEVC tuners can be bought for 60 PLN, and TVs for less than 500 PLN.
The change will bring some benefits to viewers, because they will be able to watch TVP3 and TVP Historia in HD quality and will regain access to stations from other multiplexes that changed the standard in the first half of 2022. TVP has been given time by the Office of Electronic Communications for deportation until the end of 2023. This has been explained by the war in Ukraine, but private broadcasters claim the reason is the upcoming parliamentary elections. The reach of TVP news programs was supposed to be greater than that of TVP or Polsat. Commercial broadcasters intend to count the advertising revenue they may lose and apply for compensation from the state treasury.
Recently, the National Broadcasting Board published a new seating schedule on Polish TV transmitters after changing the MUX-3 standard to DVB-T2/HEVC. TVP ABC and TVP Kultura channels will be broadcast on the third complex. In return, TVP World will return to digital terrestrial television. It will be available via MUX-6. The public broadcaster, in turn, informed that in order to provide additional time for these viewers to tune in to their receivers, TVP will broadcast selected channels simultaneously on both MUX-3 and MUX-6. This will apply to: TVP1, TVP2 and TVP Info from December 15, 2023 to January 12, 2024 and TVP ABC and TVP Kultura from December 19, 2023 to January 12, 2024.
Experts in an interview with Wirtualnemedia.pl criticized the timing of MUX-3’s transition to the new standard. This is the period leading up to Christmas itself, when many people focus on shopping and other preparations for the holidays. Donald Tusk’s government will also start work soon and announce rapid changes in the management of Telewizja Polska. Its news programs broadcast daily articles about this announcement. There are many opinions that some viewers with older television sets may view the disappearance of TVP channels as a divestment of the public broadcaster.
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