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DVB-T2 signal in Poland – since when? Replacement of TV sets and tuners

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Next year, the standard of broadcasting digital terrestrial television programs will change – the existing DVB-T will be replaced by DVB-T2 / HEVC. The National Media Institute conducts research to show how many Poles are prepared to change the standard of digital terrestrial television. As many as 2.27 million households have to replace their TV sets or buy a new tuner. A representative of Samsung warns that there may be a shortage of equipment in spring, write Wirtualnemedia.pl.

– Currently, out of almost 5 million households using digital terrestrial television, 71 percent. of these households receive the DVB-T2 signal, but only 50 percent. receives DVB-T2 HEVC signal. This means that over 2 million households will not be able to receive the signal. They are rather technologically excluded people.


Older people, from small towns, often on single-person farms with very little economic potential. 74 percent people receiving the signal only from terrestrial television do not know about the planned change. It is not a drama. We have some time – said Mirosław Kalinowski, director of the National Media Institute during the conference of the Polish Chamber of Electronic Communications.

Changing the standard of television and shortages in shops

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According to Grzegorz Stanisz, sales and marketing director of the RTV Department of Samsung Polska, quoted by Wirtualnemedia.pl, if the social campaign does not accelerate, then in spring the stores may not have equipment compatible with DVB-T2 / HEVC. According to him, the campaign does not directly explain the changes that await all viewers.

– It is known that November and December are the two strongest months in Poland when it comes to buying and selling electronics. January is also a very strong month. In March, when there will be the first switch-off of the DVB-T signal, in April, May and June, when there will be further switch-offs, the entire demand will accumulate – claims Stanisz.

– Anyone who wants to buy these televisions will not be able to get them. We are able to cooperate with every broadcaster and do something nice to prevent such Mrs. Ola Stanisz from calling me in panic in April saying that her TV does not work – Stanisz alarmed.

Terrestrial television

Digital terrestrial television (DVB-T) was launched in Poland in 2013. It was then that digital terrestrial broadcasting began.

Through it, over 30 programs, such as TVN and TVN7, reach viewers in Poland. They are broadcast from terrestrial broadcasting stations located all over the country.

Next year, however, will be the end of the DVB-T standard.

DVB-T2 signal – what is it

DVB-T will be replaced by DVB-T2 / HEVC, the second generation digital terrestrial television. HEVC is a standard that enables better quality television reception.

Please note that the DVB-T2 / HEVC standard will not be introduced in satellite and cable TV. The changes only apply to digital terrestrial television.

Terrestrial TV with DVB-T2 / HEVC signal – since when?

This major change will affect millions of terrestrial TV audiences. The operation of switching the transmitters to the new standard has been divided into four stages, each of them will cover several provinces. The changes will begin at the end of March 2022 and end in June 2022.

Planned dates of changes in individual regions:

– March 28, 2022: Lubuskie, Dolnośląskie, Opolskie voivodships,

– April 25, 2022: Zachodniopomorskie, Pomorskie, Wielkopolskie, Kujawsko-Pomorskie voivodships,

– May 23, 2022: Łódzkie, Świętokrzyskie, Śląskie, Małopolskie, Podkarpackie voivodeships,

– June 27, 2022: Warmińsko-Mazurskie, Podlaskie, Mazowieckie, Lubelskie voivodships.

After completing this process, each recipient will have access to the new generation DVB-T2 television, both in terms of currently broadcast programs as well as new, planned ones.

The new quality will mean access to high and very high definition channels – FHD and 4k (Ultra HD). After the changes, viewers will also have access to more free thematic programs.

“The introduction of the DVB-T2 / HEVC standard in Poland results from the regulations of the European Union, and is also associated with changes in the use of radio frequencies in Europe. However, it is primarily a technological change that will bring new opportunities to television recipients” – reads government websites.

DVB-T2 / HEVC signal. Do you need to buy a new TV?

Importantly, access to television in better quality as well as new programs will be possible for anyone who has a TV set that supports the new DVB-T2 standard with a HEVC / H265 tuner. Information whether our receiver has such an option should be obtained from the seller or the manufacturer of the receiver, e.g. in the documents we received during the purchase.

If the receiver does not have such a possibility and, for example, it only supports DVB-T2 without HEVC, then you should either purchase a new receiver that supports DVB-T2 and HEVC, or an appropriate set-top box / tuner, the so-called a “set-up box” that meets these two requirements.

Due to the change in the digital terrestrial television standard, the reception of television programs broadcast in the DVB-T2 system by TV receivers adapted only to the DVB-T system will not be possible.

If the receiver enables the reception of the second generation digital terrestrial television DVB-T2 / HEVC along with the change of the standard – in June 2022 – only a new search for TV channels will be required.

wirtualnemedia.pl, TVN24 Biznes

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