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First digital TV multiplexes

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2005-06-14

On 13 June this year, the President of URTiP handed over TV channels for two multiplexes to become operational during the first stage of digital terrestrial TV implementation to the Chairperson of the National Broadcasting Council.

According to the schedule included in the governmental “Strategy for a transition from analogue to digital broadcasting with respect to terrestrial TV” the President of URTiP was to submit an initial frequency management plan for the purposes of digital terrestrial broadcasting by 4 August. However, thanks to planning work, which had been completed earlier, and successful coordination of TV channels with the German administration it was possible to shorten the period of drafting plans for the first DVB-T multiplexes (Digital Video Broadcasting – Terrestrial).

The initial scenario of the transition period in the implementation of DVB-T in Poland was split into 10 stages specifying the sequence in which digital TV will be launched in particular provinces (till complete analogue switch-off on 31 December 2014). The sequence in which DVB-T will be launched results from currently anticipated availability of channels for the purposes of television.

The strategy assumes that the existing programme offer made available through terrestrial broadcasting cannot be reduced on any stage in the transition process from analogue to digital broadcasting (currently the offer comprises 7 TV programmes: TVP1, TVP2, TVP3, Polsat, TVN, TV4, Puls).

In the first stage the implementation of terrestrial digital broadcasting will start with digital switch-on including transmitters in Wielkopolskie province and in Warsaw. The coverage for fixed reception (the same for both multiplexes) was specified with pre-determined technical parameters of broadcasting (e.g. kind of modulation, length of a protection area).


Wielkopolskie province

MULTIPLEX 1

MULTIPLEX 2

Station Name

TV channel

Maximum transmitter power [kW]

Station name

TV channel

Maximum transmitter power [kW]

POZNAŃ

23

50,0

POZNAŃ

39

50,0

KALISZ

54

10,0

KALISZ

29

10,0

KONIN

55

10,0

KONIN

60

10,0

PIŁA

51

10,0

PIŁA

42

10,0

GNIEZNO

38

10,0

GNIEZNO

56

10,0

  • Fixed reception in both multiplexes will be ensured for 3,232 million inhabitants of Wielkopolskie province (population 98%, territory 95,5%). In addition some 1,470 million inhabitants of neighbouring provinces can be covered.

Warsaw

MULTIPLEX 1

MULTIPLEX 2

Station name

TV channel

Maximum transmitter power [kW]

Station name

TV channel

Maximum transmitter power [kW]

WARSZAWA

21

5,0

WARSZAWA

48

5,0

  • Fixed reception in both multiplexes will be ensured for 2,860 million inhabitants of Warsaw and neighbouring areas (57% of the overall number of inhabitants in Mazowieckie province and 25% of its territory).

The first two multiplexes will enable digital broadcasting of 8-10 TV programmes and interactive multimedia services in these two “island” areas.

For economic reasons, the period of simulcast should not last more than 12 months. Having achieved 95% of availability (digital broadcasting coverage criterion) and 90% of saturation (the number of DVB-T receivers) a decision to switch-off analogue broadcasting in a given area may be made.

In order to start the implementation of a governmental strategy as early as in 2005 it is necessary to make available TV channels from 43 to 47 as well as 54 and 55 by the Minister of State Defence. This requires an urgent decision to subsidise the process of military equipment modernisation with 9 million PLN. The President of URTiP has already applied to the Prime Minister Marek Belka for assistance in securing this amount in the state budget.

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