WARSAW: Polish public broadcaster TVP has signed a contract with TP Emitel to be the operator of
MUX 1, the first multiplex of frequencies for Polish digital ground
television, to be launched on 15
The Board of TVP (www.tvp.pl) approved the choice for TP Emitel (www.emitel.pl)
to operate MUX 1 until 27 April 2014.
The Polish transfer from analogue
to ground digital television will take place gradually with the
activation of special multiplexes, holding frequencies for up to eight
channels. TVP had also said the first Reservation
Decision of the Office Of Electronic Communications (UKE, www.uke.gov.pl)
entails TVP 1, TVP 2 and TVP INFO to be available in the first
multiplex. Therefore, by October 2012 the three channels will be
received by 95% of Polish citizens. MUX 1 will gradually add
four commercial channels: Eska TV (www.eska.tv), Polo TV (www.polotv.com.pl), ATM Rozrywka (www.atmgrupa.pl) and U-TV.
The activation of MUX 1 will allow for the total shut down of the
analogue transmitters in Poland on 31 July 2013. TVP applied to
UKE to change the Reservation Decision from 3 out of 7 spots given to
the public broadcaster to 4/8 rate, with 50% of the spots reserved for
This would decrease the risk of the public broadcaster losing its reach
after the shut down of analogue transmitters and allow one of its
channels to be in high definition.
TP Emitel is one of the leading Polish providers of transmission
services. The company will also be responsible for activating and
operating MUX 3, a multiplex planned to launch in April 2014 that will
reach 98% of Polish citizens.