Poland is likely to have a law governing digital terrestrial broadcasting in place by the end of the year.
Rzeczpospolita reports that the country’s Senate has assessed such a law and now returned it, with 11 amendments, to the parliament (Sejm) for further discussion.
The Senate refused to approve a number of key proposals including the creation of package of TVP channels that would be in place until 2020 and the fees charged for such a package, as well as obligations for cable and DTH services to carry channels distributed by DTT.
The latter, which was proposed by the National Broadcasting Council (KRRiT), covered up to 20 channels and was opposed by pay-TV operators.
Despite the late enactment in the law, DTT services are already up and running in Poland, with the first two multiplexes having made their debuts late last year. The ASO date has been set for July 31, 2013.