Poland debates digital future
April 13, 2012 08.48 Europe/London By Chris Dziadul

The debate on what will be Polandís fourth and fifth multiplexes has got under way.

Speaking at a conference organised by the national transmission company Emitel under the patronage of the National Broadcasting Council (KRRiT) and quoted by Gazeta Wyborcza, Jan Dworak, the head of the KRRiT, said that a consultation on the allocation of frequencies for the two multiplexes would get under way within the next few months.

In his view, they should employ the DVB-T2 standard in order to each distribute up to 12 SD channels.

However, Igor Ostrowski, the deputy minister of administration and digitisation, said such a consultation should only start once the country has completed transition to digital broadcasting in July 2013.

Poland already has three multiplexes up and running.

MUX1 is currently allocated to TVP and new channels, though the public broadcaster will switch entirely to MUX 3 by April 2014, while MUX-2 is occupied exclusively by commercial TV services.