Poland sets DTT start, ASO dates

Poland has taken a huge step on its long and often troubled road to digitalisation.

Quoted in Wirtualne Media and Satkurier, Witold Kolodziejski, the president of the country’s National Broadcasting Council (KRRiT), said that DTT services, employing MPEG-4 compression, would first be made available this September in Warsaw, Zielona Góra, Poznan and Zagan.

The whole digitalisation process will be undertaken in three stages, with ASO taking place on July 31, 2013.

The first multiplex will effectively be allocated to the existing analogue channels TVP1, TVP2, TVP Info, Polsat, TVN, TV4 and TV Puls, while a tender for the second will be announced in around a month.

The latter will choose an operator for the second multiplex, which will carry a total of seven channels. Three of the channels will be chosen by the KRRiT in a competition, one will be a local service, and three selected by the operator.

A third multiplex, covering around 20% of the country, will be allocated to the public broadcaster TVP.

All the channels on the three multiplexes will be FTA.