The introduction of additional stations was accompanied by a change in modulation. This translated to reduce the range of the MUX-L3. Some viewers who have used this multiplier so far have lost access to it. In the multiplex of the MWE group, the Gold TV channel was replaced by Nuta Gold. At its launch at the end of March this year. MWE multiplexing was tested at DVB-T2 / HEVC in Katowice, where the music station has replaced the Home TV channel.
Currently, MUX-L3 includes: Filmax, Nuta.TV, Nuta Gold, Power TV, Red Carpet, Stars.TV, TV Okazje, TVC and Xtreme TV, which recently replaced Super TV. The MWE group is the operator of local multiples: MUX-L1 (Jelenia Góra), MUX-L3 (Radomsko, Tomaszów Mazowiecki, Częstochowa), MUX-L4 (Wrocław, Świdnica) and experimental multiples in DVB-T2/HEVC in Szczecin Katowice. Test emissions in Warsaw and the Tri-City may start soon. – Mr. Robert Berger (Editor’s Note, Technical Director of MWE Networks) is working extensively on this – revealed Wirtualnemedia.pl Michał Winnicki, founder of the MWE Group.
Changing the digital terrestrial TV standard
MWE’s local multiplexes are broadcast with the old DVB-T standard. Currently, a nationwide transfer of multiples of MUX-1, MUX-2 and MUX-4 to DVB-T2 / HEVC is underway. Most of the commercial stations were broadcast in the following provinces: Lubuskie, Dolnośląskie, Zachodniopomorskie, Pomorskie, Kujawsko-Pomorskie, Wielkopolskie and in the northwestern part of the Mazowieckie regions already in the new standard. By the end of June this year. The changes will cover the entire country.
The National Media Institute estimates that 1.7 million households have televisions and tuners that are not compliant with the new standard. Thus, 3-4 million potential viewers may lose access to major commercial stations. Thanks to the application of the Minister of the Interior and Administration to the Head of the Office of Electronic Communications on DVB-T2 / HEVC, he does not have to pass MUX-3 until the end of 2023, when the main Telewizja Polska stations are available (including TVP1, TVP2, TVP Info and TVP Sport) . In places with local multiplex, you can watch commercial channels defined by the old DVB-T standard.
At the beginning of March, TV Puls and Puls 2 joined MUX-L4, which operates in Wrocław and Świdnica. TVN HD and Polsat HD were already available in this multi machine. Thanks to these broadcasts, private stations compensate for the potential loss of viewers who do not have DVB-T2 / HEVC compatible devices. In the Łódzkie and Śląskie regions, where the MUX-L3 operates, which is joined by TV Puls and Puls 2, the standard change will be made on May 23 this year.
TVPuls channel president concerned about TVP broadcasts with the old standard
The UKE chief’s decision after a request from the Home Office and Administration is not satisfied with commercial broadcasters, who fear losing viewers and advertising revenue to TVP. – The entire media market on the eve of the change of the standard of terrestrial television broadcasting in Poland. Meanwhile, the UKE chief, at the request of the Home Office and Administration indicating dubious legal basis, is making a completely incomprehensible last minute decision, without any market consultation, to postpone the MUX-3 date until December 31, 2023. This is a totally scandalous and unacceptable situation, which leads to unequal and discriminatory treatment of commercial broadcasters. Since the time of TVP channels available on MUX-3 is being extended, why not expand the entire broadcast market? – Asked rhetorically in an interview with Wirtualnemedia.pl Dariusz Dąbski, President of Telewizja Puls.
Maintaining TVP broadcasts in the old standard will reduce the frequency with viewers adapting to the new standard. And remember that as many as 1.7 million households using only terrestrial television do not have a DVB-T2 / HEVC ready receiver. For us, it is a loss for the DVB-T market – the decision of the Home Office and Administration, the UKE and the National Broadcasting Council will lead to significant losses. Moreover, the government media campaign on such an important issue has been insufficiently conducted and of low quality, and the suggestions of commercial broadcasters in this regard have been ignored. We have always been and always been open to dialogue, but this time the situation got out of hand – we will not be passive and we will respond decisively by taking action towards the decision-making bodies. We will also demand judicial compensation for the losses that we will undoubtedly incur due to this situation – announced the president of TV Puls. Several weeks ago, the UKE held talks with private broadcasters about changing the digital terrestrial television standard. However, there was no agreement that satisfies the trading stations. The next meeting is scheduled for May 9.
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