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Digital TV only in western Polish province as analogue switch off begins

PR dla Zagranicy
Peter Gentle 07.11.2012 12:11
TV viewers in the Lubusz province in western Poland became the first in the country today to be only able to watch terrestrial television digitally, after analogue transmitters were turned off.

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Viewers will only able to watch terrestrial TV if they have a MPEG-4 decoder box after analogue signals stopped being sent from transmitters in Jemiołów, Zielona Góra and Zagan-Wichów, as part of Poland’s rolling programme of transferring to digital-only TV broadcasting.

“Thanks to this we can gain new opportunities at the interface between TV and the internet,” Poland’s minister for administration and digitalization Michal Boni said at a press conference, Wednesday.

On 28 November analog transmitters will be turned off in the northern Pomeranian province and in parts of north east Poland including the Warmia-Mazury region.

The first ever test transmission of TVB-T (Digital Video Broadcasting — Terrestrial) technology was made by Poland’s national broadcaster TVP in Warsaw in 2001.

The Polish government announced in January 2009 that the digital broadcast switch-on would be made in three steps and the analog broadcast switch-off in six steps.

Poland will be entirely digital for terrestrial television broadcasting by summer 2013. (pg)

source: IAR

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