Interest in securing carriage on Poland’s first DTT multiplex is strong, with no fewer than 17 companies having applied for a licence to the National Broadcasting Council (KRRiT).
According to Satkurier, the companies – with the channels they would like to distribute on the multiplex – are: 4fun Media (4fun.tv), Astro (Next HD), ATM Grupa (ATM Rozrywka TV), Cable Television Networks (CTV), ZPR SA (Eska TV), Fundacja Lux Veritatis (TV Trwam), Kino Polska TV (Kino Polska Nostalgia), Lemon Records (Polo TV), Mediasat (Tele 5), Multimedia (RMF TV), Polskie Radio (Polskie Radio Czwórka), Stavka (U-TV), Superstacja (Superstacja), TPSA (Orange Sport Info), Tv Point Group (Machina TV) and TVN (TVN Meteo).
As the first multiplex is already reserved in part for the Polish public broadcaster TVP’s three main channels, the 17 bidders are competing for the remaining four FTA slots.
The only precondition is that they already have a Polish satellite TV licence – a factor that ruled out an application from a UK-based company named World IXI UK Limited.
The second and third Polish multiplexes, which are already up and running, have been allocated to commercial channels and TVP respectively.