Following of months of delays, digital terrestrial broadcasting will finally make its debut today (September 30) in Poland.
This follows the signing of agreements between the national transmission company Emitel and national commercial broadcasters Polsat and TV4 yesterday and TVN and TV Puls earlier this week.
The four broadcasters will each contribute two channels to the second multiplex, which, according to a statement from Emitel, will be launched from transmitters in Warsaw, Poznan, Zielona Góra and Zagan today.
Emitel says that the negotiations between the parties were helped by the fact that they had already reached an understanding as far back as June last year.
Commenting on the launch, Emitel’s president Przemyslaw Kurczewski said: “two multiplexes with 15 digital terrestrial channels is finally a fact”.
The first multiplex is currently carrying TVP channels, although the thematic ones will migrate to the third multiplex, which will launch on October 26 and be allocated solely to the public broadcaster.
Poland’s DTT service will eventually offer viewers around 30 channels.