The Polish broadcaster TVN has begun DVB-T2/HEVC tests in cooperation with the national transmission company Emitel.
In involves the channels TVN HD, TVN 7 HD, TTV HD, Metro TV HD and TVN Fabula HD and covers the cities of Warsaw, Bydgoszcz, Katowice and Lodz. Significantly, it is the first time that TVN Fabula HD has been distributed terrestrially, with the channel having until now been offered on satellite platforms and cable networks.
Commenting on the tests, Andrzej Kozlowski, president of Emitel, said: “the migration of terrestrial television to the new standard – DVB-T2 / HEVC starts in the first half of 2022. The changes relate to the broadcasting infrastructure throughout the country. Our facilities and the systems installed on them must be properly prepared so that at the right moment it is possible to switch both the DVB-T to DVB-T2 emission standard and the frequency. We want to prepare well for this operation, hence the joint tests with TVN. It will also be an opportunity for viewers to pre-test TV receivers”.
Dorota Zurkowska, a member of the board at TVN, added: “The overriding goal of the tests conducted by TVN and Emitel is to prepare viewers for the change in the standard of terrestrial television broadcasting planned for 2022. We start with 4 locations, there will be millions of users within the broadcasting range, but as we obtain permits, together with Emitel, we will expand the broadcasting range test. Together with our technical operator, we want to prepare as best as possible for the upcoming changes”.