The Polish parliament (Sejm) has voted against a controversial amendment to the country’s Broadcast Law.
Known as ‘Lex pilot’, it would have required pay-TV and other operators to place the public broadcaster TVP’s channels at the top of their EPGs.
The move follows a public hearing and strong opposition to ‘Lex pilot’ (pilot is the word for remote control in Polish) from across the industry.
However, other modifications to the Broadcast Law will still go ahead. According to Pawel Lewandowski, undersecretary of state at the PM’s Office, quoted by Wirtualne Media, the list of must carry/must offer channels will be widened to TVP1, TVP2, TVP3, TVP Info, TVP Kultura, TVN, Polsat, TV4 and TV Puls. Moreover, the National Broadcasting Council (KRRiT) will not be able to add to the list.
The ability to offer channels on an a la carte basis will be limited to relations between broadcasters and operators and not apply between operators and customers.