TVN S.A. and Emitel S.A. have started in Gdańsk testing the broadcasting of digital terrestrial television in the DVB-T2/HEVC standard. The tests will include broadcasting of TVN HD, TVN 7 HD, TTV HD, Metro TV HD and TVN Fabuła HD channels.

Currently, the test broadcasts of TVN HD, TVN 7 HD, TTV HD, Metro TV HD and TVN Fabuła HD channels are available in 5 Polish cities, namely Warsaw, Bydgoszcz, Katowice, Łódź and Gdańsk. The aim of these tests is to verify the signal range and quality of TVN Discovery Group’s channels. It will also enable to verify whether the TV sets of viewers are adapted to the new broadcasting standard.

“Starting up the transmitter in Gdańsk, we have expanded the range of the test broadcasting to five locations in the country. As a result, millions of viewers will be able to prepare to receive terrestrial television in the new DVB-T2/HEVC standard. We are currently preparing to run such tests in other cities,” said Dorota Żurkowska, Member of the Management Board of TVN S.A.

“In the first half of 2022, terrestrial TV will be switched to the new, DVB-T2/HEVC standard. With the new terrestrial TV standard, broadcasters will benefit from new and better picture and sound quality, while broadcasters will be given the opportunity to develop their offer. It is also an opportunity for viewers to test their existing TV sets. We want to be well prepared for these activities, hence the joint tests with TVN S.A. – recently extended to Gdańsk,” said Andrzej Kozłowski, President of the Management Board of Emitel S.A.

DVB-T2/HEVC is a technology that offers better efficiency in the use of the frequency band and therefore enables, among others, broadcasting of all digital terrestrial TV channels in HD. Successor to the DVB-T standard, it also creates the possibility of introducing new TV channels that would be available free of charge to all viewers. This standard is already being used in many European countries, and in Poland the change is planned for 2022.