Refarming 700MHz

Information on multiplex frequency refarming
and planned switchover to the new broadcasting standard DVB-T2 / HEVC.

Pursuant to the European Commission’s decision, a part of the frequency range currently used for terrestrial television will be allocated to the development of 5G mobile telephony. This makes it necessary to free up the 700MHz band and reorganize terrestrial television multiplexes in a process referred to as the frequency “refarming”.
Additionally, in 2022 the standard of terrestrial television broadcasting will change. The current one will be replaced by the newer and more effective DVB-T2/HEVC standard.

Refarming

Digital Terrestrial Television (DTT) is the main platform for universal distribution of public television programs. It is available all over Poland and as many as 13 million Poles choose it as their primary source of TV signal. There are 4 so-called nationwide multiplexes (digital packages containing a certain number of programs), and viewers can choose the TV offer that is best for them from among nearly 30 free TV channels.

In order to be able to constantly receive terrestrial TV signals, we must remember that there will be changes in broadcasting soon. The currently used DVB-T broadcast standard will be replaced by a newer DVB-T2 standard offering new possibilities. To receive TV in the new standard, we must make sure that our TV set has the right parameters. Signal switches will take place in the first half of 2022, so there is time to prepare, including a possible replacement of the TV set or purhase of Set-Top-Box (STB).

Advantages of changing the broadcasting standard to DVB-T2/HEVC:

  • Better offer – more channels
  • Better image quality – HD resolution
  • Possibility to broadcast UHD / 4k channels
  • Greater signal immunity
  • Better sound quality
  • Wider range of amenities – sound personalization
  • Additional services – HbbTV hybrid television

Shift schedule

The signal will be switched form DVB-T/H.264 (MEPG4/AVC) to new standard DVB-T2/HEVC (H.265) in 2022 in four stages planned for March 28, April 25, May 23 and June 27.

Test emissions

To help viewers prepare for the changes and check their receivers, the signal in the new DVB-T2 / HEVC standard is made available in selected areas of the country as part of test broadcasts.

Approximate range of DVB-T2/HEVC test emissions

How to prepare for changes?

 






 

 

 

Helpline
digital television

Emitel helpline about reception of
digital terrestrial television
MUX-1, MUX-2, MUX-3 and MUX-8.

Phone:

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Mon – Fri, 8:00 – 20:00.

Before contacting the Helpline, we encourage you to read the materials on the subject of DVB-T digital terrestrial television available on our website. In particular, information on the DVB-T transmitters’ coverage can be found in the application EmiMaps.