Today at 4:15 am analogue terrestrial TV transmitters were switched off for the first time in Poland in Zielona Góra and Żagań. Residents of Lubuskie Province switched completely to the reception of terrestrial TV in digital DVB-T system. We present coverage of this event.
On 6 November at noon in the Old Market in Gorzów Wielkopolski, the Digital Television Town was opened and the residents of Lubuskie Province were visited by representatives of major institutions responsible for the process of digitisation in Poland. The events at the Digital Television Town were broadcast live by television stations present there. They were attended by: Michał Boni - Minister of Administration and Digitisation, Marcin Jabłonski - Governor of Lubuskie Province, Magdalena Gaj - President of the Office of Electronic Communications, Jan Dworak - Chairman of the National Broadcasting Council, Juliusz Braun - President of TVP S.A., Przemysław Kurczewski - President of Emitel Sp. z oo, Wiesław Łodzikowski - Director of TVP- Technologie.
Shortly after, a meeting summarising preparations for the switch-off and a press conference were held at the Lubuskie Provincial Office.
- Yes, we are technically prepared to switch off analogue terrestrial TV in Lubuskie Province - said the President of UKE Magdalena Gaj at a press conference in Gorzów Wielkopolski. -The power of the transmitter in Gorzów will be increased today, which should improve the situation for residents of Lipki Wielkie and Goszczanowo, where previously there were problems with good reception of television programmes.
A few months before the switch-off of the first analogue transmitters, the Office of Electronic Communications conducted field measurements, which confirmed that terrestrial TV signal is available in almost the entire area covered by the first and second stage of the analogue signal switch-off.
In addition, with the switch-off of analogue signal, the output power of the transmitter in Gorzów Wielkopolski was increased to 4 kW (channel 32), so the conditions for the reception of TV signal via DVB-T for Lipki Wielkie and Goszczanowo have improved. This will provide a good level of digital terrestrial television signal in the area covered by the first stage of analogue switch-off.
The most important moment took place on November 7 at 4:15 am, when a ceremony of transition to digital TV reception was held in the Old Market in Gorzów Wielkopolski. The symbolic transition was performed jointly by: Michał Boni - Minister of Administration and Digitisation, Marcin Jabłonski - Governor of Lubuskie Province, Magdalena Gaj - President of UKE, Jan Dworak - President of the NBC (KRRiT), Juliusz Braun - President of TVP. This was followed by a conference summarising the first stage of the switch-off of analogue TV programmes broadcast from terrestrial transmitters.
- With digitisation viewers today are gaining access to a wide range of programmes and a new higher-quality TV signal and additional services - said Magdalena Gaj President of UKE - The Office of Electronic Communications will continue to help and support all those who need support and guidance required to ensure the best possible conditions for the reception of digital terrestrial television.
In order to provide comprehensive support for the residents of the locations covered by the first stage of the analogue signal switch-off, Branches of the Office of Electronic Communications in Zielona Góra and Poznań launched special shifts and answer questions asked by people associated with the receipt of digital signal.
If necessary, mobile measuring stations from UKE Regional Branches will be sent directly to the locations reporting problems with the reception of DVB-T signal. We will perform additional measurements and give suggestions on how to improve reception conditions, e.g. by raising the receiving antenna or directing it towards the transmitter with the best digital signal strength.
Employees of the Office of Electronic Communications also check whether set-top boxes for the receipt of digital terrestrial signal offered in Poland meet EMC requirements and are energy efficient. The Office plans to complete the inspection in mid-December.
Detailed information on digital terrestrial television is available at www.cyfryzacja.gov.pl and via a free hotline under 800 00 77 88.