23 of July 2013 is very important to me, from this day only digital TV will “shine” in Poland. Personally, because I am connected with this project from the very beginning and I am responsible for the process of digitization in Poland. I feel that this obligation was fulfilled correctly. I am satisfied as a parent that raised a child. I was responsible for the preparation of the Implementation Plan of Digital TV in Poland, than Act on implementation of digital terrestrial television, together with the employees of the Telecommunication Department in the Ministry of Infrastructure we worked on the scenarios of the films informing about the digitization process. After I was appointed for a position of the President of UKE, I kept an eye together with the employees of the head office and regional branches on the process from the technical side. We ensured that all citizens had digital transmission and reconstructed the coverage of the analog signal – President Magdalena Gaj describes her experience.
Summary of the digitization of terrestrial television
Digitization of terrestrial television is extremely complicated process, that thanks to determination and engagement of all its participants ends with success today – underlines Magdalena Gaj – President of UKE.
Change that we all observe may be compared only to crucial events – launch of the first TV transmission or change of the method of broadcasting from black and white to color television – she adds.
This is the beginning of a new era for television in Poland – change, that required preparation and implementation of new provisions – Act on implementation of digital terrestrial television, issuing indispensable concessions, decisions and radio permissions, and also preparation of schedules and territorial measurement –states President of UKE.
The success of the process would not be possible without very good cooperation of all partners participated in this process: Ministry of Administration and Digitization, National Broadcasting Council, public and commercial broadcasters and technical operator. Territorial and local administration played also very important role. Many organizations and disinterested individuals – volunteers from Digital Patrols, Scouts and Firemen - were involved in this process. I address special thanks to pupils and directors of schools, that supported program of Digital Patrols. I would like to thank employees of the regional branches of UKE that carried out measurements of the digital signal on their territory, often in very tough weather conditions, actively supporting local societies and responding to notifications concerning transmission of TV signal. Thanks to them farewell with “Dragon Analog” was smooth and without biggest problems- underlines Magdalena Gaj.
The numbers state about the scope of the undertaking and associated difficulties:
Advantages from digitization
Thanks to digitization Poles gained access to rich offer of programs and new, better quality of TV signal and additional services.
Terrestrial Digital Television is a rich offer of programs:
Transition to digital transmission enables introduction of additional services, such as:
GRAND FINALE IN GIŻYCKO
The end of the digitization process was accompanied by several important events. At 9:00 the press conference was held, after which the ceremonial assembly of Technical Council of TVP S.A and Voivode Convent with participation of Minister of Adminsitration and Digitization, President of UKE, Chairman of KRRiT and Board of Public Television was held.
The summary of the implementation process of the terrestrial, digital television was made. Thanks were handed to the most active partners supporting digitization (including Digital patrols). There was also panel discussion on the future of the terrestrial digital television, new challenges and digital dividend.
7th stage of digitization
7th and the last stage of the digitization process of terrestrial television covered the territory of 220 communes that belong to 7 voivodships: Lower Silesian, Podkarpackie, Warmina-Masurian, Mazovian, Podlaskie. Lublin and Lubusz voivodship, where in November 2012 the first stage of the digitization process was carried out successfully.
From 23 of July 2013 on the territory covered by 7th stage of digitization exclusively digital TV programmes will be available. They will be broadcast by 10 main stations and 13 subsidiary stations with low power (gapfillers).