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Millions of Poles do not have access to television. Big changes are coming

In the middle of 2022, the digital television standard will change from DVB-T to DVB-T2 / HEVC in Poland. In theory, it appears to be a very technical issue that will not affect the end user. In fact, this could be a very big problem for as many as 2.27 million households, according to data from the National Information Institute.

Where do so many endangered loads come from? This is due to the fact that in order to receive TV in the new standard, it is necessary to have new TVs or special tuners, which will allow to change the signal and adapt it to older receivers. However, producers warn that if most endangered farms suddenly start replacing equipment, some may not have enough equipment.

The Poles do not know the coming change

The biggest problem is the fact that up to 74 per cent. The Poles do not know the upcoming change. Even if they are willing to change hardware sooner, they may not know it is necessary.

Currently, out of nearly 5 million households using digital terrestrial television, 71 percent. Of these families receive a DVB-T2 signal, but only 50 percent. Receives a DVB-T2 HEVC signal. This means that more than 2 million households will not be able to receive the signal. They are rather technologically excluded people. Old people, from small towns, often on individual farms with very little economic potential. 74 percent of people who receive the signal only from terrestrial television do not know the planned change. It’s not drama. we have some time – Miroslaw Kalinowski, director of the National Information Institute, said during the conference of the Polish Chamber of Electronic Communications.

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