So far, the Poles have submitted nearly half a million applications to finance the purchase of a set-top box or TV set in the new DVB-T2/HEVC terrestrial standard, Presserwis reports, citing data from the prime minister’s digitization department. Office.
On Monday, the last stage of changing the standard of digital terrestrial television broadcasting took place, which consists in replacing the existing DVB-T/MPEG-4 system with DVB-T2/HEVC. The first stage took place at the end of March and covered the Lower Silesian and Lubusz voivodeships, and a month later, the change in the standard of terrestrial television broadcasting covered the following voivodeships: Kuyavian-Pomeranian, Pomeranian, Greater Poland and West Pomeranian. At the end of May there were changes in the following regions: Łódź, Małopolska, Opolskie, Podkarpackie, Silesia and Świętokrzyskie. In turn, yesterday there was a change in the broadcasting standard in Mazovia, Podlasie, as well as in the Lublin and Warmia-Mazury provinces.
Great interest in subsidies
Due to the change of the DVB-T/MPEG-4 system to DVB-T2/HEVC, millions of Poles cannot receive most of the channels. People who do not have a TV that can receive the new signal need to replace the receiver with a model adapted to the change in standard, or purchase a decoder to receive digital TV. A few months ago, the law on supporting households in this area was amended to establish an allowance of up to PLN 100 for households in financial hardship for the purchase of a TV set-top box and a subsidy of PLN 250 for the purchase of a digital receiver.
Interest in funding is very high. Poles have filed 408,323 applications to date, according to data obtained by Presserwis from the digitization department of the Prime Minister’s Office. The majority of applications (336,772) were submitted to Poczta Polska branches (the remaining 71,551 were submitted via the Internet). So far, 332,848 applications have been completed, most of them (286,708) are related to co-financing the purchase of a set-top box (slightly over 46,000 for a TV).
The website’s data from the National Media Institute shows that as of early June, about 1.3 million households were unprepared for the new terrestrial television standard.
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