When buying a TV set, check its parameters
20 January 2020
The standard of digital terrestrial television in Poland will soon change. When buying a new TV set, make sure that it will be able to correctly receive the content broadcast in the DVB-T2/HEVC standard.
The method of broadcasting digital terrestrial television is currently changing in Europe by replacing the existing DVB-T system with a more effective DVB-T2. In Poland, this change is expected to take place by June 30, 2022. DVB-T2 transmission will be carried out using image coding in accordance with the HEVC standard (also known as H.265 or MPEG-H Part 2). Only TV sets capable of decoding such a compressed image will be able to correctly receive broadcast television programmes. So if you are a viewer of digital terrestrial television and you intend to buy a new TV, make sure that it will be adapted to receive content broadcast in the new format. Many commercially available TV sets are already equipped with a DVB-T2 decoder, but can only decode an image encrypted according to the older video coding standard: AVC (also known as H.264 or MPEG-4 Part 10). After the introduction of the DVB-T2/HEVC transmission standard in Poland, these TV sets will no longer "recognize" broadcast content and it will be necessary to buy an external decoder.
Therefore, when buying a new TV, make sure it has the ability to decode DVB-T2 signals with HEVC codec (also called H.265 or MPEG-H Part 2). It is also desired for the new TV to decode sound encoded in accordance with the E-AC-3 standard.
Information on the date of introduction of DVB-T2/HEVC in Poland can be found on pages 16 and 17 of THE NATIONAL ACTION PLAN FOR CHANGING THE 700 MHz BAND ALLOCATION IN POLAND (in Polish).