Polsat

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Polsat
Polsat 2021 gradient.svg
CountryPoland
Headquarters77 Ostrobramska street
04-175 Warsaw
Programming
Language(s)Polish
Picture format1080i HDTV
(downscaled to 16:9 576i for the SDTV feed)
Ownership
OwnerTelewizja Polsat
History
Launched5 December 1992; 28 years ago (1992-12-05)
Former namesPolSat (with a capital "S")(1992-1994)
Links
Websitewww.polsat.pl
Availability
Terrestrial
Digital terrestrial televisionChannel 4
Cable
UPC PolandChannel 5 (HD)
VectraChannel 106 (SD)
Channel 116 (HD)
Satellite
Cyfrowy PolsatChannel 1, 111 (HD)
Channel 500 (SD)
Platforma Canal+Channel 7, 215 (HD)
Orange TVChannel 4 (SD)
Channel 7 (HD)

Polsat is a Polish free-to-air television channel that was launched on 5 December 1992 by Zygmunt Solorz-Żak. As of 2019, it is the most watched television channel in Poland with a market share of 11.30%

Polsat belongs to the Polsat group (WSE: CPS), which also owns other channels.

Polsat building in Warsaw.

On February 27, 2019, the longest-running graphic design (2006-2019) was changed to a new one, but the station's logo remained virtually unchanged until 2021 when the logo was changed again as part of a major overhaul; however, the sun concept of the logo has remained.

History[edit]

Polsat started broadcasting on 5 December 1992 via satellite. To circumvent licensing issues, it legally broadcast from Hilversum (The Netherlands) and imported programming had to come by plane.[1] The group was small, but was considered to be attractive for advertisers, as most of its viewers were found in larger cities, had a significant overrepresentation of under-50s and had higher incomes.[2]

In 1993, the channel got a legal license to operate terrestrially in Poland.

2006-2021 logo.

The name Polsat was thought up by Polish satirist Tadeusz Drozda, at a time when the channel broadcast from the Netherlands by satellite. In 1994, after achieving its terrestrial license, the channel rebranded and adopted a sun as its logo. In an interview given to Super Express in 2011, Zygmunt Solorz-Żak was believed to be "superstitious", with the sun being created by a friend - the golden Aztec sun - to assure the success of the channel.[3]

On 27 February 2006, Polsat changed its logo and graphic design, replacing the blue look. The logo shows of a sun putted inside an orange square with shining stripes, and the red square with the text “POLSAT”. The idents font is FF DIN (also used on RTL).

Polsat and its thematic sister channels started to show elements of rebranding from 2 August 2021. The Polsat channels officially changed their logos and graphic design on 30 August 2021 on the same day as TVN7, another large Polish channel.

Polsat HD[edit]

A high-definition simulcast feed of Polsat was launched in September 2009.

Programming[edit]

Among its shows are a variety of Polish and American dramas and news.

Entertainment[edit]

Information/Talk show/Reporters[edit]

  • Wydarzenia (Events) – news (since 2004)
  • Nowy dzień (New Day) - daily morning news program of Polsat News, also broadcast in Polsat from 6:00 to 9:00 every day (since 2008)
  • Graffiti - morning political talk show of Polsat News (in Polsat: 1994-2004, 2008 and since 2018)
  • Interwencja (Intervention) – reporters magazine (since 2003)
  • Państwo w państwie (State within a state) – also in Polsat News (since 2011)

TV series[edit]

  • Pierwsza miłość (First love) – TV soap; which has been redubbed as Soupy Norman in Ireland (since 2004, 13 seasons, 2517 episodes)
  • Przyjaciółki (Friends [women]) – drama series (since 2012, 10 seasons, 122 episodes)
  • W rytmie serca - drama series (since 2017, 12 episodes)
  • Ślad (Trace) - crime drama series; Polish version of Russian series Sled (since 2018)
  • Świat według Kiepskich (The World According to the Kiepscy) – sitcom (since 1999, 30 seasons, 528 episodes)
  • Malanowski i partnerzy (Malanowski & partners) – docudrama crime series (since 2009, 807 episodes)
  • Trudne sprawy (Difficult issues) – docudrama series (since 2011, 631 episodes)
  • Dlaczego ja? (Why me?) (since 2010, 677 episodes)
  • Pamiętniki z wakacji (Holiday diaries) (2011–2013, 2016, 61 episodes)
  • Zdrady (Infidelities) – docudrama series (since 2013, 87 episodes)

Sports[edit]

Previously on Polsat[edit]

Entertainment[edit]

Information[edit]

  • Informacje (1993–2004)

Political talk shows[edit]

TV series[edit]

  • Niania w wielkim mieście (2017)
  • Skazane (2015)
  • Na krawędzi (2013)
  • Na krawędzi 2 (2014)
  • Czułość i kłamstwa (1999–2000)
  • Adam i Ewa (2000–2001)
  • Zostać Miss (2001–2003)
  • Psie serce (2002)
  • Samo życie (2002–2010)
  • Pensjonat pod Różą (2004–2006)
  • Tango z aniołem (2005)
  • Kochaj mnie, kochaj (2006)
  • Będziesz moja (2006)
  • Tylko miłość (2007–2009)
  • Szpilki na Giewoncie (2010–2012)
  • Linia życia (2011)
  • Hotel 52 (2010–2013)
  • To nie koniec świata! (2013–2014)
  • Fala zbrodni (2003–2008)
  • Prawo miasta (2007)
  • Ekipa (2007)
  • 13 Posterunek (1997–1998)
  • Graczykowie (1999–2002)
  • Miodowe lata – licensed from The Honeymooners (1998–2003)
  • Całkiem nowe lata miodowe – licensed from The Honeymooners (2004)
  • Rodzina zastępcza (1999–2009)
  • Szpital na perypetiach (2001–2003)
  • Daleko od noszy (2003–2009)
  • Daleko od noszy 2 (2010–2011)
  • Daleko od noszy – szpital futpolowy (2011)
  • Daleko od noszy - reanimacja (2017)
  • Mamuśki (2007)
  • I kto tu rządzi? – licensed from Who's the Boss? (2007–2008)
  • Synowie (2009)
  • Synowie, czyli po moim trupie! (2009)
  • Ludzie Chudego – licensed from Los hombres de Paco (2010–2011)

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Poland exercises the right to channel surf". Retrieved 2017-12-05.
  2. ^ "Polsat wita na stronach WWW!". Polsat. Archived from the original on 2000-05-21. Retrieved 2021-08-30.
  3. ^ "Zygmunt Solorz-Żak: a business shark with a sensible heart. How did the wealthiest man in Poland gain fortune?" (in Polish). Retrieved 2021-05-10.
  4. ^ "Biuro Rekordów" (in Polish). Retrieved 2015-10-08.

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