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Usually once you have rented the apartment the electricity bill will be included in your rent. Hence, there is no need for you to register separately with your electricity provider. Ask your expat's local counsellor for the advice.
However, make sure you clarify with your landlord how you will be charged. Usually, there is a counter in your basement, so you could easily check your electricity consumption.
You may however, try to change your tariff i.e. if you are only home evenings, it is advisable you switch your electricity tariff to more expensive during the day and cheaper during the evening.
Polish TV offers a wide range of public radio & TV stations as well as cable & satellite TV.
Public TV broadcasts the following stations:
As in many other European countries Polish public radio and television is not free of charge and the payments should be made according to the individually chosen payment plan (monthly, quarterly or annually). Until now less than 50% of the media users including private households and organizations pay the Radio/TV fee.
The dispute how to execute the payments is now as old as time since the payments has been long considered as voluntary.
Hence Broadcasting Council launched a media campaign to promote fair behavior. Post Office which officially collects all the payments got involved in the execution of the payments and it now tracks the payments of each users and sends out reminders.
Even if you pay a monthly fee to your cable or satellite TV provider you are not exempt from the public fee.
Expats in Poland usually choose this option to watch their home country TV. You can choose out of 3 different providers.
Poland is the 3rd largest cable TV market in Europe. Thanks to dynamics of the market cable TV providers offers the widest range of channels and services. You can also combine it with telephone & internet. Almost of all them offer HD, Video-on-demand, PVR (recording), Multiroom function and they air all available coded channels incl. n-channels, TVN, Canal+, Polsat at the same time.
The 4 biggest providers are:
As mentioned before almost all cable TV providers offer also broad-band internet and telephone services.
The biggest telephone network provider former public telephone company TP (Telekomunikacja Polska) offers its internet service Neostrada up to 20 Mb. Neostrada provides also satellite internet.
There are 4 main mobile phone providers in Poland. They all offer pre-paid and monthly fees contracts.