Television in Hungary

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Audience shares of Hungarian TV channels, 2012

Television in Hungary was introduced in 1957. Transmission in color was introduced to Hungarian television for the first time in 1971. Hungary had only one television channel until 1973. It was only in the mid 1990s when private and commercial broadcasting was introduced to Hungary.

Free-to-air television channels broadcasting in Hungary[edit]

Free-to-air on DVB-T[edit]

Free-to-air on analogue[edit]

Analogue broadcasting in Hungary was phased out in two phases that were completed on July 31 and October 31, 2013, respectively.[1]

Free-to-air on satellite[edit]

National Channels[edit]

  • Duna (National channel) started broadcasting in 1992. (Free-to-air on DVB-T)
  • Duna World (International channel, since 16. April 2006.) (Free-to-air on DVB-T)
  • M1 (News channel, since 15. March 2015.) started broadcasting in 1957. (Free-to-air on DVB-T)
  • M2, started broadcasting in 1972., (M2 Kids Channel 6-20h), since 22. December 2012. (M2 Petőfi 20-6h) (Free-to-air on DVB-T)
  • M4 Sport (Sports channel) started broadcasting in 2015. (Free-to-air on DVB-T)
  • M5 - (as sports channel from 5. August to 18. September 2016.(due to the Rio Olympics 2016 and Rio Paralympics 2016), from 18. September as a Cultural channel) (Free-to-air on DVB-T)

National commercial channels[edit]

  • TV2 started broadcasting in October 1997. (Free-to-air on DVB-T)
  • RTL Klub started broadcasting in October 1997. (Free-to-air on DVB-T)

National commercial premium channels[edit]

Cable Channels[edit]

General and Entertainment[edit]

News and Politics[edit]

Sport[edit]

Movies[edit]

Series and Telenovellas[edit]

Documentary[edit]

Animals[edit]

Travel and Lifestyle[edit]

Culinary[edit]

Children[edit]

Music[edit]

Religion[edit]

Regional[edit]

Adult[edit]

HD TV-Channels[edit]

Planned[edit]

  • M6 (starts in 2016)
  • Heti TV starts on 1. December 2016.

Defunct or renamed[edit]

Most-viewed channels[edit]

Channel. Group 2016
2015 2014 2013 2012 2011
RTL Klub RTL Group 18.1 18.8 20.7 15.9 17.1 21.0
TV2 TV2 Group 8.8 13.1 15.1 12.7 14.3 16.8
Pos. Channel Group Share of total viewing (%)
2016[2]
1 RTL Klub RTL Group 18.1
2 TV2 TV2 Group 8.8
3 Film+ RTL Group 5.2
4 Cool TV RTL Group 4.8
5 RTL II RTL Group 3.9
6 Mozi+ TV2 Group 3.8
7 Viasat 3 Sony Pictures Entertainment 3.4
8 Super TV2 TV2 Group 3.0
9 Duna MTVA 2.7
10 Comedy Central Viacom 2.7
11 M4 Sport MTVA 2.0
12 ATV Faith Church, Hungary 1.7
13 AXN Sony Pictures Entertainment 1.6
14 M1 MTVA 1.6
15 PRIME TV2 Group 1.4
16 RTL+ RTL Group 1.3
17 STORY4 Central 1.1
18 STORY5 Central 1.1
19 M2 MTVA 1.1
20 Paramount Channel Hungary Viacom 1.0
21 AMC AMC Networks International 1.0
22 M3 MTVA 1.0
23 Sport 1 AMC Networks International 0.8
24 National Geographic Channel FOX Networks International 0.7
25 Discovery Channel Discovery Networks 0.7
26 Duna World MTVA 0.7
27 Film+ 2 RTL Group 0.7
28 Sorozat+ RTL Group 0.6
29 Viasat 6 Sony Pictures Entertainment 0.6
30 Sláger TV Tematic Cable 0.6
31 Film Cafe AMC Networks International 0.6
32 Spektrum AMC Networks International 0.6
33 TLC Discovery Networks 0.6
34 Muzsika TV RTL Group 0.5
35 Spektrum Home AMC Networks International 0.4
36 Life Network Origo Media 0.4
37 Nickelodeon Hungary Viacom 0.4
38 GALAXY Central 0.4
39 Nick Jr. Viacom 0.4
40 Nat Geo Wild FOX Networks International 0.4
41 Sport 2 AMC Networks International 0.4
42 Disney Channel The Walt Disney Company 0.4
43 TV Paprika AMC Networks International 0.3
44 ID Xtra Discovery Networks 0.3
45 FOX FOX Networks International 0.3
46 Minimax AMC Networks International 0.3
47 Zenebutik TV2 Group 0.3
48 Izaura TV TV2 Group 0.2
49 DoQ Tematic Cable 0.2
50 Ozone Network Origo Media 0.2
51 M5 MTVA 0.1
52 Cartoon Network Turner 0.1
53 Film Mania AMC Networks International 0.1
54 VIVA Hungary Viacom 0.1
55 FEM3 TV2 Group 0.09
56 Boomerang Turner 0.09
57 Humor+ TV2 Group 0.08
58 Spíler TV TV2 Group 0.08
59 Music Channel Digi TV 0.04
60 Digi Sport 1 Digi TV 0.04
Position Group Share of total viewing (%)
1 RTL Group 34.5
2 TV2 Group 13.4
3 MTVA 9.1
4 Viacom 5.9
5 Sony Pictures Entertainment 4.5

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