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]

  • M1 (News channel, since 15. March 2015.) started broadcasting in 1957.
  • M2 (Kids channel, since 22. December 2012.) started broadcasting in 1972.
  • Duna TV (National channel) started broadcasting in 1995.
  • Duna World (International channel, since 16. April 2006.)
  • M3 (Also available on DVB-T) (Retro channel) started broadcasting in 2013.
  • M4 Sport (Sports channel) started broadcasting in 2015.

National commercial channels[edit]

National commercial premium channels[edit]

Cable tv channels[edit]

General and Entertainment[edit]

News and Politics[edit]

Sport[edit]

Documentary[edit]

Music[edit]

Children[edit]

Movies[edit]

HD TV-Channels[edit]

Regional[edit]

Adult[edit]

Planned[edit]

Defunct or renamed[edit]

Most-viewed channels[edit]

Viewing shares, 2014:[2]

Position Channel Group Share of total viewing (%)
1 TV2 MTM-SBS 14.05
2 RTL Klub RTL Group 13.9
3 M1 MTVA 7.65
4 Cool TV RTL Group 4.1
5 Film+ RTL Group 3.85
6 Duna TV MTVA 3.23
7 M2 MTVA 2.85
8 Viasat 3 Sony Pictures Entertainment 2.65
9 ATV AGRO-TV-ATV 2.41
10 RTL II RTL Group 1.87
11 Super TV2 MTM-SBS 1.79
12 AXN Sony Pictures Entertainment 1.75
13 STORY4 Central 1.75
14 Duna World MTVA 1.61
15 Comedy Central Viacom 1.5
16 Nickelodeon Hungary Viacom 1.41
17 Disney Channel The Walt Disney Company 1.37
18 Minimax AMC Networks International 1.08
19 Sláger TV Tematic Cable 1.04
20 M3 MTVA 0.98
21 FEM3 MTM-SBS 0.89
22 Muzsika TV RTL Group 0.89
23 Discovery Channel Discovery Networks 0.86
24 National Geographic Channel FOX Networks International 0.85
25 PRO4 MTM-SBS 0.76
26 RTL+ RTL Group 0.74
27 Viasat 6 Sony Pictures Entertainment 0.74
28 Sport 1 AMC Networks International 0.69
29 STORY5 Central 0.67
30 Spektrum AMC Networks International 0.66
31 Film Cafe AMC Networks International 0.57
32 Sorozat+ RTL Group 0.57
33 Film Mania AMC Networks International 0.54
34 Life Network Origo Media 0.52
35 Universal Channel NBC Universal 0.50
36 Nat Geo Wild FOX Networks International 0.40
37 Sport 2 AMC Networks International 0.40
38 Cartoon Network Turner 0.39
39 TV Paprika AMC Networks International 0.36
40 Ozone Network Origo Media 0.33
41 VIVA Hungary Viacom 0.33
42 Echo TV Echo Hungaria TV 0.24
43 Film+ 2 RTL Group 0.24
44 Spektrum Home AMC Networks International 0.17
45 DOQ Tematic Cable 0.16
46 Sport Klub Tematic Cable 0.15
47 CBS Reality AMC Networks International 0.12
48 Music Channel Hungary Digi 0.09
49 MTV Europe Viacom 0.07
Position Group Share of total viewing (%)
1 RTL Group 32.7
2 MTM-SBS 17.4
3 MTVA 12.5
4 Sony Pictures Entertainment 7.9
5 Viacom 3.84

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