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]

Hungarian Channels by Groups[edit]

MTVA[edit]

  • DUNA: 0-24: National main channel of Hungary, since March 15, 2015. Started in 1992. Available in HD.
  • M1: 0-24: News channel, since March 15, 2015. It was the national main channel before, started in 1957. Available in HD.
  • M2 / Petőfi TV: 6-20: Kids channel since December 22, 2012, 20-6: Entertainment since March 15, 2015. Started in 1972. Available in HD.
  • M3: 0-24: Retro channel started in late 2013.
  • M4 Sport: 0-24: Sport channel started in 2015. Available in HD.
  • M5: 0-24: Started on August 18, 2016 as sport channel, (also called M5 Sport) because of the Rio Olympics 2016 and Rio Paralympics 2016, as cultural channel since September 18, 2016. (It was planned as a regional channel.) Available in HD.
  • Duna World: International channel of Hungary, since April 16, 2006. Available in HD.
  • M6: Planned as a regional channel. MTVA doesn't plan to launch it in the following years.
  • M3D: In the summer of 2012 it was the 3D channel of MTVA.
  • M4K: Planned as a 4K channel.

M-RTL:[edit]

Channels in bold are available in HD.

TV2 Group[edit]

Channels in bold are available in HD.

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)
  • M3, started broadcasting in 2012 (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 & Families[edit]

Music[edit]

Religion[edit]

Regional[edit]

Adult[edit]

HD TV-Channels[edit]

Planned[edit]

Defunct or renamed[edit]

Rating Shares[edit]

by Channel[edit]

The channels with the largest viewing share in 2016 are:[2]

Rank Logo Channel Group Share of total viewing (%)
4+ 18-59
1
RTL Klub.png
RTL Klub RTL Group 12.18 17.87
2
TV2 logo.png
TV2 TV2 Group 10.77 10.74
3 Duna MTVA 6.13 3.05
4 Cool RTL Group 3.84 5.18
5
M1 logo 2012.png
M1 MTVA 3.32 1.73
6 M4 Sport MTVA 3.21 3.96
7
FILM+ logo 2014 Hungary.png
Film+ RTL Group 3.08 5.41
8
ATV new logo.svg
ATV 2.71 1.34
9
Super TV2 logo.png
Super TV2 TV2 Group 2.56 2.89
10 Viasat 3 Sony Pictures Television 2.53 2.88
11
Logo of RTL II (Hungary).png
RTL II RTL Group 2.12 2.39
12
M2 logo 2012.png
M2 / Petőfi TV MTVA 1.81 1.04
13
Story 4 logo.png
Story4 Central 1.78 1.38
14
AXN Logo 2015.png
AXN Sony Pictures Television 1.72 1.89
15
Comedy Central 2011 Logo.svg
Comedy Central Viacom 1.71 2.05
16 M3 MTVA 1.70 1.56
17 Duna World MTVA 1.40 0.93
18
Mozi+ logo.png
Mozi+ TV2 Group 1.36 2.02
19
Nickelodeon logo new.svg
Nickelodeon Viacom 1.30 0.58
20
Story 5 logo.png
Story5 Central 1.08 0.93
21 Sláger TV Tematic Media Group 1.04 0.67

by Television group[edit]

Rank Group Share of total viewing (%)
4+ 18-59
1 RTL Group 24.48 33.03
2 Duna Média (MTVA) 17.23 12.48
3 TV2 Group 16.79 17.21
4 Sony Pictures Television 4.97 5.61
5 Viacom 4.34 3.46
Others 32.19 28.21

Historical rankings[edit]

Channel Launched 2016
2015
2014[3]
2013[4]
2012[5]
2011[6]
RTL Klub 10/1997 12.18 13.90 15.9 17.9 20.3
TV2 10/1997 10.77 14.05 13.6 15.8 18.6
Duna 12/1992 6.13 3.23 2.3 1.9 1.8
Cool 9/2004 3.84 4.10 4.2 4.4 3.6
M1 5/1957 3.32 7.65 8.4 9.2 7.9
Film+ 9/2003 3.08 3.85 3.9 3.5 3.5
Viasat 3 10/2000 2.53 2.65 2.8 3.8 3.6

See also[edit]

References[edit]