Television in Hungary

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

Free-to-air on DVB-T

Free-to-air on analogue

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

Hungarian Channels by Groups

MTVA

  • 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 1973. Available in HD.
  • M3: 0-24: Retro channel started in late 2013. Cancelled in 2019, available only on internet as m3.hu
  • 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:

  • RTL Klub: The most popular commercial channel in Hungary.
  • Cool, Film+, RTL II, RTL+, Sorozat+, RTL Spike: premium series' and films' channels (RTL Spike is owned by Viacom based on an RTL license)
  • RTL Gold: Brand new game show + more channel that went on air July 3rd.
  • Muzsika TV: Hungarian music

Channels in bold are available in HD.

TV2 Group

  • TV2: One of main commercial channel in Hungary.
  • LiChi TV, FEM3, Jocky TV, Moziverzum, Humor+, Izaura TV, KiWi TV, PRIME, Mozi+, Super TV2, Spiler1 TV, Spiler2 TV : premium series', films' and sport channels
  • Zenebutik: Hungarian music

Channels in bold are available in HD.

National Channels

  • 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), closed
  • 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

  • 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

Cable channels

General and entertainment

  • Viasat 3 (Also available on DVB-T)
  • Cool TV (Also available on DVB-T)
  • RTL+ (Also available on DVB-T)
  • RTL Spike (Also available on DVB-T)
  • RTL Gold (Also available on DVB-T)
  • PRIME (Also available on DVB-T)
  • TV4 (Also available on DVB-T)
  • AXN (Also available on DVB-T)
  • Comedy Central (Also available on DVB-T)
  • Comedy Central Family
  • Humor+ (Also available on DVB-T)
  • Viasat 6 (Also available on DVB-T)
  • Galaxy4 (Free-to-air via THOR5 0.8W° satellite)
  • Story4 (Also available on DVB-T)
  • d1 TV (Also available on DVB-T)
  • LifeTV
  • OzoneTV (Also available on DVB-T)
  • Hatos csatorna
  • E! Entertainment

News and politics

Sport

Movies

Series and telenovellas

Documentary

Animals

Travel and lifestyle

Culinary

Children & families

Music

Religion

  • Bonum TV (catholic - Also available on DVB-T)
  • PAX TV (catholic)
  • Heti TV (Jewish) (Also available on DVB-T)

Regional

  • Csepp TV
  • Csaba TV
  • DSTV Hungary
  • Főnix TV
  • Gyula Televízió
  • Kölcsey TV
  • Keszthely TV
  • Pannon TV
  • Williams TV

Adult

HD TV-Channels

Planned

  • Wau TV
  • Nyamm TV

Defunct or renamed

Rating Shares

by Channel

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

RankLogoChannelGroupShare of total viewing (%)
4+18-59
1RTL KlubRTL Group12.1817.87
2TV2TV2 Group10.7710.74
3DunaMTVA6.133.05
4CoolRTL Group3.845.18
5M1MTVA3.321.73
6M4 SportMTVA3.213.96
7Film+RTL Group3.08 5.41
8ATV2.711.34
9Super TV2TV2 Group2.562.89
10Viasat 3Sony Pictures Television2.532.88
11RTL IIRTL Group2.122.39
12M2 / Petőfi TVMTVA1.811.04
13Story4Central1.781.38
14AXNSony Pictures Television1.721.89
15Comedy CentralViacom1.712.05
16M3MTVA1.701.56
17Duna WorldMTVA1.400.93
18Mozi+TV2 Group1.362.02
19NickelodeonViacom1.300.58
20Story5Central1.080.93
21Sláger TVTematic Media Group1.040.67

by Television group

RankGroupShare of total viewing (%)
4+18-59
1RTL Group24.4833.03
2Duna Média (MTVA)17.2312.48
3TV2 Group16.7917.21
4Sony Pictures Television4.975.61
5Viacom4.343.46
Others 32.1928.21

Historical rankings

Channel Launched 2018[3]
2017[4]
2016
2015[5]
2014[6]
2013[7]
2012[8]
2011[9]
RTL Klub 10/1997 10.03 11.03 12.18 13.42 13.90 15.9 17.9 20.3
TV2 10/1997 10.22 10.72 10.77 12.50 14.05 13.6 15.8 18.6
Duna 12/1992 3.98 5.48 6.13 5.54 3.23 2.3 1.9 1.8
Cool 9/2004 2.98 3.33 3.84 4.43 4.10 4.2 4.4 3.6
M1 5/1957 2.93 3.39 3.32 4.04 7.65 8.4 9.2 7.9
Film+ 9/2003 3.18 3.31 3.08 4.12 3.85 3.9 3.5 3.5
Viasat 3 10/2000 1.82 1.87 2.53 2.96 2.65 2.8 3.8 3.6

See also

References

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