Last update: 26.06.2018 - older versions
Hungary has chosen DAB+ for its digital radio standard, and there is currently a test multiplex on air broadcasting seven radio programs to the Budapest area. The multiplex is operated by Antenna Hungaria, which also runs DVB-T multiplexes, national TV and radio stations in Hungary. For further details, see the Details of trials section.
From January 3, 2011, there are 7 available radio programs within the frames of the experimental DAB+ broadcastin in Hungary: Kossuth, Petőfi, Bartók Rádió and Magyar Katolikus Rádió, Klubrádió, Lánchíd Rádió, Inforádió.
DAB+ digital radio penetration has been nearly 30% since December 2008 from three sites in Budapest. The more up-to-date DAB+ compacting procedure will enable broadcasting up to 16-18 channels to listeners.
Last update: 11.01.2017 - older versions
Coverage is nearly 30% of the population, covering Budapest and the surrounding area, but this is expected to reach 94% as Antenna Hungária rolls out more transmitters and services. Timing of the development of the network is under discussion.
Further information on the coverage of the operating DAB+ network on the Antenna Hunagaria website.
Last update: 29.09.2014 - older versions
In this country there is
- National multiplex: 1 Trial
Antenna Hungária has operated the multiplex since December 2008. There are currently seven test programmes on air. The name of the test programs are Kossuth, Petőfi, Bartók, Magyar Katolikus Rádió, Klubrádió, Lánchíd Rádió and Inforádió.
Further information can be found on the Antenna Hungária website.
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Last update: 29.09.2014
Receiver manufacture Denison launched a DAB+ receiver in 2014 which allows users ro receive digital radio in their car via a standard USB connection. DAB/DAB+ stations appear on the device as virtual mp3 files, therefore enabling easy operation and wide compatibility.
Last update: 18.08.2015 - older versions
DAB+ enabled receivers are available throughout Hungary through retailers.
Last update: 15.04.2020 - older versions
Antenna Hungária implemented the first phase of the digital terrestrial radio network by December 2008 and started the test DAB+ transmission on three transmitters in Budapest, on channel 11D,and reaching approximately 30% of the Hungarian population.
Pursuant to the contract concluded with the former National Communications Authority (National Media and Infocommunications Authority) Antenna Hungária had constructed the first phase of its digital terrestrial radio network. Thereafter the Company started experimental broadcasting on its DAB+ digital terrestrial radio network, which is received since 23 January 2009 in and around Budapest.
Trial services on air included Magyar Rádió Kossuth, Petőfi and Bartók (the three channels of Swiss Satellite Radio could still be heard then). The experimental broadcast was supplemented in mid-February 2009 by adding Sláger Rádió and Magyar Katolikus Rádió (Hungarian Catholic Radio), in April (together with two channels ceased to be broadcast until that time) Klubrádió as well as Danubius Radio and Juventus Rádió (which is not transmitted from January 3, 2011) in October raising then the number of channels to thirteen, providing listeners with a broader variety of programs.
From 19 November 2009, Sláger Rádió and Danubius Rádió were cancelled from the list after terminating the nationwide broadcast of their programs. However, the program of Lánchíd Rádió and Inforádió were put on the DAB+ radio system on 19 November 2009 and 17 February 2010.
Last update: 01.10.2013 - older versions
The government strategy for the implementation of digital broadcasting (both radio and television) was approved in March 2007. The legislation on the rules of broadcasting and digital switchover was published in June 2007. It gives the legal background on the introduction of digital radio services, but specifies that more detailed regulation will be needed on local digital radio and issues regarding switchover. The switch from analogue to digital will only happen if, by then 94% of the population has coverage and 75% of the population owns a digital radio receiver. In line with the provisions of this Act, in March 2008 the National Communications Authority (NCAH) published an invitation to tender for a national multiplex. The winner was Antenna Hungaria which subsequently announced its decision to broadcast via DAB+.
The transmitters operate on the 11D block.
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