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Digital TV subscriptions rise 40,000 in May

Hungary's biggest digital television companies had 1.53 million subscribers at the end of May 2011, up about 40,000 from a month earlier, the National Media and Infocommunications Authority (NMHH) said on Wednesday.

The data cover Hungary's 14 biggest digital television service providers, which control 80-85% of the market.

The number of their digital subscribers with cable or IPTV connections rose by 11,000 to 609,000 during the month. The number with satellite connections edged up 1,000 to 893,000.

About 3.2 million Hungarian households are pay-television subscribers. About 600,000 households watch analogue, digital or satellite television content for which broadcasters do not charge.

Taking into account all services, UPC was market leader at the end of May with a market share of 25.8%, followed by DIGI with 23% and Magyar Telekom with 21.2%.