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Digital TV subscription numbers rise in September

The number of digital television subscriptions in Hungary rose 24,000 to 1.322 million at the end of September from a month earlier, the National Media and Telecommunications Authority (NMHH) said on Monday.

Digital television subscribers accounted for 51.8% of the more than 3 million television subscribers in Hungary as against 51.1% one month earlier.

The percentage of subscribers with digital or internet television subscriptions rose to 20% in September from 19.3% in August and the percentage of satellite subscribers rose to 31.9% in September from 31.8% in August, while the percentage of analogue television subscribers continued to decline, to 48.2% in September from 48.9% in August.

The report covers 75-80% of all subscriptions on the market for analog and digital land line services, including cable television and IPTV. The land line subscriptions of the service providers in the report rose to 1.737 million from 1.731 million, with the number of analogue subscriptions dropping to 1.228 million from 1.240 million, while the number of digital subscriptions rose to 509,000.

Taking into account all services, the market share of UPC fell to 29.9% in September from 30.2% in August. Magyar Telekom's market share grew to 25.1% in September from 25% in August, while DIGI's market share increased to 25.0% in September from 24.7% in August.

NMHH compiled the data based on surveys of 14 companies who together control 80-85% of the market for subscription television services. The 14 companies had 2.550 million subscribers at the end of September. (MTI-ECONEWS)