Published: 09.56 Europe/London, March 30, 2011

The Hungarian DTT service MinDig TV is now being used by more than 200,000 households, or over 25% of those in the country receiving terrestrial TV services.

At the same time its subscription-based service MinDig TV Extra, which offers 11 additional channels, has secured 25,000 subscribers within only 10 months.

Both services are operated by the national transmission company Antenna Hungária, which has so far invested HUF25 billion (€93.2 million) in creating a DTT network in Hungary.

MinDig TV, which offers seven FTA channels, can already be received by 95% of the population.

The company estimates that there are already over 600,000 households in Hungary with a DVB-T MPEG-4 receiver (set-top box, integrated TV set, PCI card or USB stick).

It also expects the number of MinDig TV households to grow to 350,000 by the end of the year, with prices to fall to such a level that almost everyone will be able to afford a DVB-T MPEG-4 set-top box for Christmas.