Hungarian DTT in the dock

Hungary’s National Communications Authority (NHH) has issued a critical assessment of the country’s transition to digital broadcasting to date.

The process got under way in earnest late last year with the launch of a DTT service operated by the national transmission company Antenna Hungária.

The NHH has found that Antenna Hungária and Antenna Digital, a subsidiary operating the platform, had not fully complied with contractual obligations officially agreed to last September.

It has also questioned the degree to which the DTT service has contributed to competiveness in the marketplace; its coverage, which is lower than expected; and its failure to reach distribution agreements with channels.

The NHH has also questioned Antenna Hungária’s decision to trial HD channels on the platform, referring to the insufficient capacity available for such services.

Furthermore, it has said that it will continue to monitor the service and take sanctions where necessary.