TIHANY -2012. Ensuring that the transition to digital broadcasting runs smoothly in Hungary is unlikely to prove an easy task –especially for the regulator NMHH.
Árpád Honyák, its office director, said that there are still 600,000 analogue households in the country, while the number of people classified as ‘needy’, some of who already watch digital TV services, stands at between 700,000-900,000.
The NMHH is committed to adopting a platform neutral approach, though this does not mean that needy viewers who watch digital TV services will suddenly find themselves with a subsidy.
Rather, the regulator is securing access to operators’ subscriber records to determine who may or may not be eligible for assistance.
When questioned, Honyák also said that Hungary would adopt a more holistic approach than neighbouring Slovakia, where needy citizens were just provided with a €20 subsidy.