If you do not want to pay for two seperate transport rides (350 HUF each ride/ticket), you can buy a Transfer Ticket (530 HUF) valid for two rides between metro trains, buses, trams and so on.
Your first trip is valid for 100 minutes and your second trip (the transfer) is valid for 80 minutes, but your transfer must be taken within the first 100 minutes. See the BKK Transport T&Cs.
Below you will find information about the various Digi TV cable television channels, and more importantly the English language television channels, available to you when you buy a Digi Cable TV (Broadband, Landline And TV) WebsiteDigi+ TV package (i.e. Broadband, Landline and Cable TV package).
The current Digi offer is an all-in-one package, called Digi All Packages Web PageDigi All Packages, that consists of Internet, TV and Telefon. The package costs 6,435 HUF (£17.63) per year, with the first 3 months costing 3,100 HUF (£8.49), whereby you get an Broadband speed of 125MB (1000/200 Mbit/s) and 100 Digital TV Channels (which includes 31 HD channels) as well as a Landline. Calls to a Hungarian landline cost 6.25 HUF per minute. Calls to a Hungarian mobile cost 15 HUF per minute.
Calls to a UK landline are 15 HUF per minute and calls to a UK mobile phone are 40 HUF per minute. This means a one hour call to a UK landline costs 900 HUF (£2.47) only. Or put another way: For 900 HUF, you can make four 15 Minute calls a week for example to check up on family and friends in the UK. I have a similar Digi TV package in my Szeged apartment where calls are crystal clear and the broadband is very fast; even after being with Digi for more than two years.
The only requirements for a Digi contract are that you have a permanent address in Hungary, have permission to have Digi installed in its property (i.e. permission from the landlord, if you are not the property owner), have a valid passport, proof of your homeland address (i.e. your UK driving license) and a Hungarian bank account (can be used to set-up a direct debit option).
You do not necessary need a Residency Card or Address Card to get a contract, as you could be a property owner who does not need/want these documents for example, but you will need property ownership or property permission documents such as title deeds, a property ownership pre-contract or a permission letter from a landlord in order to have Digi installed.
As a "Foreigner" who does not speak Hungarian, I would highly recommend taking a Hungarian with you to your nearest Digi office (i.e. the office at: Váci Út 35 in Budapest), even if the Digi staff speak English, simply because things get done better when a Hungarian is helping you. Hungarians to Hungarians, just like English to English, can interpret and translate better your requirements and circumstances.
The Application Form is quite straight forward, to a Hungarian!, in that it only requires your personal details (Name, D.O.B, "Foreign" Address and Hungarian address), your Hungarian bank details and your signature.
The Digi TV, Broadband and Landline office in Szeged city centre
Once the application form has been signed you will be given a connection date for your internet service and a 'switch on' date for your Cable TV.
If you need cables connecting within your property you should be told when the engineer will visit. However, most cable tv connections are done via the Digi box located within or just outside your apartment block. Either way, try and get a Hungarian friend around when the 'switch on' date is due so they can query any problems. If all is well: Just let the engineer do their job, sign their paperwork and enjoy your new Digi services.
With Digi you can pay by Direct Debit, Cheque (a monthly bill sent by Digi in the post), Credit/Debit Card, In Person at their city centre office or Digi - Online PaymentOnline with a Credit/Debit Card.
Some television channels have a mixture of purely Hungarian langauge programmes, purely English language programmes and a combination of both. Furthermore, some Hungarian language programmes are watchable if they are cartoon, action film or sport whereby you can gather what the storyline/plot is about or what the rules of the sport are for example. So do not dismiss those television programmes, and channels, just because Hungarian is the commentary or narration.
Some television channels duplicate themselves in that they have a High Definition broadcast channel too and/or they have a more modern version of their channel (i.e. RTL and RTL II); just like in the UK where you have Film+, BBC 3 and On-Demand freeview television channels that sometimes show the same programmes at a later time on the same day or later in the week.
|HBO Wiki PageHBO||1||N/A||Films/TV Series - Premiere (Pay) Channel|
|HBO 2||2||N/A||Cable Films/TV Series - Premiere (Pay) Channel|
|HBO Comedy Wiki PageHBO Comedy||3||N/A||Stand-Up/Films/Rom-Coms - Premiere (Pay) Channel|
|Cinemax Wiki PageCinemax||4||N/A||Films/Documentaries/Action Series - Premiere (Pay) Channel|
|Digi Film||5||N/A||Films - Premiere (Pay) Channel|
|Viasat3||6||Hungarian||Films/Drama Series/Reality TV|
|RTL Klub||10||Hungarian||American TV Series/Reality TV/Dramas/Game Shows|
|RTL Klub HD||11||Hungarian||High Definition Broadcast Channel|
|RTL II||12||Hungarian||American TV Series/Reality TV/Dramas/Game Shows|
|RTL II HD||13||Hungarian||High Definition Broadcast Channel|
|TV2 HD||15||Hungarian||High Definition Broadcast Channel|
|SuperTV2 HD||17||Hungarian||High Definition Broadcast Channel|
|Digi Sport I||18||Hungarian||Local and International Sport|
|Digi Sport 1 HD||19||Hungarian||High Definition Broadcast Channel|
|Digi Sport 2||20||Hungarian||Local and International Sport|
|Digi Sport 2 HD||21||Hungarian||High Definition Broadcast Channel|
|Duna TV Wiki PageDuna||22||Hungarian||Public/Domestic Channel With Country Specific Programmes|
|Magyar ATV||23||Hungarian||News/Public Life/Current Affairs|
|Hír TV Wiki PageHír TV||24||Hungarian||Hungarian News Channel|
|Pax TV||25||Hungarian||Family Orientated Channel|
|Echo TV||27||Hungarian||News/Public Affairs/Business|
|AXN White||38||Hungarian||TV Series/Films|
|Cool TV HD||41||Hungarian||High Definition Broadcast Channel|
|Film+ HD||45||Hungarian||High Definition Broadcast Channel|
|Boomerang WebsiteBoomerang||51||English||Classic Cartoons Channel|
|Duck TV WebsiteDuck TV||52||Sounds/Effects||Childrens Cartoon Channel|
|Disney Channel WebsiteDisney Channel||54||English||Childrens Channel|
|Minimax WebsiteMinimax||55||Hungarian||Childrens Cartoon Channel|
|Magyar Sláger TV||58||Hungarian/English|
|H!t Music Channel||60||Hungarian|
|Super One HD||65||N/A||High Definition Broadcast Channel - Premiere (Pay) Channel|
|Super One SD||66||N/A||Premiere (Pay) Channel|
|Fishing And Hunting HD||67||Hungarian||High Definition Broadcast Channel|
|Fishing And Hunting||68||Hungarian|
|History HD||69||English||High Definition Broadcast Channel|
|Digi Life HD||72||Hungarian||High Definition Broadcast Channel|
|Digi World HD||74||Hungarian||High Definition Broadcast Channel|
|Life Network||77||English||Real Life Documentaries|
|Digi Animal World||78||Hungarian|
|Digi Animal World HD||79||Hungarian||High Definition Broadcast Channel|
|Nat Geo Wild||81||Hungarian/English|
|ViaSat History||85||English||Factual programmes on history|
|ViaSat Nature||86||English||Nature Documentaries/Crime Series|
|ViaSat6 HD||88||Hungarian||High Definition Broadcast Channel|
|Duna World||89||Hungarian||Public/Domestic Channel With Country Specific Programmes|
|EuroSport WebsiteEuroSport||90||English||European Sports/Motosports|
|EuroSport 2||91||English||European Team Sports/Niche Sports|
|Sport 1 HD||93||Hungarian||High Definition Broadcast Channel|
|ProTV International||97||Romanian||Films/News/Entertainment - Channel for Romanians abroad|
|Nat. Geo. HD||110||English||High Definition Broadcast Channel|
|Nat. Geo. Wild HD||111||English||High Definition Broadcast Channel|
|Music Channel HD||112||English||High Definition Broadcast Channel|
|M1 HD||113||Hungarian||High Definition Broadcast Channel|
|M2 HD||114||Hungarian||High Definition Broadcast Channel|
|Duna HD||115||Hungarian||High Definition Broadcast Channel|
|Duna World HD||116||Hungarian/English||High Definition Broadcast Channel|
|EuroSport HD||117||Hungarian/English||High Definition Broadcast Channel|
|EuroSport 2 HD||118||English||High Definition Broadcast Channel|
As you can see from above, there are quite a lot of Film, Drama and Sports channels. However, there are some nice mixtures in there too. Two of my favourite channels are Life Network and Travel that has some fascinating Documentaries (Reality Situations) on it. BBC Entertainment is also good for catching BBC dramas and soaps. And of course there is Sky News (the UK version).
I use a Hungarian LG TV when in Szeged, Hungary, for use with my Digi TV cable television subscription. The TV has an EPG (Programmes Guide) button so I can see the programming schedules of the television channels and a multi-language set up option so I could have Hungarian menus or English menus for example. I used to use an old UK Toshiba TV, that worked fine in Hungary, before getting the LG TV.
In Hungary they are not 'Fully High Definition (HD)' ready yet. They are still in the 'HD Ready' mode, even though they sell 'Full HD' televisions, whereby Analogue channels are still broadcasting. So do not rush out to buy a brand new 'Full HD' television just yet!