|Headquarters||1222 Nagytétényi út 29. (Media Center Campona), Budapest, Hungary|
|Picture format||1080i (HD)|
|Owner||M-RTL Zrt. (RTL Group)|
|Key people||Gabriella Vidus, CEO |
Dr. Péter Kolosi, Programming Director
|Sister channels||Cool TV|
|Launched||7 October 1997|
|MinDig TV||Channel 7 (SD)|
|Vodafone TV||Channel 31 (SD)|
Channel 32 (HD)
|Digi||Channel 14 (SD)|
Channel 15 (HD)
|Tarr Kft.||Channel 21/22 (HD)|
|Vidanet||Channel 189 (SD)|
Channel 7 (HD)
|Digi||Channel 14 (SD)|
Channel 15 (HD)
|Magyar Telekom||Channel 8 (SD)|
Channel 992 (HD)
RTL Klub is a Hungarian free-to-air television channel (M-RTL Zrt.) and it owned by RTL Group. It was one of Hungary's first commercial TV channels and began broadcasting only three days after its main rival TV2.
Since its start, RTL Klub has focused to gain viewers from the urban population. The channel airs programs mostly for a younger (18-49) audience.
RTL Klub and TV2 aired two similar major reality series simultaneously. While TV2 purchased the rights of Big Brother, RTL Klub produced its own series called Való Világ (Real World). Való Világ had three seasons between 2002 and 2004. Since its second season the show has been much more successful than the rival Big Brother.
RTL Klub is the most watched TV channel in Hungary since 2002, thanks to the daily Hungarian soap opera Barátok közt (Among Friends), which is the most watched TV programme in Hungary with more than 2 million viewers; the tabloid magazine Fókusz (Focus) and the game show Legyen Ön is milliomos (Who Wants to Be a Millionaire?). Millionaire is off the schedule from September 2007 after seven years and has replaced by A Széf (Take It Or Leave It).
From the fall-winter season of 2005-2006, RTL Klub has started to broadcast popular American TV shows like Lost. The first episode of Lost had almost 2 million viewers, and a 50% share. This was a record. The next year Prison Break started with almost 1.6 million. Nowadays a TV show at prime time (21:00) can reach 1-1.5 million viewers. In season 2006-2007 Prison Break was the most watched American series in Hungary.
From the fall season of 2007, RTL Klub has launched two new formats with great success. Poker Face ran like a tournament for six weeks with an average 38-42% share. The other new show was Csillag születik, the Hungarian version of the RTL Got Talent format. Poker Face ended with the super final at 18 December and the time slot of it will be occupied by the new game show A Széf (Take It or Leave it).
RTL Klub was the only licensed broadcaster of Formula One in Hungary from 2002 until 2011. After 10 years RTL decided not to renew the licence for Formula 1. The reason was that they wanted to concentrate mainly for the prime time programs because of the shrinking advertising market.
RTL Klub has been the only licensed broadcaster of Domino Day in Hungary, for 6 years (2004-2009).
From 2010, RTL Klub started with 2 winning formats. First of all the channel after 6 years absence successfully relaunched the Való Világ franchise. VV4 ran with a 40% SHR among 18-49 demographic. Secondly they purchased the rights of television talent show The X Factor. The show ran with a 50% SHR among 18-49 demographic which is really high on the Hungarian television market. The Factor crashed the competitor talent show on TV2 so "Megasztár" left the time slot of The X Factor after a few episodes. Because of the success of both format, RTL Klub renewed both show for the 5th and 2nd season respectively. They started in the fall season of 2011.
|Series name||Hungarian title||Current season/Last aired season|
|Arrow||A zöld íjász||2nd|
|Breaking Bad||Totál szívás||3rd|
|Cobra 11||Cobra 11||18th|
|Criminal Minds||Gyilkos elmék||8th|
|CSI||CSI: A helyszínel?k||8th|
|CSI: Miami||CSI: Miami helyszínel?k||10th|
|CSI: NY||CSI: New York-i helyszínel?k||2nd|
|Damages||A hatalom hálójában||3rd|
|Deutschland 83||Volt egyszer két Németország||1st|
|Esperanza mía||Isten áldjon, Esperanza!||1st|
|Gossip Girl||Gossip Girl - A pletykafészek||2nd|
|Grey's Anatomy||Grace klinika||8th|
|One Tree Hill||Tuti gimi||8th|
|Sons of Anarchy||Kemény motorosok||3rd|
|The Closer||A f?nök||6th|
|The Following||Gyilkos hajsza||1st|
|The Glades||Glades - Tengerparti gyilkosságok||3rd|
|The Mentalist||A mentalista||6th|
|The Vampire Diaries||Vámpírnaplók||2nd|
|Series name||Hungarian title||Comment|
|Burn Notice||Minden lében négy kanál||moved to RTL2 after 1st season|
|Chuck||Chuck||moved to Cool TV after the 1st season|
|Cold Case||Döglött akták|
|Day Break||Id?be zárva|
|Dirty Sexy Money||Édes, drága titkaink|
|Doctor Who||Ki, vagy, doki?||Series 1 & 2 only|
|Dollhouse||Dollhouse - A felejtés ára|
|Dragon Ball||Dragon Ball|
|Dragon Ball Z||Dragon Ball Z||also on Viasat 6|
|Glee||Glee - Sztárok leszünk!||cancelled after first season|
|Human Target||Tökéletes célpont|
|Jo||Jo, a profi|
|Joan of Arcadia||Isteni sugallat|
|Kingdom Hospital||A félelem kórháza|
|Kung Fu: The Legend Continues||Kung-fu|
|Legend of the Seeker||A h?s legendája|
|Lie to Me||Hazudj ha tudsz|
|Lost||Lost - Elt?ntek||last season was not aired|
|Martial Law||A harc törvénye|
|Point Pleasant||Titkok Városa|
|Prison Break||A szökés|
|Private Practice||Doktor Addison||only the first 2 seasons were aired|
|Rescue Me||Ments meg!|
|Sailor Moon||Varázslatos Álmok||Last season not aired|
|Tatort||Tetthely||cancelled after 1st season|
|Sue Thomas: F.B.Eye||Sue Thomas: F.B.Eye|
|Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles||Terminátor: Sarah Connor krónikái||moved to Cool TV after 1st season|
|The Secrets of Eden||Az Edèn Titkai||cancelled after 1st season|
|The Big Bang Theory||Agymen?k||only the first 2 seasons were aired|
|The Finder||Csont nélkül|
|The Nine||Kilenc túsz|
|The Shield||Kemény zsaruk|
|The Unit||Az egység|
|Third Watch||Harmadik m?szak|
|Transporter: The Series||A szállító|
|Traveler||Traveler - Az utolsó vakáció|
|Tru Calling||Tru Calling - Az ?rangyal|
|Will & Grace||Will és Grace|
RTL Klub has many sister channels. One of the owners of RTL Klub is "IKO Kábeltévé Kft.", which owned Cool, Film+, Sportklub (which ceased on 30 April 2016), Sportklub+ (which is a non-airing channel since 15 October 2009), DoQ (which closed on 31 March 2019), F&H, Sorozat+, Poén! (which became Prizma on 20 December 2010 and RTL+ on 1 May 2014), Reflektor (which closed on 31 December 2012) and Film+ 2 (which was replaced by RTL Gold on 3 July 2017), all of which are in some way related to IKO's primary channel, RTL Klub. In July 2011, RTL Group acquired seven TV channels from IKO Kábeltévé (Cool, Film+, Film+ 2, Prizma TV, Sorozat+, Reflektor TV, Muzsika TV). Tematic Cable Entertainment bought Sportklub, DoQ and F&H in 2013 from the RTL Group. Prizma TV airs since 1 May 2014 as RTL+.
Originally Cool had the target audience of 15-29 urban youths who love music, externals, clothes, trendy lifestyle and extravagance. The channel was launched on 15 September 2003 and it is available in 2.5 million households. The channel is on a 24/7 broadcast schedule, targeting audience not only during the day, but during the night as well. Cool airs reruns of series RTL Klub originally purchased or produced as well as series targeting today's youth. These include: South Park, Married... with Children (Egy rém rendes család), 24, Footballer's Wives (Futbalista feleségek), The L Word (L), Queer as Folk (A fiúk a klubból), The Unit (Az egység), Dead Like Me (Haláli hullák), Weeds (Spangli), Skins (Skins), Desperate Housewives (Született feleségek)
In 2007, Cool launched a series of topical shows produced by the channel, such as Cool Live and Cool Night, featuring younger hosts lent to Cool by RTL Klub. The earlier is a youth lifestyle show, and the latter is an adult show including interviews with Hungarian porn stars and producers, as well as occasionally shown soft-core video clips. As of 29 September 2013, these talk shows are cancelled.
On 30 August 2010, Cool rebranded, opening for a wider audience. Since then the channel airs mostly crime procedurals like the CSI franchise, Bones, Castle, Cobra 11, The Mentalist, etc. The move was successful because as of July 2012, Cool TV is the third watched commercial TV channel, and most watched cable channel in Hungary (target audience 18-49, prime time 19.00-23.00), beating main competitor Viasat 3.
On 1 December 2014, Cool rebranded to its current ident package, and from 1 January 2015 onwards, the channel is available in HD too.
Film+ was launched on 15 September 2003, the same time as Cool. The channel airs movies which previously aired on RTL Klub 24/7. According to the 2012 Hungarian television ratings, Film+ is the third-most-watched cable channel in Hungary. Due to the early success of the channel, the parent company launched Film+ 2, which aired movies in the same fashion as Film+, but it closed on 3 July 2017 to make way for RTL Gold, a channel which airs old episodes of RTL Klub's old game shows and talkshows.
The channel is available in HD since New Year's Day 2015.
Film+ 2 was a non-violent family channel. It launched on 2 April 2008. This movie channel was devoted partly to female audiences, and partly to family films during the evenings and weekends. It offered comedies, romantic films, adventures and dramas. In the RTL cable portfolio, Film+ 2 was the channel that broadcasts most Hungarian films.
It closed down on 3 July 2017 to make way for RTL Gold.
Sportklub was launched on 2 January 2006. RTL Klub purchased the broadcasting rights of the FIFA World Cup 2006 but it didn't have enough airing time for all of the matches, and therefore Sport Klub was launched by the parent company to fill in. Sportklub aired various sport activities, such as the French and Italian football league (as partner of Digi Sport), tennis, poker, NCAA, athletics, futsal and box. The channel reran the Formula-1 broadcast of the parent channel to 2011. It aired certain matches of the English and the Spanish league, however its main competitors, the sports channels run by the Hungarian public service television MTV, Sport1 and Sport2, have the first pick of the matches they would like to air. To ease up the load on Sportklub, the parent company also launched Sportklub+ in September 2007, which aired sports events deemed to attract less viewers than the parent channel, but it closed on 15 October 2009.
Sportklub closed down in Hungary on 30 April 2016.
In September 2011, RTL Klub started a project named RTL2 to launch a new RTL channel in Hungary. In April, 2012 it was announced, that RTL will launch RTL II in September or in October with I Love Gjoni (reality show); Who Wants To Be a Millionaire? (Hungarian version) and Heti Hetes (weekly comedy show on Sunday nights).
In July 2012, something started to promoted on RTL Klub with these sentences: The Life is Nice (Hungarian: Az élet szép.), The Sky is Blue (Az ég kék.), The Grass is Green (A f? zöld.), but it wasn't mentioned that these ads are advertising something. In September 2012, it was revealed that these ads advertised RTL2, the new commercial television channel what will launch on October 1, 2012 and it will replace Reflektor TV. In September, it suddenly became an Internet meme but bloggers and net users were disappointed when they got know the promotion is about "just" a new TV channel.
At the launch the prime-time schedule of RTL II included series: Modern Family, White Collar, Terra Nova, Journeyman, The Forgotten, Chase, shows moved from RTL Klub: Who Wants to be a Millionaire and Heti Hetes and a new magazine Forró nyomon.
It launched as Poén! on 2 April 2008, then it was renamed as Prizma on 20 December 2010. Prizma's focus was on entertainment and its purpose was to provide something attractive for each generation. Most of its programming consisted of beloved familiars, but there were some new audience favourites, too. It airs as RTL+ since 1 May 2014.
Sorozat+ is the channel for fans of series - for those who live in anticipation of the next episode. Sorozat+ offers something for each member of the family, from Latin-American telenovelas to top US series. It launched on 2 April 2008.
Muzsika TV is a music channel that offers a mix of traditional and modern pieces, featuring the greatest stars of folk and pop music as well as operettas and musicals. It launched on 6 November 2009.