'''RTL Klub''' is a television station (M-RTL Zrt.) owned by RTL Group+ and broadcast in Hungary+. It was one of Hungary's first commercial TV channels and was only three days after the main rival TV2+ to begin broadcasting.
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 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 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 2001 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.
The 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.
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* '''Barátok közt+''' (Among Friends): the most watched domestically produced television soap of Hungary. The show started in the fall of 1998, one year after the foundation of RTL Klub. The show remarkably resembles BBC soap-drama, EastEnders+. Initially, it didn't have the expected ratings, however, bound by the contract, RTL Klub had to keep the show running. Since 2000, the third season, the show has been rarely beaten in ratings in its own timeslot. Today, the average rating of the show is about 2 million viewers, and it's a solid foundation of viewers the channel occasionally builds on. Each episode of the series is 10 minutes long, and every weekday two episodes are aired. In between the two episodes, there is a news session as well as the highest value commercial block in Hungarian television.
* '''X-Faktor+''': the licensed version of the talent show The X Factor+. The first season started in the fall season of 2010. Because of the great success the 2nd season started one year later. Season 3 started in fall 2012. Season 4 started 1 year later with 3 new judges and 2 new hosts.
* '''Való Világ+''' (Real World): the show is similar to the reality show ''Big Brother'' although there are some major differences between the two formats. VV first started on RTL Klub in 2002. At the same time the rival TV channel (TV2) purchased the rights of the successful Big Brother format. The 1st seasons of the 2 shows had similar ratings but BB was slightly ahead. Since the 2nd season VV crashed the rival format so BB moved to the late night time slot and died quietly. The 2nd season of VV was followed with a 3rd one which had great ratings again. (There was no BB3.) After the 3rd season of VV ended RTL Klub had the format rested for 6 years. In 2010 they relaunched the format with some changes. VV4 was followed by VV5 in 2011. VV6 started in Winter 2014 on RTL II and the channel continues it with a 7th season in Autumn. RTL Klub sold the format of VV to Czech Republic and Slovakia where the show was called Vyvolení. The Czech VV had 3 seasons while the Slovak had 2. In both countries VyVolení (the chosen one) won the time slot against ''Big Brother''.
* '''Csillag Születik''' (A Star Borns): the Hungarian licensed version of ''Britain's Got Talent+''. Four seasons have been aired in 2007, 2009, 2011 and 2012 respectively.
* '''Fókusz''' (Focus) is a daily report magazine. It is on the air since the foundation of RTL Klub. (1997)
* '''Showder Klub''' is a stand-up comedy show, spin-off of former show of Sándor Fábry+ called ''Esti Showder''. His programme goes nowadays on M1+.
* '''Házon kívül''' (Outside the House): a political show, which deals with two or three current political events or social problems every week.
* '''A Széf''': A licensed version of Take it or Leave it+. It began airing during the 2007 fall season.
* '''XXI. Század''' (21st Century): a documentary series which usually deals with historical moments which happened in the 20th century. Recordings presented in the show usually originate from the communist era and therefore are black and white. RTL Klub purchases most of the presented material from Hungarian national television (MTV+ or m1).
* '''Egy perc és nyersz''': (Minute to Win It): It is the licensed version of the American game show ''Minute to Win It+''.
* '''A gyanú árnyékában''' (Cases of Doubts): It is a scripted docu-reality+ series started to air at the spring season of 2012. The series follows a documentary style. Every episodes deals with a family in some kind of trouble. The stories are based on real events. The characters are played by amateur actors. The second season started in the fall of 2012.
*'''A kód''' (The Code) is the licensed version of the British game show The Exit List+ by Balázs Sebestyén+. It had aired at the fall season of 2012 every weekday.
*'''Házasodna a gazda''': is the scripted reality series based on the format Farmer wants a wife+. The first season aired during the fall season of 2012.
*'''Éjjel-nappal Budapest''' (Budapest - Night and Day): is a scripted reality series, licensed from German RTL II+ show Berlin Tag and Nacht+. Airs every weekday at 19.50 since February 2013.
* '''Heti Hetes''' ("The Weekly Seven"): a show where seven known Hungarian comedians (one host and 6 guests) talk about current news, politics and public life. The show was on air from the early years of RTL Klub and the 500th episode was the last to air there. The show moved in 2012's fall to the sister channel RTL II+.
* '''Legyen Ön is Milliomos''': The licensed version of ''Who Wants to be a Millionaire+''. The series lasted nine seasons, hosted by Hungary's esteemed quiz host, István Vágó+, but it was not going to be renewed after the licensor changed to RTL's major game show format. In September 2009, the show adopted a slightly different format; the host was changed to comedian Sándor Fábry+, and the players are always a pair of celebrities. It is aired once a month but this format was not successful so the show was cancelled again. In March 2012 the show was rebooted again and returned with a new host, Sándor Friderikusz+. It was aired once per week. The show moved in 2012's fall to the sister channel RTL II+.
* '''Gálvölgyi Show''': a parody show hosted by János Gálvölgyi, featuring short sketches which are parodies of TV shows, Hungarian and international celebrities, and commercials. The show also has several regular sketches, such as a conversation between two working-out rich men, which led to the birth of a decade-old Hungarian catchphrase "Gyúrunk vazze'" ("We're working out, damn it").
* '''Kész Átverés''' (Total Scam): a show similar to the MTV's Punk'd+ where the host does pranks on Hungarian and currently visiting celebrities.
* '''Esti Showder''': a very popular talk show being broadcast every second week (except summer) at Thursdays 21:00. It loosely follows the format of NBC's The Tonight Show+. The show features an opening session with the host cracking somewhat actualized jokes and rapidfire humorous monologues, followed by a regular session of ''Design Center'', in which the host ironically presents absurd or downright ridiculous products created and sent to the show by viewers. After the design center, the show features a studio music session which presents successful or potentially successful Hungarian bands, and finally the show presents a talk session where Fábry sits down and talks to different Hungarian celebrities. After 11 years the show hasn't returned at the fall season of 2011. Fábry moved the show to m1+.
* '''Celeb vagyok...Ments ki innen!''': the licensed version of British TV show I'm a Celebrity... Get Me out of Here!+ The 1st season premiered at the fall 2008. Before the first season premiere the 2nd season was announced as well. The 2nd season had even better ratings than the first season. The show will return in Autumn 2014 on RTL II+.
* '''Vacsoracsata''' (Dinner Fight): the licensed version of Come Dine With Me+.
* '''Benkő Feleséget Keres''' (Benkő is looking for a wife): RTL Klub's 2009 fall season reality about a search for a wife for Hungary's scandalous artist, Benkő Dániel+.
* '''Balázs Show''': a daily tabloid talk show, which aired every weekday at 16:30. The show followed a slightly more lightened up format than its counterpart, Mónika show. It ended in 2007 after years of success,
The channel is on a 24/7+ broadcast schedule, targeting audience not only during the day, but during the night as well. Cool TV 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 TV 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. , these talk shows are cancelled.
From August 30, 2010, Cool TV changed image and was 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+.
Film++ was launched on 15 September 2003, the same time as Cool TV. The channel airs movies which previously aired on RTL Klub 24/7+. According to 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 airs movies in the same fashion as Film+.
Film+2 is a non-violent family channel. This movie channel is devoted partly to female audiences, and partly to family films during the evenings and weekends. It offers comedies, romantic films, adventures and dramas. In the RTL cable portfolio, Film Plusz 2 is the channel that broadcasts most Hungarian films.
The Sport Klub+ channel was launched before 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. Now Sport Klub airs various sport activities, such as the French and Italian football league (as partner of Digi Sport+), tennis, poker, NCAA+, athletics, futsal+ and box. űThe 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 Sport Klub, the parent company also launched the channel SportKlub+, which aired sports events deemed to attract less viewers than the parent channel.
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 fű 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.
Prizma TV’s focus is on entertainment and its purpose is to provide something attractive for each generation. Most of its programming consists of beloved familiars, but there are some new audience favourites, too. It airs as RTL++ since 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.
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.
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RTL Klub+ RTL Klub is a television station (M-RTL Zrt.) owned by RTL Group and broadcast in Hungary. It was one of Hungary's first commercial TV channels and was only three days after the main rival TV2 to begin broadcasting.