WASHINGTON, DC 20549

                                    FORM 8-K

                                 CURRENT REPORT

     Pursuant to Section 13 or 15(d) of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934
Date of Report (Date of earliest event reported)     September 21, 2004

    Hungarian Telephone and Cable Corp.
(Exact name of Registrant as specified in its charter)

         Delaware                       1-11484                 13-3652685
(State or other jurisdiction      (Commission File Number)     (IRS Employer
of incorporation)                                            Identification No.)

         1201 Third Avenue, Suite 4300  Seattle, WA                   98101-3034
(Address of principal executive offices)                              (Zip Code)

Registrant's telephone number, including area code:  (206) 654-0204

(Former name or former address, if changed since last report.)

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Item 1.01.      Entry into a Material Definitive Agreement, and
Item 2.03.      Creation of a Direct Financial Obligation or an Obligation under
an Off-Balance Sheet Arrangement of a Registrant.

         On September 21, 2004, Hungarian Telephone and Cable Corp. (the
"Company") entered into certain agreements with KFKI Investment Ltd. and its
affiliates ("KFKI") (the "KFKI Agreements"). The KFKI Agreements, along with
definitive agreements that the Company had previously entered into with Royal
KPN NV ("KPN"), dated May 4, 2004 (the "KPN Agreement"), and MAV Rt. ("MAV"),
dated July 14, 2004 (the "MAV Agreement", and together with the KPN Agreement
and the KFKI Agreements, the "PanTel Agreements"), provide through a series of
transactions for the purchase by the Company of substantially all of the assets,
and assumption by the Company of substantially all of the liabilities, including
all the outstanding debt, of PanTel Rt. ("PanTel") for an aggregate purchase
price of 26.9 million euros (approximately $33 million) and 250,000 shares of
the Company's common stock. The PanTel Agreements provide for the Company to
continue to operate the business under the PanTel brand name.

         The Company will finance the acquisition through a refinancing of its
current indebtedness. The Company will also assume the current outstanding debt
of PanTel which is approximately 65 million euros (approximately $80 million).
PanTel's debt arises under a senior secured medium term syndicated credit
facility. It is an amortizing facility, with escalating semi-annual repayment
obligations, set to mature in June 2007. It bears a euribor floating rate of
interest (currently 2.116%), plus a margin depending upon the leverage of PanTel
(currently 1.8%). The total current interest rate is 3.916%.

         The transactions contemplated by the KPN Agreement involve a complex
process with three critical "stages" concluding with the purchase by the Company
of KPN's 75.1% equity stake in PanTel. The conditions to the completion of the
first stage include, among others, the purchase by the Company of MAV's and
KFKI's equity stakes in PanTel, 10.1% and 14.8%, respectively, approvals from
each of the Company's and PanTel's bank creditors to the transactions
contemplated by the PanTel Agreements and the assurance to the continued use by
the Company of PanTel's critical rights-of-ways. Approval from the Hungarian
Competition Authority has already been obtained.

         The conditions of the first stage must be fulfilled or waived by
November 4, 2004 or the KPN Agreement will terminate. Following the fulfillment
or waiver of the conditions to the first stage, the Company will assume control
of the management of PanTel. The second stage provides for PanTel to consummate
an internal transfer of its assets and liabilities to an existing subsidiary of
PanTel in order to effectuate the final structure of the overall acquisition.
The completion of the third stage provides for the Company to take full
ownership and control of 100% of the subsidiaries of PanTel, thereby purchasing
the existing business of PanTel.

         The conditions of the third stage must be fulfilled or waived by June
30, 2005 and, if not fulfilled or waived by such date, then the Company and KPN
shall have certain rights to alter or terminate the transactions contemplated by
the KPN Agreement.


         PanTel is Hungary's leading alternative telecommunications provider
that has a fiber optical backbone telecommunications network covering all of
Hungary. PanTel principally provides voice and data services to business
customers throughout Hungary in competition with Magyar Tavkozlesi Rt., the
formerly State controlled monopoly, and other newer entrants into these markets.



         Pursuant to the requirements of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934,
the Registrant has duly caused this report to be signed on its behalf by the
undersigned, thereunto duly authorized.

                                        HUNGARIAN TELEPHONE AND CABLE CORP.

Date: September 27, 2004                By:    /s/ Peter T. Noone
                                              Peter T. Noone
                                              General Counsel