Liberal Russian news network TV Rain restarts operations with EU broadcast licence

Dozhd (TV Rain), the liberal-leaning Russian TV station that was forced to shut down in March, has restarted operations from outside of the country. The youth-oriented channel was often critical of Russian authorities, and was shut down by the Kremlin earlier this year when special forces stormed the building. The channel, which had been branded […]

Teo adds Dozhd to line-up

Lithuanian service provider Teo has added independent Russian channel Dozhd to its programming line-up as the country mulls whether to impose restrictions on Russian TV services. Dozhd will be available on Teo’s interactive and digital TV services from October 1, following approval by the country’s Radio and Television Commission. Teo will be the first Lithuanian […]

Dozhd begins broadcasting via Astra 4A

Russian independent factual channel Dozhd has begun broadcasting on SES’s Astra 4A satellite at 5° East, complementing its coverage via the Yamal 300K satellite at 90° East. Dozhd said it would make its signal available free-to-air for the first one or two months of broadcasting. Carriage on Astra 4A gives the channel coverage over gthe […]

Lattelecom adds Inter+ and Dozhd TV

Latvian telco Lattelecom has added Ukrainian channel Inter+ and struggling independent Russian channel Dozhd TV to its programming line-up. Lattelecom said it was adding Inter+ on a permanent basis after a successful trial period. Dozhd TV, which is struggling for survival in its native Russia after being dropped by major service providers, will be offered […]

Consumer rights group files suit over Dozhd affair

Russia’s Consumer Rights Protection Society (OZPP) has filed a lawsuit against four pay TV operators – Tricolor TV, Akado, NTV+ and VimpelCom – alleging that they violated the rights of consumers by dropping the Dozhd channel from their programming line-ups without warning. The OZPP has filed a suit with the Ostankino district court in Moscow […]

Dozhd will fight on despite loss of Tricolor, say management

Besieged Russian independent news and factual channel Dozhd’s management say it will not close despite losing 85% of its distribution following with withdrawal of carriage by all the country’s main distribution platforms. Russia’s largest pay TV operator, Tricolor TV, was the latest platform to terminate its carriage deal with Dozhd, which was subject to a […]

Dozhd under siege as prosecutors open investigation

Russian prosecutors have reportedly opened an investigation into whether independent TV channel Dozhd broke the country’s laws by posting a survey on whether lives could have been saved if Leningrad – now St Petersburg – had surrendered to Axis forces during World War II instead of withstanding its costly three-year siege. Dozhd apologized for any […]

Russian operators drop Dozhd after Leningrad siege survey

A number of Russian pay TV operators including NTV+, Akado and Rostelecom have dropped culture and factual channel Dozhd from their programming line-ups after it aired a survey on whether lives could have been saved if the city of Leningrad – now St Petersburg – had surrendered to the Germans during the Second World War […]

TV3 and Dozhd compete for vacant Russian DTT slot

Russian channels TV3 and Dozhd will compete for the slot in the country’s second digital-terrestrial multiplex freed up after state-backed broadcaster RTR withdrew its plan to make a sports channel available. Under the terms set by regulator Roskomnadzor, the new channel must air round the clock free-to-air and carry a minimum of 55% Russian produced […]