Eutelsat agrees to drop Russian channels after watchdog rules

Eutelsat has agreed to stop broadcasting three Russian channels after regulator Arcom responded to a ruling from France’s highest court and ordered the satellite operator to drop the channels. Following a ruling from the Conseil d’État instructing Arcom to look again at the issue, the regulator switched from its earlier position of non-intervention and ordered […]

Pressure builds on Eutelsat over carriage of Russian services

Pressure is building on Paris-based satellite operator Eutelsat from multiple directions over its continued carriage of Russian TV services while the war in Ukraine rages on. Freedom of the press advocacy group Reporters Sans Frontières has called on France’s Conseil d’État to overturn a decision by media regulator Arcom not to intervene to stop Eutelsat […]

RTL Deutschland launches Ukrainian news

RTL Germany and its news channel ntv have launched a news service in Ukrainian that will run on RTL.news, ntv.de and YouTube. The Ukraine Update will feature presenter Karolina Ashion, a formerly Kyiv-based TV journalist who fled to Germany at the beginning of the war. The segment, which will run from Monday to Friday, will […]

NTV+ shuts down interactive TV service in favour of online

Russian pay TV operator NTV+ is shutting down its interactive TV offering in favour of its online TV service. The pay TV operator has said it will shut down the interactive TV offering, which provides pause live TV, rewind and on-demand viewing via set-top boxes, on September 1. The company said that all subscribers who […]

Akado creates integrated broadband and streaming bundle with Okko

Russian service provider Akado has forged a partnership with OTT TV provider Okko that will seek the Okko service offered in a bundle with Akado broadband access. The Cinema 2in1 service will enable users to access internet speeds of up to 200Mbps and choose one of the two Okko subscription options – Light or Optimum […]

Pay TV providers respond to Coronavirus with new offers

Pay TV providers are continuing to respond to the Coronavirus crisis and the confinement at home of large swathes of the world’s population by launching a range of free windows and other initiatives. In Russia, pay TV operator NTV+ has de-encrypted its TV channels, movies and shows on satellite and OTT platforms throughout the country […]

NTV+ passes OTT TV milestone

Russian pay TV service provider NTV+’s OTT TV service passed the 150,000-subscriber milestone in 2019, claiming a high rate of customer retention. The service had 151,500 subscribers as of the end of the year, up 81% on the 2018 figure. NTV+ said that 85% of customers renewed their subscription. The proportion of subscribers to the […]

NTV+ revamps sports line-up

Russian pay TV operator NTV+ is revamping its sports line-up with the launch of a new European sports package, an extended premium Supersport offering and the discontinuation of the Supersport Premium package.  The pay TV operator is launching a new Euro Sport package featuring 10 channels covering the main world competitions in tennis, hockey, basketball, […]

NTV+ sees growth for OTT TV service

The number of paying subscribers to Russian pay TV operator NTV+’s OTT TV platform increased by more than a third in the third quarter, and by more than half year-on-year, according to the company. The number of paying subscribers increased by 34% to 74,000 in the quarter, accelerating the platform’s growth and contributing to a […]

Tricolor TV reportedly in NTV+ merger talks

Leading Russian commercial pay TV platform Tricolor TV is in talks focusing on a possible part-acquisition by state-owned energy giant Gazprom and a merger with Gazprom-owned NTV+, according to local reports. According to Fontanka.ru, a deal could see Tricolor TV absorb NTV+ and bring on Gazprom Media Holding as a shareholder as part of a […]

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