Orion Express

Orion launches new TV package

Russian pay TV operator Orion Express has launched a new package with additional channels for its Telekarta offering. The Leader pack proposes over 200 channels for RUB1,990 (€28) a year. The new service includes general entertainment channels Sony Turbo, which joined the Telekarta line-up at the beginning of March, Spike, A1 and A2, and sports […]

Russian pay TV growth slowing, but ARPU pushes revenues higher

The number of subscribers to pay TV in Russia grew by 3.2% last year to 42.7 million, representing a penetration rate of 75%, according to research by TMT Consulting. Growth was driven by the big five Russian operators, which collectively saw their pay TV bases rise by 1.5 million. This offset declines among smaller players, […]

Russian pay TV market growth slowing down

The Russian pay TV market reached 41.88 million households at the end of the third quarter of this year, according to TelecomDaily agency. However, growth in the third quarter amounted to only 0.23 million homes, according to TelecomDaily. Penetration of pay TV services was 73% at the end of the quarter. Average ARPU is RUB165 […]

Orion taps Ateme for move into internet TV

Russian pay TV platform Orion has tapped online video specialist Ateme to provide encoders and decoders for its expansion into web-delivered video services. Orion, which is expanding its offering from a satellite-only services to embrace OTT-delivered content, will use Ateme’s Stream compression technology-based Kyrion encoder to deliver video services over the internet. Ateme said that […]

Tricolor TV joins Russian satellite TV operators’ move to OTT

Russian pay TV operator Tricolor TV has launched its first multiscreen non-linear offering, Kino Tricolor TV. The pay TV operator has struck deals with online video services Tvigle and Tvzavr, and broadcaster and OTT video service provider Amedia to provide content for the service. All movies abnd TV series on Kino Tricolor TV are in […]

Orion Express teams up with Super TV for international expansion

Russian pay TV operator Orion Express is ramping up its plans to expand into neighbouring countries, beginning at the end of last week with Georgia, following its 2013 launch in Kyrgyzstan. In Georgia, Orion Express has teamed up with Tbilisi-based local player Super TV. In addition to providing technology for the service, Orion Express is […]

Orion Express expects strong growth this year

Russia DTH pay TV operator Orion Express expects to grow its subscriber base by 12-13% this year, outperforming the local pay TV market. In an interview with the Standard newspaper, CEO Cyril Makhnovskii, said that Orion Express would grow strongly this year, outperforming analysts’ expectations for the pay TV market overall of 5% growth. Makhnovskii […]

Orion Express overtakes ER-Telecom as number four pay TV player

Satellite TV provider Orion Express has overtaken fixed-line player ER-Telecom as the number four supplier of pay TV services in Russia, according to local analyst group Telecom Daily. According to Telecom Daily, Orion Express drew past ER-Telecom’s 2.65 million pay TV subscribers in the first quarter. Tricolor TV remains the number one operator, with just […]

Orion Express names ex-MTS satellite chief as chairman

Russian pay TV provider Orion Express has named service provider MTS’s former head of satellite TV Vitaly Studitsky as chairman. Studitsky, who left MTS on February 13, will be responsible for corporate development, compliance and communication with shareholders, working alongside CEO Aleksander Kaplinsky. Orion Express reached 2.68 million homes at the last count, with an […]

Orion Express to carry Eurosport channels in HD

Russian pay TV operator Orion Express has signed an agreement with Discovery Networks CEEMEA to carry the latter’s Eurosport 1 HD and Eurosport 2 HD. Orion Express will distribute the two channels in the Russian and CIS markets from the Horizons 1 satellite at 85° East. The agreement is the development of an existing carriage […]