SPI/Filmbox takes TDC to Russia with Orion

Channel provider SPI/FilmBox and its existing partner in the Russian market, pay TV outfit Orion Group, are to bring Turkish drama series offering Timeless Dizi Channel (TDC) to Russia. The channel will be available to viewers in Russia in both the extended basic and premium packages of the Telekarta satellite TV service starting from today […]

Orion seals deal to broadcast two UHD channels

Russian operator Orion has signed an agreement with Media-Content to broadcast two of its channels in UHD. The channels, Russian Extreme Ultra and Ultra HD Cinema, will be the company’s first foray into UHD broadcasting. Russian Extreme Ultra is dedicated to extreme sports, travel and other lifestyle activities. It broadcasts competitions, programmes and documentaries from […]

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 […]

Filmbox channels launch in Russia

Channel operator SPI International has launched seven of its channels in Russia. The digital nets will roll out on the Telekarta platform, which is owned by pay TV operator Orion. The channels carried include the FilmBox and the FilmBox Art House channels, meaning drama series including The Young Pope and Modus will be available. The […]

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 […]

VideoLink partners with Interra

Video production and transmission services firm VideoLink has selected content QC and monitoring firm Interra Systems’ Orion as its real-time content monitoring solution.  Orion’s monitoring can be scaled to hundreds of programs and Its web-based architecture allows remote monitoring through any browser-enabled, said Interra. US-based VideoLink offers a suite of custom video production services that […]

Orion Express sets target of one million subs by August

Russian pay TV operator Orion Express has set a target of crossing the one million subscribers milestone by August, marketing director Maria Zilina, has told attendees to the CSTB conference in Moscow. According to local reports, Orion Express currently has about 650,000 subscribers, up from 570,000 in December, and expects to attract at least 40,000 […]

Intelsat renews deals in Russia and Romania

Satellite operator Intelsat has signed a multi-year, multi-transponder agreement with Russian DTH operator Orion Express. Under the deal, Intelsat will move a Ku-band satellite to 85° East by the first quarter of 2012 to offer extended capacity to Orion for standard- and high-definition content. The satellite will ensures signal reception from Russia’s western borders to […]