Raduga TV

Russia’s Raduga TV to close down

Russian pay TV operator Raduga TV, in which Modern Times Group (MTG) holds a 50% stake, is to close down on December 5. The operator has been forced to shut down following its failure to secure a required broadcasting licence from the local media regulator. MTG said it would continue to enhance the content and […]

MTS Russia to make satellite TV push

Russian service provider MTS is reportedly planning to spend RUB5 billion (€87 million) to buy satellite capacity and equipment in order to launch satellite TV services in the country. According to a Bloomberg report, which cites an MTS statement, the firm aims to expand on its current cable TV and fixed line offering and establish […]

MTG and CTC mull options as Putin passes media law amendment

Russian president Vladimir Putin has signed into law the amendment to the country’s media law that will limit foreign ownership of media companies in Russia to 20%, down from the current limit of 50%. The legislation will apply to both existing and future foreign ownership and comes into effect in January 2016.  Russian broadcaster CTC […]

MTS looking to launch satellite service, eyes Raduga TV

Russian service provider MTS plans to launch a satellite service and is in talks to buy troubled DTH pay TV operator Raduga TV, according to local reports.  MTS has reportedly confirmed that it is talks on the purchase of Raduga TV’s holding company Dalgeokom, jointly owned by Modern Times Group and Russia’s Continental Media, although […]

Raduga TV chief quits as interior ministry begins investigation

The CEO of troubled Russian pay TV operator Raduga TV has resigned following the launch of a criminal investigation into the company for allegedly operating without an appropriate licence, according to local reports. According to Itar-Tass, Olga Abramova, who was named CEO of Raduga TV in July, having previously served as deputy CEO, has quit […]

Channels seek alternatives as ABS 2 suffers outage

Russian channels including the pay TV bouquet of Raduga TV have suffered disruption following a transponder outage on the Asia Satellite Broadcasting ABS 2 satellite at 75° East. Channels affected by the outage on Saturday evening, affecting two transponders, include Discovery channels, Viasat, Fox, Sony, Eurosport, NTV and TV3. The affected TV channels have been […]

Tricolor TV in running for new capacity at 75° East

Russian DTH leader Tricolor TV has reportedly applied for licences to operate transponders on Asia Broadcast Satellite’s new ABS-2 satellite at 75° East. The Russian regulator, the Roskomnadzor, has opened applications for licences to broadcast via nine transponders and four transponders with fees to be paid to it of RUB90 million (€1.8 million) and RUB40 […]

Raduga TV owners reportedly set to sell up

The owners of Russian pay TV platform Raduga TV – Modern Times Group and Russia’s Continental Media – are reportedly planning to sell the platform, with Rostelecom identified as a likely buyer. According to news agency Itar-Tass, Continental Media and MTG are in talks with Rostelecom and other pay TV players about a sale of […]

Regulator throws lifeline to Raduga TV

Russian satellite pay TV operator Raduga TV has been granted two licences to operate new channels by the country’s media regulator the Roskomnadzor. The operator has been granted licences to operate Raduga 24 and Otbornoye TV (Choice TV). The move will enable Raduga TV to apply for a universal broadcasting licence, the lack of which […]

MTG denies reports it is in talks to sell Russian pay TV stake

Modern Times Group (MTG) has denied reports it is in talks to sell its stake in beleaguered Russian DTH pay TV platform Raduga TV. According to the ITAR-TASS news agency, MTG is in talks to sell its 50% stake in the operator to one of rival operators Tricolor TV or Orion Express. However, a spokesman […]