Rostelecom to acquire Synterra Media

Russian service provider Rostelecom is to acquire Synterra Media, the leading media services operator in the country, from the MTT group of companies, for approximately RUB1.5 billion (€165 million), with the terms providing for a deferred payment depending on the renewal of existing contracts.Rostelecom said that the acquisition would strengthen its competitive position in the […]

Thema brokers two deals for Russia

Wildlife channel Love Nature 4K has launched on Russian service provider Rostelelecom’s Wink service. The agreement which will provide a raft of Ultra HD natural history shows via the Love Nature linear channel, was brokered by Thema Rus and overseen by Chiara Mckee, VP, EMEA global networks, Blue Ant Media. The launch on Rostelecom expands […]

UFC launches dedicated TV channel in Russia

A new mixed martial arts channel, UFC TV, is launching in Russia on Rostelecom’s platform. The channel will be available on an exclusive basis on Rostelecom’s interactive TV platform, and will also be available on the service provider’s Wink multimedia platform. Rostelecom’s interactive TV offering reaches 5.2 million homes across the country. The channel will […]

Rostelecom sees lift in TV and fibre customers

Russian service provider Rostelecom has posted a 9% rise in IPTV subscribers last year, alongside a 6% uptick in fibre broadband customers. The service provider said it had recently upgraded its TV offering through the launch of Wink, a multiscreen platform that incldes a mobile app, website and smart TV app, with over 200 channels […]

Rostelecom acquires Chuvashia operator

Russian service provider Rostelecom has acquired Infolink GC, one of the largest broadband and TV service providers in the republic of Chuvashia. Rosetelecom’s PJSC Bashinformsvyaz subsidiary has signed an agreement to acquire 100% control of Infolink, which has been active in the state capital, Cheboksary, and the neighbouring city of Novocheboksarsk for over 20 years. […]

Flix Snip launches in Russia with Rostelecom

Short-format content app Flix Snip has teamed up with Russian telecom giant Rostelecom to launch in Russia. Flix Snip features short format entertainment content of 20 minutes duration or less, in genres including drama, animation, children’s, family, comedy, science fiction and horror. Flix Snip on Rostelecom will feature 200 short form movies at launch with 20 […]

Rostelecom launches 4K UHD pilot for hospitality sector

Russian telecom operator Rostelecom has launched a 4K UHD TV pilot project in St Petersburg. The company said the offering was targeted at the hospitality market, including hotels, restaurants and bars. Rostelecom has teamed up with the FullHouse restaurant chain for the pilot. Rostelecom will deliver a 4K signal to screens installed in Full House […]

Rostelecom grows TV base and revenues

Russian service provider Rostelecom grew its pay TV base by 5% last year to reach 9.8 million homes, with IPTV subscribers growing by 14% to reach 4.8 million. IPTV accounted for all new TV subscriber additions in the fourth quarter. Rostelecom had 12 million residential broadband subscribers at the end of the year, up 3%, […]

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, […]

Android TV adoption still at an early stage

Only 1% of European TV pay TV subscribers are currently using Android OS-powered set-top boxes, according to research by Dataxis, with about 40 pay TV service worldwide having deployed Android TV-based platforms through the third quarter. Despite the relatively now numbers, the research group believes that Android TV will gain traction both with operators and […]

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