Russian channels rebranded and refreshed

Russian channel provider Tsifrovoye televideniye (TSTV), a joint venture between Rostelecom and state-owned broadcaster RTR, has rebranded and refreshed the five channels it offers as part of the NKS-Media package. TSTV deputy CEO Sergey Koshliakov outlined the changes at the CSTB trade show in Moscow  yesterday. Science channel 24 Tekhno is being rebranded as T24, […]

Rostelecom sees strong TV growth

Russian telecom operator Rostelecom reached 2.4 million IPTV subscribers at the end of June, up 4% quarter-on-quarter but a massive 29% year-on-year.  Overall, Rostelecom had 7.7 million pay TV customers across all networks, up 1% quarter-on-quarter and up 7% year-on-year. Pay TV contributed revenues of RUB6.959 billion (€145 million) in the first half, up 27% […]

Rostelecom to begin testing new ‘national’ search engine

Russian telecom operator Rostelecom is reportedly to begin beta-testing a new home-produced search engine,, that it plans to use to grow its business, complementing the launch with a range of content-rich services, including video. The Russian presidential administration has previously indicated its support for the creation of a ‘national search engine’ for Russia, notably […]

MTS loses pay TV subscribers but Russian market expands

Russian service provider MTS lost 12% of its pay TV subscribers last year, potentially knocking it out of the list of the top three fixed line pay TV operators in the country, according to the latest figures from iKS Consulting. MTS had 2.58 million TV customers at the end of 2013, down from 2.94 million […]

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 […]

Rostelecom offers 100 movies for RUB100

Russian service provider Rostelecom has launched a new promotional offer for its video-on-demand service, making 100 movies available for RUB100 (€1.98) to attract new subscribers. The offer is valid for four months from the date of connection, after which users will be able to access the VoD service according to the terms of their regular […]

Russian operators and broadcasters team to create new industry body

Russian pay TV operators and other media companies have teamed up to create a broad-based industry association dedicated to promoting common technology standards and promoting the interests of the industry. Pay TV operators including MTS, ER-Telecom, VimpelCom, Megafon and Rostelecom have teamed up with media companies including CTC Media, Prof Media and National Media Group […]

Paramount launching in Russia and Hungary

Viacom has struck new carriage deals for the Paramount Channel in Russia and Hungary. In Russia the channel, which is programmed with features from Paramount and other US studios, launched on Rostelecom today (February 18). It is carried in the pay TV operator’s ‘Movie’ and ‘Maximum’ packages. The channel has also launched in Hungary on […]

Rostelecom builds out new backbone in Sakha

Russian service provider Rostelecom has deployed a new DWDM-based optical backbone in the Siberian Republic of Sakha/Yakutia. The network has been built in partnership with the government of the republic and Rostelecom has invested RUB264.7 million (€5.5 million) in the project. The company said that the network would improve bandwidth available to the cities of […]

Russian operators drop Dozhd after Leningrad siege survey

A number of Russian pay TV operators including NTV+, Akado and Rostelecom have dropped culture and factual channel Dozhd from their programming line-ups after it aired a survey on whether lives could have been saved if the city of Leningrad – now St Petersburg – had surrendered to the Germans during the Second World War […]