NTV+ completes Sportbox.ru acquisition

Russian pay TV provider NTV+ has closed the acquisition of internet portal Sportbox.ru from state broadcast organisation RTR. The company said the move is in line with an order from President Vladimir Putin to establish a unified Federal sports TV channel. NTV+ and owner Gazprom Media previously acquired NST, owner of channel Match TV as […]

NTV+ secures Wimbledon rights

Russian pay TV provider NTV+ has struck a deal with the All England Lawn Tennis Club through IMG to secure rights to broadcast this year’s Wimbledon tennis championship. NTV+ will broadcast the competition, which begins today, on its dedicated tennis channe and on NTV+ Sport HD, showing at least two matches per day live on […]

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, […]

RTR returns to Latvian pay TV offerings

Russian channel RTR is returning to Latvian service providers’ programming line-ups following a three-month ban imposed by regulator the National Electronic Media Council (NEPLP).  Service providers Lattelecom and Baltcom have said they will reinstate the channel to their respective line-ups. Lattelecom had aired movie channel K2 in place of RTR for the duration of the […]

Russian media groups launch tender for new measurement system

Russian media groups Perviyy Kanal (Channel One), Gazprom Media, National Media and CTC, and state broadcasting organisation RTR, have announced a tender for a new audience measurement system, according to local reports. According to business daily Kommersant, the tender calls for Russian or international companies with five years’ experience in audience measurement to submit an […]

RTR taps Megafon for CDN ahead of Sochi

Russian state broadcaster RTR has tapped telecom operator Megafon to provide CDN services for internet video coverage of the Winter Olympics from Sochi. Megafon operates a network of cities covering Russia’s major cities, with a capacity of about 250Gbps. RTR’s deputy director of IT Alexey Skvortsov said RTR intended to deliver HD-quality video to every […]

RTR strikes deal to distribute content on VKontakte social network

Russian state broadcaster RTR has struck a deal with leading social network provider VKontakte to enable video to be distributed over the VKontakte network, according to local reports. RTR, which operates channels including Rossiya, Rossiya 2, Rossiya 24 and Kultura, has agreed to legalise the redistribution of content to which it owns the rights that […]