Russia completes transition to DVB-T2

Russia has completed the transition of its digital broadcasting infrastructure to DVB-T2 and closed down the last of its DVB-T transmitters in Moscow, the Moscow region, Kursk and the Kaliningrad region.  Since 2012, Russian state-owned radio and TV broadcasting organisation RTRS has overseen the transition to DVB-T2 in 16 regions where DVB-T services were launched […]

DVB-T2 broadcasts begin in Yekaterinburg

Russian state broadcasting organisation RTRS has begun DVB-T2 based digital-terrestrial broadcasts in the Sverdlovsk region. Digital broadcasts will be initiated from 65 sites, covering the cities of Yekaterinburg, Afanasyevsk, Bisert, Nizhniye Sergi, Asbest, Yushala, Tugulym, Artemovskiy, Zaykovo, Alapayevsk and Samotsvet.

RTRS revises switchover criteria

Russian state broadcasting organisation RTRS may proceed with the shutting down of analogue services if fewer than 5% of the country’s households are unable to receive digital-terrestrial TV, according to local reports. Kommersant newspaper reported that RTRS is preparing a programme to switch off analogue signals. RTRS director-general Viktor Pinchuk said that switching off the […]

RTRS awards contracts for second Russian DTT multiplex

Russian broadcasting infrastructure provider RTRS has selected the system integrators that will be responsible for building the country’s second digital-terrestrial multiplex. The winning bidders in the tender process were TD Svyaz Engineering, NPP Triada-TV, TekhnoServ AS, Rossiyskiy Institut Moshchnogo Radiostroyeniya, Almaz-Antey Telekommunikatsii, Moshchnaya Apparatura Radiovesshchaniya I Televideniya, Telekom-Proyekt-5 and Soyuz-Telefonstroy. TD Svyaz Engineering will act […]

RTRS opens applications for second multiplex

Russian broadcast infrastructure provider RTRS has launched a call for applications to build and operate a network for the country’s second digital-terrestrial multiplex. The competition is open until May 28, with the winner expected to be announced on June 11. Work on the network is expected to take place in three stages, with the initial […]

Russian DTT platform will not be encrypted, says report

Russia’s ministry of communications has decided not to introduce encryption on the first and second multiplexes on the country’s digital-terrestrial platform, according to a local report. According to the ComNews website, citing sources close to the ministry of communications, broadcast infrastructure provider RTRS’s director-general Andrei Romanchenko told a meeting of the ministry’s TV and broadcasting […]

RTRS to pilot HbbTV services in three Russian cities

Russian state-owned broadcasting organisation RTRS is to pilot HbbTV services in three Russian cities, according to deputy CEO Viktor Pinchuk. Speaking at the CSTB 2013 event in Moscow, Pinchuk reportedly said that RTRS was currently testing HbbTV-based hybrid broadcast broadband services using technology from three international providers. It would then move to a pilot phase […]

Irkutsk gets digital-terrestrial TV

Russian broadcast infrastructure provider RTRS has started test broadcasting digital-terrestrial TV services in the Irkutsk region in Siberia. According to RTRS, digital broadcasting currently covers 43.8% of the population of the region, with full transition to digital planned for 2013.

Humax to make boxes in Russia for DVB-T2 rollout

Russian state broadcasting organization RTRS has signed a deal with set-top manufacturer Humax to provide DVB-T2 MPEG-4 compatible digital receivers in Russia. Humax will manufacture boxes in Russia and supply devices through retailers, as well as providing after-sales service. Other companies that have expressed their willingness to participate in Russia’s DVB-T2 rollout include General Satellite […]