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VimpelCom launching interactive advertising pilot

Russian service provider VimpelCom has launched interactive advertising on its Beeline TV service in partnership with GetShop.TV. The first stage of the pilot project will see GetShop.TV’s service made available to Beeline TV subscribers in Moscow and the surrounding region, enabling interactive advertising on the Yu, Zvezda, Muz TV and CTC channels. Viewers watching adverts […]

NTV+ launches on Apple TV and debuts new Georgia pay TV service

Russian pay TV provider NTV+ has launched an app for the Apple TV platform that allows users to watch over 180 channels on TV via the device. Owners of Apple TV boxes will be able to sign up for NTV+’s Supersport, Supersport Premium, football, kids, movies and factual packages via the app. Subscribers will also […]

NTV+ sees strong growth for OTT TV service

Russian pay TV provider NTV+ saw the number of paying subscribers to its recently-launched OTT TV service grow 3.5 times in the first quarter of 2018 to reach 41,000, making the service the group’s fastest growing business area. The OTT TV service is available both to current NTV+ subscribers and to those that don’t take […]

MTS adds to TV base

Russian service provider MTS had 1.822 million TV customers at the end of last year, up 32,000 quarter-on-quarter and 67,000 year-on-year. The company had 3.053 million fixed broadband subscribers at the end of 2017, along with 3.206 million fixed phone subscribers. MTS had 78.3 million mobile phone customers, a small year-on-year decline. However, mobile internet […]

Orion launches new TV package

Russian pay TV operator Orion Express has launched a new package with additional channels for its Telekarta offering. The Leader pack proposes over 200 channels for RUB1,990 (€28) a year. The new service includes general entertainment channels Sony Turbo, which joined the Telekarta line-up at the beginning of March, Spike, A1 and A2, and sports […]

Tricolor TV chief reportedly leaving this month

Alexei Kholodov, the CEO of Russian pay TV provider Tricolor TV, is to leave the company, according to local reports. Vedomosti reported that Kholodov will leave the company at the end of this month, citing unnamed sources. According to Vedomosti, Kholodov’s departure, which took market-watchers by surprise, comes amid disagreements with Tricolor TV owner Andrei […]

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, […]

Akado launches new interactive TV service

Russian service provider Akado has launched a new interactive TV service in partnership with technology outfit LifeStream. The service is available via smart TVs and mobile devices. Users can install a dedicated smart TV app or download the Akado T app to their mobile devices. Akado is making channels available to users for viewing outside […]

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