Russia


Gazprom Media takes control of KHL TV

Russia’s Gazprom Media has taken control of the KHL TV channel from the Kontinental Hockey League, according to local reports. Gazprom Media, which already produces and distributes the channel for the league, has taken an 80% stake in the channel will consolidate it into its Match TV group of services, according to the Kommersant newspaper. […]

NTV+ creates new sports package following price hike

Russian pay TV provider NTV+ has added a new sports package to its programming line-up. NTV+ has added Sport Plus to its offering in the western part of Russia. The service offers 10 channels: Match! Futbol 1, Match! Futbol 2 and Match! Futbol 3 in SD and HD, Eurosport 1HD, Extreme Sports, M‑1 Global and […]

BeIN Media offering more FTA World Cup as piracy dispute rolls on

BeIN Media is broadcasting 22 matches from the FIFA World Cup in Russia free-to-air as the Qatar-based pay TV broadcaster continues to be plagued by pirate service BeoutQ, broadcasting from neighbouring Saudi Arabia. BeIN announced the extension of its free-to-air plans at the start of the competition, with 22 matches made available unencrypted on its […]

Mail.Ru in ‘final stages’ of preparing first CIS professional eSports tournament

Russian internet company Mail.Ru is in the final stages of preparing the launch of what it says will be the CIS region’s first professional eSports league, with the first season scheduled to launch this autumn. The first season will see Pro League teams compete in multiplayer ‘first person shooter’ game Warface, created by German video […]

Broadcasters take forward ‘Russian Hulu’ plan with new OTT TV platform

Russian broadcaster CTC Media and the country’s largest media holding company, National Media Group, are to create a single joint online TV platform, More.TV. The pair will create the new platform as a virtual TV and video-on-demand operator, offering a distribution network for streamed TV channels and popular Russian and international content that will be […]

MTS taps Huawei for new TV platform

Russian service provider MTS has teamed up with Chinese technology giant Huawei to deploy a single multimedia platform for TV services. MTS has partnered with Huawei to create what it describes as a unified multimedia platform to develop its TV products further across all distribution channels, including mobile, cable, satellite TV and IPTV. The service […]

Parrot Analytics: Black Mirror tops Netflix dominated Russian in-demand digital originals

Black Mirror topped a Netflix-dominated top 10 in Parrot Analytics’ analysis of the most in-demand digital originals in Russia for the week ending May 20. Parrot Analytics analyses the demand for recent popular digital titles across international markets, based on the application of artificial intelligence to expressions of demand across social media, fan sites, peer-to-peer […]

Tricolor TV launches 4K UHD TV movie channel

Russian pay TV provider Tricolor TV has launched a 4K UHD TV movie channels. The Ultra HD Cinema channel will offer a variety of films in 4K UHD and is one of the first channels in Russia to offer Dolby Digital 5.1 surround sound. The channel is available in the footprint of the Express AMU-1 […]

Akado passes 1K milestone for interactive offering

Russian cable operator Akado has signed up the first 1,000 customers for its new interactive TV service, launched in February in partnership with technology provider LifeStream. The service enables viewers to watch channels they subscribe to on mobile devices and the web as well as on TV. Subscribers can view content on several devices simultaneously, […]

NTV+ launches multiroom offering and updates Apple TV app

Russian pay TV operator NTV+ has launched a new multiroom service for satellite TV customers, enabling users to watch different channels simultaneously on multiple TVs. NTV+ said that the service was aimed at both new and existing subscribers. To take advantage, customers will need to purchase either an additional receiver or a CAM module, for […]

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