Russia


Russia’s Akado changing ownership

AVK Investments, the vehicle of Russian businessman Maxim Mayorets, has taken a majority stake in Moscow area service provider Akado, according to local reports. Akado’s current owner, Viktor Vekselberg’s Renova Holding, has sold a 51% stake in the operator to Mayorets while retaining the remaining 49%. Mayorets, who served as director of mergers and acquisitions […]

Thema brokers two deals for Russia

Wildlife channel Love Nature 4K has launched on Russian service provider Rostelelecom’s Wink service. The agreement which will provide a raft of Ultra HD natural history shows via the Love Nature linear channel, was brokered by Thema Rus and overseen by Chiara Mckee, VP, EMEA global networks, Blue Ant Media. The launch on Rostelecom expands […]

Tricolor and Sony Pictures Television extend partnership

Russian service provider Tricolor and Sony Pictures Television have extended their relationship for a further two years in a deal that gives Tricolor rights to broadcast over 120 films, including titles in the Ultra HD format. The audience of Tricolor’s UHD Cinema TV channel now have access to movies including Venom, Zombieland: Double Tap, Bad […]

Akado launches cloud streaming game service

Russian service provider Akado has launched its planned cloud gaming streaming service in test mode. The service, GFN.RU, a gaming offering provided by the SAFMAR industrial conglomerate, enables Akado subscribers to play a range of popular games on a range of devices, including Android-based mobile handsets. The first 1,000 customers to sign up will receive […]

Tricolor makes its service available for free

Leading Russian pay TV operator Tricolor has become the latest major service provider to decrypt its content line-up for a limited period during the Coronavirus crisis. The operator has made all of its TV channels – 156 in total, including 16 in the premium Detsky package – free-to-view on the internet from Friday last week […]

Tricolor agrees licensing deal with ViacomCBS

Russian pay TV operator Tricolor has agreed a major licensing deal with ViacomCBS Global Distribution Group, which gives the operator rights to broadcast over 120 films from Paramount Pictures’ library. Among the titles included in the deal are recent global releases A Quiet Place, Rocketman, Dora and the Lost City of Gold, Gemini Man, Wonder […]

Pay TV providers respond to Coronavirus with new offers

Pay TV providers are continuing to respond to the Coronavirus crisis and the confinement at home of large swathes of the world’s population by launching a range of free windows and other initiatives. In Russia, pay TV operator NTV+ has de-encrypted its TV channels, movies and shows on satellite and OTT platforms throughout the country […]

Netflix on the up in expanding Russian streaming market

Netflix now has a 4% share of the Russian streaming video market with about 140,000 subscribers in the country, according to research by IAA TelecomDaily. According to the research outfit, Netflix, with revenues of about RUB1.082 billion (€12.95 million) and ARPU of RUB700 is seen as highly priced for Russia’s consumers, but the service remains […]

Tricolor launches OTT service on Huawei AppGallery

Russian pay TV provider Tricolor TV has launched an app for the Huawei AppGallery, giving it a presence in the app store of the country’s best-selling smartphones. The app enables users to watch TV shows and movies on Huawei and Honor-branded smartphones in the country. Tricolor TV said that Huawei and Honor smartphones had a […]

Veon names interim Beeline CEO

Russia’s Veon has named Viktor Biryukov as interim CEO of its domestic service provider arm, VimpelCom/Beeline. Biryukov will combine the chief executive role with his existing remit as EVP of legal affairs and corporate relations. His appointment follows the announcement last week that Vasyl Latsanych, Beeline’s current CEO, is to step down at the end […]

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