Russia


Video piracy in Russia drops for first time in five years

Content piracy in Russia has showed decline for the first time in five years. According to a new study from cybersecurity firm Group-IB, the volume of online piracy in the country amounts to US$63.5 million, which is 27% less than 2018.  The estimated the volume of the Russian video piracy market in monetary terms in […]

Pay TV still dominant in Russia with cord-cutting is yet to set in

Revenues from pay TV in Russia are up by 14.2%, with 43.2 million subscribers in the country. According to the latest market analysis from the European Audiovisual Observatory, there was a 3.1% increase of pay TV subscribers from 2017 to 2018 with revenue representing RUB95.3 billion (€1.29 billion). In total, there are 35-36 million households […]

NTV+ sees growth for OTT TV service

The number of paying subscribers to Russian pay TV operator NTV+’s OTT TV platform increased by more than a third in the third quarter, and by more than half year-on-year, according to the company. The number of paying subscribers increased by 34% to 74,000 in the quarter, accelerating the platform’s growth and contributing to a […]

Tricolor TV reportedly in NTV+ merger talks

Leading Russian commercial pay TV platform Tricolor TV is in talks focusing on a possible part-acquisition by state-owned energy giant Gazprom and a merger with Gazprom-owned NTV+, according to local reports. According to Fontanka.ru, a deal could see Tricolor TV absorb NTV+ and bring on Gazprom Media Holding as a shareholder as part of a […]

Beeline launches cloud-gaming service

Russian service provider Beeline is launching a cloud gaming service under the Beeline Gaming brand. The service, launched at the Russian IgroMir computer entertainement expo, provides a dedicated console that can be connected to a TV or monitor to play cloud-streamed games. The service will also provide special offers from partners and current news from […]

Love Nature 4K localised into Russian

Love Nature 4K, the Canadian specialty television channel owned by Blue Ant Media, is now available in Russian.  The channel has been available in the country since 2018, but the company has just announced that content will now be fully localised in Russian. Audiences in the country will now be able to watch the linear […]

Eurosport adds WTA right to Russian portfolio

Discovery-owned Eurosport has added the exclusive rights for WTA tennis tournaments to its tennis portfolio in Russia. The new agreement comes into effect from January 2020 and will see Eurosport cover every major WTA event for the next four years, with up to 47 tournaments worldwide and more than 800 matches produced for broadcast each […]

Tricolor TV launches loyalty programme for registered users

Russian pay TV provider Tricolor TV has launched a new loyalty programme providing non-TV benefits to users that register on its website. Registered Tricolor TV users will receive discounts and gifts from partner companies and access special promotions launched by the operator itself. Particpants can currently benefit from offers provided by brands including Yandex, Booking.com, […]

MTS Satellite hits 750k subscribers

Russian telco MTS has announced that its MTS Satellite TV service has reached 752,000 subscribers. This growth represents a year-over-year increase of 150%.  MTS primarily operates a fixed line service, and launched satellite TV as an expansion to its core services in 2014. Moscow, St. Petersburg, Leningrad, the Republic of Tatarstan and Stavropol saw the […]

MyZen TV launches 4K offering in Russia

Well-being channel MyZen TV, in partnership with French distribution outfit Thema, has debuted its new 4K TV channel in Russia on the Planeta pay TV platform. Planeta, which was created in 2003, reaches more than 100,000 households in the Ekaterinburg region, and is one of the first operators in Russia to broadcast 4K content. MyZen […]

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