CEE SVOD set to more than double

Central and eastern Europe is set to more than double its subscription video-on-demand base over the next five years, according to Digital TV Research. According to the research outfit, the region will have 26.19 millionSVOD subscriptionsby 2024, up from 10.02 million recorded by end-2018. Russia will supply 8.77 million to the 2024 total, with Poland […]

Russia postpones digital switchover in 21 regions

The Russian government has postponed digital switchover in 21 regions of the country, according to local reports. The government has postponed switchover in 21 of Russia’s regions until October. Originally, all Russian regions where analogue TV is still transmitting were due to make the change on June 3. Transport and communications ministry spokesman Alexey Volin […]

Flix Snip expands Russian reach with MegaFon deal

Short-form mobile-focused content app Flix Snip has expanded its reach in the Russian market by striking a deal with mobile telco MegaFon. Flix Snip will be available to MegaFon’s OTT, mobile and SVOD subscribers in Russia The service offers  short format entertainment content of 20 minutes or less, in all genres, including drama, animation, children’s, family, comedy, […]

Russia’s Channel One launches war victory celebration channel

Russia’s Channel One has launched a new service celebrating the country’s victory in the second world war, one year ahead of the 75th anniversary of the Soviet victory over Nazi Germany. Pobeda TV is a new free-to-air digital service that will broadcast Soviet-era films about the military and Russian films, TV series and documentaries about […]

Discovery’s GOLFTV to stream US Masters in Norway, Poland and Russia

Iconic golf tournament the US Masters is to be streamed live from Augusta National in Norway, Poland and Russia on Discovery’s subscription service GOLFTV. Underlining the growing clout of the single sport platform, this is the first time one of the four men’s golf Majors will have been available anywhere on GOLFTV. Discovery holds exclusive […]

UFC launches dedicated TV channel in Russia

A new mixed martial arts channel, UFC TV, is launching in Russia on Rostelecom’s platform. The channel will be available on an exclusive basis on Rostelecom’s interactive TV platform, and will also be available on the service provider’s Wink multimedia platform. Rostelecom’s interactive TV offering reaches 5.2 million homes across the country. The channel will […]

Okko sees strong growth

Russian video-on-demand provider Okko saw its revenue grow by 81% last year to RUB2.5 billion, while the number of users grew from 1.5 million to 1.83 million, according to local reports. According to the reports, use of Okko TV on mobile devices grew threefold and now amounts to 10% of all usage. Okko CEO Ivan […]

Akado ups free-to-air digital offering

Russian service provider Akado has increased its digital free-to-air offering from 77 to 83, meaning that all analogue channels offered by the operator are now available in the digital tier. Free-to-air digital channels can be received by Akado subscribers with receivers that have a built-in DVB-C tuner. Akado offers about 20 mandatory free-to-air digital channels […]

Rostelecom sees lift in TV and fibre customers

Russian service provider Rostelecom has posted a 9% rise in IPTV subscribers last year, alongside a 6% uptick in fibre broadband customers. The service provider said it had recently upgraded its TV offering through the launch of Wink, a multiscreen platform that incldes a mobile app, website and smart TV app, with over 200 channels […]

Rostelecom acquires Chuvashia operator

Russian service provider Rostelecom has acquired Infolink GC, one of the largest broadband and TV service providers in the republic of Chuvashia. Rosetelecom’s PJSC Bashinformsvyaz subsidiary has signed an agreement to acquire 100% control of Infolink, which has been active in the state capital, Cheboksary, and the neighbouring city of Novocheboksarsk for over 20 years. […]