Russia


New branding for Tricolor as it pivots away from linear TV

Russian pay TV provider Tricolor TV has revamped its branding to emphasise its pivot away from satellite-delivered linear TV to a multi-platform entertainment provider. Tricolor, which has dropped the word ‘TV’ from its branding, said that the change reflected its strategy of creating a multi-platform digital operator that provided a single space for entertainment and […]

Tricolor TV sees subscribers dip but revenues rise

Close to two thirds of Tricolor TV’s subscribers now have the opportunity to connect to its internet-delivered services, according to the Russian pay TV operator. Tricolor TV said that over 63% of its base, or about 7.8 million subscribers, could now access its online service, as it evolves its offering from what was primarily a […]

Tricolor TV launches Eurosport 4K

Russian pay TV service provider Tricolor TV has teamed up with Russian channel distributor Media Alliance to begin broadcasting Eurosport 4K. The channel, which is Tricolor’s first 24-hour general sports channel in the 4K UHD TV format, began broadcasting on the platform on Friday. The channel will also be the first 4K channel made available […]

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 […]