Russia


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 […]

NTV+ passes OTT TV milestone

Russian pay TV service provider NTV+’s OTT TV service passed the 150,000-subscriber milestone in 2019, claiming a high rate of customer retention. The service had 151,500 subscribers as of the end of the year, up 81% on the 2018 figure. NTV+ said that 85% of customers renewed their subscription. The proportion of subscribers to the […]

Vivacom to distribute quartet of Russian international channels

Bulgarian service provider Vivacom is to provide satellite distribution for a quartet of popular Russian TV channels, which it has also added to its domestic pay TV line-up. Vivacom will distribute Russian entertainment channels TNT Russia, TV-3 International, Friday! International and TNT4 International via satellite to pay TV operators across Europe and Asia from the […]

Yandex acquires BBC Studios content for streaming service KinoPoisk

Russian tech giant Yandex has acquired an array of scripted series and kids shows for its streaming service KinoPoisk, as part of a “major output deal” with BBC Studios (BBCS). The multi-year agreement will see KinoPoisk exclusively offer more than 100 hours of BBCS programming each year, alongside additional content from a range of UK […]

Tricolor launches live event channel

Russian pay TV platform Tricolor has launched its own live event broadcast channel, Bolshoi Efir, which will focus on special events that do not normally find their way onto Russia’s airwaves. The channel will launch with a live broadcast of the launch of a Soyuz-2 rocket from the Baikonur Cosmodrome that carries the Progress MS-13 […]