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 […]

NTV+ revamps sports line-up

Russian pay TV operator NTV+ is revamping its sports line-up with the launch of a new European sports package, an extended premium Supersport offering and the discontinuation of the Supersport Premium package.  The pay TV operator is launching a new Euro Sport package featuring 10 channels covering the main world competitions in tennis, hockey, basketball, […]

Tricolor OTT service passes one million users milestone

The number of active users of Russian pay TV leader Tricolor TV’s OTT TV service, which launched earlier this year, has surpassed the one million mark, or 8% of the company’s base. Tricolor, which is predominantly received via satellite, said total watch-time on the OTT platform exceeded one billion minutes in October, with users watching […]

Russian telco MTS divests its Ukrainian telco interests

MTS, Russia’s leading telecommunications operator and digital services provider, has signed a binding agreement with Bakcell-controlled Telco Solutions and Investments to sell its telco operations in Ukraine. In accordance with the agreement, MTS’s wholly-owned subsidiary Allegretto is selling its 100% stake in its Dutch subsidiary Preludium B.V, the sole shareholder of VF Ukraine PrJSC, for […]

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, 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 […]