Russian government brands TV Rain as ‘foreign agent’

The Russian justice ministry has classified network TV Rain (Dozhd) as a ‘foreign agent’. On the eve of next month’s parliamentary election, the Kremlin is looking to crack down on media that is critical of the ruling party United Russia and president Vladmir Putin. TV Rain, which was previously blacklisted by cable operators in 2014 […]

Amediateka gets HBO Max shows exclusively in Russia and CIS

Russian streamer Amediateka has struck an exclusive deal that allows it to offer all series from WarnerMedia’s HBO Max, in addition to library content from the US studio. The agreement, which is effective immediately, hands Amediateka shows including the reboot of cult TV series Gossip Girl, Steven Soderbergh’s film No Sudden Move, sci-fi series Raised By Wolves, Israeli […]

Ex-government minister Volin named as RSCC director-general

Russian state-backed satellite operator Russian Satellite Communications Company (RSCC) has named Alexey Volin as its new director general. Volin was appointed by the country’s Ministry of Digital Development, Communications and Mass Media and his appointment was effective as of June 28. Among the main tasks of Volin is expected to address at RSCC are strengthening […]

Russia’s Duma passes first stage of controversial cable TV monitoring bill

Russia’s parliament, the Duma, has passed the first reading of a controversial bill that would give the state regulator, the Roskomnadzor, unprecedented means to control the output of cable TV channels broadcast in the country. The bill, sponsored by deputies from the ruling United Russia party, would see cable operators force to install equipment in […]

SPI/Filmbox takes TDC to Russia with Orion

Channel provider SPI/FilmBox and its existing partner in the Russian market, pay TV outfit Orion Group, are to bring Turkish drama series offering Timeless Dizi Channel (TDC) to Russia. The channel will be available to viewers in Russia in both the extended basic and premium packages of the Telekarta satellite TV service starting from today […]

Beeline launches ‘4in1’ streaming and pay TV combination

Russian service provider Vimpelcom, which operates under the Beeline brand, has launched a new ‘four-in-one’ package that aggregates local streaming services, ViP Play and Ivi along with its own Beeline TV offering. The operator says that the combined offering gives users a deep discount on subscribing to all four services separately. gives Beeline […]

Russian digital and media minister Volin replaced

Alexey Volin, the deputy minister of digital development, communications and mass media, who was responsible for the country’s digital switchover among other things, has left his – at his own request, according to the ministry. Volin told the Vedomosti business paper that the country’s completion of its digital switchover the the launch of the first […]

Tricolor strikes movie deal with NBCUniversal

Russian pay TV service Tricolor is boosting its feature film offering through new deal with NBCUniversal The multiplatform operator has signed a deal with NBCUniversal Global Distribution, giving its customers access to films from the NBCUniversal portfolio. Tricolor subscribers can now watch feature films from NBCUniversal and will be able to watch these movies on […]

Akado adds basketball channel

Russian service provider Akado has added a new basketball channel to its sports line-up. The new service, World of Basketball, airs 24 hours a day and is free-to-view. The channel is available to all Akado digital TV subscribers, airing on channel 307. The channel’s owner said that viewers of the World of Basketball TV channel […]

NTV+ shuts down interactive TV service in favour of online

Russian pay TV operator NTV+ is shutting down its interactive TV offering in favour of its online TV service. The pay TV operator has said it will shut down the interactive TV offering, which provides pause live TV, rewind and on-demand viewing via set-top boxes, on September 1. The company said that all subscribers who […]