MTS Satellite hits 750k subscribers

Russian telco MTS has announced that its MTS Satellite TV service has reached 752,000 subscribers. This growth represents a year-over-year increase of 150%.  MTS primarily operates a fixed line service, and launched satellite TV as an expansion to its core services in 2014. Moscow, St. Petersburg, Leningrad, the Republic of Tatarstan and Stavropol saw the […]

MyZen TV launches 4K offering in Russia

Well-being channel MyZen TV, in partnership with French distribution outfit Thema, has debuted its new 4K TV channel in Russia on the Planeta pay TV platform. Planeta, which was created in 2003, reaches more than 100,000 households in the Ekaterinburg region, and is one of the first operators in Russia to broadcast 4K content. MyZen […]

Russia’s Akado names technology and operations chief

Russian service provider Akado has named Dmitry Alekseyevich Sinitsyn as its new general director of technology and operations. Sinitsyn was previously director of technology at the operator, which controls networks in the Moscow region. He has previously worked as head of product and services support at Comstar before becoming director of marketing at Komkor. He […]

Orion seals deal to broadcast two UHD channels

Russian operator Orion has signed an agreement with Media-Content to broadcast two of its channels in UHD. The channels, Russian Extreme Ultra and Ultra HD Cinema, will be the company’s first foray into UHD broadcasting. Russian Extreme Ultra is dedicated to extreme sports, travel and other lifestyle activities. It broadcasts competitions, programmes and documentaries from […]

Tricolor TV takes new turn with satellite broadband offering

Russian pay TV provider Tricolor TV has attracted 8,200 customers to its broadband-by-satellite offering since it launched the service in 2017, the company has said following the launch of a new series of unlimited plans aimed at consumers and marketed in collaboration with Eutelsat Networks. Tricolor TV customers now have access to three unlimited plans […]

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 […]