Tricolor TV chief reportedly leaving this month

Alexei Kholodov, the CEO of Russian pay TV provider Tricolor TV, is to leave the company, according to local reports. Vedomosti reported that Kholodov will leave the company at the end of this month, citing unnamed sources. According to Vedomosti, Kholodov’s departure, which took market-watchers by surprise, comes amid disagreements with Tricolor TV owner Andrei […]

Rostelecom launches 4K UHD pilot for hospitality sector

Russian telecom operator Rostelecom has launched a 4K UHD TV pilot project in St Petersburg. The company said the offering was targeted at the hospitality market, including hotels, restaurants and bars. Rostelecom has teamed up with the FullHouse restaurant chain for the pilot. Rostelecom will deliver a 4K signal to screens installed in Full House […]

Rostelecom grows TV base and revenues

Russian service provider Rostelecom grew its pay TV base by 5% last year to reach 9.8 million homes, with IPTV subscribers growing by 14% to reach 4.8 million. IPTV accounted for all new TV subscriber additions in the fourth quarter. Rostelecom had 12 million residential broadband subscribers at the end of the year, up 3%, […]

Russian pay TV growth slowing, but ARPU pushes revenues higher

The number of subscribers to pay TV in Russia grew by 3.2% last year to 42.7 million, representing a penetration rate of 75%, according to research by TMT Consulting. Growth was driven by the big five Russian operators, which collectively saw their pay TV bases rise by 1.5 million. This offset declines among smaller players, […]

Akado launches new interactive TV service

Russian service provider Akado has launched a new interactive TV service in partnership with technology outfit LifeStream. The service is available via smart TVs and mobile devices. Users can install a dedicated smart TV app or download the Akado T app to their mobile devices. Akado is making channels available to users for viewing outside […]

ER-Telecom acquiring two regional operators

The board of Russian service provider ER-Telecom, which providers services under the brand, has agreed the acquisition of operators Telemir, which operates in the Lipetsk region, and Michurinsk-Svyaz TV, which operates in the Tambov region. The two companies have shared ownership, with Dmitry Rudnev holding a 76% stake in Telemir and his partner Alexey […]

Sony agrees Russian joint venture with National Media Group

Russian media holding company National Media Group (NMG) has set up a joint venture with Sony Pictures Television (SPT) to operate the latter’s pay TV channels in Russia. According to a statement published by NMG, it has acquired an 80% stake of a company-operator that broadcasts Sony’s package of three pay channels in Russia. The partnership will […]

ThinkAnalytics expands team in EMEA and Russia

TV search and recommendations specialist ThinkAnalytics has made two executive hires to expand its team in the Europe, the Middle East and Africa (EMEA) and Russia and Commonwealth of Independent States (CIS) regions. Chris Gibbs has joined as vice-president of sales and business development, EMEA based in London. Gibbs has 25 years’ experience in the […]

Pay TV growth slows in Russia as uptake reaches 75%

The Russian pay TV market grew by 250,000 subscribers in the fourth quarter of 2017, according to stats from research firm TelecomDaily. The agency claimed that the pay TV market has “stagnated in Russia” with the number of subscribers growing by less than a million in 2017 for the first time in several years. TelecomDaily said […]

MTS enters eSports world with Gambit acquisition

Russian service provider MTS has entered the rapidly growing eSports market by acquiring leading eSports team group Gambit Esports. MTS has acquired Praliss Enterprises, which manages Gambit Esports. The latter unites four teams of eSports players – with 16 players in total – that compete in Counter-Strike: Global Offensive, League of Legends, Dota 2 and […]

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