Vimpelcom reports IPTV subscriber numbers

Russian service provider Vimpelcom ended 2011 with a total of 570,000 active IPTV subscribers. The company offers TV services under the Beeline TV brand in 34 cities. Vimpelcom increased its broadband subscriber base by 46% year-on-year, ending 2011 with 2.1 million subs. In the fourth quarter, the company posted revenues of RUB71 billion (€1.85 billion), […]

MTS grows pay TV base

Russian quad-play service provider MTS ended 2011 with 2.99 million pay TV subscribers, up 9% year-on-year, thanks to a combination of factors including expansion of its fixed-line network, mergers and acquisitions and the redefinition of subscribers in newly acquired companies. The fourth quarter saw MTS acquire Tatarstan cable operator TVT for US$162.9 million (€124 million). […]

Altai regions moves forward with DVB-T2 plan

Russia’s Altai region in southern Siberia will launch DVB-T2 digital-terrestrial services this year, according to local reports. The Altai government decided to adopt DVB-T2 as its format of choice in September last year, and the region is now on course to complete digital transition ahead of Russia’s target date of 2015, according to the local […]

Rostelecom completes NTC acquisition

Rostelecom has completed its acquisition of a 28.2% stake in Russian cable operator NTC, taking it to 100% ownership of the company. Rostelecom began the consolidation of NTC in February last year by acquiring a 71.8% stake. NTC reportedly turned in revenues of RUB10.8 billion (€280 million) last year, up 14%, while OIBDA was RUB4.4 […]

Beeline TV preparing OTT roll out

Vimpelcom-owned Russian IPTV operator Beeline TV will launch an over-the-top service and start delivering multiscreen services this year. Speaking to local press, Beeline TV’s director of marketing Anatoly Smorgon said an initial launch on tablet devices is expected by May. He added that the OTT service is likely to incorporate user-generated content.

NTV Plus adds new channels from Stream

Russian pay TV platform NTV Plus has added Stream TV’s channel Psychology 21 to its Basic and Basic Plus packages, and has added Stream’s Hunting and Fishing channel to its Open package.  NTV already carries Stream’s channel Pets in its Open package. Sistema Mass Media-owned Stream operates eight thematic channels covering a variety of interest […]

BBC launches Russian news app

The BBC has launched a new Russian language news app for iPhones. The BBC Russian App offers content from the website, including breaking news stories and video reports. The app can be personalised to focus on specific news areas including Russian news, world news, UK news, business, sport, society, multimedia and science and technology. […]

Russian iPad use grows rapidly

Over 700,000 Russians are now using the Apple iPad, according to a survey by local internet company Yandex, representing about 1% of all Russian internet users. The number is a six-fold increase since the last survey a year ago. The survey found that for entertainment content, iPad users generally reverted to specialised apps rather than […]

Analysts bullish on ProSieben

Analysts have upgraded their forecasts on ProSiebenSat.1 after the German broadcast group posted solid financial results yesterday. Morgan Stanley, which was forecasting flat revenues from the company’s German operations this year, is now predicting 1.7% growth, based on a strong start to the year and commitments from advertisers. The investment bank also slightly increased its […]

Rostelecom acquires Enter

Russian service provider Rostelecom has acquired 100% ownership of regional fibre network operator Enter, which provides broadband services in Barnaul, Novokuznetsk, and Tyumen in Siberia. Rostelecom acquired Enter for RUB305 million (€7.8 million). Enter’s Metro Ethernet network was built out in 2010 and passes about 80% of homes in Barnaul and 50% in Novokuznetsk.

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