Russia


Rostov to get digital TV by end of year

Russia’s Rostov region will see the launch of digital-terrestrial TV by the end of this year, according to the regional government. The region will begin broadcasting the first country-wide digital multiplex, comprising eight free-to-air national channels – Pervyĭ Kanal, Rossiya-1, Rossiya-2, Rossiya -24, Rossiya-K, Karuselʹ, St Peterburg’s Channel 5 and NTV – and one regional […]

Krasnoyarsk to begin digital transition next year

Digital broadcasting is to begin in Russia’s Krasnoyarsk region next year, with transition in the region expected to cost RUB2.78 billion (€60 million), according to the regional government. Krasnoyarsk reportedly aims to rely on local manufacturers to supply equipment, including decoders, for the transition to digital TV, with a consortium of broadcast equipment manufacturers, including […]

Tricolor nears 10 million subscribers

Russia’s leading DTH operator Tricolor was present in 9.5 million households at the end of 2011. The operator added 2.1 million subscribers during the course of the year, up 31% on the previous year. It has announced ambitious plans to increase its subscriber base by 30% and its revenues by 15% this year.

Perm to test digital broadcasting from summer

Russia’s Perm region is to start testing digital broadcasting this summer, according to local reports. The Perm Regional Broadcasting Centre will start broadcasting via five high-power transmitters in June or July in Perm, Kungur, Bardymsky, Kudymkarsky and Berezniki, covering about 1.9 million people. The tests are expected to last about three months. The second and […]

VimpelCom to make RuTube content available on TV

Russian telco VimpelCom has teamed up with the leading Russian video portal, RuTube, to offer a selection of content available on the latter via its Beeline TV service. A special RuTube widget is available for Beeline TV subscribers, enabling them to gain access to about 400 popular internet videos. Timur Alyautdinov, head of marketing and […]

RU.TV claims Russian topspot

Russian music channel RU.TV is claiming to be the country’s most-watched non-terrestrial network on a daily basis. Citing data from TNS Media Research, between October to December 2011 the average daily audience for the channel was 2.33 million people. The accumulated audience during that period was 23.877 million viewers. The channel it was the third-most […]

Megafon names UTH’s Tavrin as deputy CEO

Russian mobile operator Megafon has named Ivan Tavrin, currently the CEO of broadcasting group UTH, as its deputy CEO. Megafon’s current CEO, Sergey Soldatenkov plans to leave his current post when his contract ends in June, and Tavrin is expected to be line to succeed him as CEO. “Strategic development of new businesses is the […]

Thema opens Russian office

France-based channels distributor Thema has opened an office in Moscow. Natalya Kabikova has been appointed managing director of the Russian office and will be assisted by two colleagues to handle commercial and marketing activities. She will report to Patrick Rivet, Thema’s vice-president international development. The new office will handle the distribution of TV5 Monde in […]

Vimpelcom calls time on DVB-H

Vimpelcom has sold its 75% stake in DVB-H technology company Dominant. The Russian telco sold its stake to businessman Yevgeny Roitman, who already owned 25% of the company. Roitman is planning to transform the company from a DVB-H specialist into a DVB-T2 outfit. The value of the deal is unknown but thought to run into […]

Akado in commercial restructure

Russian service provider Akado has restructured its commercial division. The move sees commercial director of Akado Capital Sergey Avetisyan and director general for commercial activities at Akado Telecom Vadim Van’kov step down. Their duties have been assigned to Sergey Nazarov, vice-president of business operations.

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