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.

Russian OTT player Tvigle acquires BBC World content

Russian digital platform Tvigle Media has acquired 200 hours of programming from BBC Worldwide after striking a deal with the commercial arm of the British public broadcaster. 
The agreement will see a raft of British series made available on Tvigle’s transactional and subscription video-on-demand services. This marks the first deal between Tvigle Media, which has […]

Humax to make boxes in Russia for DVB-T2 rollout

Russian state broadcasting organization RTRS has signed a deal with set-top manufacturer Humax to provide DVB-T2 MPEG-4 compatible digital receivers in Russia. Humax will manufacture boxes in Russia and supply devices through retailers, as well as providing after-sales service. Other companies that have expressed their willingness to participate in Russia’s DVB-T2 rollout include General Satellite […]

New football channel for NTV Plus

Russian DTH operator NTV Plus is launching a new high definition football channel. NTV Plus Football 2 HD will launch in the Supersport package tomorrow. It will air matches from the Champions League and Europa leagues.

TTK acquires ElectroCom

Russian service provider TransTeleCom (TTK) has acquired regional broadband network provider ElectroCom. The acquisition will give TTK a 44% share in the broadband market in the Ryazan region and a 37% stake in the Rostov region, and make it the largest service provider in Taganrog, Volgodonsk and Kaluga, as well as an entry into the […]

Rostelecom weighs NTK deal

Russia’s Rostelecom is considering buying the stake it does not already own in pay TV operator National Telecommunications (NTK). The service provider bought into NTK last year and will decide in the next week whether to move for the 28% that it does not already own, according to Russian press. A deal is expected to […]

NTV Plus launches free-to-air package

Russian pay TV operator NTV Plus is launching a new free-to-air starter pack to attract subscribers. The package, which will be available via Eutelsat’s W4 and W7 satellites, will comprise 14 channels encompassing sports, news, entertainment, educational and kids programming. The inclusion of sports content is designed to differentiate it from similar rival offerings, according […]

CTC Media signs Globecast to distribute international channel

CTC Media will see its international channel available to more than 120 million television households across Western and Eastern Europe as well as the Middle East, North Africa and Central Asia after the Russian broadcaster inked a deal with satellite service provider Globecast. The company will have its international network – CTC International – made […]

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