Russia


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.

Alpari launches TV channel

Online trading group Alpari is to launch a TV channel in Russia, according to local reports. Alpari TV will feature real-time financial information, analysis and forecasts, and will also air news, interviews and magazine programmes. The channel will initially broadcast in the evenings before going 24-hours in the near future, according to the reports.

Fox strikes ER-Telecom deal

Russian pay TV operator ER-Telecom has added Fox channels National Geographic and Fox Life to its line-up. The deal between Fox Channels and ER-Telecom will see Nat Geo programmes including Air Crash Investigation and Alaska’s Toughest Pilots airing on ER-Telecom’s platform. Fox Life broadcasts US series including Desperate Housewives, Ugly Betty and Grey’s Anatomy. Both […]

Rostelecom strikes deal with Disney, eyes expansion

Russian service provider Rostelecom has struck a deal with Disney to make Disney content available on-demand in standard and high-definition. Rostelecom’s IPTV subscribers will be able to access Disney movies including The Lion King, Beauty and the Beast and Pirates of the Caribbean. The operator provides IPTV services under a number of brands to about […]

MTS passes three million pay TV subs



Russian service provider MTS has passed the three million pay TV subscriber mark.
 The operator reached the landmark by the end of 2011, having increased its subscriber base from 2.74 million at the end of September. During the course of the year, MTS managed to increase its digital subscriber base by 25%. It is aiming […]

Tricolor TV launches collective dish service

Leading Russian satellite TV provider Tricolor TV has launched a collective dish service for multi-dwelling units. Tricolor is making the collective dish service available to construction companies, housing management groups and groups of individual tenants. The pilot project was launched in mid-December in Moscow but will be extended to cities in the Leningrad region. Tricolor […]

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