Rostelecom grows pay TV base seven-fold

Russian telco Rostelecom said it had grown its pay TV base to 5.8 million at the end of September, up from only 900,000 a year earlier, thanks in part to its acquisition of NTK and other service providers. The operator recorded growth of 200,000 pay TV subscribers in the three months to September. While pay […]

GlobeCast expands capacity over Russia

Media services provider GlobeCast has expanded its capacity over Russia by taking Ku-band capacity on the Yamal-201 satellite. Uplinked from Moscow, and located at 90° East, GlobeCast’s platform on Yamal-201 will offer free-to-air or encrypted channels coverage from eastern Europe to the Pacific, and from northern China to Siberia. According to GlobeCast, the platform offers […]

NTV-Plus launches connected TV sports app

Russian DTH operator NTV-Plus has developed an app for LG Smart TVs. The app gives direct access to various sports channels offered on NTV-Plus’ platform, covering domestic football matches, and the UEFA Champions League along with tennis, basketball and handball tournaments. LG Smart TV owners can access the app for RUB75 (€1.50) per week.

Russia’s RTR launches Fight Club channel

Russian broadcaster RTR has launched a new channel devoted to combat sports, Fight Club. The channel, which will feature professional and amateur boxing, judo, karate, wrestling and other sports, and plans to air a minimum of two world-class bouts each week, is available from today on the Yamal 200 satellite at 90° East and ABS-1 […]

Beeline passes IPTV milestone

Russian IPTV service Beeline TV, the brand name of VimpelCom, has passed the milestone of half a million subscribers. Beeline TV was launched in Moscow in 2009 and is now present in 34 cities across Russia, providing linear TV, video-on-demand and other interactive services.

Russia moves ahead with DVB-T2 migration

Russia is moving ahead with the deployment of a DVB-T2-based digital-terrestrial TV infrastructure following a decision by the government to switch to the DVB-T2 standard in September. Andrei Romanchenko, director-general of state broadcasting organization RTRS told the Russian National Association of Broadcasters conference last week that over 1,400 transmission sites would be built in 27 […]

TTC to launch TV services next year

Russian telecom operator TransTeleCom (TTC) is to launch TV services in various cities and towns across the country. TTC vice-president Svetlana Shamzon told attendees at the Broadband Russia Forum that the company would launch analogue cable, digital cable and IPTV services. The analogue service will include 60 TV channels including eight national public channels, while […]

Man TV no longer on NTV Plus

Russian pay TV operator NTV Plus has withdrawn male interest channel Man TV from its Basic Plus line-up. Gameland TV-owned Man TV, which was launched last year, is targeted a men aged 25-45 living in urban centres, airing a mix of imported series and movies and magazine content.

Eastern Europe TV revenues will near US$10 billion by 2016

Eastern European pay TV revenues will increase from US$7.5 billion (€5.6 billion) in 2010 to US$9.8 billion in 2016, according to new research from Informa Telecoms & Media. The number of digital TV homes in the region will double in the same five-year period with digital homes more than doubling, taking the total to 148 […]

MTS grows pay TV base

Russian quad-play service provider MTS has grown its domestic pay TV subscriber base by 4% year-on-year to end September with 2.741 million customers. The company’s fixed broadband base grew by 3.8% in the same period to 2.032 million. MTS recently acquired Tatarstan cable TV leader TVT for US$162.9 million (€120.7 million). During the third quarter […]

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