Russia


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Russian pay TV operator NTV Plus has withdrawn male interest channel Man TV from its Basic Plus line-up.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 […]

VimpelCom launches internet in 100th city

Russian quad-play operator VimpelCom has extended its Beeline fixed internet service to its 100th city – Vologda in north-western Russia. Beeline internet should be made available to 20% of homes in the city by the end of the year, according to VimpelCom. The operator currently provides fibre-to-the-building services, delivering speeds of up to 100Mbps, to […]

Omlet.ru movies on-demand available via Philips Smart TV

Russian service provider MTS has made its Omlet.ru portal available on Philips Smart TVs, Blu-ray players and home theatres equipped with a web browser, enabling users of these devices to view films from the Omlet.ru menu. MTS has recorded 30% growth in the number of visits to Omlet.ru over the last year. Omlet.ru CEO Inna […]

ER Telecom expands internet TV services

Russian service provider ER Telecom has launched its internet TV platform in the cities of Bryansk and Cheboksary. The service, called iTV, is available to subscribers to ER Telecom’s high speed broadband service Dom.ru in the two cities. It offers 26 channels and allows users to watch and record programmes online. iTV has launched in […]

Tricolor claims nine million subs

Russian satellite operator Tricolor’s subscriber base has passed the nine million mark. The operator said it has an audience reach of 30 million, meaning a fifth of the country uses its services. According to Paul Basov, general director of Tricolor owner the National Satellite Company, the operator has attracted customers by launching new channels and […]

Viasat takes on CTC distribution


Viasat has inked a deal with Russian broadcaster CTC and will handle the distribution of the international version of the Russian channel in the Baltics. The exclusive agreement runs for five years and will see the CTC-International carried on Viasat’s pay TV platform in the region as well as on third-party pay TV systems. The […]

Disney to launch free-to-air in Russia

Disney is to begin broadcasting a free-to-air channel in Russia next year in partnership with local media group UTH, backed by entrepreneur Alisher Usmanov. Disney has agreed to buy a 49% stake in Seven, owned by UTH, which will be rebranded as Disney when the deal, reportedly worth US$300 million (€214 million), is completed. Entertainment […]