ER-Telcom reaches four million, plans hybrid set-top box

Russian telco and pay TV operator ER-Telecom has passed the four million-customer mark. The company signed up 1.2 million new customers last year, leading to a 44% increase in total subscriber numbers. Of the total base, 1.94 million took broadband internet services, 1.78 subscribed to cable and digital TV services, and 0.28 million took fixed-line […]

Orion Express sets target of one million subs by August

Russian pay TV operator Orion Express has set a target of crossing the one million subscribers milestone by August, marketing director Maria Zilina, has told attendees to the CSTB conference in Moscow. According to local reports, Orion Express currently has about 650,000 subscribers, up from 570,000 in December, and expects to attract at least 40,000 […]

RTRS to broadcast DVB-T2 in five cities in second quarter

Russian state-owned broadcaster RTRS has confirmed that it will start broadcasting in the DVB-T2 format in five cities in the second quarter of this year. RTRS deputy director-general Viktor Pinchuk said the broadcaster would start DVB-T2/H.264 broadcasts in Moscow, St Petersburg, Kazan, Volgograd and Krasnodar. Areas of the country that have already begun digital broadcasts […]

TTC prepping spring launch for Russian TV platforms

Russian telco TransTeleCom is preparing a spring launch for various TV platforms, including IPTV, cable and OTT delivery. TTC will launch TV services in various areas and president Artyom Kudryavtsev told local press that it would adapt the delivery technology to local conditions. It will offer analogue and digital channels, initially via cable and IPTV, […]

ER-Telecom to invest in infrastructure, mulls international growth

Russian telco ER-Telecom plans to invest over RUB6 billion (€150 million) in infrastructure this year, matching its investment in 2011, according to CEO Andrei Semerikov, interviewed by the Prime news agency. ER-Telecom currently operates services in 42 cities, covering 35 million people, having added 15 cities last year. Semerikov said the operator did not plan […]

Paramount Comedy rolling out in Russia

Viacom will launch its Paramount Comedy channel in Russia in April. The localized service will be programmed with Russian and international content and target the 18-34 demographic. In conjunction with the launch announcement, Viacom said it has hired a new ad sales manager and channel boss for its Russian services. Mikhail Nepomnyaschy joins from Disney […]

MTS chooses Teleste for nationwide digital TV infrastructure

Russian service provider MTS is deploying Finland-based technology company Teleste’s Luminato video headend platform and Teleste Broadcast Manager service to the MTS nationwide digital TV headend network. MTS plans to convert all its networks to digital by the end of next year. The company is digitising headends to enable the operator’s subscribers throughout all Russian […]

Tricolor TV CEO Basov to leave company

Pavel Basov, the CEO of Russia’s leading pay TV operator Tricolor TV, is leaving the company. Basov joined Tricolor TV last April as commercial and strategy director, before being named as CEO in September, charged with developing a new strategic direction for the company. He was credited with leading the company’s recovery from the financial […]

Russian digital pay TV universe grows

Digital pay TV subscribers in Russia numbered 10.3 million at the end of 2011, representing penetration of 19%, according to a survey by research group Telecomdaily. Including analogue, total pay TV subscribers in Russian number 26 million, according to Telecomdaily. Telecomdaily predicts that digital pay TV subscribers will grow to 14 million households by the […]

Tatarstan to begin DVB-T2 tests

The Russian republic of Tatarstan is to begin test broadcasting in the DVB-T2 format in the capital Kazan this quarter, according to the head of the National Agency for Press and Mass Communications, Marat Muratov. Muratov said that digital-terrestrial TV would cover the entire territory of Tatarstan by 2014. The republic will broadcast the nationwide […]

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