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 […]

Russian pay TV penetration to exceed 50%

Russian analyst group iKS-Consulting has said that pay TV penetration in Russia will exceed 50% in 2012, with the market generating revenue of RUB40 billion (€960 million), up 20% year-on-year. The overall Russian pay TV base is expected to exceed 26 million users. iKS named Tricolor as the leading pay TV company, with 7.6 million […]

NTV-Plus rolls out IPTV platform

Russian DTH operator NTV-Plus has launched an IPTV service for the first time. The operator has rolled its service out over telco Citycom’s network in Smolensk, giving it access to 41,000 homes. It has also signed with Vick Telecom who will offer the service in Murom. NTV-Plus’ IPTV platform offers over 160 channels, 11 of […]

CTC launches Videomore on iPad

Russian broadcaster CTC Media is launching its online television social network Videomore on Apple’s iPad. The service, which was originally developed for the iPhone and the Android operating system, will now be available on the tablet through a new application. “We are pleased that the Videomore portal has, in a very short period of time, […]

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