Russia


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 […]

NTV Plus offers enhanced 3D football

Russian pay TV operator NTV Plus has teamed up with Panasonic and UEFA to offer enhanced 3D coverage of a Champions League group stage football match between St Petersburg’s Zenith and Shakhtar Donetsk on November 1. NTV Plus will provide coverage via six 3D cameras installed at strategic locations around the field. The match will […]

Akado names commercial chief

Russian cable operator Akado has appointed Sergey Nazarov as vice-president responsible for commercial services and strategic business development. Nazarov was previously an advisor to the president of MTS on fixed-line and broadband, having worked as director-general of Comstar subsidiary Moscow City Telephone Network (MGTS).

Rostelecom signs strategic partnership with Sagemcom

Russian service provider Rostelecom has signed an agreement with France-based decoder provider Sagemcom to cooperate in the development and production of multimedia equipment. The pair will jointly develop, poroduce and distribute consumer devices in Russia under the Rostelecom brand, providing access to broadband internet and digital TV services. Separately, Rostelecom’s Urals division has launched the […]

Akado acquires Leningrad operator

Russian service provider Akado has acquired Leningrad region cable operator Sertolovskoe Televidenie, according to local reports. Sertolovskoe Televidenie covers 11,000 homes in and around Sertolovo, to the north of St Petersburg, with 6,600 subscribers. Akado aready owns a number of subsidiaries in St Petersburg and the Leningrad region, with around 52,000 subscribers.

MTS acquires Tatarstan cable TV leader

Russian service provider MTS has acquired 100% of the capital of Tatarstan cable TV leader TVT. MTS acquired TVT, which provides cable TV, broadband internet and telephony services to 15 cities across the republic, for approximately US$163 million (€117 million) excluding net debt of about US$17 million. TVT has about 500,000 subscribers, with a 71% […]

STS Media launches Domashny portal

Russian broadcaster STS Media is launching an online portal for its female skewing channel Domashny. The online service will target women aimed 25-45 and will offer exclusive video content as well as a catch up service consisting of Domashny’s extensive program library. The network, which was launched in March 2005, airs a mix of local […]

ER-Telecom doubles digital channels

Russian service provider ER-Telecom has doubled the number of digital channels it offers to TV subscribers. The number of channels on ER-Telecom’s digital network has increased to 100 from 55. Divan TV Plus subscribers now have access to 20 educational channels, 18 movie channels, 10 sports channels and nine children’s channels. The package also now […]