Russia


Beeline launches TV social networking

Vimpelcom-owned IPTV operator Beeline TV has launched a social network option that enables users to interact with Twitter and Facebook. Users are able to read newsfeeds and view photos on the TV screen. The Facebook app allows users to ‘like’ updates while Twitter users can search by name and hashtag. The apps are available via […]

STS Media to offer on-demand content on VimpelCom IPTV

Russian free-to-air broadcaster STS Media’s content is to be offered on-demand on a paid-for basis as part of VimpelCom’s pay TV offering, according to local reports. VimpelCom’s Beeline TV subscribers, paying RUB90 (€2) a month, will be able to access STS Media’s content, including top series aired by the channel. Modern Times Group-backed STS Media’s […]

MTS to invest in Nizhny Novgorod

Russian service provider MTS has signed a deal with local authorities in the city of Nizhny Novgorod that will see the company invest some RUB2 billion (€46 million) over the next year in developing telecoms infrastructure in the Nizhny Novgorod region, according to local reports. MTS plans to upgrade its wireless network in the region […]

ER-Telecom targets TV growth

Russian service provider ER-Telecom plans to connect 1.7 million TV and over 250,000 telephony users by the end of this year, according to local reports. ER-Telecom operates in 42 cities across Russia, most recently launching TV in Perm, Samara and Tyumen under the Divan-TV brand. The company announced at the end of last month that […]

Akado to complete EuroDOCSIS migration by end of year

Moscow-based cable operator Akado has said it will complete the migration of its access network to the EuroDOCSIS standard in December ahead of the wider rollout of EuroDOCSIS 3.0 services. Akado will migrate the Khamovniki district of Moscow from DOCSIS to EuroDOCSIS this month, followed by the Chertanovo district (where it first rolled out DOCSIS) […]

Fox to deliver The Walking Dead on free VOD service in Russia

Fox International Channels (FIC) has signed a deal to provide the second series of its show The Walking Dead on advertising-supported internet video-on-demand in Russia immediately after the series premiers on the Fox Crime channel in the country on October 17. The Walking Dead will be shown on the tvigle.ru portal and partner networks free-of-charge […]

VimpelCom launches new packages

Russian service provider VimpelCom has launched two new dual-play TV and internet packages under its Beeline brand – Home Standard and Home Optimum. In Moscow, the Home Standard package offers internet at 12Mbps, a wireless router, TV set-top and access to about 100 channels for RUB700 (€16), while Home Optimum offers the same TV services […]

Sistema abandons Kosmos TV purchase, may sell MTS

Russian conglomerate Sistema has abandoned plans to acquire a 50% stake in pay TV operator Kosmos TV, which would have given it overall control of the operator, and may sell its 52.8% stake in quad-play operator MTS, according to local reports. Russia’s RBC Daily has reported that Sistema is in discussion with unnamed parties to […]

Akado shareholders confirm Koresh as president

The shareholders of Russian service provider Akado have confirmed that former Comstar-UTS executive Viktor Koresh will be the company’s new president. Koresh was previously director-general of Comstar Regions, the Sistema-backed company’s operator in the Russian regions.

MTS sees pay TV base flatline

Quad-play service provider MTS has seen its Russian pay TV subscriber base fall slightly year-on-year, which the company said was due to its redefining the subscriber base of acquired companies in line with its own practices. MTS had 2.637 million pay TV customers at the end of June, down 0.1% year-on-year. The company’s fixed-line broadband […]