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, […]

Russian pay TV penetration expected to rise, says Tricolor chief

Pay TV penetration in Russia is expected to rise from 40% this year to about 73% by 2016, according to leading pay TV provider Tricolor TV. Satellite is expected to account for over 20 million pay TV homes by 2016, according to Tricolor, up from nine million today. Tricolor TV parent company National Satellite Company’s […]

Megafon acquires Khanty-Mansiysk operator Yugratel

Russian service provider MegaFon has acquired regional TV and internet provider Yugratel for a reported RUB2.4 billion (€57 million). Yugratel operates in the Khanty-Mansiysk autonomous region in western Siberia, and is the dominant cable TV provider in the region’s largest city, Surgut.

UTH launches ClipYou music video service

Russian broadcaster UTH has launched a new music video portal linked to its Muz TV music channel. ClipYou will offer ad-supported on-demand video streaming of music clips from a catalogue of over 33,000 clips from Russian and international music companies including Universal Music, Warner Music, Sony Music, and EMI. ClipYou will target 11-35 year-olds, with […]

Rostelecom grows pay TV base seven-fold

Russian telco Rostelecom said it had grown its pay TV base to 5.8 million at the end of September, up from only 900,000 a year earlier, thanks in part to its acquisition of NTK and other service providers. The operator recorded growth of 200,000 pay TV subscribers in the three months to September. While pay […]

GlobeCast expands capacity over Russia

Media services provider GlobeCast has expanded its capacity over Russia by taking Ku-band capacity on the Yamal-201 satellite. Uplinked from Moscow, and located at 90° East, GlobeCast’s platform on Yamal-201 will offer free-to-air or encrypted channels coverage from eastern Europe to the Pacific, and from northern China to Siberia. According to GlobeCast, the platform offers […]

NTV-Plus launches connected TV sports app

Russian DTH operator NTV-Plus has developed an app for LG Smart TVs. The app gives direct access to various sports channels offered on NTV-Plus’ platform, covering domestic football matches, and the UEFA Champions League along with tennis, basketball and handball tournaments. LG Smart TV owners can access the app for RUB75 (€1.50) per week.

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