Russia’s RTR launches Fight Club channel

Russian broadcaster RTR has launched a new channel devoted to combat sports, Fight Club. The channel, which will feature professional and amateur boxing, judo, karate, wrestling and other sports, and plans to air a minimum of two world-class bouts each week, is available from today on the Yamal 200 satellite at 90° East and ABS-1 […]

Beeline passes IPTV milestone

Russian IPTV service Beeline TV, the brand name of VimpelCom, has passed the milestone of half a million subscribers. Beeline TV was launched in Moscow in 2009 and is now present in 34 cities across Russia, providing linear TV, video-on-demand and other interactive services.

Russia moves ahead with DVB-T2 migration

Russia is moving ahead with the deployment of a DVB-T2-based digital-terrestrial TV infrastructure following a decision by the government to switch to the DVB-T2 standard in September. Andrei Romanchenko, director-general of state broadcasting organization RTRS told the Russian National Association of Broadcasters conference last week that over 1,400 transmission sites would be built in 27 […]

TTC to launch TV services next year

Russian telecom operator TransTeleCom (TTC) is to launch TV services in various cities and towns across the country. TTC vice-president Svetlana Shamzon told attendees at the Broadband Russia Forum that the company would launch analogue cable, digital cable and IPTV services. The analogue service will include 60 TV channels including eight national public channels, while […]

Man TV no longer on NTV Plus

Russian pay TV operator NTV Plus has withdrawn male interest channel Man TV from its Basic Plus line-up. Gameland TV-owned Man TV, which was launched last year, is targeted a men aged 25-45 living in urban centres, airing a mix of imported series and movies and magazine content.

Eastern Europe TV revenues will near US$10 billion by 2016

Eastern European pay TV revenues will increase from US$7.5 billion (€5.6 billion) in 2010 to US$9.8 billion in 2016, according to new research from Informa Telecoms & Media. The number of digital TV homes in the region will double in the same five-year period with digital homes more than doubling, taking the total to 148 […]

MTS grows pay TV base

Russian quad-play service provider MTS has grown its domestic pay TV subscriber base by 4% year-on-year to end September with 2.741 million customers. The company’s fixed broadband base grew by 3.8% in the same period to 2.032 million. MTS recently acquired Tatarstan cable TV leader TVT for US$162.9 million (€120.7 million). During the third quarter […]

VimpelCom launches internet in 100th city

Russian quad-play operator VimpelCom has extended its Beeline fixed internet service to its 100th city – Vologda in north-western Russia. Beeline internet should be made available to 20% of homes in the city by the end of the year, according to VimpelCom. The operator currently provides fibre-to-the-building services, delivering speeds of up to 100Mbps, to […] movies on-demand available via Philips Smart TV

Russian service provider MTS has made its portal available on Philips Smart TVs, Blu-ray players and home theatres equipped with a web browser, enabling users of these devices to view films from the menu. MTS has recorded 30% growth in the number of visits to over the last year. CEO Inna […]

ER Telecom expands internet TV services

Russian service provider ER Telecom has launched its internet TV platform in the cities of Bryansk and Cheboksary. The service, called iTV, is available to subscribers to ER Telecom’s high speed broadband service in the two cities. It offers 26 channels and allows users to watch and record programmes online. iTV has launched in […]