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 […]

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).