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 […]

NTV Plus adds Nick HD

Russian pay TV operator NTV Plus has added Nickelodeon HD and Russian channel RTD to its line-up. Nickelodeon HD airs hit kid series including SpongeBob SquarePants, Avatar and Drake and Josh. RTD is an English-language channel that airs documentaries about Russian history, culture and traditions. It is available to NTV Plus’s Russian and Ukrainian customers.

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 […]