Ukraine


Volia enters premium sports business with Champions League deal

Ukrainian cable operator Volia and Media Group Ukraine have jointly secured rights to Champions League and Europa League football in the country for the next three seasons. The deal is a first for Volia in the premium sports rights market. The company described it as a milestone in the market for premium content in Ukraine. […]

EBU sounds alarm on Ukrainian public service broadcasting

Public broadcasters organisation the EBU has expressed strong concerns about plans by the Ukrainian government to cut funding for public service broadcaster UA:PBC by 43% next year. The EBU’s intervention followed a decision by the Ukrainian parliament to adopt a draft budget that will cut the pubaster’s annual budget to just UAH1 billion (€30 million). […]

Ukraine moves ahead with digital switchover plan

Ukraine is moving ahead with plans to complete digital switchover at the end of this month. The country’s move to digital broadcasting began at the end of July, when analogue transmissions were switched off in Kyiv and the Kirovograd region, following a government amendment to the national plan for the use of spectrum resources in […]

Ukraine’s Volia adds new channels

Ukrainian cable operator Volia has added a channel dedicated to Ukrainian series and movies and Viacom’s Spike to its line-up of TV channels. Bolt provides content from the domestic production of Film.UA Group and Star Media studios, aimed at a middle-aged male audience. The line-up of series on bolts includes Nyukhach, Shuler, Balada pro Bombera, […]

EBU concerned about Ukrainian media law change

Public broadcasters organisation the EBU has expressed concern about proposed changes to Ukraine’s public media law that it believes would threaten the independence of public service media in the country, and urged the Ukrainian parliament to reject the planned amendments. According to the EBU, the planned amendment would oblige public broadcaster UA:PBC to provide 20 […]

Volia adds Ukrainian Paramount Comedy to line-up in deal with 1+1

Ukrainian cable operator Volia has added a localised Paramount Comedy to its programming line-up through a partnership with Ukrainian media group 1+1. The channel is a Ukrainian version of the Comedy Central international channel, the content rights to which are held by 1+1 Media. Viktoriya Tsomaya, Volia’s director of marketing, said that the operator’s collaboration […]

Megogo announces strategic shift

Ukrainian and Russian over-the-top service, Megogo, has highlighted the production of its own “niche and non-format content” as one “several new directions” for the company. Megogo said that in the next six months it plans to start filming a reality show, producing educational content, and experimenting with audio podcasts for mobile users. It also said […]

Divan.TV launches Chromecast support

Divan.TV, an interactive TV service for Ukrainian and Russian-speaking audiences, has launched support for Google’s Chromecast streaming player. Chromecast users will be able to sign up to two Divan.TV packages – ‘Ridny Kray’ and ‘All World’, priced at US$7.99 (€6.80) and US$9.99 per-month respectively. Ridny Kray will provide access to VOD content and 69 channels […]

EBU concerned about savage budget cuts for Ukrainian pubcaster

The European Broadcasting Union (EBU) has expressed concern about the underfunding of Ukrainian public broadcaster UA:PBC next year. According to the EBU, the Ukrainian 2018 state budget envisages providing only about half of the budget previously defined by the country’s law on public television and radio broadcasting. The law envisages funding of 0.2 % of […]

Viasat Ukraine signs deal with SES

Pay TV outfit Viasat Ukraine has signed a deal with satellite operator SES to broadcast its offering on the Astra 4A satellite. Under the multi-year agreement with SES, Viasat Ukraine’s Vision TV service will be broadcasting approximately 40 pay TV channels, including 13 are in high-definition, and about 60 free-to-air channels at 5° East. SES […]