Jewish News 1 launching in French

Jewish News 1 (JN1), the 24-hour news channel launched last year, is launching a French-language version, according to various Russian and Ukrainian press reports. JN1 initially launched in Russian and English, with a Ukrainian version also launching recently. According to the reports, the French version is now available on the Astra satellite platform and will […]

Volia launches kids package

Ukrainian cable operator Volia is launching a new kids package to complement its existing sports, movies and educational packages. According to marketing director Jaroslav Humeniuk, the new package will comprise 18 channels initially and will be offered in Kyiv on a trial basis, to be expanded to other cities later this year. Channels in the […]

Ukraine’s Volia reportedly looking to make acquisition

Ukrainian cable operator Volia is in talks to acquire PPF Investments-backed western Ukrainian operator Odek for about US$14 million (€11 million), according to local reports. Odek operates networks in the western Ukrainian cities of Lviv, Zaporizhzhya, Chernivtsi and Ternopil, serving about 183,000 customers including 35,000 internet subscribers, with turnover of around UAH80 million (€7.7 million), […]

Ukraine’s Zeonbud expects seven million DTT viewers by year-end

Ukrainian digital-terrestrial TV operator Zeonbud expects seven million people in the country to be watching the service by the end of the year, according to CEO Viktor Galich. Galich said about 40,000 receivers were sold on the May Day holiday alone. Zeonbud is rolling out DVB-T2-based digital-terrestrial services across Ukraine.

Telenor expects DTH growth from CEE telcos

There is still room for DTH growth in central and eastern Europe as telcos seek to expand the reach of their TV services, according to Telenor Satellite Broadcasting CEO Cato Halså. Speaking to Digital TV Europe, Halså said a number of markets looked promising for growth, including Ukraine, where Telenor is already involved in the […]

Ukraine’s 1+1 recruits UK TV exec

Ukrainian broadcaster 1+1 has hired seasoned UK TV executive David Brook as its head of strategic marketing. Brook has worked at Channel 4 and Channel 5 in the UK and more recently at Scottish broadcaster STV. At 1+1 he will be responsible for developing and maintaining the broadcaster’s various channel brands.

DTT now reaches 90% of Ukraine’s population

Digital-terrestrial TV coverage now reaches 90% of the population of Ukraine, according to Aleksandr Kurdinovich, the chairman of the State Committee for Television and Radio Broadcasting. Kurdinovich told local press that some areas of the country would remain problematic for DTT, notably the mountainous regions of the Carpathians in the western part of the country […]

Volia names new technology chief

Ukrainian cable operator Volia has named Aleksandr Gnidyuk as its new director of technology. Gnidyuk, who will be charged with supervising the continuing rollout of HD services and the modernisation of regional networks, among other things, previously worked in senior positions for Ukraine’s Centre for Global Communications and service providers FreshTel and Golden Telecom.

Volia extends HD reach

Ukrainian cable operator Volia has extended the availability of its HD service to seven more cities across the country. HD services are now available in Lviv, Kharkiv, Poltava, Sumy, Dnipropetrovsk and Sevastopol as well as the capital, Kyiv. Channels available include National Geographic HD, Nat Geo Wild HD, Viasat History HD/Viasat Nature HD, Outdoor Channel […]

Volia launches Ukrainian Fashion channel

Ukrainian pay TV operator Volia is adding the Ukrainian Fashion channel to its line-up. The channel features programming about Ukrainian and international fashion, and beauty tips. It is available in the Ukraine World and Vsesvit packages. Volia has also made music channel Mezzo available to all subscribers for no extra cost until the end of […]