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 […]

Zeonbud selects Harris Selenio for Ukraine’s DVB-T2 network

Ukrainian digital terrestrial network provider Zeonbud has selected Harris’s Selenio media convergence platform as part of the national video headend for its DVB-T2 broadcast network. The video headend system will facilitate broadcast content distribution via satellite from the city of Kiev to 167 transmitters across the country. Selenio provides Zeonbud with a centralised video headend […]

Ukraine moving ahead with satellite plan

Ukraine is moving ahead with plans to launch its first geostationary communications satellite, according to local reports. According to Russian press reports, state enterprise Ukrkosmos has struck an agreement with Eutelsat to secure a place at the 48° East orbital slot for the satellite, Dybid. Ukrkosmos director Sergei Kapshtyk told the Kommersant newspaper that the […]

New channels on Ukrainian DTT

The Ukrainian Media Group has launched trial versions of film channel Kinotochka and drama channel NLO-TV. The company has struck a deal with national digital TV network Zeonbud for both channels. Kinotochka airs movies, series and documentary feature films, while NLO-TV airs mostly mystery dramas. However, the company will not be launching the news channel […]

Volia adds new channels to line-up

Ukrainian cable operator Volia has added two new channels to its programming line-up. Subscribers to the Ukrainian World and Vsesvit packages will now be able to watch channels Black Sea TV and Your Property TV. Black Sea TV (pictured, left) airs a mix of cultural, educational, music and entertainment programming, while Your Property shows property […]