Ukraine


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 […]

Volia makes mobile viewing possible outside the home

Ukrainian cable operator Volia has extended the availability of its multiscreen TV app to enable viewing outside of the home via mobile networks. The Volia TV app enables viewing on up to two devices simultaneously. Viewers can now access content in any part of Ukraine, even when not attached to Volia’s network. Volia said it […]

New comedy channel for Ukraine on Volia

Ukrainian broadcaster 1+1 Media and producer Kvartal 95 have teamed up to launch a new comedy channel, Kvartal TV, that will be aired, commercial-free, by leading cable operator Volia. The channel will air popular Ukrainian comedy series from Kvartal 95 including Matchmakers and political comedy Servant of the People. Volia marketing director Viktoria Tsomaya said […]

Ukrainian service providers move to block Russian websites

Ukrainian service providers including leading telco Ukrtelecom and cable operator Volia have notified their subscribers that they will begin blocking access to a large number of Russian web resources in accordance with a controversial decree of President Petro Poroshenko. Poroshenko announced the ban on a number of Russian sites including Mail.ru, social networks VK and […]

Ukraine’s Divan.TV adds CNN, Cartoon Network

Ukrainian OTT TV service Divan.TV has added CNN and Cartoon Network to its channel line-up. The networks are available now in the Ukraine to Divan.TV’s Optimal, Prestige, VIP, and Children package subscribers. Divan.TV general director, Arkadiy Kanyuka, described the additions as a “huge step forward” and said: “We are constantly striving to add new channels […]

SmartLabs adds OTT provider Megogo to list of supported services

Russian TV technology and set-top box outfit SmartLabs has added Ukraine-based OTT TV provider Megogo to the list of services supported by its SmartTUBE 5 interactive TV platform. The move means that transactional and subscription services from Megogo will now be supported by the SmartTUBE 5 platform. SmartLabs has designed SmartTUBE 5 as a platform […]

Alsania named as head of Ukraine’s new public broadcaster

Zurab Alasania has been named as the new director-general of Ukraine’s new unified public broadcaster, Public Broadcasting company of Ukraine (UA:PBC). He was elected by the broadcaster’s supervisory board from a shortlist of eight candidates. UA:PC was established at to bring together regional broadcasters, radio and culture into one single entity. Alasania had earlier played […]

Ukraine launches multiplatform news

Ukrainian national channel Ukraine has teamed up with newspaper Segodnya to create a news platform encompassing TV, press and digital distribution. Ukraine, the Segodnya.ua website and the Segodnya newspaper will create an integrated multi-platform offering under the Segodnya brand. Ukraine viewers will tune into a Segodnya news programme that will be made available simultaneously across […]