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, 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 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 […]

Ukraine’s 1+1 secures new broadcasting licence

Ukrainian TV channel 1+1 has been granted a new analogue broadcasting licence, despite fears that could have been forced off air. In a statement to DTVE, a spokesperson for 1+1 confirmed that the National Council for TV and Radio Broadcasting of Ukraine had renewed the licence – after 1+1 sounded the alarm at the end of […]

1+1 to broadcast eight channels on Astra platform

Ukrainian broadcaster 1+1 Media Group is to use capacity on SES’s satellite at 5 degrees East to broadcast eight channels. Under a long-term agreement between the pair, 1+1 will lease of one transponder on the Astra 4A satellite positioned at 5 degrees East. The capacity contracted by 1+1 Media will enable the group to host […]

Ukrkosmos taps Harmonic for DTH teleport

Ukraine satellite operator Ukrkosmos has selected a Harmonic video compression solution to support its new DTH teleport offering. The state-appointed operator will use Harmonic’s Electra X2 media processor, which provides variable-bitrate encoding of SD and HD video content for live DTH services and will let Ukrkosmos deliver more channels at better video quality. “Our new […]

Divan.TV launches new iOS app

Ukrainian-based international OTT TV service Divan.TV has launched a new iOS mobile application, making its content available to Apple device owners free-to-view. The app will enable free-of-charge access to Divan.TV’s content until the end of this year, and includes extended access to the company’s archive content to 14 days. Divan.TV offers a range of content […]

OTT service Megogo launches HDR TV with LG

Ukrainian and Russian OTT video-on-demand service Megogo has made HDR TV content available to users of its services with HDR-enabled LG TV sets. The HDR content will be available via Megogo’s apps on the LG Super UHD and LG OLED TV models in Ukraine, Kazakhstan, Russia and the Baltic states. About 10 HDR movies will […]