Ukraine


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 […]

Divan.tv sees opportunity from Ukraine, no threat from Netflix

Changes in the Ukrainian legal framework for media could give a boost to OTT services, according to Andrey Kolodyuk, founder of OTT service Divan.tv. Speaking to Digital TV Europe at Digital TV CEE, Kolodyuk also said that Netflix was unlikely to make much headway in Ukraine because of its lack of local content and high […]

Kyivstar adds new channels to line-up

Ukrainian telco Kyivstar has added a number of new channels to its TV programming line-up. The operator has added news channel PravdaTUT to its line-up, along with Ukrainian information and music service RTI, a TV version of a radio service. Kyivstar has also added Tsentralny Kanal, a channel focusing on life and culture in the […]

Volia adds Current Time to offering

Ukrainian cable operator Volia has added Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty and Voice of America’s news service Nastoyashcheye Vremya (Current Time), to its offering. Nastoyashcheye Vremya was launched, initially as a news programme aimed at Russian speakers, by Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty and Voice of America as a joint venture in partnership with public and private […]

Volia opens new customer care centre

Ukrainian cable operator Volia has opened a new flagship call centre in the city of Khmelnytsky in western Ukraine. Volia CEO György Zsembery said tha the new call centre was a strategically important project for the company, adding that developing its own in-house facility provided better results and had a better customer appeal than outsourcing. […]

Volia president Boyko leaves group

Ukrianian cable operator Volia’s president Sergey Boyko is to leave the company. Boyko has helmed Volia, the country’s leading cable player, for 15 years. According to the company, he is leaving to pursue an independent career as a business consultant, but will continue to advise Volia CEO György Zsembery, who joined the Ukrainian group from […]

Netflix buys Ukrainian comedy drama

Netflix has acquired Servant of the People and the hit Ukrainian comedy drama will play on the SVOD operator’s international services. It has landed a show currently in the news, after Fox optioned it last week, with a view to making a US version. The deal is global, meaning Netflix will bring the original version […]