Tricolor secures FNL football in deal with Yandex

Russian pay TV operator Tricolor has secured rights to show matches from the country’s second-tier football league, the FNL, on satellite through a partnership deal with leading Russian web portal Yandex.  Tricolor will show FNL matches on its new Football Channel, which it launched at the start of this month and which is available as […]

Yandex acquires BBC Studios content for streaming service KinoPoisk

Russian tech giant Yandex has acquired an array of scripted series and kids shows for its streaming service KinoPoisk, as part of a “major output deal” with BBC Studios (BBCS). The multi-year agreement will see KinoPoisk exclusively offer more than 100 hours of BBCS programming each year, alongside additional content from a range of UK […]

MTS signs up OTT providers for interactive TV platform

Russian service provider MTS has opened up its interactive TV platform to third-party OTT TV providers and made it available throughout the Russian regions. MTS said its interactive TV platform was now available in over 100 cities where it operates networks as well as via its satellite offering. The service provider said its platform was […]

Rostelecom to begin testing new ‘national’ search engine

Russian telecom operator Rostelecom is reportedly to begin beta-testing a new home-produced search engine,, that it plans to use to grow its business, complementing the launch with a range of content-rich services, including video. The Russian presidential administration has previously indicated its support for the creation of a ‘national search engine’ for Russia, notably […]

Yandex acquires leading Russian movies and TV site

Leading Russian ISP Yandex has acquired Russian-language movie, TV and celebrity website KinoPoisk. KinoPoisk has a monthly audience of 18.6 million users, according to comScore Media Metrix, and ranks as the 16th largest web property in Russia. KinoPoisk’s users can read expert and user-generated film reviews, discover the most popular movies, watch trailers, get movie […]