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Following HBO, Netflix eyes expansion in Russia

Streaming giant Netflix is planning to launch its full service in Russia by venturing into Russian language site and films.Though Netflix currently has a limited subscriber base in Russia, it has always considered the Russian Federation as one of its priority markets. While political reasons and piracy continue to be deterrents in the country, Netflix …

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Russia’s google music streaming service collaborates with Facebook

Yandex music which is Russia’s first music streaming service is going to enter a collaboration with Facebook, under which users can share excerpts from music tracks with friends. According to the agreement, Yandex.Music and Facebook, Russian users can listen to 30 second excerpts from music tracks as liked by friends. Entire tracks can be subsequently …

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Russia’s SPB TV collaborates with China Daily for on demand content

The China Daily will collaborate with Russia’s SPB TV for producing digital content for it’s Over the Top (OTT) platform. The two companies have signed a license agreement granting international rights on Video on Demand (VOD) content, consisting of entertainment, documentaries, and news. The content provided in English or local languages will be made available …

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Russian OTT Services subscription revenue outruns advertising

According to a report by Telecom Daily, Transactional and Subscription income for Russia’s streaming services superceded advertising revenues in the first half of this year. Total income from streaming services in the first half increased by 70% to hit RUB 5.3 billion. Revenues are expected to grow to RUB 11 billion this year. Apparently, the …

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TTK introduces OTT TV service

TTK has started its OTT service ‘TV Without Borders’. This service lets subscribers of all Russian ISPs to access TV services from their operators online. Some features of this OTT service include pause, time-shifted TV, archive and other VAS options. Read More

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Netflix sustains in Russia despite foreign ownership restrictions

Foreign ownership of online video services has been limited to 20% stake, however, Netflix continues with its online streaming service in Russia despite this new law. Netflix may benefit from some parts of the law, for instance, the ownership limits apply to services that have a daily viewership of more than 100,000 however Netflix hasn’t …

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87% Russians think sharing pirate content is legal

According to a recent consumer survey by Irdeto, some 87 percent of Russian consumers stated that producing or sharing pirated video content is not illegal and some 66 percent in fact believed that streaming or downloading pirated content is legal. However, unauthorised copying, broadcast, distribution or reproduction of copyrighted content, including audio-visual content, is unlawful in Russia …

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Eastern Europe SVOD market to six-fold, Russia to lead

The number of SVOD users in Eastern Europe countries is expected to reach 18.2 million by 2021, which is a huge increase from that of 5.6 million expected at the end of this year. According to Digital TV research, Russia is expected to lead the growth market. Russia accounted for 44% of the region’s SVOD subscribers in …

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NTV+ Launches a New SVOD Service

Russian provider NTV+ has announced the launch of a new SVOD service, providing a monthly subscription fee of RUB299 (€4.40). At the time of launch the service held over 100 movie titles, with further content to be added. The service offers weekly subscriptions at  RUB99 and individual titles at RUB29. The service allows users to select movies …

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Rostelecom expands IPTV in Kamchatka

The Russian telco Rosteleco, has expanded its IPTV offerings in the Kamchatka region. The number of channels have also been raised to 220 including 68 HDTV channels. Rostelcom has expanded this offering after its launch of the subsea fibre optical backbone line connecting Magadan, Sakhalin and Kamchatka. The new offering has three packages including the …

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