Modern Times Group (MTG), the international entertainment broadcasting group, has announced that Viasat Broadcasting will launch three new HD pay-TV movie channels, TV1000 Premium HD,TV1000 Megahit HD and TV1000 Comedy HD, in Russia, Ukraine and other CIS countries in October 2012. The channels will primarily feature content from major Hollywood studios, including Twentieth Century Fox, Sony Pictures Television and Warner Bros, with whom the Group has signed multi-year exclusive pay-TV and online movie licensing agreements for the same territories.
Premium tier channel TV1000 Premium HD will focus on first run premieres of award winning films from the Hollywood studios and independent local distributors, while TV1000 Megahit HD will feature first run premieres of the latest blockbuster titles from Hollywood and Russia. TV1000 Comedy HD will be a dedicated US comedy movie channel, alongside the current channels TV1000 East, TV1000 Russian Kino and TV1000 Action East. All three channels will also include high quality library titles, and will be broadcast 24 hours a day in HD and Dolby Digital 5.1 sound with non-Russian language titles being dubbed into Russian.
The new channels will be made available on cable, satellite, IPTV and DTT networks and add to MTG’s existing pay-TV channel offering of TV1000 East, TV1000 Russian Kino TV1000 Action East, Viasat Explorer, Viasat History, Viasat Nature, Viasat Nature HD, Viasat History HD and Viasat Sport.