BBC Studios and Tricolor, Russia’s largest digital TV operator, have announced a new agreement that will see content from BBC Studios Natural History Unit and leading independent UK production companies, made available in 4K to television audiences in Russia.
The acquired collection of critically acclaimed series will include Planet Earth II and Blue Planet II as well as The Hunt, Shark, Spy in the Wild and more.
Planet Earth II allows us to experience the world from the viewpoint of animals themselves. Wandering through jungles, deserts, mountains, islands, grasslands and cities, this series explores the unique characteristics of Earth’s most iconic habitats and the extraordinary ways animals survive within them. The show is unquestionably a TV phenomenon. This UK’s most watched Natural History title was also the second highest rated programme in the UK in its premiering year and its broadcast outshined all competition in its time slot.
Salim Mukaddam, Senior Vice President for Co-Production and Content Sales Markets, EMEA at BBC Studios, commented: We are allowing audiences around the world to experience the beauty of our planet by taking them closer than ever before in glorious ultra-high definition. We are very proud our audiences for this incredible and genre defining content is growing around the world and will now also be available to Tricolor subscribers in Russia.
Arsen Khomutov, Content Director of Tricolor, added: Tricolor has the largest package of UHD TV channels, being ahead of all Russian and European operators. The new agreement with BBC Studios outlines Tricolor’s leading position in broadcast of high-quality 4K content. The operator offers a series of unique documentaries that are expected to stimulate the clients to connect a package of UHD channels. The users who already enjoy 4K TV will appreciate our efforts on creating more diverse content.