Advanced Television


Russia: Warner Bros movies on Tricolor

Tricolor has agreed a three-year deal granting it the rights to Warner Bros movies. Soon, viewers of the Russian multiplatform operator will be able to access to a number blockbusters from the Hollywood studio. Titles to be shown to the Tricolor audience include Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them,  Suicide Squad, Batman v Superman: […]

October 21, 2020

Russia to compete with SpaceX reusable rockets

Russia is to invest $800 million on a new rocket system to compete directly with SpaceX and its reusable Falcon 9 launchers according to Russian news agency TASS. The Russian rocket system, called Amur, was signed with a contract between Russia’s Space Agency Roscosmos and the Progress Space Rocket Center on the conceptual design of […]

October 9, 2020By Chris Forrester

Russia: Orion play-out for Discovery Ultra

Orion, a media platform in Russia and CIS, and Media Alliance, a joint venture of the National Media Group and Discovery, have agreed to cooperate in the launch of a new ultra-high-definition TV channel in Russia, Discovery Ultra. The technical partner of the project – Orion group – provides integrated services of the TV channel […]

October 7, 2020

OneWeb severs Russian ties

OneWeb, in the process of exiting its Chapter 11 bankruptcy restructuring, has ended its controversial joint-venture with Russian Space Agency Roscosmos. OneWeb’s 49 per cent stake would now be transferred to a Roscosmos subsidiary company Gonets which was already the majority partner. One of the key buyers of OneWeb’s assets is the UK government which […]

October 6, 2020By Chris Forrester

Sea Launch will cost $500m to refurbish

It will cost almost $500 million to refurbish the Sea Launch floating rocket launch platform according to reports. Russia’s deputy prime minister, Yuri Borisov, recalled that before the floating spaceport left its port at Long Beach, California, the US – in accordance with its laws – removed all equipment from the command ship and the […]

August 26, 2020By Chris Forrester

Russia: 4K BBC nature shows on Tricolor

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 […]

August 18, 2020

Russian launch site crippled by Covid

The Russian rocket launch city at Baikonur, Kazakhstan is suffering a major increase in Covid-19 cases according to local media. The city and its associated launch facilities has a population of some 40,000 almost all of whom live in Russian housing in the form of cramped apartment blocks. The local authorities say that the official […]

July 22, 2020

Insight TV expands distribution in Russia & CIS with Tricolor

In a move that will significantly expand its distribution footprint in Russia and CIS markets, Insight TV has signed a distribution deal with Tricolor multi-platform operator, Russia’s largest DTH operator. Insight TV’s HD feed is now available on Tricolor’s DTH platform, as well as on the Tricolor Kino and TV application for OTT customers. “Being […]

July 20, 2020

Spotify to launch in Russia

Spotify will launch in Russia next week, and go head-to-head with Apple Music as well as other well-established local operators. Investment bank Exane/BNPP reports that Spotify is likely to partner with local Russian telcos and target the estimated 144 million potential users and more than 95 million smartphone owners. “Russia is one of the fastest […]

July 10, 2020By Chris Forrester

Baikonur to be economic ‘Freezone’

The Russian leased rocket launch site at Baikonur in Kazakhstan is to be turned into an economic Freezone with help from investors from the United Arab Emirates. The TASS news agency is reporting that Kazakhstan’s president Kassym-Jomart Tokayev, said the spaceport – now named after Russia’s first cosmonaut Yuri Gagarin – would also be further […]

June 4, 2020