The number of viewers receiving HD services in Russia may soon increase significantly.
According to AKTR and Comnews, the DTH platform Tricolor TV is negotiating to secure additional capacity – principally on Bonum-1 – in order to start offering channels in the format.
Tricolor TV is the leading provider of pay-TV services in Russia in terms of subscriber numbers and employs Eutelsat W4 and W7 in the European part of the country and RSCC’s Bonum-1 in Siberia.
It currently recommends General Satellite SD receivers that cost R7,500-10,000 (€177.4-236.5) and could suggest HD ones produced by the same company, retailing for R14,000-15,000, for any new HD services it offers.
HD services were received in 100,000 homes in Russia as of last month, with the DTH operation Platforma HD accounting for 35% of the total.