The US has sanctioned the leading Russian TV services Channel One, Rossiya-1 and NTV, which are owned or controlled by the Russian state or owned by one of President Putin’s closest allies.
The Albanian TV stations Ora News and Channel One have been seized by the country’s Special Prosecutors.
Russia’s Channel One is to create a venture with the mobile operator MTS.
The Ukrainian IPTV/OTT set-top box and software manufacturer Infomir has claimed a legal victory in the US in its fight with Russian TV broadcasters.
The international version of Russia’s Channel One has launched in Moldova.
Russia’s Channel One has found a new partner for the distribution of its content outside the country.
Roman Abramovich has sold his remaining 20% stake in Russia’s Channel One, reports RBC.
The Russian broadcaster Channel One is now also the most watched TV service in the country on the internet.
Regular state subsidies will be required to stabilise the financial position of Russia’s Channel One.
Russia’s Federal Antimonopoly Service (FAS) has approved the sale of a 4% stake in Channel One currently held by Roman Abramovich to National Media Group (NMG).