New satellite pay service for Russia

October 29, 2009

Orion Express, the operator of the Russian DTH platform of the same name, has announced plans to launch a new satellite-delivered service named Continent TV.

Targeted at individual subscribers, it will be distributed by the Intelsat 15 satellite at 85.15 degrees East, due to be launched from Baikonur on November 30, and make its debut in Q1 next year.

Intelsat 15 will cover the whole of Russia, as well as CIS countries. Reception will be possible with 60cm dishes in the highest populated areas of European Russia, Siberia and the Far East.

Orion Express has provided TV services to cable operators since 2005 and individual clients since 2007. It currently claims over 250,000 subscribers.