07.52 Europe/London, August 15, 2011 By Chris Dziadul

Media Group Ukraine has filed applications to distribute five channels on the country’s DTT network, which will make its debut next month.

According to Mediasat, they include Kinotochka, Novosti, NLO-TV and Sport, all of which are understood to be new services.

Media Group Ukraine also announced plans to launch a movie channel last year, though it has yet to make its debut and various options are apparently now being considered.

Ukraine’s first four multiplexes (MX-1, MX-2, MX-3 and MX-5) will be operated by Zeonbud and a total of 59 applications have been received for the 28 channels they will distribute.

The bids will be considered today (August 15).

Media Group Ukraine currently operates a national channel named Ukraina, along with a regional service (Donbass) and two thematic channels (Football and Football+). It also has a horizontal portal named tochka.net.

Ukraina had an average share of 11.27% and rating of 2% in the first quarter of this year, according to GfKUkraine.