08.33 Europe/London, August 26, 2011 By Chris Dziadul

Rostelecom has signed a licensing agreement with NBC Universal International Television Distribution.

Under it, the Russian telco will be able to offer Universal movies on an on demand basis to subscribers of IPTV services operated by Rostelecom throughout the country.

The latter include TVi, Twist TV, U-Tel TV, J-TV, Disel TV, Avangard TV and Domolink TV.

Commenting on the deal, Pavel Zaitsev, Rostelecom’s vice president – commercial director, said it is a major contribution to the company’s fight against video piracy.