Russia prepares for multiscreen
By Chris Dziadul
Several Russian operators are planning to launch multiscreen services in the second half of this year.
AKTR and Vedomosti report that the first one to do so will be Rostelecom next month, followed by NTV-Plus in August and Megafon in either September or October.
They will be joined by MTS in the third quarter and Vimpelcom by the end of the year.
All will use the same business model, under which their existing subscribers will be able to watch channels on their TV screens, computers and mobile devices and pay for it with a single account.
However, new customers opting for multiscreen will only be able to receive channels on a PC and tablet.
There is also the possibility that operators may offer their multiscreen services to third parties, though with less content than to their own customers.