From Russia with HD: TWC brings new Russian programming to NYC

Michelle Clancy | 24-10-2012

Time Warner Cable is bringing Russian content to the New York City and New Jersey service areas. The cable MSO is adding Russian-language channels Dom Kino, Vremya and Muzika Pervogo to its lineup as part of a new 'Russian Pass Max' package.

Produced by Channel One Russia Worldwide TV, the channels will join the general-interest programming on the flagship Channel One Russia (Channel 522), offering a variety of films on Dom Kino (Channel 518), documentaries on celebrities on Vremya (Channel 520), and the ability to listen to popular Russian music on Muzika Pervogo (Channel 517).

Channel One for news and information is a stalwart of Russian television—the first broadcast network in the country, launched in the Soviet era—and is beamed out worldwide through four international versions that cover Ukraine, the CIS and Baltic countries, Europe, North and South America, and Asia Pacific and Australia. It reaches 250 million Russian-speaking TV viewers across the globe. In 2005, Channel One Russia launched its flagship project in digital thematic broadcasting. Dom Kino, Muzika Pervogo and Vremya are meant to cater to viewers of different tastes and preferences.

Time Warner Cable's New York City service area includes Manhattan, Queens, Staten Island and western Brooklyn, Mt. Vernon, as well as Bergen and Hudson Counties in New Jersey. The channels are also available on other distributors, including Comcast and Cablevision.

Time Warner Cable will offer a free preview of the new channels during 12-18 November.