Tricolor TV looks East

December 17, 2012 08.09 Europe/London By Chris Dziadul

Russia’s leading DTH platform Tricolor TV plans to develop its services in Siberia.

Speaking in a press conference in Novosibirsk, company representatives said that the region, which will be served by a new satellite located in the 56 degrees East position, has great potential for the platform.

They added that the eastern regions of Russia have a population density of only a third of the central part.

While this holds back the development of wired TV services, it presents no problems to satellite operations.

Although Tricolor TV currently serves Siberia through the Bonum-1 satellite, it is nearing the end of its life and has from this month been reinforced by Direc TV-1R. However, from the end of next year the 56 degrees East slot will be served by the new satellite Express –AT-1.