Russia provides DTT update

October 16, 2013 08.08 Europe/London By Chris Dziadul

russia-flagOver half (54%) of viewers in Russia will be able to receive services from the country’s first two DTT multiplexes by the end of the year.

The news was given by Alexei Volin, the deputy minister of communications and mass communications of the Russian Federation, quoted by RAI Novosti and AKTR..

However, speaking at the same conference as Volin, Kiril Filippov, the founder and CEO of SPB TV, said that regional channels are likely to have problems in securing a slot on the country’s third DTT multiplex.

This will be due to such factors as high fees and a requirement for 24-hour broadcasting, something that even RTR daughter services will have difficulties with.

On the other hand, regional channels are likely to remain popular because federal channels allocate very little time to regional news.