Raduga TV takes evasive action

December 6, 2013 11.22 Europe/London By Chris Dziadul

Raduga-TV_picarchThe Russian DTH platform Raduga TV may have found a way to avoid the threat of criminal proceedings initiated by the federal executive authority Roskomnadzor.

According to AKTR and tdaily, it has registered what will be two proprietary channels Raduga 24, which will be information-based, and Otbornoe TV and will now seek to obtain licences for them.

By registering the channels, Raduga TV, which is jointly owned by Modern Times Group (MTG) and Continental Multimedia, will hope to circumvent the threat from Roskomnadzor, demonstrating that it is operating within a licensed framework despite allegedly not having a licence for satellite TV broadcasting.

Most other DTH platforms, including the market leader Tricolor TV and NTV-Plus, the longest established, already have a large portfolio of proprietary channels.