The Russian DTH platform Orion Express ended the first quarter with 2,655,000 subscribers.

This, according to Comnews, was 3% more than three months earlier and came against the backdrop of a general slowdown in the pay-TV market over the period.

Orion Express, which remains the fifth leading player in Russia’s pay-TV market, also had revenues R802 million (€14.32 million) in the first quarter.

Most cash flow was from subscription payments, with the total being 41% higher than in the same period last year.

Orion Express accounted for 7.1% of a pay-TV market in Russia numbering some 37.4 million subscribers in the first quarter.

Meanwhile, its share of income in the DTH sector in 2014 is believed to have been 20%.