Russia’s Tricolor TV has seen a spectacular growth in the number of its subscribers watching HD services since the launch of the Express-AT1 satellite exactly a year ago.

The latter allowed the operator to launch full-scale broadcasting in Siberia, the Urals and Far East, the result of which has been a 70% increase, equivalent to 150,000 households, in the total in the region.

Express-AT1 has allowed Tricolor TV to broadcast almost four times as many channels as previously and now viewers in Siberia are offered 194, 30 of which are in HD.

In a separate development, the Russian Satellite Communications Company (RSCC) has announced that the Express-AM6 satellite, located at 53 degrees East, is now operational.