NTV-PLUS and Eutelsat Strengthen Relationship across Russia's Key Video Neighbourhoods

NTV-PLUS, Russia´s original premium pay-TV platform, has consolidated its coverage across Siberia and extended broadcasting into the country´s Far East following the conclusion of contracts on two satellites with longstanding partner, Eutelsat Communications (Paris: ETL), the company said.

With the launch of new services on 1 April, NTV-PLUS is achieving its objective of full coverage of the Russian Federation, enabling viewers across the country to benefit from the diversity and quality of digital TV.

This new wave of expansion follows approvals earlier this year from Russia´s Federal Tender Commission for NTV-PLUS to extend its broadcasting footprint as far as the Pacific Coast.

NTV-PLUS has signed a multi-year, multi-transponder contract with Eutelsat covering the Express-AT2 satellite at 140 degrees East to reach homes in Far East Russia and incremental capacity on the Express-AT1 satellite at 56 degrees East to consolidate its coverage of Siberia.

Launched with Eutelsat over 20 years ago, NTV-PLUS today offers subscribers more than 240 special-interest channels including a growing stable of High Definition content. Its offer includes 42 channels produced by Gazprom Media with a strong focus on exclusive premium sport across 11 channels.

Established in 1977, Eutelsat Communications (Euronext Paris: ETL) provides capacity on 39 satellites to clients that include broadcasters and broadcasting associations, pay-TV operators, video, data and Internet service providers, enterprises and government agencies. Eutelsat´s satellites provide ubiquitous coverage of Europe, the Middle East, Africa, Asia-Pacific and the Americas, enabling video, data, broadband and government communications to be established irrespective of a user´s location.

Headquartered in Paris, with offices and teleports around the globe, Eutelsat represents a workforce of 1,000 men and women from 37 countries.

NTV-PLUS is the first Russian DTH – operator. Over 20 years NTV-PLUS has been a recognized expert in the field of satellite pay-TV. Mission of the company — to create affordable high-quality TV service for the whole family. NTV-PLUS subscribers have access to over 260 different content channels broadcasted in HD and UHD. The company covers all regions of Russia. The viewership of NTV-PLUS exceeds 3m people.