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Russian broadcasters proposed create one vendor for their content

They proposed it to improve distribution of their content in internet; actually they want make money on this distribution and don’t want lose financial opportunities. The operators, who currently don’t pay for distribution of such content, don’t like such proposal – it could cost them significantly.

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The law on mass media restrictions is to be amended

The Russian constitutional court decided to amend the law on mass media. The law provides property restriction for foreign citizens and overseas entities. Under the law the person with foreign citizenship (even if the second citizenship is Russian) or legal entity, incorporated outside of Russia or directly/indirectly owned by the overseas entity (more than 20%), can own or control not more than 20% of Russian mass media. Such provision of law restricts the property right in order to “protect national security” claimed legislators.

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Russian state duma introduced draft law on free satellite broadcasting

The draft law introduces amendments to Russian law on communication. The amendments aim to oblige satellite broadcasters to broadcast free of charge to households in places where the digital terrestrial broadcasting in not available. Under the Russian law each household has the right to receive certain pack of channels free of charge. As long as the analogue broadcasting is getting to be a history and not all households can receive digital signal the law aims to fix this problem.

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There will be stepwise shifting to digital broadcasting in Russia

The Russian agenda on digitization also provides digitization of broadcasting and it was intended to cease analogue broadcasting to Russian households already in January 2019. But the fact that many households can stay without opportunity to receive new signal has changed the plans of Russian government. In other words not all households are ready to adapt to digital environment.

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Shifting from analogue to digital TV signal in Russia is not as easy as planned

Many years Russian authorities prepares to digital TV broadcasting. For this purpose many households, at least in major cities, have been connected to digital TV thanks to telecom monopolies. Such telecommunication monopolies have provided households owners with special equipment and with internet access. But for digital TV in state scales a relevant infrastructure is necessary.

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Russian authorities consider idea to make operators of satellite TV to provide signal for free

In some aspects the television is very important like internet. Despite the different adopted digital strategies in Russia, the one negative fact still remains – not all regions in Russia are “connected to outside world” and it is not about worldwide network. Some regions in Russia don’t even have opportunity to use mobile phone or watch television. The television is not so serious problem, but the lack of communications facilities is not so positive in modern digital era.

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Major Russian media companies have taken off their online broadcasting from main Yandex’s main page

A few major Russian media companies – Gazprom Media, National Media Group and The First Channel – have taken off their online broadcastings from main page of Russian search engine Yandex’s due to piracy accusations. Media companies not alone in their concerns. Not so long time ago right holders in entertainment content have accused Yandex of piracy.

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Russian state duma proposed to exclude foreign movies and shows from broadcasting

Russian deputies believe they know how to improve the development of national film- and tv-show-making. They proposed to exclude any competition between Russian movies and tv shows and foreign – exclude foreign entertainment products from Russian television.

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Digital Single Market: briefly on updated audiovisual rules

The media landscape has shifted dramatically in less than a decade. Instead of sitting in front of the family TV, millions of Europeans, especially young people, watch content online, on demand and on different mobile devices.

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Russian sport radio station has been sued for coverage Pyeongchang 2018

Russian company “Telesport” has filed a suit against Russian radio station for infringement of broadcasting rights. According to suit “Telesport” has concluded with International Olympic Committee agreement allowing broadcasting the sport events in Pyeongchang 2018 on exclusive basis. “Telesport” seeks 33 mln Roubles for damages.

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