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Russia’s Vimpelcom makes a Beeline for new channels

Russian service provider Vimpelcom has added 16 new channels to its IPTV service ‘Beeline TV’, including 11 in high-definition, covering a range of programme types such as entertainment, information and sports.

The new channels (some of which are exclusive to Beeline TV) are being rolled out in the cities of Moscow and St. Petersburg, as well as in the wider regions of Moscow and Leningrad. The new additions bring the total available to in excess of 200 channels, including 33 in HD.

Among the new channels are NHL HD TV, which is being charged at RUB (US$ 2.90) per month, while others are being offered for free as a two-month trial offer as part of the basic package.

Vimpelcom recently finished upgrading its IPTV platform to version 2.0 of the Microsoft Mediaroom middleware platform, with the process involving more than 450 servers and over 30 locations hosting Microsoft Mediaroom local offices, distributed over a huge swathe of the Russian Federation stretching from west to east.

VimpelCom launched its IPTV service under the Beeline brand in May 2009, and had reached 141,000 IPTV subscribers by the end of March 2011, according to estimates by Informa Telecoms & Media (publisher of IP&TV News).

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