TS News - NTV Launches First Satellite Channel

TELE-satellit News, 4 September 1996

NTV Launches First Satellite Channel
  MOSCOW, Russia, 96/09/04 (OMRI) -- Prime Minister Chernomyrdin took part
in the opening of the first of five planned "NTV-plus" satellite channels in
Nizhnii Novgorod, ITAR-TASS reported on 1 September.

  The channel, which will be available in most of European Russia, will show
four Russian films every night beginning at 6:30 p.m. By the end of the
year, NTV will launch additional satellite channels for foreign-made films,
sports, news, and music, Kommersant-Daily reported on 31 August.

  Individual subscribers will have to pay $145 for the equipment to receive
the special channels and then $10 per month for the transmissions. The
capital needed to launch these channels was raised in June, when the gas
monopoly Gazprom bought a 30% share in NTV.

  By: Laura Belin
  Source: This material was reprinted with permission of the Open Media Research
          Institute, a nonprofit organization with research offices in
Prague, Czech
          Republic. For more information on OMRI publications, please write to:

(c)TELE-satellit 1996. All rights reserved.

[Other mailing list archives]