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The illegal distribution of some of Gazproms channels by iptv pirates became the subject of a court ruling today. Yandex medias search engine will now have to block access to content on the stream from the TNT, TV-3, 2×2 and Super channels.
Along with European broadcasters, piracy is a big issue costing them millions in lost revenue, that has to support, making of new programme materials and all the infrastructure broadcasters use. Finally they seem to be getting serious about stopping them.
No change over Europe by satellite, but inside Russia the terrestrial transmitters are all ready to go Digital, the last analogue channels will be closed in Jan 2019. These actually only now serve 10% of the population.
The latecomers to digital will be purchasing their new digital set top boxes, typically costing under 10 Euro. There is no doubt there will be a last minute rush to buy the digital equipment.
Strangely regional broadcasters have been left to their own schedules and will continue with analogue as long as they want to.