Free Russian Channels
The Kartina Satellite broadcasts from Astra 1 were cut off without warning this month. The expected customer take up of this offer ( 25 russian channels for a one-off payment ) did not materialise so the sponsor pulled out. From Jan 2020 the only large group of free to air Russian channels are once again on Hotbird with a couple on the Astra 4 ( Sirius ) platform
The 3 Satellites for Russian TV 2018
There are three satellites having some Russian content – Hot Bird , Astra 1 and Sirius. The most popular is HotBird, having some 10 Russian sourced channels plus Euro News in Russian, Russia Today and Luxe which has Russian Language audio. Plus the many Russian Radio channels too.
NOW ENDED _ SEE 2020 UPDATE
In Sept 2018 ten Russian language channels were added to Astra 1 satellite. Hotbird and Astra 1 are only 6 degrees apart, making a combination dish easily possible.
Peretz, Domashniy, Ren TV,
R1, 5 Kanal, NTV Mir,
TV Center Int, STS Int,
TV 8 Russia, TV Rus
Sirius, now renamed Astra4 also easily received has Russian channels and Ukraine channels. The two satellites can also be combined on one dish to give a really good Russian coverage, all with no subscription. For full details of Ukraine coverage see Ukraine
2 satellites from 1 dish