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Today β€” September 18th 2020Your RSS feeds

Ukrainian police expose TV pirates

By Chris Dziadul

Ukraine’s Cyberpolice department and main investigation department of the National Police have uncovered a company that illegally distributed TV channels in Kyiv and Vinnytsia oblasts.

In a statement, the Cyberpolice department says that it established the company has been providing Internet and cable TV services to the public since 2017. However, its offer included five TV channels that the provider did not have permission to retransmit.

This violated the copyright of broadcasting channels and losses for the company’s actions reached over UAH1 million (€29,800).

Criminal proceedings have been initiated and the defenders could face up to six years imprisonment.

Lukashenko closes borders with Poland and Lithuania, says he doesn’t want β€˜war’

By Georgi Gotev

Belarus will close its borders with EU neighbours Poland and Lithuania and step up security measures at the Ukrainian frontier, President Alexander Lukashenko announced on Thursday (17 September).

Ukrainian police expose TV pirates

By Chris Dziadul

Ukraine’s Cyberpolice department and main investigation department of the National Police have uncovered a company that illegally distributed TV channels in Kyiv and Vinnytsia oblasts.

In a statement, the Cyberpolice department says that it established the company has been providing Internet and cable TV services to the public since 2017. However, its offer included five TV channels that the provider did not have permission to retransmit.

This violated the copyright of broadcasting channels and losses for the company’s actions reached over UAH1 million (€29,800).

Criminal proceedings have been initiated and the defenders could face up to six years imprisonment.

Lev Parnas, Giuliani Associate, Faces New Fraud Charges

By William K. Rashbaum and Ben Protess

Mr. Parnas, who participated in a campaign to dig up dirt on the president’s political rivals, is accused of swindling investors.

Yesterday β€” September 17th 2020Your RSS feeds

Ukraine top court deals another blow to anti-corruption bureau

By Vlagyiszlav Makszimov

The Constitutional Court of Ukraine struck down several provisions of the law on the Western-backed National Anti-corruption Bureau of Ukraine (NABU) in the latest blow to the country’s anti-graft drive. Among the parts of the law the court scrapped are...

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Ukraine backs opposition forces against Belarusian president

By Caitlin McFall

Ukrainian lawmakers joined western countries in condemning the recent presidential re-election in Belarus by passing a motion that would enforce future sanctions against individuals involved in fixing elections and using violence against demonstrators.

Covid Strands Hasidic Pilgrims on Ukraine-Belarus Border

By Maria Varenikova

Hundreds of Jewish pilgrims seeking to travel from Belarus to Ukraine to visit the grave of a revered rabbi were barred from entering because of virus restrictions.

Why Nord Stream 2 Is Back in the Spotlight

By Andrew E. Kramer

The attack on the Russian opposition leader Aleksei A. Navalny has revived calls to cancel a gas pipeline from Russia to Germany. Here’s what lies behind the debate.

Ukrainian TV reacts to crisis

By Chris Dziadul

Ukraine saw a 35% increase in TV viewership during the coronavirus lockdown.

Furthermore, according to a market summary provided at the start of Kyiv Media Week – Global Marathon, although the ad market was initially hit by the pandemic, it has started to recover since July.

In 2019, TV ad spend in the country amounted to $252 million, or 48% of the total.

In the TV sector, trends include the reduction of Russian content, replaced by that from Ukraine and other countries. Meanwhile, TV shows are the most popular genre, accounting for 36% of broadcast content.

Ukrainian content is also gaining popularity abroad and formats travelling worldwide.

In Ukraine itself, the four main media groups operate a total of over 25 channels and the leading TV channels in the country have over 20 million viewers.

In a market where on demand is growing, 32.5% of viewers now watch AVOD services.

In a panel discussion following the market summary, Oleksandr Tkachenko, the minister of culture and information policy, said that the Ukrainian parliament will this week discuss the lowering of VAT from 20% to 7% in several sectors.

He also spoke of the importance of protecting jobs during this time of the crisis.

Ukraine eyes new sports OTT service

By Chris Dziadul

A working group in the Ukrainian Football League (UPL) has met to discuss the creation of a TV service.

Part of a regular series of meetings, it was attended by the league’s executive director, representatives of UPL clubs and invited media experts.

Mediasat reports that the TV service will initially use the existing OTT platform but in the future develop as an OTT service in its own right.

It may also expand to also include coverage of other sports.

The working group will continue to meet on a weekly basis.

Ukraine eyes new sports OTT service

By Chris Dziadul

A working group in the Ukrainian Football League (UPL) has met to discuss the creation of a TV service.

Part of a regular series of meetings, it was attended by the league’s executive director, representatives of UPL clubs and invited media experts.

Mediasat reports that the TV service will initially use the existing OTT platform but in the future develop as an OTT service in its own right.

It may also expand to also include coverage of other sports.

The working group will continue to meet on a weekly basis.

OTT to overtake cable in Ukraine

By Chris Dziadul

The number of OTT subscribers is expected to overtake those receiving cable services next year.

Quoting 1+1 Media, Mediasat reports that last year the figures were 0.9 million and 3.6 million respectively and that they will be 2.3 million and 2.5 million respectively in 2021.

1+1 also forecasts that the minimum cost of receiving TV services will rise to UAH99 (€3) by next year.

1+1 notes that although the encryption of satellite channels earlier this year provided an impetus for growth, equivalent to 13% of 600,000 subscribers, 2.4 million viewers, or 1.2 million more than predicted, preferred to continue watching unencrypted satellite channels. This was influenced by the decision of the Ukrainian president to impose a moratorium on the encryption and subsequent decision of media groups to launch unencrypted versions of their channels.

Other key trends identified this year include consolidation of the pay-TV market, rapid growth of OTT services, continued popularity of linear TV, emergence of Ukrainian HD channels and increase in market’s value.

OTT to overtake cable in Ukraine

By Chris Dziadul

The number of OTT subscribers is expected to overtake those receiving cable services next year.

Quoting 1+1 Media, Mediasat reports that last year the figures were 0.9 million and 3.6 million respectively and that they will be 2.3 million and 2.5 million respectively in 2021.

1+1 also forecasts that the minimum cost of receiving TV services will rise to UAH99 (€3) by next year.

1+1 notes that although the encryption of satellite channels earlier this year provided an impetus for growth, equivalent to 13% of 600,000 subscribers, 2.4 million viewers, or 1.2 million more than predicted, preferred to continue watching unencrypted satellite channels. This was influenced by the decision of the Ukrainian president to impose a moratorium on the encryption and subsequent decision of media groups to launch unencrypted versions of their channels.

Other key trends identified this year include consolidation of the pay-TV market, rapid growth of OTT services, continued popularity of linear TV, emergence of Ukrainian HD channels and increase in market’s value.

House Panel Moves to Hold Pompeo in Contempt of Congress

By Catie Edmondson

The House Foreign Affairs Committee cited Mike Pompeo’s defiance of subpoenas related to the State Department’s compliance with Senate Republicans’ investigation targeting the Bidens.

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