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Russian internet piracy declines

The main reasons for this reduction are a blow to the advertising model of monetisation of pirated resources; the fall of the big three pirate CDNs, which supplied content to 90% of online movie services in Russia and the CIS; and improvements to anti-piracy legislation. – Chris Dziadul, Broadband TV News » http://dlvr.it/RHPH3L

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CBS Signs Exclusive Deal for Showtime, All Access Series With Russian Streamer Amedia TV

The Amedia deal is another example of how U.S. networks are shifting their international business model toward the streaming and direct-to-consumer business. As big free-to-air channels in Europe buy fewer U.S.-made series —preferring home-grown content or lower-cost reality programming — American networks are increasingly signing volume deals with online players, betting the direct-to-consumer market will grow globally similar to the manner it has stateside. – Vladimir Kozlov, The Hollywood Reporter » http://bit.ly/2I48odL

‘Better Than People’ to Become First Russian Series Under “Netflix Originals” Banner

The sci-fi series, which is set in the near future and is focused on android robots, was commissioned by Russia’s largest free-to-air national network, Channel One, and Start. It premiered on Start and Chanel One’s online video service last November but has not yet been aired on free-to-air TV in Russia. – Vladimir Kozlov, The Hollywood Reporter » http://bit.ly/2smYXPf

Russia gives Netflix food for thought

Kommersant reports that the regulator Roskomnadzor will keep records of such services by analysing their audiences. If their audience share is over 50% Russian they will not be restricted by limits on foreign capital. Otherwise, foreign companies will only be allowed to hold a maximum stake of 20% in the services, or apply for permission to exceed this limit. […] [I]f Netflix does not reach 100,000 Russian users a month it will not be covered by these regulations. Once it exceeds this number, it will have to negotiate with the Russian authorities or find a local partner. – Chris Dziadul, Broadband TV News http://ift.tt/2oDSzyO

YouTube could exit Russia

YouTube features both professional and user generated content, the methods for separating the two are not clear. To stay within the proposed new legislation, YouTube, which accounts for over 30% of all internet consumption in Russia, would have to create additional infrastructure. – Chris Dziadul, Broadband TV News http://ift.tt/2gPufXs

Apple TV first for Beeline

Beeline has become the first Russian operator to launch its own TV app on Apple TV 4th generation. It gives access to 44 channels, 12 in HD, among them Discovery HD, National Geographic HD, History HD, TV1000, Nickelodeon, Match!, Sport1 HD and Amedia. The app is available to all last generation Apple TV users irrespective of their ISPs and costs R379 (€4.45/$5.01) a month[.] – Chris Dziadul, Broadband TV News
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Zvooq, Russian Independent Streaming Service, Licenses Its Final Major

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Thanks to a recent contract with Sony Music Entertainment, Russia’s Zvooq has become the country’s only fully licensed and independent music service, while the company’s unique strategy makes it stand out in the digital music segment. […] Currently, Zvooq uses a freemium model — incorporating both ad-sponsored and subscription tiers — and is planning to introduce a new subscription model for the market, in which a specific advertising brand will pay for subscriptions of selected users. – Vladimir Kozlov, Billboard
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Sony Settles Piracy Lawsuit With Russia’s Facebook

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Sony Music Entertainment has settled its lawsuit against Russian social networking site Vkontakte, which it accused of facilitating mass-piracy. No further details of the agreement were revealed, but according to sources the social network will soon start to monetize its own music service. […] The case is still ongoing, but as of this week Sony Music has dropped out. According to a local report Sony and VK signed a confidential settlement agreement to resolve the dispute. – Ernesto, TorrentFreak
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Russia Wants to Be the Second Country to Block Tor

Certain domains have been blocked in Russia since 2012, when a blacklist law went into effect, but the current legislation relies on individual internet service providers to block these sites. Many citizens easily bypass the barriers with tools like Tor and VPN, or virtual private network, services, which allow them to tunnel traffic through alternative IP addresses and appear as if they are located outside of Russia. […] Governments can block access to VPN services by blocking access from IP addresses linked to VPN providers. Blocking Tor is more complex, and requires identifying and blocking the destination nodes traffic travels through rather than the URL or IP address. – Kari Paul, MOTHERBOARD
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