Ukraine’s dominant cable operator Volia has entered into partnerships with ISPs Miksnet and Telsa for the distribution of its over-the-top (OTT) set-top box TV service ‘Volia Smart HD’, which it launched in March this year. Miksnet and Telsa, operating in the Kiev and Zaporozhye regions, may now market the OTT service to customers over their networks. Volia Smart HD, which extends Volia’s pay-TV customer reach beyond its cable network footprint, offers access to more than 130 linear TV channels, over 12,000 on-demand movies/TV programmes, an online catalogue and access to web streaming content including YouTube videos, for any user with an internet connection of at least 5Mbps. By the end of 2013 Volia Smart HD will also include interactive features such as catch-up, restart and a multi-screen option. As reported by CommsUpdate in March, the first publicised cooperative agreement for expanding Volia’s new OTT service was with broadband network operator Datagroup, making the streaming service accessible for the latter’s subscribers in eleven cities initially (including Kharkiv, Zaporozhye, Krivoy Rog, Khmelnitsky, Sevastopol, Evpatoria, Nizhyn Neteshin and Starokonstantinov) from May 2013 onwards, according to a press release from Datagroup. The latest announcement from Volia says that its new ISP tie-ups extend the Smart HD service to third-party internet subscribers in the Kiev region for the first time.
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