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CTC Media Switches Broadcasting Format of Its Russian Channels to MPEG-4 By Globenewswire

MOSCOW, Oct. 30, 2012 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- CTC Media, Inc. ("CTC Media" or the "Company") (Nasdaq:CTCM), Russia's leading independent media company, has announced a switch to broadcasting in the MPEG-4 format.



CTC Media has completed converting the TV signal of the CTC (feeds: 0, +2, +4, +7), Peretz (feeds: 0, +2, +7) and Domashny (feeds: 0, +2, +4, +7) channels to MPEG-4. The channels were previously broadcast using the MPEG-2 format.



Satellite fleet used for the uplink of the CTC Media's television channels was also modified as part of the project. Capacity previously leased from Russian satellites was transferred to the new Intelsat 15 and Horizons 2 foreign satellites. As well as increasing the signal reception quality, the following failsafe mechanism is also now in place: the new satellites are in almost the same orbit, which means that if one of the satellites fails, receiving antennas will not require repositioning.


Sergey Petrov, Chief Broadcasting Officer of CTC Media: "CTC Media is continuing to follow its strategy as the leader in implementing new technologies. The switch to the new broadcasting format is the next stage after launching our modernized broadcasting playout facility in July last year and provides us with the technological capability to switch to digital broadcasting at anytime if necessary. We were able to complete this project in only four months. During this time, extensive work was carried out, requiring cooperation with our regional stations comprising 154 broadcasting facilities, and our partner network – 281 broadcasting facilities".