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MOSCOW, Dec. 6, 2012 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- CTC Media, Inc. ("CTC Media" or the "Company") (Nasdaq:CTCM), Russia's leading independent media company and Philips television manufacturing company TP Vision have announced the launch of CTC, Domashny, Peretz and Videomore apps on Philips Smart TVs. All video content will be supplied through Videomore.ru.
Philips Smart TVs offer viewers a catch up service for content on the CTC Media's channels, as well as the entire Videomore.ru archive, which contains a selection of the Company's series, including previously unaired content and programs from other rights holders.
Such CTC hit shows as "The Kitchen", "Boarding School", "Doctor Zaitseva's Diary", "Gamers", "Urals Pelmeny", "Traffic Light" are already available to watch on Philips Smart TVs. Domashny shows include "One for All", "Wedding Dress", "Decorative Passions", "Ask the Chef", "The Female Shape", and Peretz shows include "+100500", "Anecdotes", "Russia's Craziest Video", "Road Wars", "Gentlemen in the Countryside" (1st and 2nd seasons) etc.
The recently launched Videomore app offers a large amount of both new and archive content from REN TV and Channel 5 in addition to the existing CTC Media content available on the portal. Some of the most popular shows of Channel 5 include the series of popular science programs "History from the Future", "Truth of Life" and "Online Now" programs, while REN TV's content includes the science show "The territory of Misconception", the family relations show "Love 911", and the "Dinner Party" cooking show etc.
The total amount of content available to viewers is more than 13,000 videos.
The Philips Smart TV apps have an intuitive interface and contain the following options:
Viewing status (the number of shows watched out of the total)
Continuous playback (automatically plays the next episode when the previous one has finished)
Notifications about the release of new episodes of viewers' favorite series
Anna-Maria Treneva, CTC Media's Head of New Media: "Smart TVs revolutionize the way we watch television, they offer not only standard TV channels but also a wide range of apps. This market segment is growing rapidly in Russia and we see plenty of opportunities. CTC Media is actively working with other world leaders in the TV industry and plans to continue building on these partnerships. The holding's apps already hold the top spot on other TV platforms, and we hope to repeat this success in our joint venture with Philips Smart TV".
Matt Moran, Managing Director at TP Vision Eurasia (Russia & CIS): "We are constantly working to expand our range of Philips Smart TV apps to ensure that our users have quick and easy access to their favorite TV shows, series and movies. This enables us to remain one of the most popular Smart TV brands on the Russian market. The launch of the CTC Media apps will offer TV viewers plenty of new ways conveniently to watch and discuss video content. We are sure that the Philips Smart TV apps will prove popular among our audience".
About CTC Media, Inc.
CTC Media is a leading independent media company in Russia, with operations throughout Russia and in a number of other CIS markets. It operates three free-to-air television networks in Russia – CTC, Domashny and Peretz – as well as Channel 31 in Kazakhstan and a TV company in Moldova, with a combined potential audience of over 150 million people. The international pay-TV version of the CTC channel is available in North America, Europe, North Africa, the Middle East, Central and South East Asia. CTC Media also has its own TV content production capabilities through its Story First Production subsidiary. The Company's common stock is traded on the NASDAQ Global Select Market under the symbol "CTCM". For more information about CTC Media, please visit www.ctcmedia.ru
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About TP Vision
TP Vision is a dedicated TV player in the world of visual digital entertainment. TP Vision concentrates on developing, manufacturing and marketing Philips branded TV sets in Europe, Russia, Middle East, Brazil, Argentina, Uruguay, Paraguay and selected countries in Asia-Pacific. We do this by combining our design expertise and innovative Philips TV heritage with the operational excellence, flexibility and speed of TPV Technology. With these combined strengths, we bring high-quality TV sets to the market: smart and easy to use with sophisticated styling accentuating i.e. new materials and slim design. We believe in creating products that offer a superior TV experience for consumers. With Philips TVs, TP Vision is a global leader in the hospitality market. Based in Amsterdam, the Netherlands, TP Vision is the exclusive brand licensee of Philips TV for the above listed countries. The TV Company is 70% owned by TPV Technology, headquartered in Taiwan, and 30% by Royal Philips Electronics, headquartered in the Netherlands. TP Vision employs close to 3,300 people in several locations around the globe.
For more detailed information, photos and videos, please visit TP Vision's official website: www.tpvision.ru.
CONTACT: For further information,
please visit www.ctcmedia.ru or contact:
Director, Corporate Communications and Investor Relations
+ 7 495 783 3650
Senior Manager, Investor Relations
+7 495 981 0740
Head of Media Relations, Press Secretary
+7 495 785 6347, ext. 1210
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