Jan 2020 Update
Sadly it looks like the 25 extra channels provided by Kartina-Satellite on the Astra 1 satellite, have been withdrawn. So its back to One group for Russian plus the 2 on Eutel 9a. Ukraine is not affected, from Astra 4.
November 2019 Update
The Hotbird (Russia 1 package) channels have been around a long time and are well established. The 10 New Russian ( and Ukraine) channels added in 2018 on the Astra satellite are now part of the new Subscription package Russia_2 . This brings the total number of Russian language channels up considerably. A 2 lnb dish is required (channels on 2 satellites ) see Package Russia 2a. There are also a few more channels on the Eutelsat satellite which have a strong signal and can be received on a 3 lnb dish . For those needing both the Russian AND Ukraine channels, that is also possible – details are on the Ukraine page.
Russia 1 Dish
I recommend the 65cm Single lnb coated steel Technomate dish with tm1 or similar good quality lnb, having low noise and high gain characteristics. This combination gives great results in all uk areas.
Russia 2 Dish
An 80cm coated steel dish from Triax or Technomate, with 2 lnbs – tm1 or similar good lnb, with low noise and high gain. This combination gives good signal strength in most uk areas on both satellites
What receiver will I get with these packages? The Amiko HD is recommended. Easy to use , easy to update, has blind scan facility if new channels are found
Children's Channels from Russia
There are very few specific channels for children, there is Karousel for very young children and a Cartoon channel for 5 – 10 age group. The new offering from the Astra satellite gives you Detski Mir a kids channel from the Russian Chain Children’s retailer lastly Mult ( multfilm ) a brand new all-Russian cartoon channel
You can combine Russian packages with others by using a motorised dish or a multi satellite dish
If you want to combine Russian channels package with channels from another satellite, eg English Freesat , French or German, you can choose a motorised dish or a multi satellite dish . Many satellite receivers including the Amiko HD are capable of multi-satellite tuning.
Motorised 1m dish can receive any satellite from 30 degrees west to 42 east, in most places.
Multi satellite Wide angle dish with up to 4 or 5 satellites on a Toroidal dish with 40 degree spread
Multi sat ( up to 4 or 5 satellites ) on a standard Parabolic dish – 20 degree spread