March 2022 Update:
Express AM8 New Channels: RSCC have just started transmission of some interesting Russian channels on this satellite. Not much is known about their plans for the future, they may be linked to the conflict in Ukraine. The signal is fairly strong in the UK, if you want both these AND the Hotbird Russian channels, a motorised dish is the best method ( or 2 separate dishes ). Channels – see Russia package 4 below
The Free Russian channels from the Hotbird satellite, have been around a long time, are well established, and are unlikely to change. See Russia package 1 below
Also, there are the channels ‘Karusel’ and the ‘Russian Travel Guide’ on Eutelsat 9a which can be added to the main Hotbird dish if required.
If Ukraine is of interest, there is only one Ukraine channel on Hotbird, but there are a good number of Ukraine channels, on the Astra 4 satellite, which can be added, details are on the Ukraine page.
Russia 1 Free
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 Free
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 for the Russian channels in England,Wales and Scotland on both satellites
Russia 3 - Russia + Ukraine
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 for the Russian and Ukraine channels in all UK areas.
NEW Motorised Dish Including AM8 satellite Russian Channels
First Channel Russia, Channel One Russia, Kanal 5, Russia 24 News, Russia Kultura, NTV, Match!, Karousel, Channel One Russia, Russia 24 News, NTV, RTR Planeta, TNT Comedy, Pobeda, Rus Bestseller, TV8, Novy Mir, TV Rus, Belarus 24, Life TV Est CurrentTime HD, EuroNews Rus, Soyuz, CNL Rus TBN Russia, Karousel, RTG
Ukraine Channels From Astra 4: Sirius tv, ATR, 1+1, 2+2, TET, PlusPlus, Bigudi tv, Donbass TV Unian TV, Music Box Ukraina, OTV Ukr, TVKiev, Indigo TV, New Christian TV, News One, Espreso TV, Karavan TV Hromadske, Zik Ukr, RADA, Natali, Mist Nadiya, Sonce Ukr, Kanal 5 Ukr, RTI
Channels from AM8 Satellite: First Channel Russia, Channel One Russia, Kanal 5, Russia 24 News, Russia Kultura, NTV, Match!, Karousel, REN, Pyat_Nitsa, TeleKanal Spas, TV3, TV Centr, STS, OTR, Telekanal Zvezda, Mir, Mir 24, Muz TV, Moskva 24, 1 Krim(Crimea)
What receiver will I get with the Russia 1 package? I recommend the German made Octagon, with S2X tuner.
Note: Ordinary DVB S2 receivers will not tune the AM8 Russian channels.
I recommend the 80cm or 1m Single lnb coated steel Technomate dish with tm2600 motor and good quality lnb, for good results in all UK areas
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 with channels from other satellites you can choose a motorised dish or a multi satellite dish
Frequencies of Russian Hotbird Channels 2022
|CNL Russia||10815||H||27500 5/6||DVB-S|
|TBN Russia||10815||H||27500 5/6||DVB-S|
|TNT Comedy||11034||V||27500 3/4||DVB-S|
|Euronews Russian||11034||V||27500 3/4||DVB-S|
|TV Rus||11034||V||27500 3/4||DVB-S|
|RTR Planeta||11034||V||27500 3/4||DVB-S|
|Rossiya 24||11034||V||27500 3/4||DVB-S|
|NTV Mir||11034||V||27500 3/4||DVB-S|
|Soyuz TV||11034||V||27500 3/4||DVB-S|
|TV 8 Russia||11034||V||27500 3/4||DVB-S|
|Novy Mir||11240||V||27500 3/4||DVB-S|
|Belarus 24 HD||11565||H||29900 3/4||DVB-S2|
|CGTN Russia||11585||V||27500 5/6||DVB-S2|
|Pobeda TV||11727||V||29900 3/4||DVB-S2|
|Life TV||12303||V||27500 3/4||DVB-S2|
|Perviy Kanal Romania||12596||V||27500 3/4||DVB-S|
|Первый канал www.||12596||V||27500 3/4||DVB-S|