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Online movie theaters want to make it compulsory to publish programs of free-to-air TV channels

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Roskomnadzor intends to oblige video services to show their users information about free broadcasts of Russian TV channels. Draft order of the agency provides for the display of channels of the first and second multiplexes from August 1 of this year.

Online movie theaters want to make it compulsory to publish programs of free-to-air TV channels

Based on the provisions of the law, online services will display information about free broadcasts of TV channels on the home page, on a separate page, in the programs and other notifications. The RCN insists that the visualization of this information must be carried out continuously.

The list of channels, their names, logos, sequences and programs are the very information that will be visible to all users of video platforms. This data should also be included in the content produced by the services.

Priority will be given to TV channels with free online broadcasting. Twenty TV channels of the first and second multiplexes will be available to users of online movie theaters. "Channel One, Russia 1, TV Center, NTV, Channel Five, Russia 24, Culture, Match TV, Karusel, and OTR, " are included in the first. "Spas, TV-3, Domashniy, Pyatnitsa, Zvezda, STS, MIR, TNT, Ren TV, and Muz-TV are in the second multiplex.

Vitrina TV is likely to become the single provider.

Roskomnadzor and representatives of TV channels must decide on which platform the free broadcasts will be shown. An appropriate decision will be made by October 1.

In June, the RCN. sued against the video services "Kinopoisk", ivi and Megogo for showing scenes of smoking without adequate warning about the dangers of tobacco use. "Kinopoisk" and ivi decided to challenge the actions of Roskomnadzor in arbitration court. According to these services, the law "On protection of citizens’ health from the effects of tobacco smoke, the consequences of tobacco consumption or consumption of nicotine-containing products" from 2014 does not apply to online movie theaters, as they do not have a broadcasting license. General Director of Megogo in Russia said that the company also intends to appeal the decisions of the RCN. The fine imposed on the companies amounted to 100 thousand rubles, Kommersant found out

In May, the Association of Internet Video (AIV), which includes ivi, Okko, Megogo and other services, asked Roskomnadzor to include a localized version of the Netflix platform in the register of audiovisual services. The authors of the complaint note that the site is visited by more than 100 thousand people a day. Foreign video services are not included in this register in accordance with the law of 2017. Earlier, the head of AIV Alexei Bardin initiated similar appeals to the RCN regarding Google Play, Amazon Prime Video, Apple TV+.

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