RTR-Planeta is the international service of VGTRK, a state-owned broadcaster in Russia. It is available throughout the world via cable and satellite. In fact, RTR Planeta is the only provider of Russian-language programming to the Asia-Pacific region covered by the AsiaSat 2 Satellite. To step up the accessibility of its content to viewers RTR Planeta has eagerly embraced new technologies launching in various IPTV, ADSL and other advanced networks.

LaunchedJuly 1, 2002
Owned byRussian Government
Picture format576i (SDTV) 16:9
SloganThe Best from Russia
(Russian): Лучшее из России
Broadcast areaWorldwide
HeadquartersMoscow, Russia
Sister channel(s)Russia-1, Russia-2, Bibigon, Russia-K, Russia-24
Hot Bird (Europe, Middle East, North Africa)11034 V / 27500 / 3/4
Türksat 3A (Turkey)11472 H / 23450 / 5/6
Ekspress AM44 (Europe, Middle East, North Africa)3662 R / 10808 / 1/2 (C-Band)
SKY Italia (Italy)Channel 576
DirecTV (USA)Channel 2141
Asiasat 5 (Asia, Europe, Middle East, Ochinia)3840 H / 29720 / 5/6 (C-Band)
Available on most cable systemsCheck local listings for channels
Rogers Cable (Canada)Channel 885
HOT (Israel)Channel 102
UPC Switzerland (Switzerland)Channel 675 (SD)
naxoo (Switzerland)Channel 304
UPC PolandChannel 807
Kabel Deutschland (Germany)Channel 826 (SD)
Unitymedia (Germany)Channel 421 (SD)
VMedia (Canada)Channel 896
A1 TV (Austria)Channel 114 (SD)
Telekom Entertain (Germany)Channel 353 (SD)
Streaming media
RTR Planeta LiveFree

In October 2009 a separate version of the TV channel to broadcast via the Eutelsat 36A satellite to Ukrainian TV viewers was especially created. This was done because on November 1, 2008 the Ukrainian Television and Radio Broadcasting Council demanded that (Ukrainian) cable operators remove Russian TV channels that did not adopt the Ukrainian legislation from their broadcasting lists. The decision affected, in particular, RTR-Planeta, Channel One and TV Center.[1] Also, at that time, It was constructed by Alcatel Space is based on the Spacebus-3000B2 satellite bus. It was launched on the maiden flight of the Atlas III carrier rocket, which used the Atlas IIIA configuration. The launch was contracted by International Launch Services, and occurred on 24 May 2000, at 23:10 UTC from Space Launch Complex 36B at the Cape Canaveral Air Force Station.

On May 1, 2010, RTR Planeta returned to the Ukrainian cable networks.

Lithuanian ban

In April 2015 RTR Planeta's broadcasts were blocked for three months by Lithuania because of transmitting ‘propagation of violence and instigation of war’. Lithuania's Radio and Television Commission gave the explanation that RTR Planeta was portraying Ukrainian people as enemies of Russia and showing contempt for Ukraine’s territorial integrity.[2]

Latvian ban

On January 31 2019 RTR Planeta's broadcasts were blocked for three months in Latvia because of transmitting "propaganda and hate speeches, that were considered encouraging violence". Some of the hate speeches encouraged viewers to hang Ukrainians over their political views. This was the second time the channel received a ban in Latvia, the previous time being in 2016, when the channel was accused of spreading false information.[3]


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