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Digital TV Europe Euro 50 > Leaders in broadband and pay-TV
Technical director, NTV
Oleg Kolesnikov is recognised for making an outstanding contribution
to the successful implementation of digital TV services in Russia.
As technical director of DTH pay-TV operator NTV Plus Kolesnikov
oversees distribution of the platform via three separate satellites cov-
ering all of Russia. Under his watch, the platform has grown to over 160
channels including HD services, own-produced channels, Russian pre-
mier league football and dedicated movie channels as well as three
Education Graduated from the Aerophysics and Space Research
Department of Moscow Institute of Physics and Technology.
Likely breakthrough service or technology Broadband mobile enter- Career path In 1995 Kolesnikov began to work in the sport editor’s
tainment services. office of the NTV broadcasting company. In 2005 he began working as
technical director of NTV-Plus.
Favourite film character Indiana Jones
Highlights from the last year I have helped to create continuity
Life outside work With my family and watching Manchester United and rooms for multichannel broadcasting, a video data archiving system
England whenever and wherever I can. and have delivered HDTV and multichannel TV with Dolby Digital.
Goals for the next year To develop full digital, tapeless TV produc-
tion workflows for our own sports production. The implementation of
Lessons learned from the downturn Nobody is immune to real sys- DD5.1 production for our movie channels. To develop and launch an
tem shocks, but I think we held our own. My company and other opera- MPEG-4 SD platform, and new MPEG-4 HD channels produced in-
tors had their rough years in the telecom crisis of 2000-01 and learned house. Also, to develop interactive services for DTH subscribers and to
important lessons. We came well prepared this time. offer IPTV and web broadcasting for our own channels.
Last year’s most surprising development The phenomenal explosion Likely breakthrough service or technology IPTV and web distribu-
of social media and quality user content such as Apple iPhone apps. It is tion, contribution and broadcasting.
showing us the way how we need to engage the next generation of cus-
tomers with creative and intuitive use of ubiquitous connectivity. Favourite TV or film character House.
Goals for the next year To bring cable firmly to the centre stage of the Life outside work Sports, including oriental combat sports and mar-
communications business, and to unify it even more than it is today. tial arts training.
Cable Europe has come a long way and professionalised the lobby and
visibility of our industry. We need to take this a step further.
Likely breakthrough service or technology User interfaces, making
products easy and intuitive to use. Customers will take technology for
granted and only want convenient tools that simplify their lives.
Favourite TV personalities The guys at Top Gear, Jeremy Clarkson,
James May and Richard Hammond, who also does Brainiac. Which boy
does not dream of blowing up caravans and driving the best cars in the
Life outside work With my loving wife and four kids. Much of it is spent
on the hockey field. I am keeping fit by rowing and biking to work.
Beyond that I am at sea a lot, sailing, surfing and most of all kite-surfing.
Visit us at at www.digitaltveurope.net
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