|Launched||July 1, 2002|
|Owned by||Russian Government|
|Picture format||16:9 576i SDTV|
The Best from Russia|
(Russian): Лучшее из России
|Sister channel(s)||Russia-1, Russia-2, Carousel, Russia-K, Russia-24|
|SKY Italia (Italy)||Channel 576|
|DirecTV (USA)||Channel 2141|
|Available on most cable systems||Check local listings for channels|
|Rogers Cable (Canada)||Channel 885|
|HOT (Israel)||Channel 102|
|Cablecom (Switzerland)||Channel 675 (digital CH-D)|
|naxoo (Switzerland)||Channel 304|
|UPC Poland||Channel 807|
|VMedia (Canada)||Channel 896|
|RTR Planeta Live||Free|
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.
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. 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 GMT from Space Launch Complex 36B at the Cape Canaveral Air Force Station.
On May 1, 2010, RTR Planeta returned to the Ukrainian cable networks.
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 is portraying Ukrainian people as enemies of Russia and showing contempt for Ukraine’s territorial integrity.
- Logo used from July 1 2002 till December 31 2009
- Logo used from January 1 2010 till May 30 2010
- Logo used from May 30 2010 (used for the international version of the channel)
- Logo used from May 30 2010 (used for the CIS version of the channel)
- TV channel RTR-Planeta proposes special version for Ukraine, Kyiv Post (October 13, 2009)
- ‘Lithuania creates precedent in EU by banning Russian TV station’, Delfi, April 10, 2015