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03/05/1997

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Digital TV Makes Russia Debut

A new television network has unveiled the first digital broadcast technology in Russia, promising to offer viewers better picture quality while lowering the company's bottom line. The CTC network's $2.5 million facility began beaming American soap operas and Russian movies Monday from a small room atop a 14-story building in northwest Moscow. The signal is sent to an orbiting satellite, which relays pictures to audiences in TV markets across Russia. ""We are autonomous, like a submarine,"" said CTC technical director Alexander Grechishnikov, emphasizing that the network -- which got off the ground last December -- does not need to use one of the big re-transmitters around Moscow. CTC, with financial backing from U.S. media investor StoryFirst Communications, owns and operates nine major affiliates in Russia's biggest cities. It broadcasts in Moscow on Channel 27, although many local residents are currently unable to receive the signal.

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