Viacom to Broadcast Spike TV Channel in Russia

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US holding Viacom International Media Networks has announced plans to broadcast the television channel Spike in Russia and the CIS, Kommersant reported.

According to Elena Balmont, Viacom’s representative in Russia and the CIS, the channel will air such TV series as "Sherlock," "Peaky Blinders," "Fargo," "Suits" and "Lost," as well as show films and other TV programmes. Balmont said that Spike will make its money from subscriptions and will be broadcast in packages offered by cable operators, including Rostelecom, Orion and Akado.

Spike was launched in 2003. It is currently broadcast in the US, Canada, the Netherlands, the UK, Hungary, Australia and Belgium. This year, the channel is scheduled to be on televisions in South Africa, Argentina and Mexico, Kommersant noted. According to the newspaper, Spike is aimed at viewers aged 35 and older with a focus on men.