As expected, Russia is getting an influx of HDTV, now that Comstar-Direct has soft launched its high definition service. Featuring the Discovery HD, MelodyZen, Luxe TV and Voom HD channels, plus 10 HD movies via VOD. The IPTV service runs over ADSL2+ modems and HDTV decoders Comstar plans to roll out over the next two years as part of its modernization project. The EngadgetHD Russia readership will hopefully be part of the 80% of Comstar subscribers expected to have HDTV access -- and some additional channels -- by the end of 2009.

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Russian IPTV provider Comstar launches HDTV service