The First Channel is still the top-rated TV channel in Russia, broadcasting all the popular TV series and shows in the Russian language. It was previously known as ORT, which stands for Общественное Российское Телевидение - Public Russian Television. ORT is widely watched throughout Russia and former Soviet Union Republics. However, it is not an independent television channel and is controlled by the Russian government. Perhaps, this is why it has been so successful among Russian Online TV viewers.