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France bets on development of biocontrol to solve pesticide problem

By Cécile Barbière

Having struggled to reduce the use of plant protection products, France intends to work twice as hard on the development of so-called 'biocontrol' methods. Besides, it is pushing to develop more favourable rules at the European level for the industry. EURACTIV France reports.

Nuclear β€˜excluded’ from EU’s new Just Transition Fund

By Beatriz Rios reporting from Strasbourg

The EU's regional policy Commissioner Elisa Ferreira revealed on Tuesday (14 January) details of the €100 billion Just Transition Mechanism, a key financial component of the European Green Deal that should make the bloc climate neutral by 2050.

Just Transition Fund won’t come β€˜at the expense’ of Cohesion, EU’s Ferreira claims

By Beatriz Rios

The creation of a Just Transition Fund to help poorer EU regions move towards a climate-neutral economy cannot come at the expense of the bloc's Cohesion Policy, the EU's regional policy Commissioner has said.

Slow TV debuts in Estonia

By Chris Dziadul

Estonia’s leading cable operator Elisa has launched a new proprietary entertainment channel.

Known as Elisa telekanal, it features Elisa’s original episodes and clips, introducing Elisa Huub and video rental content. For the first time in Estonia, it also offers ‘slow TV’.

Commenting on the launch, Triin Lember, content buying specialist at Elisa, said: “The so-called slow TV, which originated in Scandinavia, has been making waves in the world for years. Elisa telekanal (viewers) can be relaxed in the future by watching kayak trips on the open sea and rivers, ferry trips to the islands of Estonia or cycling on beautiful West Estonian roads”.

More entertainment clips will be added to the channel in due course and in future it will also show broadcasts and recordings of selected sports and entertainment events.

Elisa telekanal is being offered free of charge to all Elisa cable customers.

Slow TV debuts in Estonia

By Chris Dziadul

Estonia’s leading cable operator Elisa has launched a new proprietary entertainment channel.

Known as Elisa telekanal, it features Elisa’s original episodes and clips, introducing Elisa Huub and video rental content. For the first time in Estonia, it also offers ‘slow TV’.

Commenting on the launch, Triin Lember, content buying specialist at Elisa, said: “The so-called slow TV, which originated in Scandinavia, has been making waves in the world for years. Elisa telekanal (viewers) can be relaxed in the future by watching kayak trips on the open sea and rivers, ferry trips to the islands of Estonia or cycling on beautiful West Estonian roads”.

More entertainment clips will be added to the channel in due course and in future it will also show broadcasts and recordings of selected sports and entertainment events.

Elisa telekanal is being offered free of charge to all Elisa cable customers.

HD DTT expands in Estonia

By Chris Dziadul

Elisa Klassic customers throughout the whole of Estonia are now able to watch the country’s most popular terrestrial TV channels in HD.

According to Elisa, this follows the successful first phase of the project, which was launched in October.

Kanal 2, Kanal 11, Kanal 12, TV3, TV6, TV3+, Sony Channel, Sony Turbo, Filmzone and Filmzone+, as well as ETV, ETV2 and ETV+, can now be viewed in the format.

Commenting on the development, Silver Soomre, head of Elisa TVservices, said: “The test period started in October passed successfully and we received very good feedback from our customers. The HD TV picture was highly anticipated in this customer segment and in cooperation with Levira, we are delighted to offer our customers a sharper experience all over Estonia”.

While the earlier Levira terrestrial TV was at 576i, the new TV is about twice the resolution.

Meelis Anton, head of network services at Levira, added: “The transition to HD-quality channel broadcasting gives viewers the opportunity to enjoy several times sharper TV and even the smallest details in TV shows or movie”.

HD DTT expands in Estonia

By Chris Dziadul

Elisa Klassic customers throughout the whole of Estonia are now able to watch the country’s most popular terrestrial TV channels in HD.

According to Elisa, this follows the successful first phase of the project, which was launched in October.

Kanal 2, Kanal 11, Kanal 12, TV3, TV6, TV3+, Sony Channel, Sony Turbo, Filmzone and Filmzone+, as well as ETV, ETV2 and ETV+, can now be viewed in the format.

Commenting on the development, Silver Soomre, head of Elisa TVservices, said: “The test period started in October passed successfully and we received very good feedback from our customers. The HD TV picture was highly anticipated in this customer segment and in cooperation with Levira, we are delighted to offer our customers a sharper experience all over Estonia”.

While the earlier Levira terrestrial TV was at 576i, the new TV is about twice the resolution.

Meelis Anton, head of network services at Levira, added: “The transition to HD-quality channel broadcasting gives viewers the opportunity to enjoy several times sharper TV and even the smallest details in TV shows or movie”.

Estonia welcomes new generation HD

By Chris Dziadul

Estonia’s leading cable operator Elisa has begun to broadcast a new generation of HD picture in partnership with Levira.

In the first phase, the most popular Estonian channels have been made available in HD for Elisa Klassik FTA viewers in Tallinn and Lääne-Viru County.

The HD picture is transmitted at a new frequency and encoding, allowing for data to be sent at a much larger volume. The channels available in HD are Kanal 2, Kanal 11, Kanal 12, TV3, TV6, TV3+, Sony Channel, Sony Turbo, Filmzone and Filmzone+.

Commenting on the development, Silver Soomre, Elisa’s TV services manager, said: “When we made HD TV a standard for all Elisa Elamus cable customers in the spring, now is the time to bring a sharper experience to customers over the the air”.

While the previous Levira over the air service was at 576i resolution, the new one is around to twice as large.

The signals can be received by all major Samsung. LG, Sony and Philips TVs from 2016 onwards.

Reception also requires DVB-T2 and H.265 encoding support and a Conax digital set-top box.

Estonia welcomes new generation HD

By Chris Dziadul

Estonia’s leading cable operator Elisa has begun to broadcast a new generation of HD picture in partnership with Levira.

In the first phase, the most popular Estonian channels have been made available in HD for Elisa Klassik FTA viewers in Tallinn and Lääne-Viru County.

The HD picture is transmitted at a new frequency and encoding, allowing for data to be sent at a much larger volume. The channels available in HD are Kanal 2, Kanal 11, Kanal 12, TV3, TV6, TV3+, Sony Channel, Sony Turbo, Filmzone and Filmzone+.

Commenting on the development, Silver Soomre, Elisa’s TV services manager, said: “When we made HD TV a standard for all Elisa Elamus cable customers in the spring, now is the time to bring a sharper experience to customers over the the air”.

While the previous Levira over the air service was at 576i resolution, the new one is around to twice as large.

The signals can be received by all major Samsung. LG, Sony and Philips TVs from 2016 onwards.

Reception also requires DVB-T2 and H.265 encoding support and a Conax digital set-top box.

Estonia welcomes new generation HD

By Chris Dziadul

Estonia’s leading cable operator Elisa has begun to broadcast a new generation of HD picture in partnership with Levira.

In the first phase, the most popular Estonian channels have been made available in HD for Elisa Klassik FTA viewers in Tallinn and Lääne-Viru County.

The HD picture is transmitted at a new frequency and encoding, allowing for data to be sent at a much larger volume. The channels available in HD are Kanal 2, Kanal 11, Kanal 12, TV3, TV6, TV3+, Sony Channel, Sony Turbo, Filmzone and Filmzone+.

Commenting on the development, Silver Soomre, Elisa’s TV services manager, said: “When we made HD TV a standard for all Elisa Elamus cable customers in the spring, now is the time to bring a sharper experience to customers over the the air”.

While the previous Levira over the air service was at 576i resolution, the new one is around to twice as large.

The signals can be received by all major Samsung. LG, Sony and Philips TVs from 2016 onwards.

Reception also requires DVB-T2 and H.265 encoding support and a Conax digital set-top box.

Elisa tops Estonian pay-TV table

By Chris Dziadul

Elisa ended the second quarter with 206,500 subscribers to its pay-TV services, according to data published by Estonia’s Consumer Protection and Technical Surveillance Authority (TTJA).

It was followed by Telia (205,800), STV (83,000) and other operators (11,000), with the total number of pay-TV subscribers having increased by 30,000 over the last two years.

Commenting on the figures, Andrus Hiiepuu, Elisa’s board member and head of the private client unit, said that Elisa Elamus is very different from today’s market and its market leadership shows that customers are very satisfied with the new service.

“In the fast-growing world of streaming, content is king. When we came out last autumn with our streaming platform to provide our customers with the best content in the best quality, we did not expect such a good response from our users. In just half a year, the usage of Elisa Huub has increased sixfold, and this year we are also launching two brand new Elisa original series, Over the Knife and The Retro.

“There are daily developments in the streaming world and we want to be at the forefront of the Estonian market. In addition, only Elisa can you find everything on TV under the theme worlds and this coming season, we’ll give our customers an even better viewing experience.”

Boost for Estonian cable subscribers

By Chris Dziadul

All services from Estonia’s leading cable operator Elisa can now be received via a national fibre network operated by Elektrilevi.

These include its most advanced TV offer and broadband internet access of up to 1Gbps.

Elisa recommends that its customers should check Elektrilevi’ s site to see when the network which reach their address.

Elektrilevi is the largest network operator in Estonia and manages approximately 60,000km of power lines and 24,000 substations.

It plans its high-speed fibre network to reach 200,000 homes and companies that do not currently have a high-quality internet connection within the next five years.

Elektrilevi currently charges a one-off fee of €199 for connecting to its network.

Boost for Estonian cable subscribers

By Chris Dziadul

All services from Estonia’s leading cable operator Elisa can now be received via a national fibre network operated by Elektrilevi.

These include its most advanced TV offer and broadband internet access of up to 1Gbps.

Elisa recommends that its customers should check Elektrilevi’ s site to see when the network which reach their address.

Elektrilevi is the largest network operator in Estonia and manages approximately 60,000km of power lines and 24,000 substations.

It plans its high-speed fibre network to reach 200,000 homes and companies that do not currently have a high-quality internet connection within the next five years.

Elektrilevi currently charges a one-off fee of €199 for connecting to its network.

Elisa upgrades HD offer

By Chris Dziadul

Estonia’s leading cable operator Elisa has made HD versions of the main commercial TV channels in the country available to its customers.

As of May 1, all those who opt for its basic TV service can receive TV3, TV6 and TV3+ HD.

In addition, Elisa Elasmus and Klassic cable customers are now being offered TV3 HD, TV6 HD and TV3+ HD free of charge.

The change means that customers will no longer have to pay an additional €3 a month to watch these HD channels.

Elisa heads Estonian pay-TV market

By Chris Dziadul

Elisa assumed top spot in Estonia’s pay-TV market last summer and ended the year with 202,500 customers receiving its services.

Quoting data produced by the Technical Surveillance Authority, the company says that it was closely followed by Telia (197,300), with STV a distant third (87,000).

Elisa adds that it was also the leading provider of mobile services in Estonia as the Q4 2017, followed by Telia and STV.

Elisa secured top spot in the pay-TV sector following the end of FTA broadcasts by TV3 and Kanal2, the country’s two leading commercial broadcasters.

Elisa’s operations include the former Starman, the leading cable operator in Estonia, which it acquired in December 2016 in a deal worth €151 million.

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