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Elisa rides out Covid-19 storm

By Chris Dziadul

Elisa ended the second quarter with a total of 204,000 subscribers to its cable and DTT terrestrial services in Estonia.

This, according to the company’s latest set of results, was slightly down on the 206,000 posted in the corresponding period last year. While the number of DTT subscribers remained constant at 87,000, cable customers fell from 119,000 to 117,000. Meanwhile, the number of fixed broadband customers rose from 96,000 to 98,000 over the same period.

In Finland, Elisa ended the second quarter with 520,000 cable subscribers, up from 495,000 a year earlier. Its fixed broadband subscriber total fell by 2,000 during the year to June 30 to 592,000.

Elisa Group as a whole had revenues of €461 million in Q2, up from €452 million a year earlier. Its EBITDA rose from €164 million to €168 million over the same period.

In Estonia, the company’s revenuers in Q2 amounted to €43.1 million, a 2% increase on a year earlier.

Elisa says it plans to continue developing its cable network and consolidate its mobile data exchange network in preparation for the launch of 5G in Estonia.

It also plans to build hundreds of more kilometres of fibre-optic lines to offer super-fast internet access to more Estonians.

BBC Studios inks Estonian deal

By Chris Dziadul

BBC Studios has signed a cooperation agreement with the Estonian operator Elisa.

As a result, its content will be offered on Huub, a streaming service available to customers of Elisa Elasmus’ cable service, from this month.

Commenting on the development, Toomas Ili, Elisa’s content procurement manager, said: “In addition to the best domestic series already available from our TV channels, Elisa’s exclusive original series and both domestic and foreign feature films, the first top British series bearing the BBC quality label will reach Huub’s subscribers already in July”.

Salim Mukaddam, VP of collaborative projects and content sales at BBC Studios EMEA, added: “We are happy to start cooperating with Elisa in Estonia to bring our best drama series to their platform. We have been licensing our content in Estonia for many years and we know that the local audience is very interested in British series. We hope to further expand our collaboration in the coming years”.

BBC Studios inks Estonian deal

By Chris Dziadul

BBC Studios has signed a cooperation agreement with the Estonian operator Elisa.

As a result, its content will be offered on Huub, a streaming service available to customers of Elisa Elasmus’ cable service, from this month.

Commenting on the development, Toomas Ili, Elisa’s content procurement manager, said: “In addition to the best domestic series already available from our TV channels, Elisa’s exclusive original series and both domestic and foreign feature films, the first top British series bearing the BBC quality label will reach Huub’s subscribers already in July”.

Salim Mukaddam, VP of collaborative projects and content sales at BBC Studios EMEA, added: “We are happy to start cooperating with Elisa in Estonia to bring our best drama series to their platform. We have been licensing our content in Estonia for many years and we know that the local audience is very interested in British series. We hope to further expand our collaboration in the coming years”.

HGTV launches in Estonia

By Chris Dziadul

Elisa and Discovery have entered into a strategic partnership to bring HGTV into Estonia.

Elisa will be the first operator in Estonia and Baltics to launch HGTV, in a landmark deal that also sees the channel localised in Estonian language for the Estonian audience.

Commenting on the development, Ekaterina Mihajlovic, Sr. Commercial Development Manager Discovery CEEMCA (Central and Eastern Europe, Mediterranean and Central Asia), said: “We are really excited to expand our strategic partnership with Elisa, by bringing HGTV on the Estonian market, in addition to the current portfolio. In the coming months, we are going to fully drive the awareness and engagement around the channel, and I’m happy we’ve found in Elisa a strong and innovative business partner to support the common goal of bringing this exciting new home and gardening genre. Moreover, we are further expanding our footprint of HD channels on Elisa’s platform to make sure we provide our high-quality content to as many subscribers as possible: we are launching Investigation Discovery HD, DTX HD and Discovery Science HD, while bringing Animal Planet HD, Eurosport 1 HD and Eurosport 2 HD in the Basic and Extended packages, which cover an even wider subscriber base. At the same time, we will keep growing our already existing portfolio, with the aim to power people’s passions around as many verticals as possible: adventure & survival, tough jobs, family and relationships, extreme medical cases, travel. All of this while also fuelling fans’ passion for sports and bringing the best tennis – Grand Slams, cycling, snooker and the most comprehensive Olympic experience”.

Toomas Ili, head of TV content acquisitions at Elisa, added: “Elisa is proud to be the first TV service provider in Estonia to introduce HGTV to its clients. We are committed to offering our viewers the best possible selection of premium TV channels. This, together with our exclusive original programming, makes Elisa the top content provider and entertainer in Estonian market”.

HGTV launches in Estonia

By Chris Dziadul

Elisa and Discovery have entered into a strategic partnership to bring HGTV into Estonia.

Elisa will be the first operator in Estonia and Baltics to launch HGTV, in a landmark deal that also sees the channel localised in Estonian language for the Estonian audience.

Commenting on the development, Ekaterina Mihajlovic, Sr. Commercial Development Manager Discovery CEEMCA (Central and Eastern Europe, Mediterranean and Central Asia), said: “We are really excited to expand our strategic partnership with Elisa, by bringing HGTV on the Estonian market, in addition to the current portfolio. In the coming months, we are going to fully drive the awareness and engagement around the channel, and I’m happy we’ve found in Elisa a strong and innovative business partner to support the common goal of bringing this exciting new home and gardening genre. Moreover, we are further expanding our footprint of HD channels on Elisa’s platform to make sure we provide our high-quality content to as many subscribers as possible: we are launching Investigation Discovery HD, DTX HD and Discovery Science HD, while bringing Animal Planet HD, Eurosport 1 HD and Eurosport 2 HD in the Basic and Extended packages, which cover an even wider subscriber base. At the same time, we will keep growing our already existing portfolio, with the aim to power people’s passions around as many verticals as possible: adventure & survival, tough jobs, family and relationships, extreme medical cases, travel. All of this while also fuelling fans’ passion for sports and bringing the best tennis – Grand Slams, cycling, snooker and the most comprehensive Olympic experience”.

Toomas Ili, head of TV content acquisitions at Elisa, added: “Elisa is proud to be the first TV service provider in Estonia to introduce HGTV to its clients. We are committed to offering our viewers the best possible selection of premium TV channels. This, together with our exclusive original programming, makes Elisa the top content provider and entertainer in Estonian market”.

HGTV launches in Estonia

By Chris Dziadul

Elisa and Discovery have entered into a strategic partnership to bring HGTV into Estonia.

Elisa will be the first operator in Estonia and Baltics to launch HGTV, in a landmark deal that also sees the channel localised in Estonian language for the Estonian audience.

Commenting on the development, Ekaterina Mihajlovic, Sr. Commercial Development Manager Discovery CEEMCA (Central and Eastern Europe, Mediterranean and Central Asia), said: “We are really excited to expand our strategic partnership with Elisa, by bringing HGTV on the Estonian market, in addition to the current portfolio. In the coming months, we are going to fully drive the awareness and engagement around the channel, and I’m happy we’ve found in Elisa a strong and innovative business partner to support the common goal of bringing this exciting new home and gardening genre. Moreover, we are further expanding our footprint of HD channels on Elisa’s platform to make sure we provide our high-quality content to as many subscribers as possible: we are launching Investigation Discovery HD, DTX HD and Discovery Science HD, while bringing Animal Planet HD, Eurosport 1 HD and Eurosport 2 HD in the Basic and Extended packages, which cover an even wider subscriber base. At the same time, we will keep growing our already existing portfolio, with the aim to power people’s passions around as many verticals as possible: adventure & survival, tough jobs, family and relationships, extreme medical cases, travel. All of this while also fuelling fans’ passion for sports and bringing the best tennis – Grand Slams, cycling, snooker and the most comprehensive Olympic experience”.

Toomas Ili, head of TV content acquisitions at Elisa, added: “Elisa is proud to be the first TV service provider in Estonia to introduce HGTV to its clients. We are committed to offering our viewers the best possible selection of premium TV channels. This, together with our exclusive original programming, makes Elisa the top content provider and entertainer in Estonian market”.

Elisa upgrades TV service

By Chris Dziadul

Estonia’s leading cable operator Elisa has added 20 TV channels in HD to Elisa Elasmus.

As a result, its over-the-air customers can now watch the services, ten of which are the main Estonian channels, in the high resolution and for no additional cost.

Elisa notes that the channels are being transmitted in new encoding, namely 1080p rather than 576i resolution.

Commenting on the development, Silver Soomre, Elisa’s Head of TV Services, said: “Last year, we launched Elisa Klassik for Over the Air Customers in cooperation with Levira, and in parallel, we also developed an over-the-air experience for customers. Today, we are pleased to note that all Elisa TV customers see the best selection of channels in high resolution.

“A higher resolution will give TV viewers many times a better and sharper TV picture, with smaller details easily noticeable.”

The channels include all domestic channels like ETV, ETV2, Kanal2 and TV3, as well as sports channels like TV3 Sport and TV3Sport 2. Others include Sony Channel, Sony Turbo, Filmzone, ETV +, Viasat Explore, Viasat History, SetMa Sports, MCM in high resolution Top, 3+, Kidzone + and TV3 Film.

Elisa upgrades TV service

By Chris Dziadul

Estonia’s leading cable operator Elisa has added 20 TV channels in HD to Elisa Elasmus.

As a result, its over-the-air customers can now watch the services, ten of which are the main Estonian channels, in the high resolution and for no additional cost.

Elisa notes that the channels are being transmitted in new encoding, namely 1080p rather than 576i resolution.

Commenting on the development, Silver Soomre, Elisa’s Head of TV Services, said: “Last year, we launched Elisa Klassik for Over the Air Customers in cooperation with Levira, and in parallel, we also developed an over-the-air experience for customers. Today, we are pleased to note that all Elisa TV customers see the best selection of channels in high resolution.

“A higher resolution will give TV viewers many times a better and sharper TV picture, with smaller details easily noticeable.”

The channels include all domestic channels like ETV, ETV2, Kanal2 and TV3, as well as sports channels like TV3 Sport and TV3Sport 2. Others include Sony Channel, Sony Turbo, Filmzone, ETV +, Viasat Explore, Viasat History, SetMa Sports, MCM in high resolution Top, 3+, Kidzone + and TV3 Film.

Elisa outlines cable strategy

By Chris Dziadul

Estonia’s leading cable operator Elisa connected almost 4,500 households in Tallinn and Tartu to its fibre-optic network in 2019.

Furthermore, it modernised 36,000 households in Tallinn. Looking forward to this year, the company says that it will continue expanding its cable network to new homes in Tallinn, Tartu, Harju County and Parnu, as well as its fibre-optic network to 30,000 households where its internet services are available through cable.

Elisa will also start offering its services in the network to be established in Elektriveli.

In the mobile sector, the company says it will “definitely focus on 5G network availability in the near future”.

Elisa outlines cable strategy

By Chris Dziadul

Estonia’s leading cable operator Elisa connected almost 4,500 households in Tallinn and Tartu to its fibre-optic network in 2019.

Furthermore, it modernised 36,000 households in Tallinn. Looking forward to this year, the company says that it will continue expanding its cable network to new homes in Tallinn, Tartu, Harju County and Parnu, as well as its fibre-optic network to 30,000 households where its internet services are available through cable.

Elisa will also start offering its services in the network to be established in Elektriveli.

In the mobile sector, the company says it will “definitely focus on 5G network availability in the near future”.

Elisa Eesti TV business flatlines

By Chris Dziadul

Estonia’s leading cable operator Elisa ended 2019 with its TV subscriber total unchanged on a year earlier.

While the number receiving cable fell by 2,000 to 119,000, those opting for DTT rose by 2,000 to 86,000.

Meanwhile, the fixed broadband subscriber total rose by 2,000 over the same period.

In a note on its latest results, Elisa Eesti says that its revenues in 2019 amounted to €174.8 million, or 3% more than a year earlier.

It also says that this year work will continue on the development of its cable network and the consolidation of its mobile data exchange network in preparation for the launch of 5G services in Estonia. In addition, it plans to build several hundred more kilometres of fibre-optic lines in order to offer more Estonians super-fast internet access.

Elisa Eesti TV business flatlines

By Chris Dziadul

Estonia’s leading cable operator Elisa ended 2019 with its TV subscriber total unchanged on a year earlier.

While the number receiving cable fell by 2,000 to 119,000, those opting for DTT rose by 2,000 to 86,000.

Meanwhile, the fixed broadband subscriber total rose by 2,000 over the same period.

In a note on its latest results, Elisa Eesti says that its revenues in 2019 amounted to €174.8 million, or 3% more than a year earlier.

It also says that this year work will continue on the development of its cable network and the consolidation of its mobile data exchange network in preparation for the launch of 5G services in Estonia. In addition, it plans to build several hundred more kilometres of fibre-optic lines in order to offer more Estonians super-fast internet access.

Elisa Eesti TV business flatlines

By Chris Dziadul

Estonia’s leading cable operator Elisa ended 2019 with its TV subscriber total unchanged on a year earlier.

While the number receiving cable fell by 2,000 to 119,000, those opting for DTT rose by 2,000 to 86,000.

Meanwhile, the fixed broadband subscriber total rose by 2,000 over the same period.

In a note on its latest results, Elisa Eesti says that its revenues in 2019 amounted to €174.8 million, or 3% more than a year earlier.

It also says that this year work will continue on the development of its cable network and the consolidation of its mobile data exchange network in preparation for the launch of 5G services in Estonia. In addition, it plans to build several hundred more kilometres of fibre-optic lines in order to offer more Estonians super-fast internet access.

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.

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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