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Critic’s Notebook: At Toronto, Women Who Are Shockingly, Thrillingly Human

By MANOHLA DARGIS

Nicole Kidman in “Destroyer,” Natalie Portman in “Vox Lux” and other star turns are at the heart of a film festival filled with female-centric stories.

In β€˜The First,’ on Hulu, the Future Is Not That Dark

By ALISON FENSTERSTOCK

In his first show since “House of Cards,” Beau Willimon explores a long-held fascination with the optimism of setting out for the frontier.

Amazon Prime expands in Estonia

By Chris Dziadul

The Estonian operator Elisa has added Amazon Prime Video to its offer.

According to the company, it is now available to Elisa Elamus wireless customers and costs €2.99 for the first six months, rising to €5.99 a month afterwards. To receive the service, they have to connect to the digibox and the go to www.primevideo.com.

Commenting on the development, Sliver Soomre, Elisa’s manger for TV services, said: “From now on, Elisa Elamus wireless users have a unique opportunity to enjoy original series and films from the world’s two best streaming services – Netflix and Amazon Prime Video – right through the digibox”.

As well as Netflix and Amazon Prime Video, Elisa is now also offering an online gaming environment on digibox via the AirConsole app.

Amazon Prime expands in Estonia

By Chris Dziadul

The Estonian operator Elisa has added Amazon Prime Video to its offer.

According to the company, it is now available to Elisa Elamus wireless customers and costs €2.99 for the first six months, rising to €5.99 a month afterwards. To receive the service, they have to connect to the digibox and the go to www.primevideo.com.

Commenting on the development, Sliver Soomre, Elisa’s manger for TV services, said: “From now on, Elisa Elamus wireless users have a unique opportunity to enjoy original series and films from the world’s two best streaming services – Netflix and Amazon Prime Video – right through the digibox”.

As well as Netflix and Amazon Prime Video, Elisa is now also offering an online gaming environment on digibox via the AirConsole app.

In 1993, β€˜Joy Luck Club’ Changed Hollywood. Until It Didn’t.

By ANDREW R. CHOW

The all-Asian cast looks back at the barriers the film broke, the roadblocks that remained and whether “Crazy Rich Asians” signals a new era.

On Comedy: The Netflix Executives Who Bent Comedy to Their Will

By JASON ZINOMAN

The streaming service neutralized Comedy Central and HBO by relying on taste clusters rather than traditional demographics. But there have been major missteps, too.

Vermont town honors the nation's 1st ordained black minister

By LISA RATHKE

More than 220 years after the nation's first ordained black minister became a pastor in a small predominantly white community in Vermont, people there are honoring his life and work with an historic marker.

Vermont woman who admitted ricin possession sentenced

By LISA RATHKE

A woman charged with manufacturing the deadly toxin ricin in her Vermont retirement community and testing it on residents was sentenced Thursday to time served and five years of probation and must undergo mental health treatment.

Elisa targets Chinese SVOD market

By Chris Dziadul

Finland’s Elisa has begun working with the leading provider of IPTV services in China to bring Nordic movies and series to the country.

In a statement, the telco says it signed a cooperation agreement with China Broadcasting and Television Media (CBM, a subsidiary of China Broadcasting Network) in July to provide Nordic TV to 245 million Chinese cable TV households.

Nordic TV is part of Elisa’s international entertainment business and based on subscriptions like Elisa Viihde, which includes Nordic movies, TV shows, documentaries, sports and entertainment programmes.

According to Einari Kanerva, director of Nordic TV, the service was piloted to more than 10 million people in Shenzhen last year and it was found that Chinese consumers are interested in Nordic content and willing to pay for it.

Following the cooperation, Nordic TV is investing more in the acquisition, localisation and distribution of Nordic content. Its Chinese partner CBM is responsible for local activities and marketing, and according to Chen Kai, its general manager, “Nordic lifestyle and nature are of interest to Chinese consumers. In partnership with Elisa, we can offer our customers a new kind of content that stands out from other TV shows. Our goal is to build a Nordic brand across China”.

The launch of Nordic TV will begin at the end of this year in Shenzhen and continue afterwards in selected provinces. AI will be used in developing and distributing the content of the service.

Einari Kanerva added: “China is a very interesting but also a difficult market. Co-operation with a local leader will help overcome barriers to regulation and enter the market. This is a great opportunity for Nordic content creators and content owners who wish to contact us”.

Nonfiction: The Father of Personal Computing Who Was Also a Terrible Dad

By MELANIE THERNSTROM

With “Small Fry,” Lisa Brennan-Jobs, the first child of Steve Jobs, delivers an eloquent memoir of a childhood steeped in emotional abuse.

Nonfiction: The Father of Personal Computing Who Was Also a Terrible Dad

By MELANIE THERNSTROM

With “Small Fry,” Lisa Brennan-Jobs, the first child of Steve Jobs, delivers an eloquent memoir of a childhood steeped in emotional abuse.

Elisa shifts Russian channels

By Chris Dziadul

The Estonian operator Elisa has made changes to its Russian TV channel offer.

In a statement, it says that due to legal action it is no longer able to offer the channels Karusel, Muzyka Pervogo, Vremya, Telekafe, Bober, Dom Kino Premium HD, NTV Serial, NTV Pravo, O! and Poehali as part of the LR, LRK, XLR and XLRK packages, and the Russian thematic package, from September 1.

Instead, viewers can receive the channels in The First Baltic Package, which costs €3.49 this month, rising to €6.99 a month from October onwards.

Additional packages can be viewed or ordered through Elisa’s home self-service or the Elisa Elamus screen.

Elisa shifts Russian channels

By Chris Dziadul

The Estonian operator Elisa has made changes to its Russian TV channel offer.

In a statement, it says that due to legal action it is no longer able to offer the channels Karusel, Muzyka Pervogo, Vremya, Telekafe, Bober, Dom Kino Premium HD, NTV Serial, NTV Pravo, O! and Poehali as part of the LR, LRK, XLR and XLRK packages, and the Russian thematic package, from September 1.

Instead, viewers can receive the channels in The First Baltic Package, which costs €3.49 this month, rising to €6.99 a month from October onwards.

Additional packages can be viewed or ordered through Elisa’s home self-service or the Elisa Elamus screen.

Elisa shifts Russian channels

By Chris Dziadul

The Estonian operator Elisa has made changes to its Russian TV channel offer.

In a statement, it says that due to legal action it is no longer able to offer the channels Karusel, Muzyka Pervogo, Vremya, Telekafe, Bober, Dom Kino Premium HD, NTV Serial, NTV Pravo, O! and Poehali as part of the LR, LRK, XLR and XLRK packages, and the Russian thematic package, from September 1.

Instead, viewers can receive the channels in The First Baltic Package, which costs €3.49 this month, rising to €6.99 a month from October onwards.

Additional packages can be viewed or ordered through Elisa’s home self-service or the Elisa Elamus screen.

No country offers ports to migrant ships, angering Italy

By Georgi Gotev

Italy demanded on Thursday (30 August) the EU find other ports to disembark migrants rescued in the Mediterranean, suggesting it would withhold support for the EU naval mission against people-smuggling unless other countries take in survivors.

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