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Three years ago, I was branded as an eco-terrorist, Polish Green local candidate says

By Claire Stam

Poles vote in local elections on Sunday (21 October), seen as a key test for the country’s nationalist governing party. Until very recently, energy transition was a political no-go in the coal-dependent country but the situation is evolving, a climate activist and Green local politician in the COP24 host city of Katowice told EURACTIV.com.

SPI channels enrich Ipla international offer

By Chris Dziadul

The Polish on demand service Ipla has revamped its package aimed at viewers living overseas.

Known as Ipla Polonia, it now includes 50 classic Polish films, along with the TV channels FashionBox, Fast&FunBox, 360 Tunebox HD, Gametoon HD, Kino Polska International and Kino Polska Muzyka International.

The latter have joined the seven channels – Polsat News HD, Superstacja, Polsat 1, Disco Polo Music, FilmBox Arthouse HD, FightBox HD and DocuBox HD – already offered by Ipla Polonia.

Ipla Polonia costs PLN45, €9.90, $9.90 or £9.90 to receive for 30 days. It also includes pre-premier programme and series clips from Polsat and live sports coverage.

The package is commercial-free and can be received on PCs, smartphones and tablets.

SPI channels enrich Ipla international offer

By Chris Dziadul

The Polish on demand service Ipla has revamped its package aimed at viewers living overseas.

Known as Ipla Polonia, it now includes 50 classic Polish films, along with the TV channels FashionBox, Fast&FunBox, 360 Tunebox HD, Gametoon HD, Kino Polska International and Kino Polska Muzyka International.

The latter have joined the seven channels – Polsat News HD, Superstacja, Polsat 1, Disco Polo Music, FilmBox Arthouse HD, FightBox HD and DocuBox HD – already offered by Ipla Polonia.

Ipla Polonia costs PLN45, €9.90, $9.90 or £9.90 to receive for 30 days. It also includes pre-premier programme and series clips from Polsat and live sports coverage.

The package is commercial-free and can be received on PCs, smartphones and tablets.

SPI channels enrich Ipla international offer

By Chris Dziadul

The Polish on demand service Ipla has revamped its package aimed at viewers living overseas.

Known as Ipla Polonia, it now includes 50 classic Polish films, along with the TV channels FashionBox, Fast&FunBox, 360 Tunebox HD, Gametoon HD, Kino Polska International and Kino Polska Muzyka International.

The latter have joined the seven channels – Polsat News HD, Superstacja, Polsat 1, Disco Polo Music, FilmBox Arthouse HD, FightBox HD and DocuBox HD – already offered by Ipla Polonia.

Ipla Polonia costs PLN45, €9.90, $9.90 or £9.90 to receive for 30 days. It also includes pre-premier programme and series clips from Polsat and live sports coverage.

The package is commercial-free and can be received on PCs, smartphones and tablets.

Poland’s ruling nationalists face key test in local election

By Georgi Gotev

Poles vote Sunday (21 October) in local elections seen as a key test for the country's controversial nationalist governing party as it gears up for EU and legislative elections next year.

Post-Brexit visas for Brits? β€˜Fake news’ says Macron

By Georgi Gotev

Visas for visitors from Britain after Brexit? "Fake news!" insisted President Emmanuel Macron on Thursday (18 October), scoffing at the idea that France would ever impose such a demand on it neighbour.

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Internet piracy in Poland – the shocking stats

By Chris Dziadul, International Content Protection Summit 2018, Warsaw

Internet piracy results in annual losses of over €0.7 billion to Poland’s GDP, according to Anna Sloboda, VP of the management board, Sygnal Association.

Speaking at the International Content Protection Summit 2018 in Warsaw and quoting figures from 2016, she added that the losses to the treasury amounted to €195 million and cost 27,700 jobs, which would eliminate unemployment in a city such as Lodz.

Sloboda stressed the huge scale of social acceptance of piracy in Poland, with every other internet user aged 15-75 in Poland now accessing illegal content sources related to the studied markets. The estimated spend on illegal content amounts to €210 million a year and €7 billion is the estimated total value of illegal content consumption from illegal sources on the internet in the period 2017-2024.

Sloboda also outlined the activities and achievements of Sygnal, including close cooperation with law enforcement agencies. In addition, the association runs a highly effective ‘Follow the money’ programme to cut off all sources of financial revenue to infringing websites and provide tools which help to spend ad budgets only on legal websites.

While there is no single solution to online piracy, Sygnal believes education and dialogue with key stakeholders are pivotal factors.

Internet piracy in Poland – the shocking stats

By Chris Dziadul, International Content Protection Summit 2018, Warsaw

Internet piracy results in annual losses of over €0.7 billion to Poland’s GDP, according to Anna Sloboda, VP of the management board, Sygnal Association.

Speaking at the International Content Protection Summit 2018 in Warsaw and quoting figures from 2016, she added that the losses to the treasury amounted to €195 million and cost 27,700 jobs, which would eliminate unemployment in a city such as Lodz.

Sloboda stressed the huge scale of social acceptance of piracy in Poland, with every other internet user aged 15-75 in Poland now accessing illegal content sources related to the studied markets. The estimated spend on illegal content amounts to €210 million a year and €7 billion is the estimated total value of illegal content consumption from illegal sources on the internet in the period 2017-2024.

Sloboda also outlined the activities and achievements of Sygnal, including close cooperation with law enforcement agencies. In addition, the association runs a highly effective ‘Follow the money’ programme to cut off all sources of financial revenue to infringing websites and provide tools which help to spend ad budgets only on legal websites.

While there is no single solution to online piracy, Sygnal believes education and dialogue with key stakeholders are pivotal factors.

β€˜Don’t unscrew Poland from the EU,’ Tusk tells Warsaw

By Georgi Gotev

The EU's top official, Donald Tusk, a former Polish prime minister, joked on Wednesday (17 October) about the removal by Polish authorities of a plaque bearing his name, saying it was more important they did not "unscrew" Poland from the European Union.

Poland attacks EU’s Gazprom deal in court

By Georgi Gotev

Poland's state-run gas firm PGNiG said on Tuesday (16 October) it filed a complaint with the EU's top court against a controversial deal by the European Commission to settle an anti-trust case against Gazprom, the Kremlin-backed energy giant.

France, Germany dress down Poland over court reforms

By Georgi Gotev

France and Germany on Tuesday (16 October) condemned Poland for pressing ahead with controversial changes to its supreme court despite EU calls for restraint.

Reporter’s Notebook: At Unsound Festival, the Weirder, the Better

By ANDRZEJ LUKOWSKI

Established in 2003, Unsound has established itself as an international destination for experimental and club music. But it’s at odds with the historic city where it takes place.

Polsat launches esports channel

By Chris Dziadul

Poland’s Telewizja Polsat has launched a new esports channel named Polsat Games.

As of this Monday (October 15), it has been available to Cyfrowy Polsat subscribers receiving the Mini HD package, as well as over the internet.

Aside from esports, the new channel offers viewers entertainment programming featuring internet stars and anime. However, its flagship shows will be produced in-house and feature esports games.

Commenting on the new channel, its director Bartosz Pawlik said: “Polsat Games is not just television.

“ We know perfectly well that as a product aimed at players we have to be everywhere where fans of games have already got used to consume content. That is why all our live broadcasts will be available on Twitch, and our own programmes, after being premiered on TV, on Ipla and YouTube”.

Polsat launches esports channel

By Chris Dziadul

Poland’s Telewizja Polsat has launched a new esports channel named Polsat Games.

As of this Monday (October 15), it has been available to Cyfrowy Polsat subscribers receiving the Mini HD package, as well as over the internet.

Aside from esports, the new channel offers viewers entertainment programming featuring internet stars and anime. However, its flagship shows will be produced in-house and feature esports games.

Commenting on the new channel, its director Bartosz Pawlik said: “Polsat Games is not just television.

“ We know perfectly well that as a product aimed at players we have to be everywhere where fans of games have already got used to consume content. That is why all our live broadcasts will be available on Twitch, and our own programmes, after being premiered on TV, on Ipla and YouTube”.

Polsat launches esports channel

By Chris Dziadul

Poland’s Telewizja Polsat has launched a new esports channel named Polsat Games.

As of this Monday (October 15), it has been available to Cyfrowy Polsat subscribers receiving the Mini HD package, as well as over the internet.

Aside from esports, the new channel offers viewers entertainment programming featuring internet stars and anime. However, its flagship shows will be produced in-house and feature esports games.

Commenting on the new channel, its director Bartosz Pawlik said: “Polsat Games is not just television.

“ We know perfectly well that as a product aimed at players we have to be everywhere where fans of games have already got used to consume content. That is why all our live broadcasts will be available on Twitch, and our own programmes, after being premiered on TV, on Ipla and YouTube”.

Poland, Czech Republic against EU border guard plan

By Georgi Gotev

Poland's premier on Monday (15 October) said he and his Czech counterpart oppose a plan to bolster the European Union's external borders, fearing they would receive less infrastructure funding if the scheme goes ahead.

An EU anti-smog fund for Poland

By Joanna Maćkowiak-Pandera

Poland has some of the worst air quality in the EU. But fighting smog is expensive. The Modernisation Fund set up as part of the Emissions Trading Scheme could help here, writes Joanna Maćkowiak-Pandera.

Poland’s Inea joins global broadband elite

By Chris Dziadul

The Polish cable operator Inea has introduced one of the world’s fastest consumer broadband products.

Offering download speeds of up to 10Gbps, it is currently available to around 30,000 homes in Poznan and will be offered throughout the city by the end of the year.

The product employs FTTH technology, including a new generation fibre solution supplied by Nokia, and will also in due course be rolled out to Inea’s other networks.

It costs PLN390 (€90.70) a month and with it Poland has joined a small number of locations that provide such download speeds. They include Switzerland, US, Japan, South Korea and Singapore.

Commenting on the development, Michal Bartkowiak, COO, Inea, said: “Inea has always focused on innovation. Technology is growing at a dizzying pace, and we do not want to place limits on our clients. Several times in our history we have proved that we are a technological leader, today the time has come for the next step.

“It is worth emphasising that the symmetrical connection offered by us will allow IT professionals, artists and people dealing with video processing or new technologies such as virtual or extended reality to work freely from home. From today, remote work will not be a problem for them. This is not yet our last word on this issue”.

Poland’s Inea joins global broadband elite

By Chris Dziadul

The Polish cable operator Inea has introduced one of the world’s fastest consumer broadband products.

Offering download speeds of up to 10Gbps, it is currently available to around 30,000 homes in Poznan and will be offered throughout the city by the end of the year.

The product employs FTTH technology, including a new generation fibre solution supplied by Nokia, and will also in due course be rolled out to Inea’s other networks.

It costs PLN390 (€90.70) a month and with it Poland has joined a small number of locations that provide such download speeds. They include Switzerland, US, Japan, South Korea and Singapore.

Commenting on the development, Michal Bartkowiak, COO, Inea, said: “Inea has always focused on innovation. Technology is growing at a dizzying pace, and we do not want to place limits on our clients. Several times in our history we have proved that we are a technological leader, today the time has come for the next step.

“It is worth emphasising that the symmetrical connection offered by us will allow IT professionals, artists and people dealing with video processing or new technologies such as virtual or extended reality to work freely from home. From today, remote work will not be a problem for them. This is not yet our last word on this issue”.

Poland’s Inea joins global broadband elite

By Chris Dziadul

The Polish cable operator Inea has introduced one of the world’s fastest consumer broadband products.

Offering download speeds of up to 10Gbps, it is currently available to around 30,000 homes in Poznan and will be offered throughout the city by the end of the year.

The product employs FTTH technology, including a new generation fibre solution supplied by Nokia, and will also in due course be rolled out to Inea’s other networks.

It costs PLN390 (€90.70) a month and with it Poland has joined a small number of locations that provide such download speeds. They include Switzerland, US, Japan, South Korea and Singapore.

Commenting on the development, Michal Bartkowiak, COO, Inea, said: “Inea has always focused on innovation. Technology is growing at a dizzying pace, and we do not want to place limits on our clients. Several times in our history we have proved that we are a technological leader, today the time has come for the next step.

“It is worth emphasising that the symmetrical connection offered by us will allow IT professionals, artists and people dealing with video processing or new technologies such as virtual or extended reality to work freely from home. From today, remote work will not be a problem for them. This is not yet our last word on this issue”.

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