Finland's Elisa has partnered with China Broadcasting and Television Media (CBM, a subsidiary of China Broadcasting Network) in July, to provide the Nordic TV video service for Chinese audience.
The agreement with CBM opens access to 245 million cable-TV households. Nordic TV is a comprehensive subscriber video on-demand service containing Nordic movies, TV series, documentaries, sports, and variety shows. For example, the Finnish drama series Downshifters, the documentary Tale of a Lake short versions which depicts the beauty of Nordic nature, and the car racing variety show Virittäjät, etc.
As a crucial part of Elisa’s international entertainment business, Nordic TV will put more resources and effort in content acquisition, localization, and delivery, while the Chinese partner CBM is taking care of local operation and marketing.
The plan is to launch Nordic TV product in selected provinces starting from Shenzhen at the end of this year. Nordic TV will use AI and other advanced tools in developing and delivering the service.