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SPI/FILMBOX expands in Africa with channels being launched in Kinshasa, DRC

Global media company SPI International / FILMBOX has recently signed a multi-channel distribution agreement with Bleusat, a DTT operator in Kinshasa, Democratic Republic of Kongo.

Bleusat is adding the entire SPI’s African channel eight-pack to its TV line-up. FilmBox Africa with movies and TV series, FilmBox Art House featuring independent and classic films, DocuBox airing documentaries on nature and human civilization, FashionBox devoted to fashion trends and shopping, FightBox – a 24/7 combat sports channel broadcasting live MMA galas from Europe and the U.S., Fast&FunBox with extreme sports programming, 360TuneBox – an international music network and Gametoon, a brand new interactive eSports channel addressed to millennials.
 
SPI International / FILMBOX has been consistently expanding its distribution footprint across the African continent. Filmbox channels are being carried by numerous DTH platforms, cable networks, mobile TVs, IPTVs and OTT services in more than 20 territories in Africa.
 
“We are glad to have launched our channels with Bleusat, which is our first partner in the Democratic Republic of Congo,” said Amit Karni, SPI’s Head of Distribution Africa. “SPI's channels deliver diverse, top quality entertainment to viewers across Africa, offering also localized language versions,” Mr. Karni added.

Discop 2017

SPI/FILMBOX at DISCOP Johannesburg.
Join us at stand # VB19
To arrange a meeting please contact Mr. Amit Karni -
amit.karni@spiintl.com

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SPI/FILMBOX launches Gametoon channel in Bulgaria with Bulsatcom

Global media company SPI International / Filmbox has recently launched its new interactive eSports channel Gametoon with Bulgaria’s Bulsatcom.

Gametoon is a worldwide entertainment TV channel for millennials revolving around gaming and eSports. The channel gives its viewers a unique opportunity to play dedicated games on their mobile devices and share scores along with avatars on air. Gametoon also features game reviews, tournaments (eSports), popular streamers, viral content fueled with best of the Web and much more.
 

Gametoon


Bulgaria's largest TV operator BULSATCOM already carries several movie and thematic channels from the SPI’s TV portfolio. Gametoon will be added to the FUSION pack which also offers FilmBox Extra HD, FilmBox Plus HD, FilmBox Art House, FightBox HDFast&FunBox HD, DocuBox HD, FashionBox HD, 360TuneBox and two adult channels Erox HD and Eroxxx HD.
 
"SPI is excited to introduce Gametoon to eSports fans and TV viewers in Bulgaria. Young generations are watching content through online devices. It’s time to reconnect to TV,” said Murat Muratoglu, SPI’s head of distribution for MENA, Turkey, APAC, Russia and CIS, Baltics, Bulgaria and Ex-Yugo. “We are glad to add Bulgaria to the growing list of countries where the Gametoon channel is available,” Mr. Muratoglu added. Since its premiere at MIPCOM last year Gametoon has been launched in Turkey, the Netherlands, France, Switzerland, Luxembourg, the Balkans and is available for distribution in Asia, Africa, LATAM and the U.S.

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SPI International/Filmbox and Telekom Austria Group extend strategic partnership with additional channels and operators till 2022

Global media company SPI International/Filmbox and Vienna-based Telekom Austria Group are extending and expanding their strategic agreement until 2022. With its “direct2home” platform Telekom Austria Group will remain the technical distribution and contribution provider for the FilmBox channels’ Balkan and Central Eastern Europe (CEE) feeds, over the Eutelsat 16A satellite.

The agreement provides hundreds of thousands of customers in the region with content of various FilmBox channels. Both companies announced they are planning to extend the current channel line-up and add new channels in the future.

SPI/Filmbox, through its strategic partnership with Telekom Austria Group, distributes channels in Bulgaria, Serbia, Macedonia, Croatia and Slovenia. The channel bouquet is comprised of: FilmBox Plus, FilmBox Extra HD, Gametoon, FilmBox Art House, DocuBox HD, FightBox HD, Fast&FunBox HD, 360TuneBox HD, Erox HD and Eroxxx HD. The list of incumbent operators includes: Mobitel EAD (Bulgaria), ONE.VIP (Macedonia), A1 (Austria) and Vipnet (Slovenia).

The technical satellite distribution service offered by Telekom Austria Group to SPI/Filmbox is composed of video signal transport, encoding, encryption and uplink services, delivered by the Group´s earth station in Aflenz, Austria and its international backbone with more than 200 PoPs - arguably the largest fiber network in Europe. The Filmbox channels’ TV signal is being distributed via the Eutelsat 16A satellite.

“Telekom Austria Group and SPI are two companies truly committed to delivering top quality television entertainment throughout Central and Eastern Europe” - said Berk Uziyel, SPI’s executive director. “We are looking forward to adding new channels and strengthening our alliance with Telekom Austria Group in the years to come,” Mr. Uziyel concluded.

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The Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission - CRTC has cleared the path for the launch of several SPI channels in Canada

Global TV operator SPI International/FILMBOX and Ethnic Channels Group Limited (“ECG”), a diversified media company specializing in the aggregation, distribution, acquisition and production of entertainment content, are pleased to announce the decision by the CRTC to add seven SPI channels to the List of non-Canadian programming services and stations authorized for distribution.

 

These seven channels will provide an international variety of content to Canada’s multicultural audience. Their programming includes a Polish language movie channel (KINO POLSKA), a Polish language music television network (KINO POLSKA MUZYKA) and English language channels that include an extreme sports-related channel (FAST&FUNBOX HD), an eSports channel (GAMETOON), an international independent films channel showcasing content from around the world (FILMBOX ART HOUSE), a state-of-the-art entertainment programming in 4K/Ultra HD channel (FUNBOX UHD), and last, but not least a channel dedicated to the world of leading fashion, models, designers, brands and catwalk (FASHIONBOX HD).

“SPI/FILMBOX is now looking forward to reaching a wide audience across Canada and to working with Ethnic Channel Group on the further expansion of our distribution footprint,” said Stacey Sobel, SPI’s executive VP.  

“We are thrilled by Broadcasting Decision CRTC 2017-329. SPI International the owner and creator of these channels is one of the most effective and well-respected media companies and we are happy to be their partners,” said Slava Levin, CEO of ECG. “Our affiliate sales department will work with all the major Canadian operators to secure the widest audience to this great programming.”

Ethnic Channels Group limited expands aggregation, distribution and production services on a global basis by offering third party content providers digital and television channels, VOD, and streaming sales and technical support.

SPI channels are carried by numerous DTH platforms, cable networks, IPTVs, mobile TVs and Smart TVs in Europe, Asia, the U.S., Africa as well as Australia.

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