Global Pay TV operator SPI / FILMBOX launches a new online and STB service called “Filmbox OnDemand” with Magyar Telekom, Hungary's largest telecommunication operator.
Filmbox OnDemand, offers a custom selection of Filmbox library and consists of both movies and TV series which air on Filmbox channels. Magyar Telekom has made Filmbox OD available within its sVoD platform MoziKlub.
“We are excited to offer not only our channels but also a brand new online on-demand service to Telekom customers,” Tamas Fulop, SPI’s Operation Director for CEE countries comments on the new development. “With Filmbox OD, beside the STB service, we also give viewers non-linear online access on any type of device, beyond traditional TV channels to top quality content whenever and wherever they want to watch it,” Mr. Fulop adds.
“Magyar Telekom seeks to offer its customers a wide variety of programming and genres, meeting their demands by allowing them to watch the content they love. We are delighted that Filmbox OnDemand is available within our MoziKlub platform, an on-demand (sVoD) service in 2017,” said Rajki Annamária, Head of Media and Content Management, Magyar Telekom.
SPI/FILMBOX Channels Group has launched two additional thematic channels in the U.S. on Sling TV.
The newly added SPI networks are Gametoon and FilmBox Art House. They are now available to viewers in the U.S. as part of the English bonus pack.
Gametoon is a worldwide entertainment TV channel for millennials revolving around gaming and eSports. The channel gives its viewers a unique opportunity to play games on their mobile devices and share scores along with avatars on air. Gametoon features game reviews, tournaments (eSports), popular streamers, viral content fueled with best of the Web and much more.
FilmBox Art House is an international award-winning movie network which presents masterpieces of world cinema as well as a diverse selection of festival films and independent productions from all around the globe.
Sling TV already carries multiple channels from SPI’s worldwide TV portfolio including DocuBox HD, FightBox HD, FashionBox HD, Fast&FunBox HD, 360TuneBox and NatureVision TV. The service also offers two ethnic channels from the SPI’s portfolio – Kino Polska International and Kino Polska Muzyka International, which cater to the Polish-American viewers.
“SPI/FILMBOX Channels Group is excited to expand its channel portfolio on Sling TV” said Stacey Sobel, executive VP of SPI International. “Young generations are watching content through online devices. It’s time to reconnect to TV. Gametoon is a new generation TV channel,” added Ms. Sobel.
SPI/FILMBOX will bring up to 10 HD channels to Latin America through SES’s NSS-806 satellite.
SES, the world-leading satellite operator, announced today that it has signed a multi-year capacity agreement with SPI International / FILMBOX Channels Group, a global media company that operates more than 30 TV channels, to support the company’s expansion in Latin America and distribute its HD channels in the region.
SPI will extend its reach in Latin America thanks to the C-band capacity of NSS-806, which covers the entire region in one single beam and is capable of reaching about 90% of all pay TV subscribers in South America. SPI will broadcast its premium content to cable operators and DTH providers from the U.S, bringing up to 10 HD channels to the region: FightBox HD, FashionBox HD, DocuBox HD, Fast&FunBox HD, 360TuneBox HD, FilmBox Art House, Gametoon, NatureVision TV, Erox HD and Eroxxx HD.
NSS-806 is located at the prime orbital position 47.5 degrees West and was one of the key satellites to transmit the Olympics Games from Rio de Janeiro to the rest of the world last year. The SPI channels are eventually expected to move to SES-14, which is scheduled for launch this year and will replace NSS-806.
“We are very pleased to start this relationship with SPI, and we are looking forward to bringing its HD content to new audiences”, said Jurandir Pitsch, Vice President Sales for South Latin America at SES. “SPI will benefit from NSS-806’s high penetration of DTH and cable head-ends in Latin America. This partnership demonstrates that satellite remains the ideal infrastructure to deliver high picture quality content to a large audience, either directly or by feeding cable head-ends”.
“For over 25 years, we have been a leading supplier of theatrical films and television programming in the international market and, with SES expertise, we will be able to get closer to our target audience in Latin America”, said Loni Farhi, President of SPI International/FILMBOX Channels Group. “As one of the largest aggregators of native Ultra HD content in the world, we expect that in the near future our partnership with SES will enable us to expand our HD offering in Latin America with content in the new TV format.”
SPI to distribute 10 HD channels and one of the first Ultra HD channels in Latin America
SPI International / FILMBOX Channels Group, a rapidly-expanding global media company, has signed a multi-year multi-satellite agreement with Eutelsat Americas, a subsidiary of Eutelsat Communications, to distribute ten HD channels and one Ultra HD channel to homes across the Americas.
Starting on March 1st, SPI International will leverage two Eutelsat satellites to take its channels to a broad audience across the region. EUTELSAT 113 West A will be used to distribute channels in the United States and Spanish-speaking Latin America, while the premium reach of the new EUTELSAT 65 West A satellite will enable SPI to serve regionalized content to operators in Brazil. Play-out and uplink services, along with the technical management of the platform, will be provided by United Teleports in Miami.
SPI’s offer will feature many of its reference channels, including DocuBox HD, 360TuneBox HD, FashionBox HD, Fast&FunBox HD, FightBox HD, Filmbox Art House, Gametoon and NatureVision TV. SPI will also leverage its competitive strength as one of the biggest aggregators of native Ultra HD content to offer FunBox UHD, marking the launch of one of the first Ultra HD channels in Latin America.
“We look forward to further partnering with Eutelsat and to enriching their video neighborhoods with SPI / FILMBOX HD channels while also offering homes across the Americas the highest quality native Ultra HD content on our FunBox UHD network,” said Loni Farhi, President of SPI International.
Patricio Northland, CEO of Eutelsat Americas, said: “Eutelsat has accompanied the stellar growth of SPI across multiple markets and is proud to work hand-in-hand with them to accelerate the penetration of HD and Ultra HD content in the Americas. This new package reiterates our commitment to promoting the newest technologies in order to advance the availability of quality content worldwide.