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SPI/FILMBOX Channels Group Join UHD Alliance

NEW YORK - SPI International / FILMBOX Channels Group have recently joined the UHD Alliance (UHDA), the inter-industry group charged with fostering the Ultra HD ecosystem and promoting the benefits of Ultra HD entertainment technology.

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SPI International / FILMBOX is one of the leading aggregators of native 4K content for the purpose of developing worldwide 4K channels and online apps. Its FUNBOX 4K/UHD demo channel is currently broadcast from the Eutelsat's Hot Bird satellite and is carried by major platforms in Spain, Portugal, Luxembourg and the Netherlands.

“SPI/FILMBOX are eager to take active part in the Alliance’s collaborative efforts to deliver a premium entertainment experience throughout the Ultra HD ecosystem from content creation to consumer enjoyment,” said Mr. Farhi, SPI International President. “This will be the stamp of our high level quality that we keep on our channel," concluded Mr. Farhi.
 
The UHDA, comprised of more than 40 member companies, is a global coalition of leading film studios, consumer electronics manufacturers, content distributors and technology companies aligned to foster the creation of an ecosystem that fully realizes and promotes the next generation premium in-home entertainment platform. Key characteristics of a robust next generation experience should offer 4K resolution as well as a mix of other features that include high dynamic range, wide color gamut, high frame rate and immersive audio, among other features. UHDA Board members include Dolby Laboratories, LG Electronics, Netflix, Panasonic Corporation, Samsung Electronics, Sony Corporation, Technicolor, The Walt Disney Studios, Twentieth Century Fox, Universal Pictures and Warner Bros. Entertainment.  To learn more about the UHD Alliance, please visit: www.uhdalliance.org

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SPI/FILMBOX Launches 5 Live Channels on Exchange VUE, A New IPTV Service for U.S. Military Bases

Agreement with DHI Telecom Group provides exciting new entertainment options for troops.

NEW YORK - SPI International/Filmbox, a global TV content distributor and pay TV operator, today announced the launch of five channels on Exchange VUE, a new IPTV service for U.S. Service members developed by DHI Telecom.  The channels will initially be available to troops in Afghanistan and Kuwait, and then expand to additional Military installations worldwide.
 
The channels include FightBox HD, Fast&FunBox HD, DocuBox HD, FashionBox HD and 360TuneBox.   
 
“We are happy and proud to be able to provide new and exciting entertainment options to U.S. service members, especially those deployed to Afghanistan and other locations downrange,” said Stacey Sobel, SPI International Executive Vice President.  “DHI Telecom Group has developed an outstanding IPTV platform for delivering these channels and we’re looking forward to working together to make these options available.” 

The new channels offer a diverse range of programming.  Fighting sports lovers get a full dose of international martial arts as well as live MMA and kickboxing events on FightBox HD.  Fast&FunBox HD offers an action-packed medley of extreme sports, from car racing and motocross to snowboarding and skateboarding.  DocuBox HD brings the best documentary films covering nature, science, culture and human civilization. FashionBox HD channel is devoted to fashion and shopping.  ExchangeVUE  subscribers will also have access to 360 TuneBox HD, a music channel presenting independent, breakthrough artists and the art of music video from all over the world. 
 
DHI Telecom Group is a U.S. Department of Defense telecommunications and live streaming + video on demand solutions provider, an official Army & Air Force Exchange Service concession operator and Space and Naval Warfare Systems Command (SPAWAR) MWR Provider.

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Superkombat NEW HEROES - LIVE on FightBox HD on Saturday July 30th at 7:00pm CET

FightBox is proud to announce that Superkombat Fighting Championship, one of the top kickboxing promotions in the world, returns to live action on Saturday, July 30th at 7:00pm Central European Time (8:00pm Romania).

Superkombat is set for another huge night of kickboxing action in Mamaia, Romania, for what will be its third venture to the popular seaside resort, where a crowd of over 20,000 is expected to see the return of Catalin Morosanu and also a special appearance by kickboxing legend Peter Aerts. FightBox will be broadcasting the NEW HEROES portion of the event, starting live at 7:00pm Central European Time.

In the NEW HEROES main event, heavyweights collide as Robert Constantin of Italy takes on Romanian slugger Andrei Sugar. Also, two big light heavyweight bouts are set to take place as Mircea Dumitrescu (Romania) and Adrian Rosca (Romania) battle it out as well as Serginio Kruydenhof (Holland) facing Inout Sandur. The full card for NEW HEROES can be found below.

1. Super Fight - Heavyweight division (+96 kg)
Robert Constantin (Italy) vs Andrei Sugar (Romania)

2. Super Fight - Middleweight division (-72,5 kg)
Mustapha El Messaoudi (Morocco) vs Eduard Chelariu (Romania)

3. Super Fight - Light Heavyweight division (-81 kg)
Mircea Dumitrescu (Romania) vs Adrian Roșca (Romania) 

4. Super Fight - Light Heavyweight division (-81 kg)
Serginio Kruydenhof (Netherlands) vs Ionuț Șandur (Romania)

5. Super Fight - Middleweight division (-71 kg)
Mădălin Crăciunică (Romania) vs Robert Stoica (Romania) 

Superkombat is the largest martial arts promotion in Europe, featuring most of the top-ranked fighters in the sport and is ranked as Europe’s premier kickboxing league. Superkombat produces events worldwide and promotes a brand of professional kickboxing which is self-acknowledged as not just a sporting event, but also entertainment and FightBox is the broadcasting associate for these series of events.

In addition to the live worldwide broadcast on the FightBox HD channel in over 40 countries around the world, the Superkombat live coverage will also be available on-line to FilmBox Live subscribers and will be streaming online at www.fightboxlive.com for only €3.99!!

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SPI/FILMBOX Channel Group launch channels with Miabox (Ivory Coast)

SPI International/FILMBOX Channels Group continue to expand in Africa with a new distribution deal in Ivory Coast

SPI International is launching eight thematic channels on Miabox, an OTT platform in Ivory Coast which is planning to offer its services across the Sub-saharan Africa.

The pack is comprised of of eight channels: FilmBox Africa, FilmBox Art House, FightBox, Fast&FunBox, FashionBox, DocuBox, 360TuneBox and MadscreenBox

With the launch of the FilmBox brand channels Miabox’ users shall enjoy a variety of rich programming including some of the popular BBC dramas, which SPI has recently acquired from the British supplier including The Musketeers and the Doctor Who series, among many others. 

True fans of world cinema will enjoy watching the masterpieces by such prominent directors as Kurosawa, Fellini or Hitchcock in addition to the award-winning festival movies presented on FilmBox Art House, an international film channel which received the EUTELSAT TV Award in the Best Cinema category.    

The bouquet also features FightBox, a 24/7 combat sports channel with live broadcasts of MMA and kickboxing events as well as  Fast&FunBox HD, a sports channel that presents an action-packed, adrenaline-pumping medley of extreme sports, from car racing and motocross to snowboarding and skateboarding. DocuBox HD brings the best documentary films covering nature, science, culture and human civilization. FashionBox HD channel is devoted to fashion and shopping.  The Miabox subscribers will also enjoy MadscreenBox, a unique live, interactive channel with family-oriented games and entertainment.  Last but not least is 360TuneBox, an independent music channel which presents a variety of music genres, from rock, pop, electronica, to dance and hip-hop.

Out of the eight channels offered by Miabox four of them are being localized in French language: FilmBox, FilmBox Art House, DocuBox and MadscreenBox.

“As we expand our distribution footprint in Africa we are glad to bring FilmBox channels to viewers in Ivory Coast,” said Amit Karni, SPI International’s Head of Sales Africa. “With the four channels localized in French we are looking forward to attracting more French-speaking viewers throughout the Sub-saharan Africa,” Mr. Karni added.

SPI International/FILMBOX Channel Group, a leading supplier of theatrical films and television programming in the international market continue to expand in Africa. The company has recently launched its African pay TV portfolio on Tanzania’s Continental Digital Media Content Ltd., PushTV and also signed an in-suite hotel distribution deal with Cable Wireless Seychelles. Overall, SPI’s channels are currently carried by numerous DTH platforms, cable networks and IPTVs throughout the continent.

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