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SPI International launches 1 UHD and 5 HD channels on Turkcell TV+

Global Pay-TV operator SPI International recently launched its FUNBOX 4K/UHD channel on Turkcell while adding five extra TV channels to its current line-up offered by Turkey’s largest mobile operator.

FUNBOX 4K/UHD  is a state of the art premium entertainment channel offering an amazing collection of native 4K programming which lets viewers enjoy documentaries on nature, lifestyle, performing arts and many more in breathtaking Ultra HD resolution.
 
Turkcell TV+ has recently introduced a 4K set-top box and started broadcasting FUNBOX 4K/UHD, being  the first IPTV platform broadcasting Ultra HD channels in Turkey.



Moreover, Turkcell’s subscribers have now access to FilmBox Turkey – a movie channel presenting a variety of international blockbusters and popular TV series.  Fans of world cinema may enjoy classic works by such renowned filmmakers as Fellini, Kurosawa, Hitchcock, in addition to an impressive selection of independent productions and festival films showcased on FilmBox Art House. Fast&FunBox HD presents a wide range of adventure and extreme sports (sailing, motorcross, skydiving, skiing, car racing, skateboarding, snowboarding and more). The extended line-up also includes 360TuneBox HD, an international music channel showcasing independent music artists from all over the world and intriguing music videos from the most creative producers.
 
“We are glad to extend our previous offer, which included FightBox HD, FashionBox HD and DocuBox HD with additional five channels from the SPI/FILMBOX worldwide portfolio,” said Murat Muratoglu, SPI’s Sales Director for Turkey and the Middle East. “Both movie channels FilmBox Turkey and FilmBox Art House have Turkish subtitles while Fast&FunBox has been dubbed in Turkish in order to deliver the best watching experience for our viewers in Turkey,” explained Mr. Muratoglu. “In order to satisfy Turkcell’s subscribers’ appetite for new technologies we have added to the new line-up FUNBOX 4K/UHD. Our first Ultra HD channel allows viewers to experience more nuance and detail, faster frame rates, contrast dynamics and extended colors."

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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.

UHD Alliance

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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