SPI International/FILMBOXChannelsGroup 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 acrossthe 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.
SPI International/Filmbox, a global TV content distributor and pay TV operator, has recently added NatureVisionTV channel to its worldwide channel offer.
NatureVisionTV is a new, rapidly expanding 24/7 linear channel which features extraordinary scenes of nature filmed around the world in 4K and HD, combined with natural sounds, and often soothing music.
There are no episodes, plots, hosts, or distracting voiceovers. Viewers are instead treated to stunning scenes of nature shot by an award-winning team of cinematographers. The result is pure relaxation.
“Since our programs do not include any hosts or talking of any kind, our channel is truly universal. Viewers around the world love the beautiful scenes of nature we provide, and the relaxation they enjoy while watching,” explains Jon Gorchow of NatureVisionTV.
“We are glad to add NatureVisionTV with its stunning HD, Dolby 5.1 content to our worldwide channel portfolio,” says Loni Farhi, SPI International President. “As SPI distributes thematic channels on five continents we are looking forward to extending our current worldwide offer and taking on global distribution of this unique channel,” Mr. Farhi adds.
SPI International’s worldwide pay TV portfolio boasts a variety of channels including FightBox HD, FashionBox HD, DocuBox HD, Fast&FunBox HD, 360TuneBox HD, MadscreenBox, FilmBox Art House, FilmBox Russia, Kino Polska International, Kino Polska Muzyka International, EroxHD and EroxxxHD. All channels are available for DTH, Cable, IPTV, MobileTV, Smart TV and OTT.
KPN, the leading quad play provider in the Netherlands and SPI International announced that SPI’s FUNBOX/4K UHD channel will be part of a user-friendly trial that KPN started on June 21st to test its new 4K TV platform and 4K set-top box.
FUNBOX 4K/UHD will be the only linear Ultra HD channel to be offered at the beginning of the test launch of the new platform. SPI International’s state-of-the-art Ultra HD general entertainment channel was selected by KPN after having reviewed all linear 4K channels available on the market. At the end, the Dutch operator made FUNBOX 4K/UHD their final choice for the trial program, based on the superior visual quality of the channel.
“We are pleased to see platforms which are seriously looking into 4K programming end up selecting our channel,” said Berk Uziyel, executive director at SPI International/Filmbox. “It confirms our highest quality content approach and a general entertainment multi-genre channel profile approach that we adopted for this project.”
With 1000 users participating in the trial, both KPN and SPI International will be able to better understand what viewers want to watch based on the different features of the set-top box.
FUNBOX 4K/UHD is a general entertainment Ultra HD channel presenting amazing premium native 4K footage that covers nature, travel, sports, adventure, lifestyle, performing arts and music.
SPI International/Filmbox will launch eight TV channels from the FilmBox portfolio on SIMU.tv in Tanzania, a Mobile TV platform of Push Mobile Media Company LTD.Mobile phone subscribers in Tanzania will be able to enjoy SIMU.tv service following a cooperation agreement signed between the two companies.
SIMU.tv, a mobile live TV and video-on-demand platform, will carry FilmBox Africa, FilmBox Art House, Fast & FunBox, FashionBox, DocuBox, and MadscreenBox. Having captured the Tanzania mobile video market, Push Mobile Media Ltd will make SPI’s channels available to more than 12 million potential viewers.
“The signing of this partnership has come at the right time, as it emphasizes our commitment in introducing new amplifying content experience to our esteem subscribers,” said Freddie Manento, the Managing Director of Push Mobile Media Ltd
“SPI International has been committed to expanding its distribution footprint throughout Africa. The agreement we signed with Push Mobile Media Ltd follows a number of other deals we recently closed with partners in Mali, Nigeria and the Seychelles,” said Amit Karni, SPI International’s Head of Sales Africa.
With the launch of the FilmBox channels, SIMU.tv subscribers 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 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 Eutelsat TV Award in Best Cinema category.
The bouquet also features 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 TNT Sat subscribers will also enjoy MadscreenBox, a unique live, interactive channel with family-oriented games and entertainment.