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SPI International @ DISCOP Africa Abidjan

SPI INTERNATIONAL / FILMBOX WILL BE ATTENDING DISCOP AFRICA ABIDJAN

VISIT OUR MEETING TABLE #B3
PREMIUM TV CHANNELS
AVAILABLE FOR DISTRIBUTION IN AFRICA
(DTH/CABLE/IPTV/MOBILE TV/SMART TV)

SPI International / Filmbox, a leading supplier of television programming and worldwide pay TV operator in the international market continue to expand in Africa presenting a portfolio of premium TV channels during DISCOP AFRICA ABIDJAN.

Please contact us for more information and to set up a meeting with our teams.
We will be located at the Meeting Table # B3

Join Mr. Amit Karni – SPI Head of Distribution Africa at this DISCOP workshop
Multi-platform global rights content solutions
Date: 2 June 2016
Time: 4:30 PM
Venue: Salle Des Ateliers / Workshop Rooms (Chandelier Lagune)
 


CHANNEL DISTRIBUTION IN AFRICA

Currently SPI distributes eight thematic channels throughout Africa. They are available for DTH, cable, IPTV, Mobile, Smart TV and OTT. The channel line-up offers a wide range of content including movies, documentaries, sports, fashion, music and interactive games.

FILMBOX CHANNELS IN AFRICA


FilmBox Africa offers more than 300 premiere titles every year. It also features the best directors’ films, television series and miniseries, as well as high-budget television productions. FilmBox Africa is a basic tier film channel dedicated to a wide audience of movie fans. [ENGLISH, FRENCH]


FilmBox Art House is a worldwide movie channel featuring arthouse and independent films as well as masterpieces of world cinema from such acclaimed directors as Kurosawa, Fellini, Hitchcock and many others. [ENGLISH, FRENCH]


FightBox HD is a 24-hour martial arts channel. LWatch live MMA and kickboxing events as as the biggest shows and the most exciting fights from Europe, America and all over the world: Cage Fury Fighting Championships, King of Kings Hero’s Series, Makowski Fighting Championships, Superkombat Fighting Championship, Mix Fight Gala, Bangkok Fight Night and more! [ENGLISH, FRENCH VERSION COMING SOON]
 

Fast’nFunBox HD offers extreme levels of adrenaline with the most extreme sports worldwide. Watch people risking their lives in car racing, motor cross, base jumping, skydiving and many more. [ENGLISH]

 
FashionBox HD is world’s first native HD channel devoted to fashion and shopping, lifestyle. 6 hours of new programming daily. Focus on trends and trendsetters. Top models, top designers and top brands. [ENGLISH]


DocuBox HD features documentary films and series on nature and human civilization. Watch an unforgettable collection of fascinating and award-winning documentary features, exploring the mysteries and beauty of our planet. [ENGLISH, FRENCH]


360TuneBox HD is an independent music channel addressed to young urban viewers. Videos are organized into genre clusters: rock, indie, pop, electro, dance, hip-hop. [ENGLISH]


MadscreenBox is a live, interactive family-oriented gaming channel. Play 20 family-oriented games for kids and all the young-at-heart. See the highest scores on TV in real time. Be famous! Let our animated hosts invite your avatar to the Madscreen studio. [ENGLISH, FRENCH]
 
COMING SOON FUNBOX 4K/ULTRA HD: only native 4K content (sports, documentaries, natures, music, performing arts and more)
 
For distribution please contact Amit Karni: amit.karni@spiintl.com

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The NATPE Interviews – Berk Uziyel

In the fifth of a series of interviews with leading broadcasters and production and distribution companies in Central and Eastern Europe ahead of this year’s NATPE Budapest, Broadband TV News speaks with Berk Uziyel, Executive Director at SPI International.

What were the main challenges of launching Funbox 4K/UHD last year and how were they overcome?

The first challenge was distribution. We are now using the satellite distribution and online streaming and we successfully distribute channels through these two different means. The second challenge was the availability of the content. We have not only worked with various suppliers but also started producing our own content and started to reach for a sizeable 4k library which distinguishes Funbox 4K/UHD from its competitors.

How is 4K Funbox/UHD now performing, especially in CEE?
The response has been very positive as we offer a truly unique channel and a streaming 4k/UHD library which attract new subscribers because of the highest-quality service. We have built our satellite distribution and broadcasting on Eutelsat. At the same time, the channel is now carried by Vodafone in Portugal and Spain. We have just launched FunBox 4K/UHD in Luxembourg and will soon make it available to viewers in the Netherlands. FunBox 4K/UHD is also part of the experimental terrestrial DVB-T2@HEVC broadcasting in Prague.

What is the idea behind 4K Funbox UHD participating in a DVB-T2 trial in the Czech Republic and can you see this being replicated in other markets?

We would like to develop the 4k/UHD market. Our test is set for a limited period of time and is targeted to test the capabilities and also to intrigue customers to embrace 4k/UHD. This limited time/trial can be replicated.

SPI’s Kino Polska recently secured a channel licence on Poland’s upcoming eighth DTT multiplex. How important was this for the company’s strategy in the country?

Recently, audience share of TV channels from the Kino Polska’s portfolio along with the associated Stopklatka TV channel reached the record high of 3.21% audience share in the basic commercial group of 16-49 year olds. We are planning to increase our market share in the country by expanding our presence on DTT with a launch of Zoom TV. Aside from our prominent pay-TV position in Poland, Kino Polska is also becoming a significant player in the local advertising market.

What was the thinking behind launching the FilmBox Live app and how is its rollout progressing?

As a leading pay-TV operator/content distributor in CEE it was natural for us a few years ago to tap into the online streaming and on demand business. We created a product called Filmbox Live which is sold directly to the consumers and our platform’s partners. The app is now available in 21 different platforms and 109 different versions. We believe that the digital distribution will play an important part in the media business. Therefore, Filmbox Live is one of the core products of SPI. In the near future SPI will also launch its own package with digital distributors such as Amazon.

Are there any plans to launch more Filmbox-branded channels and what themes are they likely to cover?

I am delighted to announce a new channel that will be launched in the end of summer of 2016. It will be targeting kids/a young audience. Along with kids content it will have a gaming component inside as well. We are very excited about this channel; it will feature some very unique technological solutions.

How can you see SPI developing in CEE over the course of the next few years?

SPI is focusing its development in three main business areas. 1. We are constantly growing in the pay-TV market and our objective is to substantially increase our market share/subscriber volume within the upcoming years. 2. We also project there will be a significant growth of the online businesses of SPI within CEE. 3. As mentioned above we are planning to grow our advertisement base business as well.

The interview was originally posted on Broadband TV News

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SPI International signs distribution deal with Digitune Media in Nigeria

SPI International/Filmbox International, a leading supplier of theatrical films and television programming in the international market continue to expand in Africa with the launch of eight FilmBox brand channels and FilmBox Live on demand service with Digitune Media Technologies.

FilmBox Africa, FilmBox Art House, FightBox, DocuBox, Fast&FunBox, FashionBox and 360TuneBox will be available on Digitune’s OTT/IPTV service in Nigeria.
 
With the launch of the FilmBox brand channels Digitune Media customers shall enjoy a variety of rich programming including a large selection of popular movies and TV series on FilmBox Africa including some of the popular BBC dramas, which SPI has recently acquired from the British supplier. Among those, viewers will get a chance to follow the adventures of The Musketeers and watch the Doctor Who series.
 
In addition to FilmBox Africa, SPI’s line-up includes one more movie channel. FilmBox Art House, which received the EUTELSAT TV Award in the Best Cinema category, presents world cinema masterpieces by such prominent directors as Kurosawa, Fellini or Hitchock in addition to the award-winning festival movies and independent productions.
 
Fight sports lovers will get a full doze of international martial arts content as well as live MMA and kickboxing events on FightBox HD. Another sports channel in the bouquet is Fast&FunBox HD, offering 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 subscribers in Nigeria will also have access to 360 TuneBox HD, a new music channel presenting independent, breakthrough artists and the art of music video from all over the world.  Last but not least is MadscreenBox, a unique live, interactive channel with family-oriented games and entertainment. 
 
"Digitune is going to be the first OTT/IPTV service in Nigeria to offer SPI International's TV channels. It will be a complementary service to the satellite services of Montage and Consat already operating in Nigeria and offering FilmBox channels,” explains Amit Karni, SPI International’s Head of Sales Africa. 

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Kino Polska TV S.A. Capital Group reports first quarter total income growth

Kino Polska TV S.A. Capital Group released its first quarter 2016 results. The total income exceeded PLN 5 mln, which is a 10% increase compared to the first three months of 2015.

The Group’s first quarter 2016 revenues from sales reached PLN 27.1 mln, 5% more than in the same period of 2015. This shift was predominantly driven by a 14% increase in the FilmBox channels’ sales results and nearly 13% higher revenue from advertising sales generated by the Kino Polska brand channels. Group’s EBIDTA margin for the period of January to March 2016 reached PLN 11.5 mln (3% increase year-on-year). For the three months of 2016, Kino Polska TV S.A. Capital Group reported net profit of PLN 5.3 mln.
 
In the first quarter of 2016 the Group increased expenditures on the acquisition of engaging content which has already resulted in higher viewing ratings. Furthermore, The National Broadcasting Council in Poland confirmed its earlier decision on granting a license to broadcast the Zoom TV channel within the MUX 8 digital terrestrial television multiplex. This validates an investment agreement signed by Kino Polska TV S.A. and the PIKSEL Foundation established by PIKE, the Polish Chamber for Electronic Communication. Zoom TV will be the second digital terrestrial television channel developed by the Kino Polska TV S.A. Capital Group.

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