SPI International has launched FUNBOX UHD on Vodafone TV in Spain. World’s first global TV channel with native Ultra HD content is now available to Vodafone TV viewers.
FUNBOX UHD - the global general entertainment channel carries a mix of native Ultra HD documentaries, performing arts programming, extreme adventure / lifestyle content as well as movies and TV series. The channel presents highly acclaimed programs such as cinematic opera La Boheme and The Sea Chef – hosted by two Michelin-starred chef Ángel León around the Spanish coast.
“SPI is focusing on making as much native Ultra HD content as possible available via this channel, and we are only showing those programs that have a high production value and can deliver outstanding visual highlights for the viewers,” said Raymond Van Der Vliet, Director of Distribution in Western Europe for SPI International.
FUNBOX UHD is currently available on a number of DTH platforms, IPTVs and OTT services in Portugal, Germany, Turkey, Luxembourg, Romania, the Netherlands and Qatar.
Global TV operator SPI International/FILMBOX announced today it has renewed its distribution agreement with FilmOn TV, part of the FOTV/Hologram USA group of companies. FilmOn will continue to carry several international thematic channels from the SPI’s portfolio including: FightBox HD, DocuBox HD, FashionBox HD, Fast&FunBox HD, 360TuneBox. In addition, the bundle of channels now includes Gametoon.
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, eSports tournaments, viral content fueld with best of the Web, and much more.
The renewed SPI channels on FilmOn.com include two sports channels, with FightBox HD featuring live MMA and kickboxing events and Fast&FunBox HD devoted to adventure sports, car racing, motorcross, sailing, etc. Also continuing on FilmOn: DocuBox HD presents documentary films and series about nature, science and human civilization; FashionBox HD, with up to date coverage of fashion trends, is world’s first fashion network presenting exclusively native HD programming; and 360TuneBox, which caters to young urban audiences interested in discovering independent music artists and the art of video.
“We are very pleased to continue our relationship with FilmOnTV Networks. FilmOn Live TV makes it possible for our channels to gain new digital viewers,” says Stacey Sobel, SPI International’s executive VP.
“SPI/FILMBOX is a recognized leader in supplying top quality international movies and television,” said Kim Hurwitz, Chief Content Officer of FOTV Media. “The channels have been favorites of our discerning audience, and we’re excited to add the eSports channel Gametoon to the mix.”
Global TV operator SPI International / FILMBOX has recently acquired ten episodes of the fifth season of the underwater adventure series Blue World and the lifestyle culinary series Barinia. which will air on FUNBOX UHD, SPI’s Ultra HD channel and an online streaming app.
Barinia. A stunning voyage of food, culture and friendship along the alluring coastlines of Italy, Greece, Turkey and France. These are the tales from the classic yacht Barinia and its family of 25 years, Narelle the chef and Patrick, the skipper. This unique culinary voyage pushes beyond the veneer of common tourism and invites the viewer to experience the local life and the preservation of precious traditions.
Jonathan Bird’s Blue World is an educational family-oriented underwater adventure series hosted by dynamic naturalist and underwater photographer Jonathan Bird.
The series has received many awards and honors, including eight New England Emmy Awards and four consecutive National Daytime Emmy Nominations.
Blue World is an Emmy Award-winning underwater science/adventure program produced and hosted by Jonathan Bird, one of the world’s top underwater nature cinematographers. In fresh water or salt, reefs, wrecks or caves, Jonathan documents the world beneath the waves. The episodes encompass a variety of subjects, including stories about animals, marine research and researchers, underwater exploration and recent discoveries. The stories always have an underwater theme and feature stunning underwater photography captured in native Ultra HD. SPI acquired worldwide rights to the series from Big Media, a leading worldwide content producer and distributor of docs/factual, wildlife, and travel/lifestyle series.
As SPI has been expanding its UHD library, the company also acquired worldwide rights to Barinia, a cultural adventure across Southern Europe and Eastern Turkey, celebrating the customs and traditions of these rarely seen destinations.
The series presents tales from the classic yacht Barinia and its family – Patrick, Narelle and their dog Shadow. This is a love affair with a way of life that has afforded them deep connections to the local dwellers of these seaside communities. In the face of modernity and rapid change, Patrick and Narelle give a voice to the local characters and a quest to preserve their meaning through precious traditions.
“We are thrilled to enhance the programming on FUNBOX UHD channel with the Blue World series from Big Media Holdings and Barinia series from Escapade Media,” said Berk Uziyel, executive director of SPI/Filmbox."This highly entertaining content will make watching our channel an unforgettable experience for the premium viewer who appreciates quality programs,” Mr. Uziyel added.
Global TV operator SPI International / FILMBOX has recently acquired worldwide rights to the popular Kenyan drama series “New Beginnings” which will soon air on the SPI’s FilmBox Africa movie channel across the continent.
SPI International / FILMBOX Channels Group has signed an agreement with Insignia Productions acquiring rights to fifty two episodes of “New Beginnings”, a weekly drama about a three-way love affair between Julia, Derek and his best friend Sean. The show explores their lives and relationships from the point Sean wakes up from a five-year coma.
“New Beginnings” series is one of the first major acquisition deals which SPI has been working on in order to add African productions to the diverse programming offer on FilmBox Africa channel. “SPI/FILMBOX is fully committed to Africa with content,” said Amit Karni, SPI’s Head of Distribution for Africa. “We are negotiating new acquisitions with a number of regional content suppliers and we look forward to announcing more content deals over the coming months," Mr. Karni adds.
SPI distributes multiple TV networks throughout the African continent, including FilmBox Africa, FilmBox Art House, FightBox HD, FashionBox HD, DocuBox HD, Fast&FunBox HD, 360TuneBox and Gametoon.