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SPI International launches FilmBox Live with Amazon Prime Add-On Subscriptions

Global pay TV operator SPI International is making hundreds of exciting indie and arthouse films available on-demand to Amazon Prime members through FilmBox Live, a stand-alone video subscription service.
 

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The FilmBox Live subscription on Amazon Prime comes with a 7-day free trial offering customers access to an impressive library of feature, documentary and short films from all over the world. In addition to award-winning films celebrated at such renowned festivals as Cannes, Berlin, Venice, Locarno, Hong Kong, Tokyo and SXSW, the on demand catalogue also boasts a collection of world cinema masterpieces by Fellini, Rossellini, Kurosawa, Hitchcock and other legendary filmmakers. Films are available with closed captioning for hearing-impaired users.
 
All of the movies and TV programming included with the subscription are available to watch on-demand, on all compatible Amazon Video devices including TVs, Blu-ray players, Amazon Fire TV, Fire TV Stick, Fire tablets, computers, Android and iOS mobile devices.
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Amazon Prime is a membership program that gives customers access to streaming video, music, e-books, free shipping and a variety of other Amazon-specific services and deals. Add-on Subscriptions are part of the Amazon Prime program.

"We are excited to launch the Filmbox Live service as an Amazon Prime Add-On subscription and we intend to grow our audience by making sure our service is accessible to new subscribers who will get access to the impressive Filmbox Live library whenever and however they want," says Loni Farhi, President of SPI International. “SPI is planning to add more thematic videos to the on-demand catalogue including documentaries, fight videos and adventure sports content as well as fashion programming,” adds Mr. Farhi.

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SPI International / FILMBOX Channels Group expand distribution in the Caribbean

With the recent launch of several thematic channels in Trinidad and Tobago and Grenada, SPI International is expanding its distribution footprint in the Caribbean planning to sign up more cable networks, DTH and OTT platforms in the region.

SPI International / FILMBOX Channels Group offer a portfolio of TV channels featuring sports, fashion, lifestyle, documentary and music programming. Some of the channels are already carried by Green Dot, the provider of innovative telecommunications and technology-based services in Trinidad & Tobago and Grenada. More operators are already in the process of adding up SPI's channels.
 
“Our channel offer is very diverse, so are the target groups and audiences we are serving. Our two sports channels - FightBox HD and Fast’nFunBox HD - cater to martial arts and extreme sports fans while DocuBox HD is a channel of high quality documentaries. We have a music channel and a fashion channel with HD content, an arthouse movie channel for more sophisticated viewers who crave ambitious cinema and we also offer an interactive gaming channel, which is suitable for family entertainment,” explains Gustavo Monaco, SPI’s Sales Director for LatAm and Caribbean.
 
“We develop our channels to bring top value and best content to our viewers. In addition, we are localizing our channel portfolio to Spanish. Whether it is sports or wildlife, music or adult entertainment our programming offer always comes from the world’s top content producers. We have the strategic vision and flexibility to operate on multiscreen basis which is very attractive to operators,” Mr. Monaco adds.
 
SPI International is also developing its first 4K/UHD channel. The commercial version of FUNBOX 4K/UHD is debuting this September in Europe and will be eventually ready for worldwide distribution, including Latin America. The demo version of the channel is already broadcast from the HOT BIRD satellite in Europe and has been launched by Vodafone Portugal and Vodafone Spain. Moreover, the company has developed a global stand-alone online streaming app which offers access to an extensive library of native 4K content.

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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.

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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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