Kino Polska TV S.A. Capital Group announced 2016 year-end results. The Group reported revenues of nearly 114 mln PLN, with the EBITDA exceeding 48 mln PLN.
The Group’s sales revenues increased by 6% comparing to the previous year. This was primarily due to the revenue growth generated from broadcasting movie channels and the Group’s thematic channels. The Group’s EBITDA increased by 7% comparing to 2015.
At the end of 2016 Kino Polska TV S.A. ranked as the eighth largest television group in Poland with an average audience share of 1.90% (SHR 16-49 in December 2016, including the terrestrial channel Stopklatka TV which is broadcast by a company jointly controlled by Kino Polska TV S.A.). Throughout 2016 Telewizja Kino Polska channel reached an average audience of more than 23 thousand viewers (AMR 4+), an increase of 3.6% comparing to the 2015 results. The channel reported 0.36% SHR of total audience and a similar result across the 16-49 commercial segment.
Zoom TV, a brand new terrestrial channel in the Group’s portfolio was launched in October 2016 in Poland. The network is broadcast by Cable Television Networks & Partners Sp. z o.o., a company controlled by Kino Polska TV S.A. In its first broadcasting weeks Zoom TV achieved promising viewing results and reported steady growth trend: 50% SHR increase in the commercial group for December 2016 in comparison to the previous month.
SPI International BV is the majority shareholder of Kino Polska TV S.A.
Global Pay TV operator SPI / FILMBOX launches a new online and STB service called “Filmbox OnDemand” with Magyar Telekom, Hungary's largest telecommunication operator.
Filmbox OnDemand, offers a custom selection of Filmbox library and consists of both movies and TV series which air on Filmbox channels. Magyar Telekom has made Filmbox OD available within its sVoD platform MoziKlub.
“We are excited to offer not only our channels but also a brand new online on-demand service to Telekom customers,” Tamas Fulop, SPI’s Operation Director for CEE countries comments on the new development. “With Filmbox OD, beside the STB service, we also give viewers non-linear online access on any type of device, beyond traditional TV channels to top quality content whenever and wherever they want to watch it,” Mr. Fulop adds.
“Magyar Telekom seeks to offer its customers a wide variety of programming and genres, meeting their demands by allowing them to watch the content they love. We are delighted that Filmbox OnDemand is available within our MoziKlub platform, an on-demand (sVoD) service in 2017,” said Rajki Annamária, Head of Media and Content Management, Magyar Telekom.
SPI/FILMBOX Channels Group has launched two additional thematic channels in the U.S. on Sling TV.
The newly added SPI networks are Gametoon and FilmBox Art House. They are now available to viewers in the U.S. as part of the English bonus pack.
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, tournaments (eSports), popular streamers, viral content fueled with best of the Web and much more.
FilmBox Art House is an international award-winning movie network which presents masterpieces of world cinema as well as a diverse selection of festival films and independent productions from all around the globe.
Sling TV already carries multiple channels from SPI’s worldwide TV portfolio including DocuBox HD, FightBox HD, FashionBox HD, Fast&FunBox HD, 360TuneBox and NatureVision TV. The service also offers two ethnic channels from the SPI’s portfolio – Kino Polska International and Kino Polska Muzyka International, which cater to the Polish-American viewers.
“SPI/FILMBOX Channels Group is excited to expand its channel portfolio on Sling TV” said Stacey Sobel, executive VP of SPI International. “Young generations are watching content through online devices. It’s time to reconnect to TV. Gametoon is a new generation TV channel,” added Ms. Sobel.
SPI/FILMBOX will bring up to 10 HD channels to Latin America through SES’s NSS-806 satellite.
SES, the world-leading satellite operator, announced today that it has signed a multi-year capacity agreement with SPI International / FILMBOX Channels Group, a global media company that operates more than 30 TV channels, to support the company’s expansion in Latin America and distribute its HD channels in the region.
SPI will extend its reach in Latin America thanks to the C-band capacity of NSS-806, which covers the entire region in one single beam and is capable of reaching about 90% of all pay TV subscribers in South America. SPI will broadcast its premium content to cable operators and DTH providers from the U.S, bringing up to 10 HD channels to the region: FightBox HD, FashionBox HD, DocuBox HD, Fast&FunBox HD, 360TuneBox HD, FilmBox Art House, Gametoon, NatureVision TV, Erox HD and Eroxxx HD.
NSS-806 is located at the prime orbital position 47.5 degrees West and was one of the key satellites to transmit the Olympics Games from Rio de Janeiro to the rest of the world last year. The SPI channels are eventually expected to move to SES-14, which is scheduled for launch this year and will replace NSS-806.
“We are very pleased to start this relationship with SPI, and we are looking forward to bringing its HD content to new audiences”, said Jurandir Pitsch, Vice President Sales for South Latin America at SES. “SPI will benefit from NSS-806’s high penetration of DTH and cable head-ends in Latin America. This partnership demonstrates that satellite remains the ideal infrastructure to deliver high picture quality content to a large audience, either directly or by feeding cable head-ends”.
“For over 25 years, we have been a leading supplier of theatrical films and television programming in the international market and, with SES expertise, we will be able to get closer to our target audience in Latin America”, said Loni Farhi, President of SPI International/FILMBOX Channels Group. “As one of the largest aggregators of native Ultra HD content in the world, we expect that in the near future our partnership with SES will enable us to expand our HD offering in Latin America with content in the new TV format.”