Global TV operator and 4K content aggregator SPI International / FILMBOX Channels Group has recently expanded its Ultra HD offering with new acquisitions from Paramax Films and Principal Media.
SPI has acquired rights from Paramax to three 4K recordings of live concerts performed at the prestigious Singapore Jazz Festival. One of the concerts features multi-instrumentalist, producer and singer, Taylor McFerrin - the eldest son of famous jazz singer Bobby McFerrin. The other two present performances by a Toronto-based jazz, hiphop trio BadBadNotGood and Seun Kuti, whose father Fela was the founder and undisputed king of Afrobeat.
SPI also signed an agreement with Principal Media acquiring worldwide rights to 4K videos shot by the time-lapse guru Randy Halverson. Shot over an eight-month period, the videos give a mind-boggling look at the night sky in South Dakota, Wyoming, and Utah. Photographer Randy Halverson captures the rural heartland of the American Mid-West against the backdrop of the Milky Way.
SPI International / FILMBOX Channels Group has been committed to expanding its library of Ultra HD content in order to boost programming of the Group’s FUNBOX UHD linear channel which is broadcast in Ultra HD quality as well as a stand-alone streaming app which gives users access to a variety of native UHD content on UHD streaming devices such as Amazon Fire TV.
SPI International / FILMBOX Channels Group is launching six international thematic channels in the U.S. on Sling TV, Dish Network’s over the top streaming service.
The SPI’s channel bundle on Sling TV includes: DocuBox HD, FightBox HD, FashionBox HD, Fast&FunBox HD, 360TuneBox and NatureVision TV. The service already carries two ethnic channels from the SPI’s portfolio – Kino Polska International and Kino Polska Muzyka International, which cater to the Polish-American viewers.
Sling TV is a new live and on demand app-based TV service that allows subscribers to watch TV channels on their mobile devices, desktop computers, and TV devices like Roku, Apple TV, Chromecast, and Amazon Fire. With Sling, customers can view TV programming from the U.S. market and around the world, in a convenient, Internet-delivered platform. In order to serve viewers from various ethnic groups in the U.S., Sling TV has launched SPI’s channels in English and Polish.
“SPI/FILMBOX Channels Group is excited to expand its channel portfolio on Sling TV” said Stacey Sobel, executive VP of SPI International. “We are looking forward to adding new channels in the future in order to serve both English-language and ethnic audiences.”
Eight channels from SPI are being launched by Türksat/Kablo TV, the largest cable operator in Turkey.
The channel line-up picked up by Türksat includes: FUNBOX UHD (an entertainment channel in Ultra HD), FilmBox Turkey and FilmBox Art House (movie channels), FightBox and Fast&FunBox (sports channels), DocuBox (a documentary channel), 360 TuneBox (a music channel) and Gametoon (an interactive gaming channel). All channels are currently being localized in Turkish.
‘’We are very excited about the launch of our channels on Türksat/Kablo TV, the country’s largest cable operator. SPI’s presence and distribution in Turkey will be growing rapidly with its channels being localized to Turkish,” said Mr. Murat Muratoglu, SPI's Sales Director for Turkey and the Middle East.
In addition to the linear channels Türksat/Kablo TV also offers its customers access to FilmBox Live, a multi screen VoD service which features live-streaming channels and a huge VoD library.
SPI International / FILMBOX Channels Group and Ethnic Channels Group (ECG) have agreed on a distribution deal which appoints ECG as an exclusive agent for the SPI's thematic and international channels in Canada.
ECG, a television broadcasting, distribution and communications company, will solicit new distribution deals for multiple channels from the SPI’s worldwide portfolio: FUNBOX UHD, FightBox HD, DocuBox HD, FashionBox HD, Fast&FunBox HD, FilmBox Art House, 360 Tune Box and Gametoon. ECG will also sell two ethnic channel bundles: the Russian-language pack comprised of FilmBox Art House, DocuBox, FightBox, Fast&FunBox and Gametoon as well as the Polish-language pack featuring the leading Polish film channel Kino Polska, Kino Polska Muzyka along with FilmBox Art House, DocuBox, Gametoon, FightBox and Fast&FunBox channels subtitled or dubbed in Polish.
“We are excited to partner with ECG to distribute our channels in Canada and to provide diverse types of programming to both ethnic and general audiences,” says Stacey Sobel, executive VP for SPI International. “Our line-up for Canada begins with FUNBOX UHD, a general entertainment channel with premium Ultra HD content that allows viewers to experience more nuance and detail, faster frame rates, exceptional contrast dynamics and extended colors. Our worldwide channels FightBox HD, DocuBox HD, FashionBox HD, Fast&FunBox, 360 TuneBox and Gametoon have a general appeal to most viewers as they offer mainstream level interest. FilmBox Art House should generate interest among film aficionados who wish to have access to independent and arthouse films that are not easily accessible via main outlets in Canada. The two Kino Polska channels cater to a particular ethnic group,” Ms. Sobel concludes.
“Canadians are always looking for new and compelling television choices, and ECG is proud to be partnering with SPI to bring new television channels to Canada for the first time ever, including the new FUNBOX state-of-the-art 24/7 channel delivering the ultimate 4K/Ultra HD experience,” said Slava Levin, CEO for ECG. “These top quality channels will appeal to people across Canada looking for movies, documentaries, adventure, sports, children’s shows, fashion, nature, wildlife and much more.”
SPI channels are carried by numerous DTH platforms, cable networks, IPTVs, mobile TVs and Smart TVs in Europe, Asia, the U.S., Africa as well as Australia.