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SPI's FILMBOX channels get new viewers in Africa

SPI International / FILMBOX Channels Group launched its usual “8 channel pack” on Zip TV, a new IPTV platform in Africa, according to an agreement which the global TV operator signed with Broadband Home Ltd.

The pack is comprised of eight movie and thematic channels: FilmBox, FilmBox Art House, FightBox, Fast&FunBox, FashionBox, DocuBox, 360TuneBox and Gametoon.
 
With the launch of the FilmBox brand channels Zip TV subscribers shall enjoy a variety of rich programming including some of the popular BBC dramas and ITV’s fantasy series Beowulf: Return to the Shieldlands.
 
True fans of world cinema will enjoy watching the masterpieces by such prominent directors as Kurosawa, Fellini or Hitchcock in addition to the award-winning festival movies presented on FilmBox Art House, an international film channel which received the EUTELSAT TV Award in the Best Cinema category.   
 
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 Ghana will also have access to 360 Tune Box HD, a music channel presenting independent, breakthrough artists and the art of music video from all over the world.  Last but not least is Gametoon, a newly launched channel with interactive gaming/second screen gaming, gamereviews, tournaments esports and viral content.

SPI International / Filmbox International, a leading supplier of theatrical films and television programming in the international market continue to expand in Africa. SPI’s channels are currently carried by numerous DTH platforms, cable networks and IPTVs throughout the continent.

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SPI / FILMBOX Channels Group introduces new generation TV channel Gametoon

SPI International / FILMBOX Channels Group is launching a new interactive channel Gametoon - the global TV operator has announced at MIPCOM in Cannes, France.

Gametoon features  interactive gaming/second screen gaming, game reviews, tournaments esports and viral content fueled with best of the Web and much more. The channel gives its viewers a unique opportunity to play dedicated games on their mobile devices and share scores along with social profile pictures on air. 

GametoonBox
 

Viewers may enjoy playing second screen casual games dedicated to channel that follow one simple rule - easy to play, hard to master. They join the fun instantly by picking one of many casual titles and watch how they advance in Gametoon global ranking. 

Gametoon will feature live esports events along with information on the teams and games. Channel’s programming includes game reviews, tips and tutorials, along with fun facts and stories about games creation process. 
 
“Young generations are watching content through online devices. It’s time to reconnect to TV. We would like to give millennials something to watch in their traditional cable box," explains Berk Uziyel, SPI's Executive Director. “With Gametoon, viewers may follow esports and watch top gamers compete against each other in global tournaments. 

Gametoon has officially premiered at MIPCOM and will soon be launched on DISH, America’s top satellite/cable TV provider and Turkcell, the leading mobile phone operator in Turkey.

The channel is available for worldwide distribution: DTH, Cable, IPTV, Mobile TV and Smart TV. 
 
More info: http://www.gametoonbox.com/

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SPI launches Ultra HD application on Amazon Fire TV and FUNBOX 4K/UHD channel on HOT BIRD

SPI International / FILMBOX Channels Group unveils an Ultra HD on-demand streaming app on Amazon Fire TV and replaces the FUNBOX 4K/UHD demo loop on Eutelsat’s HOT BIRD satellite with a full-fledged channel – the global TV operator announced today.

FUNBOX 4K/UHD – new application launched on Amazon Fire TV

FUNBOX 4K/UHD online streaming service from SPI International has been successfully launched on Amazon Fire TV, allowing users with UHD-supported TV sets to enjoy an on-demand library of native UHD programming which features documentaries, arts/culture, sports and lifestyle content in Ultra High Definition. Amazon Fire TV is currently available in the US, the UK, Germany, Austria and Japan. 
 
FUNBOX 4K/UHD is an on-demand streaming application which SPI International developed to make the best quality UHD content available to the most innovative OTT platforms such as Amazon Fire TV.  With the FUNBOX 4K/UHD app, the audience will receive more nuance and detail, exceptional contrast dynamics and extended colors - the best TV experience possible today.  

This video app is based on a unique, emotionally appealing and intuitive video-based user interface developed by Munich’s studio COENO that lets the user dive into the high-resolution imagery right at the start of the app and while browsing through the video catalog. 


FUNBOX 4K/UHD – from demo to full-fledged channel 

Throughout the past year SPI offered a free-to-air demo version of FUNBOX 4K/UHD, however Eutelsat and SPI have recently switched from the demo loop to a full channel. FUNBOX will also start to be encrypted effective October 22nd. The full version of FUNBOX 4K/UHD features compelling prime time programming such as LA BOHEME – a cinematic opera captured in UHD and THE SEA CHEF – a documentary series hosted by Ángel León, a two-Michelin starred chef who goes for authentic sea flavor all over the coast of Spain. FUNBOX 4K/UHD also airs native UHD documentaries on nature, wildlife, human civilization, music videos and arts/culture content.  

SPI’s Ultra HD channel offers plenty of entertainment value for a variety of audiences, allowing viewers to experience more nuance and detail, contrast dynamics and extended colors. FUNBOX 4K/UHD features new content shot in High Dynamic Range 4K. The HDR (High Dynamic Range) and WCG systems are the latest development of the UHD standard and they guarantee an extraordinary color depth as well as a never before seen strong contrast between the bright parts and the dark parts of the image. 
 
“We are offering a truly unique app and a linear channel which attract subscribers because of the highest quality service,” says Berk Uziyel, Executive Director at SPI International / FILMBOX Channels Group. “We have built our satellite distribution and broadcasting on Eutelsat and successfully launched our 4K app with Amazon. The channel is currently carried by operators in Portugal, Spain, Luxembourg, the Netherlands and also in Turkey,” Mr. Uziyel adds.

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SPI International boosts 4K library with new titles

SPI International / FILMBOX Channels Group has acquired worldwide rights to eight episodes of Royal Jewellers series and The Barber of Seville opera captured in 4K Ultra HD. The new titles will boost 4K programming on SPI’s FUNBOX 4K/UHD channel.

The Royal Jewellers series features interviews with leading practitioners and conceptual artists from the jewellery/goldsmith world. It is the only program on the "Art of Haute Joillerie" which has visited the secret world and workshops of the most important jewellers in the world. Kostas Metaxas, the series producer, is not only a documentary filmmaker, but an artist who has consulted and worked personally with such jewellery titans as Robert Mouawad, Nick Paspaley, Laurence Graff, Maria Gaspari and BHP Billiton Diamonds. 
 
The Barber of Seville, captured by DBW, is the first lyric opera to be shot in High Dynamic Range 4K. The HDR (High Dynamic Range) and WCG systems are the new development of the 4K standard and they are able to guarantee an extraordinary color depth as well as a never before seen strong contrast between the bright parts and the dark parts of the image. The production has been realized at the wonderful historic Teatro Regio in Turin with 8 shooting points. The Sony PMW-F55 cameras – in live setup and all equipped with 4K Prime Lenses optics – were adopted; the same cameras used by the director Jacques Audiard in his film Dheepan, Palme d’Or award winner at last edition of Cannes Film Festival.

Barber Od Seville 4K/UHD


The Barber of Seville is the second opera production in 4K which SPI acquired from DBW for FUNBOX 4K/UHD. Last year the company purchased worldwide rights to La Bohème, the famous opera by Giacomo Puccini.
 
"WE are very happy about this new second deal with SPI international for the FUNBOX 4K channel and we are looking forward for future cooperation with such a pioneering company,” said GIULIANO BERRETTA, President of DBW Communication. “DBW is very engaged in sports, culture and special events production using the most advanced technologies, particularly with UHD (4K) along with the most recent developments in High Frame Rate, High Dynamic Range and Wide Color Gamut," explained Mr. Berretta.
 
“We are thrilled to present this stunning cinematic opera in the Ultra HD resolution on our FUNBOX 4K UHD channel,” said Berk Uziyel, Executive Director for FilmBox International Ltd.The Barber of Seville, shot entirely in high dynamic range 4K, as well as The Royal Jewellers series are exactly what will make watching our channel an unforgettable experience for the premium viewer who appreciates quality programs,” Mr. Uziyel added.
 
FUNBOX 4K/UHD is a premium, general entertainment TV channel which airs a mix of native 4K documentaries, performing arts programming, extreme adventure content as well as movies and TV series. The channel is broadcast from the Eutelsat’s HOT BIRD satellite.

UHD Alliance

SPI International is a member of the UHD Alliance, the inter-industry group charged with fostering the Ultra HD ecosystem and promoting the benefits of Ultra HD entertainment technology. 

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