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Two FilmBox channels launched on MY-HD in UAE

SPI International has added two movie channels to its current line-up on Dubai’s MY-HD platform: FilmBox and FilmBox Art House.

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MY-HD, the High Definition satellite Pay-TV provider now carries FilmBox and FilmBox Art House channels. Programming on both channels has been adjusted to respect local cultural requirements. Soon the two channels, which are currently broadcast in English, will feature Arabic subtitles.
 
FilmBox is a general entertainment channel which airs movies and TV series mostly from U.S., Canadian, British and Australian producers. With the launch MY-HD's subscribers shall enjoy a variety of rich programming including some of the popular BBC dramas, which SPI has recently acquired from the British supplier, including The Musketeers and the Doctor Who series, among many others..
 
FilmBox Art House is an international, award-winning channel which features masterpieces of world cinema by such prominent directors as Hitchcock, Kurosawa, Fellini and many others. The channel also airs independent productions from all over the world including critically acclaimed movies presented at the most prestigious film festivals like Cannes, Venice, Berlin, Toronto, Karlovy Vary and Tokyo.
 
In addition to newly added FilmBox and FilmBox Art house, MY-HD also carries three other channels from the SPI International’s worldwide pay TV portfolio: FightBox HD (a multi-discipline combat sports channel), Fast&FunBox HD (a mix of adrenaline and extreme sports programming) and DocuBox HD (a documentary channel about nature and human civilization).
 
“We are glad to see more channels from our portfolio to be carried by MY-HD,” said Murat Muratoglu, Sales Director MENA at SPI International. “As MY-HD offers a range of packages to serve the various needs of the different communities in the MENA region our channels offer diverse, top quality content that caters to a variety of vievers’ interests,” Mr. Muratoglu added.

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SPI’s FilmBox channels get new viewers on TNT SAT in Africa

SPI International is launching six thematic channels on TNT Sat Africa, a Mali-based DTH platform broadcasting from the SES 4 at 22.0°W satellite.

The pack is comprised of six movie and thematic channels: FilmBox Africa, FilmBox Art House, Fast&FunBox, FashionBox, DocuBox, and MadscreenBox

With the launch of the FilmBox brand channels TNT Sat subscribers shall enjoy a variety of rich programming including some of the popular BBC dramas, which SPI has recently acquired from the British supplier including The Musketeers and the Doctor Who series, among many others. 

True fans of world cinema will enjoy watching the masterpieces by such prominent directors as Kurosawa, Fellini or Hitchcock in addition to festival movies presented on FilmBox Art House, an international film channel, which received the EUTELSAT TV Award in the Best Cinema category.  

The bouquet also features Fast&FunBox HD, a sports channel that presents 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 TNT Sat subscribers will also enjoy MadscreenBox, a unique live, interactive channel with family-oriented games and entertainment.  

Out of the six channels carried by TNT Sat four of them are being localized in French language: FilmBox Africa, FilmBox Art House, DocuBox and MadscreenBox. 

“As we expand our distribution footprint in Africa we are glad to bring FilmBox channels to the subscribers of TNT Sat AFRICA,” said Amit Karni, SPI International’s Head of Sales Africa. “With the four channels localized in French we are looking forward to attracting more French-speaking viewers throughout the Sub-Saharan Africa,” Mr. Karni added. 

SPI International / Filmbox International, a leading supplier of theatrical films and television programming in the international market continue to expand in Africa. The company has recently launched its African pay TV portfolio on Tanzania’s Continental Digital Media Content Ltd. and signed an in-suite hotel distribution deal with Cable Wireless Seychelles. Overall, SPI’s channels are currently carried by numerous DTH platforms, cable networks and IPTVs throughout the continent. 

SPI International @ DISCOP Africa Abidjan - Meeting Table # B3

Join Mr. Amit Karni – SPI Head of Distribution Africa at the following DISCOP workshop
Multi-platform global rights content solutions
Date: 2 June 2016
Time: 4:30 PM
Venue: Salle Des Ateliers / Workshop Rooms (Chandelier Lagune)

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SPI International @ DISCOP Africa Abidjan

SPI INTERNATIONAL / FILMBOX WILL BE ATTENDING DISCOP AFRICA ABIDJAN

VISIT OUR MEETING TABLE #B3
PREMIUM TV CHANNELS
AVAILABLE FOR DISTRIBUTION IN AFRICA
(DTH/CABLE/IPTV/MOBILE TV/SMART TV)

SPI International / Filmbox, a leading supplier of television programming and worldwide pay TV operator in the international market continue to expand in Africa presenting a portfolio of premium TV channels during DISCOP AFRICA ABIDJAN.

Please contact us for more information and to set up a meeting with our teams.
We will be located at the Meeting Table # B3

Join Mr. Amit Karni – SPI Head of Distribution Africa at this DISCOP workshop
Multi-platform global rights content solutions
Date: 2 June 2016
Time: 4:30 PM
Venue: Salle Des Ateliers / Workshop Rooms (Chandelier Lagune)
 


CHANNEL DISTRIBUTION IN AFRICA

Currently SPI distributes eight thematic channels throughout Africa. They are available for DTH, cable, IPTV, Mobile, Smart TV and OTT. The channel line-up offers a wide range of content including movies, documentaries, sports, fashion, music and interactive games.

FILMBOX CHANNELS IN AFRICA


FilmBox Africa offers more than 300 premiere titles every year. It also features the best directors’ films, television series and miniseries, as well as high-budget television productions. FilmBox Africa is a basic tier film channel dedicated to a wide audience of movie fans. [ENGLISH, FRENCH]


FilmBox Art House is a worldwide movie channel featuring arthouse and independent films as well as masterpieces of world cinema from such acclaimed directors as Kurosawa, Fellini, Hitchcock and many others. [ENGLISH, FRENCH]


FightBox HD is a 24-hour martial arts channel. LWatch live MMA and kickboxing events as as the biggest shows and the most exciting fights from Europe, America and all over the world: Cage Fury Fighting Championships, King of Kings Hero’s Series, Makowski Fighting Championships, Superkombat Fighting Championship, Mix Fight Gala, Bangkok Fight Night and more! [ENGLISH, FRENCH VERSION COMING SOON]
 

Fast’nFunBox HD offers extreme levels of adrenaline with the most extreme sports worldwide. Watch people risking their lives in car racing, motor cross, base jumping, skydiving and many more. [ENGLISH]

 
FashionBox HD is world’s first native HD channel devoted to fashion and shopping, lifestyle. 6 hours of new programming daily. Focus on trends and trendsetters. Top models, top designers and top brands. [ENGLISH]


DocuBox HD features documentary films and series on nature and human civilization. Watch an unforgettable collection of fascinating and award-winning documentary features, exploring the mysteries and beauty of our planet. [ENGLISH, FRENCH]


360TuneBox HD is an independent music channel addressed to young urban viewers. Videos are organized into genre clusters: rock, indie, pop, electro, dance, hip-hop. [ENGLISH]


MadscreenBox is a live, interactive family-oriented gaming channel. Play 20 family-oriented games for kids and all the young-at-heart. See the highest scores on TV in real time. Be famous! Let our animated hosts invite your avatar to the Madscreen studio. [ENGLISH, FRENCH]
 
COMING SOON FUNBOX 4K/ULTRA HD: only native 4K content (sports, documentaries, natures, music, performing arts and more)
 
For distribution please contact Amit Karni: amit.karni@spiintl.com

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The NATPE Interviews – Berk Uziyel

In the fifth of a series of interviews with leading broadcasters and production and distribution companies in Central and Eastern Europe ahead of this year’s NATPE Budapest, Broadband TV News speaks with Berk Uziyel, Executive Director at SPI International.

What were the main challenges of launching Funbox 4K/UHD last year and how were they overcome?

The first challenge was distribution. We are now using the satellite distribution and online streaming and we successfully distribute channels through these two different means. The second challenge was the availability of the content. We have not only worked with various suppliers but also started producing our own content and started to reach for a sizeable 4k library which distinguishes Funbox 4K/UHD from its competitors.

How is 4K Funbox/UHD now performing, especially in CEE?
The response has been very positive as we offer a truly unique channel and a streaming 4k/UHD library which attract new subscribers because of the highest-quality service. We have built our satellite distribution and broadcasting on Eutelsat. At the same time, the channel is now carried by Vodafone in Portugal and Spain. We have just launched FunBox 4K/UHD in Luxembourg and will soon make it available to viewers in the Netherlands. FunBox 4K/UHD is also part of the experimental terrestrial DVB-T2@HEVC broadcasting in Prague.

What is the idea behind 4K Funbox UHD participating in a DVB-T2 trial in the Czech Republic and can you see this being replicated in other markets?

We would like to develop the 4k/UHD market. Our test is set for a limited period of time and is targeted to test the capabilities and also to intrigue customers to embrace 4k/UHD. This limited time/trial can be replicated.

SPI’s Kino Polska recently secured a channel licence on Poland’s upcoming eighth DTT multiplex. How important was this for the company’s strategy in the country?

Recently, audience share of TV channels from the Kino Polska’s portfolio along with the associated Stopklatka TV channel reached the record high of 3.21% audience share in the basic commercial group of 16-49 year olds. We are planning to increase our market share in the country by expanding our presence on DTT with a launch of Zoom TV. Aside from our prominent pay-TV position in Poland, Kino Polska is also becoming a significant player in the local advertising market.

What was the thinking behind launching the FilmBox Live app and how is its rollout progressing?

As a leading pay-TV operator/content distributor in CEE it was natural for us a few years ago to tap into the online streaming and on demand business. We created a product called Filmbox Live which is sold directly to the consumers and our platform’s partners. The app is now available in 21 different platforms and 109 different versions. We believe that the digital distribution will play an important part in the media business. Therefore, Filmbox Live is one of the core products of SPI. In the near future SPI will also launch its own package with digital distributors such as Amazon.

Are there any plans to launch more Filmbox-branded channels and what themes are they likely to cover?

I am delighted to announce a new channel that will be launched in the end of summer of 2016. It will be targeting kids/a young audience. Along with kids content it will have a gaming component inside as well. We are very excited about this channel; it will feature some very unique technological solutions.

How can you see SPI developing in CEE over the course of the next few years?

SPI is focusing its development in three main business areas. 1. We are constantly growing in the pay-TV market and our objective is to substantially increase our market share/subscriber volume within the upcoming years. 2. We also project there will be a significant growth of the online businesses of SPI within CEE. 3. As mentioned above we are planning to grow our advertisement base business as well.

The interview was originally posted on Broadband TV News

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