SPI International owned Kino Polska TV SA takes over majority of DTT station Stopklatka TV from Agora! Kino Polska becomes a top advertising player in Poland along with its prominent pay TV business.
SPI subsidiary Kino Polska TV SA, owner of television networks Kino Polska, Filmbox, Kino TV and Zoom TV has acquired from Agora SA 41% shares of Stopklatka SA (the company broadcasting Poland’s top terrestrial movie channel). As a result, Kino Polska TV SA now owns 82.6% shares becoming Stopklatka's majority stakeholder, which significantly strengthens KPTV’s position among the largest media groups in the country.
The deal followed a letter of intent and was signed earlier in March announcing the potential acquisition by Kino Polska TV SA of the entire Agora’s stake in Stopklatka.
- I am glad we have successfully completed this transaction. For us this is an important step in the implementation of the KP Group's strategy, which is to become one of the five biggest media groups in Poland. Taking over Stopklatka will result in a significant increase in the group's consolidated revenues and will present a number of benefits in such aspects as cost synergy, as well as in other areas including future negotiations with content suppliers - comments Boguslaw Kisielewski, Kino Polska TV SA Chairman of the Board.
Kino Polska TV SA has been Stopklatka’s shareholder since the channel was first broadcast in March 2014. Due to the TV know-how contributed by Kino Polska In content acquisition and distribution and with valuable support from SPI International the channel achieved spectacular success within a short period of time becoming the number one movie channel in Poland.
In August 2014, after only 6 months of broadcasting, Stopklatka TV gained 1% audience share in the commercial segment. In the past 10 years no other channel achieved such a result in such a short amount of time. The channel has been consistently growing revenues from advertising sales – in Q1 2018 they were 2.7% higher than in the same period of 2017.
- Stopklatka TV ideally fits our portfolio which features mostly movie channels. Thanks to Kino Polska’s television experience and its resources, the network leads the movie channel rankings. I feel joy Stopklatka is under our wings. Our primary objective is to grow our viewership and advertising sales from the DTT segment. At this point I’d like to thank Agora SA for the few years of fruitful cooperation - added Mr Kisielewski.
Stopklatka TV has nationwide reach and is available in DTT (MUX-1), as well as in most TV offers from major cable networks and DTH platforms. Stopklatka TV reports 11.4 million active subscribers.
Kino Polska TV SA is consistently building its position in the terrestrial television market. It is worth mentioning that this January the company became the sole owner of the Zoom TV terrestrial TV channel when acquired from the Polish Chamber of Electronic Communications 236 shares owned by Cable Television Networks & Partners sp. z o.o., the company broadcasting the channel. Stopklatka joins the Kino Polska TV SA portfolio consisting of Kino Polska, Kino Polska Muzyka and just mentioned Zoom TV.
SPI International / FILMBOX, global media company, announced today it has signed a distribution agreement with LNB to carry 9 international thematic channels from the SPI’s portfolio.
Broadcasting its premium content to cable operators and DTH providers, SPI will broadcast these worldwide thematic channels: FightBox HD, a 24/7 sports network with live international MMA events, DocuBox HD, a documentary channel covering nature, wild life, science and human civilization, Fast&FunBox HD, a lifestyle/sports channel with extreme adrenaline sports programming, FilmBox Art House, a movie channel presenting independent and classic films, Gametoon HD, a new interactive, eSports channel for millennials, FunBox UHD, a general entertainment channel featuring native Ultra HD content, FilmBox, a movie channel with films and TV series, and FashionBox HD, a worldwide TV network focusing on fashion trends.
“Since August 2017, the mission of LNB is to unify all wired cable operators under one platform and acquire copyrights for them,” says Fadel Hodroj, General Manager and CEO of LNB. “I am extremely pleased that we have established an exclusive deal with prestigious SPI International for the distribution of the popular FilmBox channels on all platforms for the territory of Lebanon. LNB and myself personally look forward to having a long term relationship with our new partner SPI International.”
“As SPI is committed to expanding its distribution footprint in MENA, we are excited to deliver top quality television programming to viewers in Lebanon thanks to the recent launch of our worldwide channels. Users can now enjoy a variety of genres on 9 different channels,” said Murat Muratoglu, SPI’s head of distribution for MENA, Turkey, APAC, Russia, CIS, Baltics, Bulgaria and Ex-Yugo.
StarSat today announced plans to launch two new entertainment channels for the South African pay TV market: FilmBox Africa HD (channel no. 188) and FashionBox HD (channel no. 282) channels. Both networks will be carried on StarSat’s DTH and OTT platforms.
StarSat’s viewers with access to FilmBox Africa will get a chance to enjoy “No Easy Days,” the new 9 episode action crime series that will premiere on June 5th, 2018. “No Easy Days” by Red Rock Entertainment tells a story about the President’s daughter who is kidnapped and held ransom by a British mercenary - a rebellious Navy Seal is the only hope of saving her.
FilmBox Africa HD and FashionBox HD are two of several thematic channels which SPI International distributes internationally. Other SPI channels which are already being carried by several other platforms and operators across the continent include: FightBox HD, DocuBox HD, Fast&FunBox HD, FilmBox Art House, 360TuneBox and Gametoon.
Says Ms. Wu, CEO of ODM – "StarSat has gone to great lengths to enhance the quality and depth of its Pay TV entertainment offer in South Africa by providing new and exciting viewing experiences to our loyal customers. We are delighted to extend the multi-channel viewing experience by adding these 2 new channels. We recognize the demand in South Africa for truly dynamic content that is both culturally relevant and entertaining - which is what StarSat is all about. Our loyal customers should expect much more immersive storytelling experiences on our platform in the near future.”
Amit Karni, Head of Distribution for SPI in Africa, says - “We are honored to cooperate with StarSat to launch FilmBox Africa HD and FashionBox HD on its DTH and OTT platforms in South Africa and neighboring countries, bringing fresh, new and exciting content to its audiences."
Global media group SPI International/FILMBOX is expanding its distribution footprint in Europe with the launch of FilmBox Art House channel on Ålcom, an IPTV/OTT service in Finland.
FilmBox Art House is an award-winning TV network presenting classic cinema masterpieces by such prominent filmmakers as Kurosawa, Fellini, Antonioni, Visconti, Hitchcock, Bunuel, Eisenstein, F.W. Murnau and many others. The channel also offers a wide variety of independent feature films from all over the world as well as shorts and animations. Ålcom's subscribers may now enjoy an impressive collection of acclaimed films which received top awards at the most prestigious festivals including Cannes, Venice, Berlin, BFI, Sundance, Locarno, SXSW, Tokyo, Hong Kong and many more.
FilmBox Art House is broadcast with no commercial breaks and is carried by DTH platforms, cable networks, streaming platforms and IPTVs across Europe, North America, Africa, the Middle East and Asia.
“We are excited about our first channel launch in Finland, which is a new market for SPI in Scandinavia where some of our networks debuted in Sweden a few years ago,” said Berk Uziyel, executive director for SPI/FILMBOX. “As we add Finland to the long list of countries where our channels are currently available, we appreciate Ålcom's recognition of top quality content featured on SPI's channels and our growing presence in Europe,” Mr. Uziyel added.
“Ålcom is proud to include FilmBox Art House in our IPTV solution. Through FilmBox Art House we give our customers a unique opportunity to enjoy award-winning movies from around the world,” said Daniel Dahlén, CEO at Alands Telekommunikations.