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SPI/FilmBox and D-Smart Renew Linear and Expand Cooperation with Digital Partnership

SPI/FilmBox made its four channels available for another two years on D-Smart, one of the leading digital platforms in Turkey. In addition, subscribers will be able to live stream the channels, and access select VOD content from SPI’s channel portfolio on D-Smart’s OTT platform, D-Smart GO

SPI/FilmBox and D-Smart announced that they have renewed and extended their partnership to include an additional two years of broadcast rights for FilmBox, FightBox, Fast&FunBox, and DocuBox. The updated agreement will ensure that these channels from the SPI/FilmBox portfolio are made available to live-stream anytime and anywhere, along with VOD content from select SPI channels through D-Smart’s OTT platform, D-Smart GO.

“The tech-savvy consumers of today want premium, worldwide content to be at their disposal at all times. We are proud to be able to provide our customers with what they want and are excited to extend our distribution to digital with D-Smart, one of the biggest players in the Turkish market,” Murat Muratoğlu, Head of Distribution at SPI International.  

Among the channels that are available on D-Smart’s linear and digital platforms is SPI/FilmBox’s flagship channel FilmBox, which broadcasts Hollywood blockbusters, favorite evergreens and popular series from major producers and distributors. The other channels included are, FightBox which delivers electrifying combat sports live events and multi-discipline mixed martial arts coverage from all over the world, DocuBox which offers a collection of award-winning documentaries about different cultures and the wonders of our world, and Fast&FunBox which brings action-packed programming dedicated to adrenaline sports.

“We are very excited to extend our channel range with SPI channels. Our users will be able to access highly entertaining content with FilmBox, FightBox, DocuBox, Fast&FunBox, and FashionBox. We would like to carry on this fruitful cooperation for many years,” said Başar Başarır, CCO&CMO at D-SMART.

In addition to FilmBoxFightBox, and DocuBox, D-Smart GO subscribers will also be able to access VOD content from SPI/FilmBox’s FashionBox, which provides highly entertaining content on fashion trends and all things style. 

About D-Smart

D-Smart was founded in 2007. One of the key actors of “Digital Broadcasting Platform”, D-Smart is a leading Turkish digital broadcasting platform carrying out operations within Demiroren Holding since 2018. Devoted to continuous development of our contents and services, we provide digital content services to our customers with fully HD movie and TV series channels, documentary channels, including National Geographic and Discovery Groups, and kids, life, music and radio channels, as well as all national channels, along with hundreds of channels broadcasting through Turksat and Hotbird satellites, more than 230 channels of which 98 are HD.

In line with developments and requirements of present-day, we do not restrict our “Digital Broadcasting Platform” services with television broadcasting only but also come to the forefront in the market with our D-Smart Internet services (wholesaler). As a digital entertainment platform combining both internet and television services, we can offer our customers the ease of getting only one bill for both services.

D-Smart GO is an internet-based entertainment service, streaming popular movies, series and TV shows. With D-Smart GO users watch anytime, anywhere, on any internet-connected screen. Also they can play, pause, resume, rewind live channels up-to 3 days, record their favorite TV shows, all without subscription commitments. D-Smart GO offers a better viewing experience with personal profiles and also provide safe viewing experience for children with child mode and by parental control pins.

About SPI International

SPI International is a global media company operating 40 television channels on six continents. FilmBox being its flagship channel, SPI is one of the biggest aggregators of native Ultra HD content in the world. Working with over 1,400 operators worldwide, SPI uses state of the art technology providing its 65 million subscribers with access to SPI’s linear and on-demand content including live streaming of UHD programming and FilmBox channels on any Internet-connected device via major global streaming media players as well as local OTT providers. SPI recently added to its portfolio Film1 premium movie services in the Netherlands, including four movie channels and digital services.

For over 25 years, SPI International has been a leading distributor of theatrical films and television programming in the international market. SPI’s solid alliances with major license suppliers provide compelling content, with strong recognition and high demand. 

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SPI/FilmBox Launches Timeless Drama Channel (TDC) and Two Additional Thematic Channels with Telekom Romania

SPI/FilmBox and Telekom Romania have signed a channel distribution agreement to launch Timeless Drama Channel (TDC), DocuBox and FightBox from the SPI/FilmBox portfolio

SPI/FilmBox announces that Telekom Romania subscribers will now have access to Timeless Drama Channel (TDC), one of the fastest-growing drama genre channels in the world, and two additional thematic channels from the SPI/FilmBox portfolio. TDC, DocuBox and FightBox will be available in the basic package across all of Telekom Romania’s distribution networks.   

“We are excited to launch three of our most riveting channels on Telekom Romania, one of the biggest players in the region. We pride ourselves on providing high-quality programming across all genres on our channels, and we are confident that Telekom Romania subscribers will thoroughly enjoy TDC, DocuBox and FightBox,” said Tamas Fülöp, Regional Director of Operations at SPI International.

SPI/FilmBox’s premium Turkish drama channel TDC has been rapidly soaring to success across the globe since its launch in April 2019. The channel now reaches 5 million homes in 14 countries and plans to double its market penetration in 2020.

Created in partnership with Ay Yapim, TDC offers over 600 hours of fresh content including nine globally acclaimed Turkish TV series: Karadayi, Black Money Love, 20 Minutes, Kurt Seyit & Shura, Moms and Mothers, Red Scarf, Five Brothers, The End and The 8th Day. The channel also brings to the forefront some of Turkey’s most talented actors and actresses such as Kıvanç TatlıtuğBergüzar KorelFarah Zeynep AbdullahKenan İmirzalıoğlu and Tuba Büyüküstün.

“We are happy that our customers will have access to new, exciting, internationally awarded content, through TDC, DocuBox and FightBox channels, newly introduced in Telekom Romania’s TV grid. Our partnership with SPI International is a new step in our efforts to respond to the needs and requirements of the Romanians in terms of preferred TV content and we look forward to developing this partnership” said Andreas Elsner, Chief Commercial Officer, Residential Segment, Telekom Romania.

Through this deal, Telekom Romania subscribers will enjoy 3 of SPI/FilmBox’s unique thematic channels: TDC, the first global Turkish drama channel; FightBox which delivers electrifying combat sports live events and multi-discipline mixed martial arts coverage from all over the world, and DocuBox which offers a collection of award-winning documentaries about different cultures and the wonders of our world.

All of the channels will be available to Telekom Romania subscribers in the basic package  through DTH, IPTV and DVBC technologies.

 

About SPI International

SPI International is a global media company operating 40 television channels on six continents. FilmBox being its flagship channel, SPI is one of the biggest aggregators of native Ultra HD content in the world. Working with over 1,400 operators worldwide, SPI uses state of the art technology providing its 60 million subscribers with access to SPI’s linear and on-demand content including live streaming of UHD programming and FilmBox channels on any Internet-connected device via major global streaming media players as well as local OTT providers. SPI recently added to its portfolio Film1 premium movie services in the Netherlands, including four movie channels and digital services.

For over 25 years, SPI International has been a leading distributor of theatrical films and television programming in the international market. SPI’s solid alliances with major license suppliers provide compelling content, with strong recognition and high demand. 

About Telekom Romania

Telekom Romania is a dynamic brand, offering fixed and mobile innovative communication services to a broad customer community.

Our solutions open a world of infinite opportunities to share the beauty of life together with our families, friends, partners, colleagues and citizens around us. Our mission is to enrich people’s lives, by offering them fixed and mobile integrated services, latest technologies like 4G, optical fibre, as well as Internet TV which brings users a new entertainment experience, with access to exclusive and quality content, on all screens, and advanced interactive features. Telekom Romania is the trusted partner for companies, providing them with complete communications and IT&C solutions. Our network is bringing together people, machines and content, connecting them for a better, safer, simpler future.

Telekom Romania is present in the Romanian market since 2014, after the joint rebranding of Romtelecom and COSMOTE Romania.

Telekom is a brand pertaining to Deutsche Telekom, one of the world’s leading integrated telecommunications companies.

 

 

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SPI International Announces a Brand New Content Distribution Partnership with DocuBay

SPI International and DocuBay signed a license agreement that includes seven of SPI’s premium documentary titles; all seven titles are available for streaming in 180+ countries on the DocuBay app and website 

SPI International announced a license agreement with DocuBay, the international membership-based VOD streaming service dedicated to premium documentary feature films. The license deal includes seven of SPI International’s visually groundbreaking and insightful premium titles such as Turandot, Small Cams – Big Beasts, Time Hopper, Eye to Eye with Everest: Death on a Mountain, The Invisible Wildlife Photographer, Riders in the Land of the Setting Sun, and Rwanda 17. All seven documentaries are now available to stream in 180+ countries on the DocuBay app and website.

SPI International brings together international documentaries of the highest quality with world-class partners. We deliver the award-winning, premium documentaries that our global audience expects from us, every day,” said Hubert Ornass-Kubacki, Head of Content Sales at SPI International. “It is very exciting to share that our first distribution agreement with DocuBay includes seven of our best documentaries and that both parties are eager to keep growing this partnership for many years to come” continued Ornass-Kubacki.

SPI International’s tremendous catalogue of exceptional content is right in line with DocuBay’s mission of providing viewers with the best in independent feature documentary films,” said Akul Tripathi, COO of DocuBay. “With DocuBay now available to a global audience, we look forward to growing our community of documentary film fans through strategic partnerships with premium content distributors such as SPI International” continued Tripathi.  

About DocuBay

Headquartered in Mumbai, India, DocuBay is a global, membership VOD streaming service and OTT platform exclusively designed to stream premium international documentary films. Specializing as a niche video service, DocuBay features content from all corners of the globe in a variety of categories and is available on platforms including the App Store, Google Play, Fire TV, and Apple TV, with additional platforms on the way. www.docubay.com

About SPI International

SPI International is a global media company operating 40 television channels on six continents. FilmBox being its flagship channel, SPI is one of the biggest aggregators of native Ultra HD content in the world. Working with over 1,400 operators worldwide, SPI uses state of the art technology providing its 60 million subscribers with access to SPI’s linear and on-demand content including live streaming of UHD programming and FilmBox channels on any Internet-connected device via major global streaming media players as well as local OTT providers. SPI recently added to its portfolio Film1 premium movie services in the Netherlands, including four movie channels and digital services.

For over 25 years, SPI International has been a leading distributor of theatrical films and television programming in the international market. SPI’s solid alliances with major license suppliers provide compelling content, with strong recognition and high demand. 

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SPI/FilmBox Inks Channel Distribution Deals with Multiple Players in the African Region

SPI/FilmBox announces new channel and content distribution deals with Azam TV, MTN Group, and habeshaview to deliver eight of SPI/FilmBox’s most sought after channels to viewers across Africa

SPI/FilmBox continues to expand its presence across the African continent through partnerships with Azam TV, MTN Group and habeshaview. Subscribers to these platforms will have access to eight of SPI/FilmBox’s most exciting channels including FilmBox Africa, which features Hollywood movies and TV series from world renowned directors and producers.

“We are proud to partner with Azam TV, MTN Ghana via Silver Rock Technology Services and habeshaview to introduce eight of our most popular channels to viewers in East Africa, the Republic of Ghana and to Ethiopian communities around the world,” said Georgina Twiss, MD Western Europe & Africa at SPI International. “We are excited to support the success of these partnerships and build brand engagement and TV viewership in these regions,” continued Twiss.

“By having a partnership with SPI International, Azam TV offers a combination of eight unique channels through its OTT app, including:  FilmBox Africa, FilmBox ArtHouse, DocuBox, FightBox, Fast&FunBox, FashionBox, 360 TuneBox and GameToon,” commented Jacob Joseph, Azam Media Limited’s Deputy CEO.  “We at Azam TV always aim to give the best of the best to our customers and this partnership with SPI shows that we mean it,” continued Joseph

“Africa is still an untapped territory especially in the digital market,” said Stephanie Wallace, Content Acquisition Manager at Silver Rock. “Our aim is to provide affordable but innovative digital entertainment available to “All” and we believe this collaboration with SPI/FilmBox is in the right direction to spearhead growth in a largely mobile phone dependent African population,” continued Wallace.

habeshaview is delighted with our partnership with SPI International and providing their channels to our audiences worldwide. We believe the variety of channels within the SPI package offer our customers the variety of programs they are looking for” said Tigist Kebede, Operations Director at habeshaview.

Seven of SPI/FilmBox’s unique thematic channels and FilmBox Africa, which offers over 300 premiere titles every year, will now be available to Azam TV subscribers with the OTT app in East Africa, MTN subscribers in Ghana, and over 6 million habeshaview subscribers worldwide.

The other channels included are: FilmBox Arthouse which brings world cinema classics from iconic directors such as Hitchcock, Kurosawa, Fellini and many others to cinema lovers; Gametoon which is dedicated to gaming content created by gamers for gamers; FightBox broadcasts some of the most electrifying combat sports live events and multi-discipline mixed martial arts coverage from all over the world; Fast&FunBox offers action-packed programming dedicated to adrenaline sports; DocuBox delivers a collection of award-winning documentaries about different cultures and the wonders of our world; FashionBox provides highly entertaining content on fashion trends and all things style, and 360 TuneBox presents new music every week with today’s emerging artists.

About SPI International

SPI International is a global media company operating 40 television channels on six continents. FilmBox being its flagship channel, SPI is one of the biggest aggregators of native Ultra HD content in the world. Working with over 1,400 operators worldwide, SPI uses state of the art technology providing its 60 million subscribers with access to SPI’s linear and on demand content including live streaming of UHD programming and FilmBox channels on any Internet-connected device via major global streaming media players as well as local OTT providers. SPI recently added to its portfolio Film1 premium movie services in the Netherlands, including four movie channels and digital services.

For over 25 years, SPI International has been a leading distributor of theatrical films and television programming in the international market. SPI’s solid alliances with major license suppliers provide compelling content, with strong recognition and high demand. www.spiintl.com

About Azam TV

Azam TV is the leading Satellite TV content provider in East Africa with a strong presence in Tanzania, Kenya, Uganda, Rwanda, Burundi & Malawi. The company expanded its customer base to more than a million customers in just 5 years. Azam TV offers more than 100 channels in its bouquet and is credited with launching the first HD channel in East Africa.

About Silver Rock

Silver Rock Technology Services is a management advisory and execution support firm with a primary focus in the telecom, media and digital industry.

It has recently launched a new line of service, branded ‘TVAnywhere’, offering enriched broadband, digital media, and value-added services.

TV Anywhere is a Wholesale Digital Media and Value-Added Services Business poised to leverage on the vast reach of broadband internet technologies and increasing smartphone (device) penetration in order to make digital entertainment available and affordable to a growing number of smart device users in Ghana and other African countries, in partnership with telecom and internet service providers.

TV Anywhere’s mission is to make affordable digital entertainment available to largely mobile phone dependent African population while creating sustainable revenue streams for Telecom Service Providers and Content Providers.

It also aims to be the leading entertainment and media gateway to Africa and other emerging markets with the mission to change the way and manner in which TV/ and Video contents are being distributed and consumed in the market.

www.silverrocktech.com  www.tvanywhereafrica.com

About MTN

MTN, the leading provider of telecommunications services in Africa and the Middle East, entered the Ghanaian market after the acquisition of Investcom in 2006. MTN Ghana has invested in new technologies to ensure growth and expansion of the network, and has since been the market leader in Ghana’s telecommunications industry.

The company was successfully listed on the Ghana Stock Exchange in 2018 after its Initial Public Offer. The transaction saw over 120,000 Ghanaians buying shares in the company. As a result, the organization became the only company to be listed on the stock exchange with high Ghanaian participation. Raising over Ghc 440million. MTN Ghana was the first company globally to issue its IPO through Mobile Money, the first time the platform has been used for an IPO.

The company according to NCA 2018 report, December 2018, had 20,092,798 subscribers, representing about 49.08% of the market share. 

www.mtn.com.gh

 

 

 

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