SPI/FILMBOX partners with MEASAT to pursue international expansion across Asia Pacific

SPI International / FILMBOX, a rapidly-expanding global media company, has signed a multi-year agreement with MEASAT Satellite Systems Sdn. Bhd. (“MEASAT”) to distribute six 24-hour TV channels including one Ultra HD channel across the Asia Pacific region.

SPI International gains access to MEASAT’s 91.5°E hotslot with an established video neighborhood and strong affiliate base across wide geography comprising of Asia Pacific, Australia, Middle East and parts of Africa. 

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 and FunBox UHD, a general entertainment channel featuring native Ultra HD content.

“For over 25 years, we have been a leading supplier of theatrical films and television programming in the international market and, with MEASAT’s expertise, we will be able to expand our 24-hour television channel distribution footprint and reach new audiences across Asia Pacific,” stated Murat Muratoglu, SPI’s head of distribution for MENA, Turkey, APAC, Russia and CIS, Baltics, Bulgaria and Ex-Yugo. 

“MEASAT is excited to add SPI International’s prime HD and UHD content to our 91.5°E hotslot, which continues to be the preferred choice by broadcasters as Asia’s leading video neighborhood,” said Raj Malik, Senior Vice President – Sales, MEASAT. “Our experience in creating Asia’s strongest HD and UHD neighborhood, combined with our ability to offer customized solutions is key to the consistent growth in number of channels at 91.5°E”.

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SPI International Powers Vodafone Turkey Mobile TV Service

8 SPI/Filmbox channels and Filmbox On Demand service are now available via Vodafone Mobile TV service in Turkey

Eight channels from SPI’s portfolio are being launched by Vodafone Turkey’s newly introduced Vodafone TV. Vodafone has 23.6 million mobile subscribers in Turkey and is the second largest mobile operator player in the territory.

The channel line-up picked up by Vodafone TV includes: FilmBox and FilmBox Art House, FightBox, Fast&FunBox, DocuBox, FashionBox and 360 TuneBox.

In addition to linear channels, SPI’s newest digital service Filmbox On Demand is also available at Vodafone TV where users are able to select movies and thematic titles within an extensive catalogue of Filmbox On Demand and enjoy the movies in the highest quality possible.
Watching SPI channels and Filmbox On Demand service will not effect users mobile internet package quotations.


FilmBox On Demand

Engin Aksoy, Vice President of the Executive Board of Vodafone Turkey, said that they could meet all sorts of communications needs of their customers from a single point by enriching their service’s offering with the great help of SPI/Filmbox.
Expressing their satisfaction over the cooperation with Vodafone, the SPI Regional Manager for Turkey Murat Muratoglu said this collaboration will lead SPI to reach a wider audience and will allow more people to have access to Filmbox channels.
Muratoglu went on to say: "Accessibility to our channels without consuming mobile internet will lead to an extensive usage. As a result, we assume that access to our channels via Vodafone will rise significantly. We continue to present the most exclusive and rich content to the audiences in proportion to the ever-increasing number of our users. In this respect, we have received highly positive feedback from our users all over Turkey. We will continue to introduce Filmbox channels and content to new viewers by strengthening our cooperation with Vodafone."

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SPI’s FilmBox movie channel reaches 2 million subscribers in Czech Republic

Global media company SPI International / FILMBOX is rapidly expanding in the Czech TV market with FilmBox movie channel reaching nearly 2 million subscribers in January 2018.

FilmBox, a movie channel offering a wide selection of popular films and TV series currently has the biggest penetration in the Czech market among all pay TV channels. As of January 22nd, 2018 Skylink, the largest DTH platform in the Czech Rep. adds FilmBox to its Digital package thanks to which the movie network is now available to approximately 1 million Skylink’s subscribers in the Czech Republic as well as nearly 600K viewers in Slovakia. Most recently FilmBox also gained additional 200K subscribers on other cable & IPTV networks.




While FilmBox is already a highly recognized brand among TV viewers in the Czech Republic, the programming offer on the channel will continue to grow stronger throughout 2018 with an attractive line-up of movie premieres and highly-acclaimed television series that have been previously broadcast only on FilmBox and other premium channels.
In February FilmBox will air TWILIGHT SAGA: ECLIPSE, the third installment of The Twilight Saga film series as well as the acclaimed BBC’s epic historical drama WAR AND PEACE based on Leo Tolstoy's timeless novel. Also this February FilmBox viewers will get to enjoy a number of popular romantic films including LA DELICATESSE with Audrey Tatou portraying a young French widow who is eventually courted by a clumsy Swedish co-worker. On Valentine’s Day FilmBox will present LAST NIGHT, a drama romance starring two famous Hollywood female movie stars - Keira Nightly and Eva Mendes. Those FilmBox viewers who crave a solid dose of humor will have a blast watching ASTERIX AND OBELIX: GOD SAVE BRITANNIA and TAXI 4, the hilarious French comedy produced by Luc Besson.

Every day FilmBox audiences may choose from a variety of movie genres: dramas, comedies, thrillers, action, horrors and popular TV series from the world’s top producers and suppliers including BBC Worldwide and FreemantleMedia International. Most of the movies presented on the FilmBox channel star prominent Hollywood actors: Johnny Depp, Pierce Brosnan, Brad Pitt, Edward Norton, Jake Gyllenhaal, Tom Hardy, Scarlett Johansson, Keira Knightley, Julianne Moore, Julia Roberts and many others.

FilmBox channels are part of the SPI’s TV portfolio. In addition to FilmBox, the following SPI channels are available in the Czech Republic: FilmBox Premium HD, FilmBox Extra HD, FilmBox Plus, FilmBox Family, FilmBox Art House, DocuBox HD, FightBox HD, FashionBox HD, Fast&FunBox HD, 360TuneBox, Erox HD and Eroxxx HD.

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SPI/FILMBOX channels now available on WhereverTV in US with multiple language options

Global media company SPI International/FILMBOX has recently launched ten international TV channels on WhereverTV which delivers OTT subscription television services to a variety of devices including smartphones, tablets, PCs, streaming media players, computers and connected TVs.

Based on the distribution deal signed by SPI and WhereverTV Broadcasting Corp., the OTT provider is adding all channels from SPI’s worldwide TV portfolio including several featuring multiple language options: FilmBox Art House  – an independent movie channel featuring world cinema classics (in English, Spanish, Russian and Polish)FightBox – a 24/7 martial arts channel (in English, Spanish, Russian and Polish)DocuBox – a network presenting documentaries on wild life, travel, history and science (in English, Spanish and Russian)FashionBox – a native HD fashion channel; Fast&FunBox with adrenaline and adventure sports, 360TuneBox – a music channel with independent and breakthrough videos as well as Gametoon – a new, interactive eSports channel for millennials. The line-up also features FilmBox Russia for Russian speaking viewers and two channels broadcast in Polish: Kino Polska International and Kino Polska Muzyka.  
WhereverTV is the next generation subscription television service providing consumers with live streaming, genre-specific, and in-language viewing choices from around the world.  WhereverTV’s channels are broadcast securely over the Internet and channel management is handled by the company's patented Interactive Program Guide (IPG) technology.
“We are excited to make our channels available on WhereverTV and to team up with this innovative streaming platform to provide diverse types of programming to both ethnic and general audiences,” says Stacey Sobel, executive VP of SPI International.

“WhereverTV is transitioning from a development to operational company and in doing so we have refined our 2018 business model,” said Edward D. Ciofani, CEO. “Our business model calls for content acquisition from around the world, exclusive content development, Major Marketing Alliances, similar to the announced Google Chromecast for Latin America and major marketing initiatives including social media marketing. We are pleased to kick off the New Year with our first new content deal with SPI International/FILMBOX. “There are a lot of content providers (channel providers) around the world that offer a uniquely diversified perspective of cultures, travel and lifestyle content. SPI International/FILMBOX is one of those unique companies that I believe our customers, if they haven’t already, will gravitate too!” Edward D. Ciofani, CEO went on to say.

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