SPI/FILMBOX boosts UHD library with more adventure and lifestyle programming from Big Media and Escapade Media

Global TV operator SPI International / FILMBOX has recently acquired ten episodes of the fifth season of the underwater adventure series Blue World and the lifestyle culinary series Barinia. which will air on FUNBOX UHD, SPI’s Ultra HD channel and an online streaming app.

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Barinia. A stunning voyage of food, culture and friendship along the alluring coastlines of Italy, Greece, Turkey and France. These are the tales from the classic yacht Barinia and its family of 25 years, Narelle the chef and Patrick, the skipper.  This unique culinary voyage pushes beyond the veneer of common tourism and invites the viewer to experience the local life and the preservation of precious traditions.     Jonathan Bird’s Blue World is an educational family-oriented un­der­wa­ter ad­ven­tu­re series hosted by dynamic naturalist and un­der­wa­ter pho­to­grap­her Jonathan Bird. 
The series has received many awards and honors, including eight New England Emmy Awards and four consecutive National Daytime Emmy Nominations.

Blue World is an Emmy Award-winning underwater science/adventure program produced and hosted by Jonathan Bird, one of the world’s top underwater nature cinematographers. In fresh water or salt, reefs, wrecks or caves, Jonathan documents the world beneath the waves. The episodes encompass a variety of subjects, including stories about animals, marine research and researchers, underwater exploration and recent discoveries. The stories always have an underwater theme and feature stunning underwater photography captured in native Ultra HD. SPI acquired worldwide rights to the series from Big Media, a leading worldwide content producer and distributor of docs/factual, wildlife, and travel/lifestyle series.

As SPI has been expanding its UHD library, the company also acquired worldwide rights to Barinia, a cultural adventure across Southern Europe and Eastern Turkey, celebrating the customs and traditions of these rarely seen destinations.

The series presents tales from the classic yacht Barinia and its family – Patrick, Narelle and their dog Shadow. This is a love affair with a way of life that has afforded them deep connections to the local dwellers of these seaside communities.  In the face of modernity and rapid change, Patrick and Narelle give a voice to the local characters and a quest to preserve their meaning through precious traditions.

“We are thrilled to enhance the programming on FUNBOX UHD channel with the Blue World series from Big Media Holdings and Barinia series from Escapade Media,” said Berk Uziyel, executive director of SPI/Filmbox.  "This highly entertaining content will make watching our channel an unforgettable experience for the premium viewer who appreciates quality programs,” Mr. Uziyel added.


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SPI/FILMBOX acquires Kenyan series NEW BEGINNINGS for FILMBOX Africa movie channel

Global TV operator SPI International / FILMBOX has recently acquired worldwide rights to the popular Kenyan drama series “New Beginnings” which will soon air on the SPI’s FilmBox Africa movie channel across the continent.

SPI International / FILMBOX Channels Group has signed an agreement with Insignia Productions acquiring rights to fifty two episodes of “New Beginnings”, a weekly drama about a three-way love affair between Julia, Derek and his best friend Sean. The show explores their lives and relationships from the point Sean wakes up from a five-year coma.

New Beginnings

“New Beginnings” series is one of the first major acquisition deals which SPI has been working on in order to add African productions to the diverse programming offer on FilmBox Africa channel. “SPI/FILMBOX is fully committed to Africa with content,” said Amit Karni, SPI’s Head of Distribution for Africa. “We are negotiating new acquisitions with a number of regional content suppliers and we look forward to announcing more content deals over the coming months," Mr. Karni adds.

SPI distributes multiple TV networks throughout the African continent, including FilmBox Africa, FilmBox Art House, FightBox HD, FashionBox HD, DocuBox HD, Fast&FunBox HD, 360TuneBox and Gametoon.

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SPI / FILMBOX enters Scandinavian TV market launching channels with Kalejdo Bredband AB

Global TV operator SPI International / FILMBOX has launched eight channels on a Scandinavian IPTV platform operated by Kalejdo Bredband AB. 

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The channels are offered as part of the MixBox package which will include two sports channels – FightBox HD and Fast&FunBox HD, a classic/independent movie channel FilmBox Art House, FashionBox – a network devoted to fashion and shopping trends, a documentary channel about nature and human civilization called DocuBox as well as 360TuneBox which presents independent and breakthrough musical artists from all over the world. Kalejdo also offers the following channels à la carte: 360 TuneBox, DocuBox, FashionBox HD, Fast&FunBox HD, FightBox HD, FilmBox Art House and two erotic channels - Erox HDEroxxx  HD.


“We are glad to start cooperation with Kalejdo Bredband AB as we are implementing our strategy to grow channel distribution in the Scandinavian TV market,” said Berk Uziyel, executive director of SPI International/FILMBOX. “The eight channels which we are launching in Sweden offer very diverse programming spanning from masterpieces of world cinema to live MMA events, Formula One, fashion shows, amazing wild life documentaries to a specially curated selection of music videos,”  Mr. Uziyel added.

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SPI/FILMBOX launches channels in Russia with satellite operator Orion

Orion, federal satellite operator in Russia and global TV operator SPI International / FILMBOX signed a distribution agreement based on which Orion now offers seven SPI channels on its Telekarta television platform and becomes the exclusive distributor of SPI channels in Russia.

In the first stage of cooperation Orion has uplinked seven channels from the SPI portfolio and launched them as part of the "Unlimited" and "1001 Nights" package through satellite TV platform Telekarta. Russian viewers will get a chance to enjoy two movie channels – FilmBox and FilmBox Art House. SPI International has just announced a deal with FremantleMedia International (FMI) to acquire pay window rights for three major scripted titles. The agreement will see the critically-acclaimed smash hit The Young Pope, gripping thriller Apple Tree Yard and hugely successful Swedish crime drama Modus heading to FilmBox channel in Russia and the Baltics.

The bundle also includes a martial arts channel FightBox, Fast&FunBox - a channel devoted to extreme sports, from motorcycle racing to snowboarding, including coverage of Formula One, FashionBox channel presenting top designers and brands as well as DocuBox, a channel featuring documentary films about wild life, nature and human civilization. Telekarta also offers Erox (18+), an erotic channel with programming from the world’s top adult content producers.

In addition to broadcasting SPI channels within its own satellite platform Telekarta, Orion will be the exclusive distributor of the SPI channels in the network of cable operators across Russia. Orion will make the SPI channels available to local operators in both SD and HD formats.


Commenting on the cooperation, Kirill Makhnovskiy, CEO, Orion Group noted: "Foremost SPI channels provide high-quality content. We are honored to be the first operator in Russia to introduce them to our subscribers, and offer the channels for transmission to our partners - cable operators. Our long-term experience of cooperation with international majors allows to suggest that the primary launch of the seven TV channels in the Russian market will be a pledge of a long and productive partnership with SPI International."

"Orion is one of the leading and most dynamic DTH platforms in Russia. We are glad to start collaboration with such an experienced partner and we are excited to deliver top quality entertainment to Russian viewers thanks to our cooperation with Orion," said Murat Muratoglu, SPI Head of Distribution Russia and CIS, MENA, APAC, Baltics, Turkey, ex-Yugo and Bulgaria.

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